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Marjory passed away in Dryden, Ontario on December 9, 2011 with her family at her side following a 15-year courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Marjory will be lovingly remembered by her sisters Dorothy Mitchell and Muriel Stanley, Pickering, ON, Myrtle and brother-in-law Stan Kuchinski, Covina, California; her children Darlene (David) Salter, Dryden, Bill Scott, Whitehorse, Yukon, Neil (Yink) Scott, Lake Louise, AB; her grandchildren Ian (Michela) Salter, Sioux Lookout, Jim Salter (special friend Carly), Revelstoke B. C., and Neil Salter, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Before Marjory passed from this world, she met her great – grandson, Liam Salter who was born to grandson Ian and Michela on November 29 at the Dryden Regional Hospital where Marjory was receiving palliative care. Truly, the circle of life was manifested with the passing of two souls, one leaving and one entering.
Marjory was predeceased by her father Jim Steel in 1965, mother Alice in 1987, beloved husband Norman Scott in 1988 and cherished brother Jim Steel in 2002.
Marjory was born in Montreal on July 23, 1921. She was a gifted athlete and represented her high school on a variety of teams. Marjory particularly loved skiing. As a member of the West Hill High School ski team she raced against the famous Wurtele twins placing fourth to their first and second place. The Wurtele twins went on to represent Canada in alpine skiing during the 1948 Olympics.
After completing secretarial training, Marjory became employed at Sunlife Insurance in Montreal. On April 9, 1949, Marjory married Norman Scott, her high school sweetheart. They settled in Deux Montagnes, Quebec where Norman opened a restaurant with his father Bill, well-known to locals as Scott’s Snack Bar. Marjory would help Norman during the busy lunchtime but was happiest as a homemaker. She was very creative, tackling the most difficult sewing and knitting patterns, including four wedding dresses.
Never learning to drive, Marjory would take her three children on many adventures by foot, bicycle or public transportation. She especially loved winter and taught her children to ski at an early age. Many happy days were spent skiing in the Laurentian Mountains with her children and friends. Marjory instilled in her children a desire for knowledge and a love for nature. Throughout her life, Marjory was devoted to her family and pets. She lived by the motto,
“Charity begins at home.”
After retiring from the restaurant for health reasons, Marjory and Norman moved to Dryden, Ontario in 1980 to be present for the birth of their first grandson, Ian. Settling next to Darlene and husband David’s handcrafted log home in a wilderness setting north of Dryden, they enjoyed the boreal wildlife surrounding them. Marjory missed the mountains but enjoyed cross-country skiing.
Sadly, Norman passed away suddenly on January 24, 1988. Later that year, Marjory’s sons took her hiking in England, Wales and Scotland. Hiking the 160 km Highland Way Trail in Scotland, the home of her ancestors, was one of the highlights of her life.
Marjory moved further north to Ear Falls in 1989 to be closer to her daughter and family who had relocated there for employment. In Ear Falls, Marjory made new friends and enjoyed many more adventures especially cross-country skiing with her daughter and grandsons. In Ear Falls, she is remembered as the smiling grandmother who traveled by skis in the winter and by bicycle during the remainder of the year.
In 1995, Marjory moved in with her daughter and family after they returned to Dryden. An avid golfer, she enjoyed the close proximity to Eagles’ Landing Golf Course where she became a member. She delighted in helping to raise her three grandsons. Her grandsons enjoyed her stories, baking, knitting and sewing.
In spite of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999, Marjory continued her many activities. She particularly enjoyed her annual ski trips with her sons in the Canadian Rockies, which she began at the age of 62 and continued until her 80th year. Accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law, Marjory made one last journey to the Rockies in 2007. By this time she was losing her battle with Parkinson’s but she managed to ski across Lake Louise one last time.
In February 2009, Marjory lost her battle with Parkinson’s and moved into the Princess Court nursing home in Dryden.
From Marjory’s West Hill H. S. 1940 yearbook,
“Now and forever my song will be,
The song of the ski.”
A celebration of Marjory’s life will take place in the spring. If desired, memoriam donations may be made to the Second Chance Pet Network or to the Nature Conservancy of Canada through the Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, ON P8N 2Z1.