On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, with her beloved husband of 49 years by her bedside, Marlene passed peacefully away. After suffering from Lewy body dementia, the Lord Our Saviour took Marlene in his arms and carried her to heaven. Born in Regina and raised on a farm in Sedley, Saskatchewan Marlene was the oldest of three kids. When she was of age, her father said to her you can be a teacher, nurse, or a hairdresser. She chose the latter. She went to the city for school. In Regina, she met her knight in shining armour who drove a white Chev Super Sport; Marlene, and Dwayne courted for some time. They were married on Halloween Day in 1970. Don’t worry; the ring bearer and flower girl are still upset, to this day, they couldn’t go trick or treating for as long as they wanted to that night. Also, no one knows who the mysterious cousins were from Norway, who showed up for the wedding reception and left after one dance. Dwayne worked for Imperial Oil and was transferred to Swan Hills, Alberta. Dwayne and Marlene packed up their belongings and left Saskatchewan and Dwayne started working in the upstream side of the oil and gas industry. First, the young family of three moved to Swan Hills with the grizzly bears as a young couple with one baby boy, Cory. Then along came their second child Deanna. A couple of years later, the now family of four moved from Swan Hills to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. It is here Dwayne built the family home. It is also in Fort Saskatchewan where Marlene established her hair salon. Remember malls? Well, there was once a Fort Mall. It is here Marlene opened her first beauty salon, The Hair Shoppe, located in the mall right beside the bakery. Pause and think, flour, water, and hair made Dwayne an excellent plumber. Many Sundays were spent by the entire family cleaning the floors, dumping ashtrays, and taking out the trash. Mom was both the CEO, President, and Chief Bottle Washer of her business. She poured her heart and soul into that endeavor, loved her clients, and was proud of her employees.Then one day because the rent was so high at the Fort Mall, Dwayne built Marlene a strip mall. That is what people do, isn’t it? The new mall at 99 Ave and 99 St in Fort Saskatchewan is where her second business, Salon 99, was an anchor for many years. At one point, Marlene owned two businesses and employed as many as twelve staff. A pillar of the community Marlene was a mentor, teacher, and friend to many stylists. Still, wearing open-toed shoes and sleeveless tops is a big no to many former staffers. Along with no jeans, mom didn’t allow anyone to show their armpits to the clients or wear sandals. Plus, she never opened on Sundays. Strong religious convictions and hardworking are two qualities mom held combined with a ton of energy. She loved Christmas and enjoyed hosting an open house for her clients each year. She went out of her way to find fun items to bring in and sell. Having a business, overseeing staff, taking care of the family did not stop her from volunteering as a Beaver and Scout leader. Plus, she made all Deanna’s many dance costumes over the years. Then there were the flower beds and the garden. Annually, mom, dad, and Cory spent hundreds of hours and several weekends caring for the property. Deanna made supper and ice tea or was travelling out of the country. Once the flower beds were in the family was off camping and fishing.
Marlene was filled with vibrant energy and a loving giving spirit, and she will be missed deeply by her family, friends and many employees. The Fort won’t be the same without her! Survived by Dwayne, Cory, and Deanna. Brother Peter (Bev), niece Megan (Garrett), nephews Brad (Adrienne) and Mark. Brother-in-law Don, and nephews Tim (Michelle), Trevor, Terry (Tamara), and Trent (Stacey). Sister-in-law Judy, nephew Brad (Yoko), and nieces Jennifer (Scott), and Angela (Casper). Plus, many great-nieces and nephews and lots of cousins. Predeceased by her parents Godfrey and Dorothy, parent-in-laws John and Martha, sister Yvonne and brother-in-law Rick and nephew Kevin. Also, sister-in-law Millie and brother-in-law Don L. Plus, Auntie Doreen and all of Marlene’s aunts and uncles.
Visitation Friday, July 3, 2020, 7 to 9 pm at Serenity Funeral Home in 9914 103 ST, Fort Saskatchewan. Funeral Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Christ Lutheran Church 9909 90 ST, Fort Saskatchewan at 1 pm. Please let us know if you will attend the funeral and visitation, as, in these unprecedented times, the July 4 funeral service will be by invite only. The limit is 50 people for indoor gatherings and during the visitation, the funeral home can have 15 people in the building at one time (including funeral home staff). The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Rivercrest Care Center for all their support. Donations can be made in Marlene’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories or a charity of one’s choice.
Serenity Funeral Service – Fort Saskatchewan – 780-998-1422