October 16, 1941 – December 11, 2019
Marlene Pedersen (nee Shaul), age 78, passed away on Dec 11, 2019, in Abbotsford, BC. Marlene was predeceased by her first husband Arnold in 1999, and her second husband Carl in 2019. Marlene is survived by her son Gregg (Shellie) and grandchildren Kirkland and Morrison; several nieces and nephews; her step-children Elizabeth (Blair), John (former spouse Karen) and Ellen (Mark); and step-grandchildren, Sonya, Jamie (Margaret), Sara (Jerone), Mark, Michelle (Austin), Stephanie and Jordan.
Born on October 16, 1941, in Edmonton, AB, Marlene was raised on a small farm outside of the city. In 1966, she married the love of her life, Arnold, and together they moved to Ebenezer, SK to start a grain farm. Three years later they welcomed their son, Gregg, into the world.
In 1977, Marlene was diagnosed with cancer; while it took a toll on her, she was too stubborn to let it stop her – cattle needed to be fed after all. Twelve years later Marlene and Arnold retired from farm life and found their way to Sunshine Valley, BC. Later, in 1996, they welcomed their first grandchild, and after losing Arnold in 1999, another grandchild arrived in 2000, after which Marlene settled in Chilliwack.
In 2003, Marlene got a second chance at love and an expanded family when she married Carl. Newly retired, Marlene and Carl enjoyed 16 years together spending much of their time travelling, socializing, carpet bowling and worshiping together.
Marlene was an exceptional cook. With an ailing mother, she cooked by necessity; however, it became a labour of love and we reaped the delicious reward. She was generous and creative, spending countless hours chaperoning her son’s track and field teammates and, later, sewing sock dolls for children she would never meet. She was spunky and never missed the opportunity to laugh – loudly. Most importantly, Marlene will be lovingly remembered, and greatly missed, by everyone who knew her.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on January 31, 2020 at 1:30 pm at the Chilliwack Alliance Church located at 8700 Young Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ruth and Naomi’s Mission or The Gideon Society.
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