DUNLOP, MARJORIE HELEN REAUGH
November 2,1926 - October 20, 2012
Mom passed away peacefully Saturday October 20 just short of her 86th birthday. She was the fourth of six children born to Archibald and LaVerne Reaugh. Her younger years were spent in Prince George until at fourteen, on a brave whim, she and a girlfriend lied about their age to join the army. They were excited to be shipped to Vernon then Vancouver. Working her way home she took a job in Kamloops and the majority of her life was spent here in Westsyde where she and Dad raised their seven children. She was a wonderful mother and friend and is greatly missed by all her family.
She was predeceased by our Dad (E. Ray) Shorty, July 16,1991, her parents, brothers Bernard and Howard (Knick), and sister Doris. She is survived by her sister Lola, brother Ivor (Barbara), sister-in-law Beulah, and her children Judy, Gail, Donna, Barry, Bob (Denise), Sandra and Dan, as well as her special niece Shirley. Ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Mom really was an exceptional woman. The first four children were tended to without benefit of indoor plumbing other than the kitchen sink. Many winter months were spent hanging clothes on the line to freeze and then bringing them in to hang on a drying rack. She always warmed our towels on the wood stove oven door for our baths in the galvanized tub. Mom didn't drive so she needed to be a person of all knowledge when we were ill. By the time the last three children were born we had bus service in Westsyde so she had more mobility. The last three were very ill as babies and Mom would take the bus into town and tend to them at the hospital each day, then go home and tend to the rest of the family. Mom never complained of any of the hardships or difficulties she endured, she seemed to just take life in stride. She was always cheerful, singing or whistling or yodelling as she worked, and often when she was doing laundry on the porch, her yodel could be heard echoing up the river. Many evening hours would be spent knitting, helping with homework, reading to us, or laughing as she taught us Scrabble. To our delight, Dad would often grab her and waltz her grandly around our tiny living room. We are all very proud of her and grateful for having had such a gracious, patient, and loving Mother.
As we became less dependent Mom took up hunting with Dad and began horseback riding again. Once Mom finished raising her family she worked at Woodwards and Ponderosa. She enjoyed league bowling and her hilarious trips to Reno with her sisters-in-law.
Mom spent the past several years contentedly in Pinegrove Care Centre where she received exceptional care. Our thanks to the wonderful staff!
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Prince George where her ashes will be interred with her Mother and sister.
We are truly blessed to have had this wonderful lady in our lives for as long as we did and she and Dad have left us with many fond and loving memories.
No flowers please but cards & stories will be accepted with pleasure!
206 Columbia, Kamloops, BC, V2C2S9.