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Marjorie Donovan

Marjorie Olive (Stone) Donovan, fondly known as “Marg,” passed away in deep sadness. She was born on July 29, 1935, in Devon, New Brunswick, to Cyril Stone and Ruby (Ackerman) Stone, who both preceded her in death. Marjorie was married to the love of her life, Arnold “Arnie” Donovan, for 61 wonderful years until his passing. They lived in Saint John and later moved to Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Marjorie was also preceded in death by her siblings James (Jim) Stone, May Sullivan, and Janice Phillips.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children: Nancy (Tom Creamer) of Quispamsis, Susan (Rick MacMichael) of Quispamsis, David (Petrina Melski) of Quispamsis, and Wendell of Saint John. Marjorie took immense pride in being a loving grandmother (Nana) to her grandsons Scott (Heather McFarlane), Corey (Heather Woodland), James (Gillian Goodwin), David, and Matthew (Ashley Daley). She adored her granddaughters Mackenzie and Adrijana, as well as her ten great-grandchildren: Avery, Miley, Rhys, Logan, Lydia, Reid, Audrey, Caroline, Grey, and Crew. Marjorie is also survived by her siblings Brenda, Carla, Betty, Greg, David, and Billy Stone, along with several nieces and nephews. Her cousins Valerie (Mike Drury) Fredericton, Ken Kilfillen (Doris) Chipman, and Gordon Kilfillen (Norma) Chipman held a special place in her heart.

Marjorie was an exceptionally talented, capable, strong, and fashionable woman. She worked at the New Brunswick Telephone Company and Ocean Steel before deciding to become a stay-at-home mother when she and her husband started their family. In addition to managing their household, she was Dad’s business partner at the Credit Bureau of Saint John. Marjorie possessed various talents, including knitting, sewing, and quilting. She created beautiful items over the years, notably several cherished quilts for her family.

Playing cards was one of her favorite pastimes. Marjorie enjoyed Texas Hold’em at the Moncton Casino and was skilled at cribbage. She also had a great love for bingo, often playing up to 50 cards at a time. Family, friends, and neighbors always enjoyed dropping by, knowing that something delicious was cooking in Marjorie’s kitchen. Baking came effortlessly to her, and her counter was often lined with dozens of cookies, pies, banana and lemon breads, and muffins.

One of her annual highlights was making seasonal preserves, which included various jams, jellies, and pickles. Marjorie insisted on picking the berries fresh by hand, a task she and her husband diligently carried out for many years. She took immense joy in giving her preserves to loved ones and always kept an extra stash in the cold room. Marjorie cherished summers at Green Acres Trailer Park on Grand Lake, spending time with family and friends. Dancing to music from the big band era as active members of the Thomist’s Dance Club was a favorite activity for her and her husband. While spending summers on Lake Digidiguash, Marjorie earned the nickname “The Candy Lady” for ensuring there were plenty of treats for everyone. She and her husband also delighted in their trips to Florida and many cruises around the world. Marjorie actively participated in TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), sharing her knowledge of healthy eating habits and weight loss with the membership.

In her later years, Marjorie resided at Parkland In The Valley, Quispamsis, where she found companionship among neighbors, friends, and staff. The family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Poirier and the compassionate care provided by the staff at Shannex.

Visitation will be held at Brenan’s Funeral Home on Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Rothesay, NB. Following the Mass, interment will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and a reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates remembrances to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.

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