Marie Theresa Medland
June 3, 1928-December 26, 2011
It is with the deepest of sorrows that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Marie Medland, on December 26th at Kiwanis Lodge after a lengthy illness, with her family by her side. Marie was predeceased by her parents Gildo (Joe) and Dorina Novelli and her brother Gildo Novelli. Marie is survived by her husband of 62 ½ years, Ken Medland, and her two daughters Dorina (Larry Dudeck) and Darlene (Ted) Collinson, along with three adored and cherished grandchildren Jill and Alex Collinson and Blair Dudeck.
Marie was born and raised in Cassidy, B.C. and attended Ladysmith High school where she became the first female president of the students’ council. Upon graduation she worked for Ryan’s grocery store in Ladysmith until her marriage to Ken. The couple lived in Victoria for three months until Ken received a transfer to Nanaimo to work for Cunningham Drugstore.
Marie’s family meant the world to her, she was a devoted wife and an encouraging mother who supported her daughters to attain any goals they sought. Marie was a kind and gentle soul who loved children, the elderly and animals with a passionate generosity. Marie had a beautiful smile was always ready with a hello and a wave for everyone she met. Ave Maria!
There will be a memorial tea for Marie on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #256, 1630 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Marie’s name to a children’s organization, Columbian Centre Society, HugABull Advocacy and Rescue Society, or the charity of your choice.