Farewell to a brave soul

Marjorie (Butland) Snow 1933-2016 RIP

Marjorie (Butland) Snow

My mother passed away this morning taking her brave soul to wherever such souls go. Like the rest of us, she wasn’t perfect. But she tried her best to be a good person, especially in the face of tragedy after tragedy throughout her life including the loss of a baby to SIDS, an adult daughter to an accident, her first husband to an accident, a beautiful grand daughter to illness, her second husband to cancer, her own mother and two sisters, friends and relatives, and repeated battles with her own cancer. Through it all and much more she just kept going, doing her best. And what more can one ask of anyone?

She left a legacy of family members across the country – four generations at last count.

There were many moments of joy too. The thrill of finding a daughter given up for adoption 42 years previously. The delight in the marriages of her grandchildren. And later on the birth of her great, and great great, grandchildren – populating the country from coast to coast! In the 24 years that I’ve been a part of this family I’ve collected a few photos at various event. Many are just snapshots grabbed with a point and shoot camera or a cell phone, but they are just a few of the tangible memories of laughter and smiles I will carry in my heart. Rest in peace, Mum.


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  1. Elizabeth Mackie November 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Dear Ceci and family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear and beloved mother. My condolences to all family members. She was a great lady that lived a tough life but that did not stop her for loving and respecting those around her.
    The last time I spoke with her was exactly a week ago while in the hospital, breathing her last breath. It was an honour to speak with her one last time before she went home to her lord and savior. She will be missed by many who knew her. Rest in peace aunt Marjorie.

  2. Sandi Lammi November 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    Ceci, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
    A beautifully written piece.

  3. Gail November 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    So beautifully stated…………..Love you

  4. Judi Stiles November 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s death. She fought a brave fight all the way and thankfully didn’t have to spend endless weeks out of the home she loved. Thinking about you and Joel and the difficult next few days.

  5. Cindy horne November 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Sorry for the loss of your mom. your memories will always be with you

  6. Pat November 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    Great job. The music was spot on, she would have loved it! We all know that she is finally at peace and happy.
    Love you.

  7. Carol Ann Burden November 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    Sending endless love, support and hugs from afar. I know these last few months have been very difficult for you all and I am sad but glad that she has gone to a more peaceful place. Sounds like she had many family members waiting for her.

  8. Micky Clark November 4, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    So sorry Ceci…may she rest rest in peace!!! My deepest condolences!!! She had a beautiful smile…

  9. chester November 4, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    CECI : You have beautifully expressed the life of your MOM. A very strong lady. I truly believe that some people are formed who can suffer the indignities that life often sets upon us. Those are special people because they withstand such pain , sometiMes for the larger part of their life. You MOM was one of those. MAY SHE FIND THE PEACE SHE HAS EARNED.

    • Images by Ceci November 4, 2016 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you Chester. I agree; she has earned her peace and to be reunited with those she loved that have gone before.

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