Long; Marie Blanche. August 2, 1917 ~ April 29, 2014. After a sudden illness, lasting several days, Marie Long passed away surrounded by her caring immediate and extended family. She is lovingly remembered by her three loving children, granddaughter and great-grandchildren. Marie was born Marie Pilon, to a large Montreal French Canadian family in 1917. Her early years were challenging as she coped with being the middle child of a large low income family of 11 children. In her late teens she had a realization that would define the rest of her life; life was what you made of it and courage, compassion, contemplation, creativity and strong effort were the tools by which to shape your life into something meaningful. Marie was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, poet, philosopher, writer, artist, hiker and avid walker. She had spunk and great energy and never failed to remind people of her intention of living as long as possible nor about what was on her mind at any given time. Marie always lived life to the fullest and at 96 she was still going on daily walks and strolls until her last few days. She inspired all who knew her.
An poignant excerpt from one of her poems sums it all –
“In an embrace of Joy; closer to God our Creator,
Death is full of Life Within,
Do not cry for me,
I am now in Blessed Peace.”
She will be sadly missed and always remembered.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial Tea will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, May 18th at the Auburn Seniors Residence – 8531 Young St., Chilliwack. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca.
Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home
45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5 604-793-4555