Furlong, Marian Evelyn


Marian Evelyn (Ward) Furlong

June 20, 1932 – November 11, 2019


Mom was a special person.   She had a spiritual connection to Jehovah God which carried her through her entire life.  Her decisions, her counsel and her leadership all gave testament to goodness, fairness and family.  Everyone who came into her life benefited from her kind heart and loving spirit.

Her death saddens us, but we know she believes that we will all be okay.  And we will – if only because we know that’s what she wants.  And, what Mom wants – Mom gets!

The one who will miss her most is her soulmate – Walter Dennis Furlong.   They married on September 14, 1950 and were in their 70th year together.   Theirs was an enduring example of love that saw them through good times, tough times and a life that was full of surprises, hard work and togetherness.

Muriel Knowles (Tom), Susan Ruffo (Ron), Nancy Furlong, Rick Furlong (Maddy), Robin Bibaud (Mike), Pennie Buck (Jeff) and Tammy Furlong will miss their special Mom.  As will her grandkids who Mom adored – Shawna, Jennifer, Thomas, Andrew, Jacqueline, Michael, Coral, Brenda, Denise and Debbie.   And those great grandchildren galore – her eyes and smile lit up each time they visited.

Quite the family!   Mom was a loving, caring, stern and supportive matriarch.   We always knew (often pretty quickly) when we went astray.   But right or wrong, Mom would always support us in figuring out what should come next.

We so admire Mom and Dad’s courage and tenacity.   They met young.  (Rumour has it they were engaged at 9.)  They married at 18.  Moved away from family and friends in the early ‘60s to make their fortune in the “wild west”.  They spent tough years raising us, always putting food on the table and a roof over our heads.  And always teaching us right from wrong, the importance of doing right by those less fortunate, and taking care of one another.

Mom’s love sustains us.  It is a touchstone that we rely on.   Thank you Mom, Grandma and Great-gramma.   We love you.

Mom was pre-deceased by her parents, George Ward and Frances May Hookham, her brother Alfred Ward, sisters Lyla Darrah and Ethel Carpenter, daughter-in-law Tina Furlong and son-in-law Tom Knowles.   She is survived by her dear sister, Betty Rimmington.

Mom’s family and friends are grateful for the compassionate care she received at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital and then at the Rivercrest Hospice.    Donations to the Rivercrest Hospice in Fort Saskatchewan would be appreciated.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 22560 Wye Road, Sherwood Park.   Conversation and light refreshments will follow at the Whitecroft Community Hall, 314 – 52313 Range Rd 232, Sherwood Park.

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Roni Franklin

I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing lady who raised an amazing family. Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent with her family.

Debbie Roy

So sweetly remembering my aunty Marion. Always kind and that Ward soft spoken, yet strong person. My prayers go out to Uncle Walt and your great and loving family. The loss is a heavy burden to bear and leaves a huge hole that never really recovers. I know the hurt you are feeling all too well.

Jocelyn Santos

I’m sorry for your loss Tammy, my sincere condolence to your family to

Margaret Perry

I’m so sad to hear of Aunt Marian’s passing. My thoughts are with you all as you learn to live without her. I will always remember her as a kind, generous and strong woman with a heart as big as they come.

Susan Cooper

Condolences from the family of Don Ward (Marion and Betty’s cousin). My father Don remembers many childhood antics with his cousins at Williamsport…

Rosemary Hall (Young)

My sincere condolences to my dear Uncle Walt and his family. Aunt Marian was a loving lady. I spent a lot of time at their home when they lived in Huntsville and have wonderful memories. RIP dear lady.

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