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Alwyne Ellen Irene Marsh

June 9, 1920 - December 4, 2014


It is with great sorrow yet happiness that we share with you that our marvellous and beautiful mother completed her Circle of Life on December 4th, 2014.  Alwyne was born in Abbey, Saskatchewan on June 9th, 1920, first child to Douglas and Ruth Kane, ancestry to the Canadian Painter, Paul Kane.  Alwyne spent 21 years in Swift Current Saskatchewan graduating grade 12, completing graduation from the Royal Piano Conservatory of Canada, and Business School.  Alwyne then moved to England in 1944 with her first husband R.A.F.Flight Lieutenant Ronald Cooper and wee son Micheal Cooper (Ronald, deceased 1945)  Returning to Halifax Canada in 1945 across the Atlantic Ocean, bound for home in Saskatchewan.  Shortly there after with the loss of her mother, Alwyne moved to Hamilton Ontario, where she met Arthur Thomas Marsh in fall of 1949 and married her sweetheart January 26th 1950. Art predeceased Alwyne in 1984.  Alwyne Marsh and family moved to Duncan in 1963. Being a fantastic mother and homemaker, Alwyne loved both her family and her large circle of friends. Mom as all knew her, always-enjoyed life to the fullest, always positive, thoughtful and loved large social gatherings, dancing with dad with such grace.  Alwyne is survived by son, Michael Cooper (Claude) of Aylmer Quebec, second son Brent Marsh (Debbie) of Glovertown Newfoundland, Daughter Ruth Hartmann  (Frank) of Duncan BC.  Mom most cherished her grandchildren; Douglas Cooper of England, Erin Mudford (Matthew) of Woodstock Ontario, Natasha Picray (Jason) of Duncan, Brett Hartmann (Maryann) of Duncan, Logan Marsh (Carrie) of Calgary, Zoë Cooper & Rene Cooper of Ontario, Myranda Marsh of Newfoundland.   Great Grandchildren, Erika McDonnell, Rachel Mudford, Tyler Mudford, Mason Hartmann, Marshall Hartmann and new baby Dane Picray this September.  Alwyne is also survived by her bother Michael Kane (Jean), special cousins, Ann Taylor, Allison Holt and Lindsey Maule.  What a beautiful full life our mom/gramma had.  With its successes, joy, happiness and grief.  My mom’s last words on the morning of her passing were “Thank you very much”  With special thanks to her wonderful granddaughter Natasha and baby Dane who stayed by mom’s side to the very end, and a big thank you to Mom’s loving friends, Hennie Woltors, Diane Zeck and Gaileen Irwin who were always there for her.  Alwyne loved her neighbourhood and the sounds of the steam train from the Forest Museum.  In lieu of flowers please donate to “The British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre”, 2892 Drinkwater Rd. Duncan BC V9L 6C2  Jesus said, “it won’t be easy, but it’s worth it”


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lori Goodwin
Relation: Friend of Ruth & Frank Hartmann

Thinking of you in your time of loss Ruth, Frank, Tasha/Jay, Brett/MaryAnn and beautiful Great-grand Boys. Alwyne was a beautiful lady and soul. So welcoming, intelligent, kind and generous hearted; a truly grand Lady. I know you will miss her greatly. She was most fortunate to have you in her life, as you were to have her. I am glad you have wonderful memories to keep always.
Much love and warm hugs, Lori, Bryce and Kira

From: Elizabeth Chapman
Relation: Was her Housekeeper at the Meadows

Alwyne was a beautiful classy lady. Enjoyed times spent with her. Elizabeth

From: Cathy & Preston Davies
Relation: Ruth & Frank

It was a great pleasure knowing Alwyne. Such a very kind soul. I know she will be missed by many and especially her family. Enjoy the memories.
Cathy & Preston

From: Maria Korsman and Christopher Comars
Relation: Friends of Frank, Ruth and Brett

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.

From: John Judy and Ian Mahon
Relation: cousins

Ruth and Kin,
Sorry to hear of your Mom.She sounds like she lived a full life. It appears like my Mom is holding a cousin reunion in heaven. She must be lonely! Alwyne is in good company!
Our Sympathy to you and yours.


From: Mike Ward
Relation: friend

Dear Ruth and Frank,
We are so sorry to hear that Alwyne’s life has come to a close. She will always be with you and your family of course in the wonderful memories you have of her and in the way she has touched your lives.
We feel fortunate that we had the pleasure of knowing her and we wish her well in the the journey that she has set out upon.
We can see that Mrs. Marsh lived a very full life, filled with children and grandchildren, disappointment and hard times as well as great joy.
Mrs. Marsh always seemed to us a very classy lady, as witty as she was kind hearted and we know how much you will all miss her.
How special that Natasha could share her last day with her. Thinking of you and your family, Mike and Jacqueline

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 14, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

H W Wallace Cremation and Burial
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

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