Obituaries — 21 March 2018
Marion Imogene Flayer – September 06, 1921 – March 11, 2018

Marion Imogene Flayer – September 06, 1921 – March 11, 2018

Marion was born on September 06, 1921 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Agnes (Doyle) and Jack Campbell.  She died in Dryden at Princess Court on Sunday, March 11th 2018 in her 97th year. The family moved to Richan and the Dryden area in her early years.  During her teens the family made their final move to Ignace, Ontario where she completed her schooling at the Ignace War Memorial School. Here she met Hilding Flayer and they were married in Kenora on March 31, 1939.  

Marion was predeceased by her son, Donald in 1996 and her husband Hilding in 1999, as well as two brothers Kenneth, Colin (aka) Sam (Pearl), brother-in-law Jack Mulash and nephew Greg Mulash.

Marion is survived by two daughters, Barbara Lundy of Kenora, Judy McKay (Jack) of Ignace and her sister Charlotte Mulash of Winnipeg. There are five grandchildren: Russell McKay (Dale), Shannon McKay (Keith), Shelley McKay, Andrea Lundy (Richard) and Brent Lundy. There are also seven great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren. She was keenly interested in all of the activities and accomplishments of her grandchildren.  Niece Barbara (Jim) Rose, nephews Kenneth (Marlene) and Edward Campbell survive her as well as great nephew Ralph (Sue) Hammers, Colo. and great niece Lynn (Dave) McDonough, Colo.

Marion was the first Chief Operator for Bell Telephone in Ignace in the mid-1950s.  It was also during this time period that she and her husband Hilding established Flayer’s Lodge on Sandbar Lake which was operated until 2005.  She worked hard, faced many challenges and was an effective problem solver. While there was much hard work there were also many happy memories created; fishing trips, fish fries, bonfires, afternoon and evening swims and homemade donuts on sweltering hot days. Friendships were made with many guests that have been maintained to the present time.

Marion was well known for her multiple talents; cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, passion for gardening and playing crib. She bowled (life membership) and curled (from the rink’s inception) until it became physically too difficult, at which time she gave up these activities with reluctance. However, she still attended the bowling banquets and remained an ardent armchair curler, following all of the various bonspiels, calling those days her “Holidays”.

Local and world affairs were of interest to her.  She served on town council for a time and after that attended meetings regarding matters that would affect her community, keeping in touch with current events. For several years she worked as a volunteer at the school serving hot lunches. She also participated in activities at the seniors’ center and attended functions.

Marion was a member of Immanuel Anglican Church and often read lessons.  She baked the “communion bun” until she was ninety-five.  She greatly valued the friendship of Jeanne Bryan and looked forward to the weekly services on tape when she was no longer able to attend the services.

There were many others whose long time friendships were important to her and she wished to have names mentioned, but there is always the risk of missing someone. Each of you will know who you are. From the noisy card games in the early years, to large turkey dinners at Christmas, the visits for tea, perked coffee, homemade buns or baking, regular phone calls and suppers out were valued. A special thank you to each of you and in particular to Lila for the daily phone calls, Rita for the many visits to Princess Court and neighbours Jim and Alice who helped beyond measure. 

Thanks to the Mary Berglund Clinic and staff for their wonderful patience, care and support over the years, and to the ambulance crew on several occasions.  You are all to be commended.  Ignace is a fortunate community to have these services available to them and Marion always recognized and appreciated this fact. Thank you also to the Dryden District General Hospital, Dr. Moir, and all staff and Wendy Lizzi in therapy. Thanks to CCAC, Michelle Dorfman and the support of home care staff while she was able to remain in her own home.  A final thank you goes to all staff of Princess Court, for the kind and caring assistance, the pleasant welcome, the smiles, the patience and understanding extended to us and in particular to Cindy Avikoo who listened and helped to work through our concerns.

Judy and Barbara are grateful to all for each and every act. 

As per Marion’s wishes, there will be no visitation.

A Funeral Service was held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Emmanuel Anglican-United Church in Ignace with Pastor Jeanne Bryan officiating.

Interment will follow in the Ignace Cemetery.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emmanuel Anglican-United Church or a Charity of Choice through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON, P8N 2X3

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to dcfh@drytel.net subject heading: Flayer.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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