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Marjorie Rosalie Southern née Allison

January 14, 1923 - January 10, 2018

Marjorie Southern: January 14, 1923 - January 10, 2018

Service Date: January 15, 2018

Funeral Home Ottawa - Westboro Chapel

Posted by:
Bert Renwick

Posted on:
January 15, 2018

I met Marge and Fred in 1982 in Baghdad when I was working on construction of the new airport. We were three Canadians on the project, and Marge took us under her wing to give us a taste of Canada on our day off. I have been in touch with her ever since. She was a remarkable lady, very independent, and very patriotic about Canada. She used to hand out the Canadian flag lapel buttons as if they were sweets. I was invited to her home in Baghdad many times, along with my co-Canadians for splendid meals, which was greatly appreciated after our own home cooking. Fortunately my wife Pam and I were able to travel to Ottawa just after the New Year to have a visit. Marge was as chipper as ever, although slowing down a bit. We will miss her a lot. She will leave us many happy memories.

Posted by:
Sharon Noble

Posted on:
January 14, 2018

Dear Barry & Blair & Families: Bryan and I extend our deepest sympathy to you all. Marj (as we always called her) was a true and dear friend who befriended us while overseas and her kindness will never be forgotten. We enjoyed visits from both she and Fred at our home in Barrie and in Sackville, here in Nova Scotia. Marj and Blair also joined us for dinner in Ottawa many years ago. We have had many phone calls over the years and always happy to hear her voice. She loved you both so much and was a very proud mother. She loved talking about you and your children. We have very fond memories which we will always cherish and her spirit rides with us everytime someone is slow driving in front of us. She coined the phrase, "It's an old man with a cap"!! We chuckle everytime we say it... we thought it hilarious and use it often I can assure you. I found Marj to be a person who was positive and made the best out of any situation in any area she lived. Endurance and determination helped make her the woman she was. A wonderful warm and loving friend, a model mother and a loving grandmother has taken her final journey home where she will be free of pain and will walk again with Fred. We thank her for all she did for us and please know her memory will live on in us. Tears have come to my eyes so I will close by sending all our love to the family and this verse I've kept over the years: "Remember me with thoughts of peace; Live each day with your heart; Grieve not for me, though I am gone; We are never far apart". (Author Unknown) Sharon & Bryan Noble, Jay and Tasha

Posted by:
Anita Vandenbeld

Posted on:
January 13, 2018

The world lost a remarkable woman this week. Marjorie Southern was a dear friend and kindred spirit. I loved to hear her stories - about how she bought a car during the war with money from working for the Sears catalogue, and surprised her husband by picking him up with it when he returned from fighting in WWII. How she travelled the world with her husband who was a Canadian diplomat, living in places like Istanbul and Serbia. During the election, she was briefly hospitalized and she asked me to bring her flyers so she could recruit all the doctors and nurses to vote for me! I once asked her the secret to long life and she said "Sheer determination can take you a very long way". It's amazing how the almost 50 years in age difference between us melted away when we talked. I will miss her. Here's to Marjorie - an inspiration to us all.

Posted by:
Holly mccausland

Posted on:
January 13, 2018

One of the happiest moments she looked forward to that I had the blessing in being a part of, her first grandsons wedding.

Posted by:
Holly mccausland

Posted on:
January 13, 2018

My sympathy goes to all family, friends and those who were blessed to have known such a strong and courageous woman. She made a very big impact on my life and home and will never be forgotten. I know you are in a better place and are at peace. I thank the family for allowing me to be by her side the laat few days of her time here with us.You are loved and will be forever missed and in my heart and thoughts forever.

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