Marianne Genovefa Davey (Radfux) nee Weber
November 21, 1921 – December 9, 2009
With her immediate family at her side, Marianne passed away peacefully at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital on December 9, 2009, one week after her 88th birthday. She was quickly and unexpectedly taken by an aggressive leukemia. Born in Tuebingen, Germany, Marianne was the fi fth of eight children. She grew up in Heidelberg and Berlin, lived and worked in Istanbul during World War II, started a family in post-war Austria and then immigrated to western Canada in 1952, where she resided since.
Marianne continued her World War II – interrupted education as a mature Charter Student at the newly opened Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. She went on to teach at North Oyster School, Vancouver Island. She formed lasting friendships with many of her former students. Throughout her life, Marianne shared her love of music, literature, and conversation with her many friends of all generations. Mummi, Mother, Gram, Marianne will be deeply missed and well remembered by her family and longtime friends. Her elegance, curiosity, faithfulness, warmth and passion touched everyone that she met.
Marianne was predeceased by Frank Radfux (January 1985) and Raymond A. Davey (January 1996). Marianne is survived by her three children: Lis Welch (Bruce), West Vancouver; Verena Foxx, Vancouver; Bernhardt Radfux (Brenda Fransen), Halfmoon Bay; and her only grandchild, Victor Bomers, Vancouver. Her remains will be scattered in Roberts Creek at a family celebration.
A private celebration of Marianne’s life will be held, at her request, in the spring, 2010. Donations in Marianne Davey’s name to the palliative care centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital are welcome: Victoria Hospice, 3rd fl oor – Richmond Pavilion, Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC, V8R 1J8