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Marian Kathleen Margaret McEwen

Feb 4, 1920 - Feb 23, 2021

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McEwen, Marian Kathleen Margaret

Marian Kathleen Margaret McEwen was born February 4, 1920 in Claresholm, Alberta. Marian passed away peacefully on February 23, 2021 at the age of 101 years at the Good Samaritan Rocky Mountain House.

After completing her schooling in Claresholm, Marian went to Montreal to train at the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, and after graduating, joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Naval hospitals in Halifax N.S. and in Esquimalt, B.C. Upon her discharge from the Navy, she returned to Montreal to gain a degree in Public Health Nursing from McGill University.

After working for several years for Montreal City Health Department and for the Children’s Service Centre, Marian returned to Alberta, working as a nurse with Indian Health Services

before joining the nursing staff of the hospital in Rocky Mountain House. Upon completing a course in Operating Room Management in 1970 at University Hospital in Edmonton she returned to the hospital in Rocky Mountain House where she happily continued her 40-year nursing career until her retirement in 1985.

Marian enjoyed the outdoors, the birds, the wildflowers, and the nearness of the Rocky Mountains. She hiked and skied and involved herself in many community projects. She was secretary of the Historical Society, served on several boards, and was an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church where she was organist for many years.

Among the many honors Marian received were the Humanitarian Award from the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor's Recognition Award for Volunteerism (she was a founding member of the "Rocky Trail Trashers"), a Life-Long Learning award from the Rocky Community Learning Council, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Marian was predeceased by her father David McEwen in 1931 and by her mother Ruth Doyle McEwen in 1974. Her only brother David Charles McEwen was killed in action in 1944 at Anzio, Italy.

Marian is survived by her cousins Joan Chatsworth (Seattle) and Catherine Doyle Meehan (Victoria) and her foster daughter Esther Chui (Hong Kong) by her lifelong friend Jean Morton (Collingwood, ON).

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Good Samaritan Clearwater Centre for their excellent care, and to Elizabeth (Betty) Semple, indispensable friend and support in Marian's later years.

Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding Covid-19, a memorial service will be scheduled for a later day.

If friends wish, a memorial donation may be made in Marian’s name to a charity of the donor's choice.

Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

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Jean & Stewart Stephanson:

Marian was a generous example of how to be a fine citizen. She was one of my heroes. Her quiet sense of humour was always right behind her lovely smile. She was an excellent nurse, avid hiker, and a friend to so many in town. Many will remember her playing the organ or the piano at the Presbyterian church, and for many weddings and funerals. Many will have seen her and her hiking buddies with garbage bags in hand to pick up the trash along the hiking trail. Miss McEwen was a true example of a life well-lived. We will miss her.

Anna Bertagnolli:

A true lady, through and through...you gave your time so generously through volunteering and helping wherever you could. Your brilliance shone in all you did.. the world was a better place because of you, Marian. Go forth and know you left your presence felt on earth.

Karin Nijenhuis:

you were a true mentor, and very kind nurse. Loved working with her. You also were a great citizen of our small town. So many good things you did. We will remember you Marian.

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