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Marilyn Ames – June 1, 1944 – October 16, 2012

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Marilyn Ames – June 1, 1944 – October 16, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family of Marilyn Ames announces her passing on Oct. 16, 2012.

Marilyn was born June 1, 1944 in Dryden to Henry and Nora Besselt.

She attended St. Joseph’s Separate School and Dryden High School.  At the age of 18 she married Norman Ames and at 19 had the first of her 3 sons.

Marilyn and her family owned Thaddeus Lake Lodge while the boys were growing up and many close friendships survive with the guests that became friends.

After they sold the lodge Marilyn graduated from Confederation College.  Through the following years she worked at the College and was a Program Officer for Futures, (working with teens was always a favourite thing), taught at Deer Lake, worked  in the office of the Dryden Hospital, started her own business, The Sewing Room, and lastly cooked at various tourist camps in the area.

Marilyn and Norman divorced but remained friends.  In later years her health started to suffer but she kept herself occupied by making all kinds of crafts and attending the seasonal craft shows where there was always a lineup for her fresh baked cheese and onion bread.

All along the way, wherever Marilyn went she made friends.  When you think of her it is always with a beautiful, big smile on her face.  She often commented she never met anyone she didn’t like and if someone was being not so nice to her, she just got friendlier until she won them over.  She would do anything for you and generously gave whatever she could.

Kids, dogs, Christmas and family get-togethers were her favourite things.  She would always say “I’m so proud of my boys”.   She was very close to her “other” children (nieces and nephews) as well.

Marilyn is survived by her three sons, Pat (Joanne) Ames, Darcy Ames and Shaun Ames. Three grandsons, Erick and Taylor Ames and Thomas Trainor. She is also survived by her sister Butsie (Brent) Rivers, her sister-in-law Fay Besselt and will be greatly missed by Cathy, Chris, Tim, Leonard, Cheryl, Scott, Shelly, Maureen and Matthew and their families.

She was predeceased by her parents, Nora and Henry Besselt and her brother Rick Besselt.

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate Marilyn’s life was held Friday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Alan Campeau officiating. Prayers were held Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Homes. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date in the Amesdale Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Second Chance Pet Network through Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at

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