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Marjorie REID

Rev. Marjorie Arlene Reid peacefully passed away on October 15, 2023 at the age of 84, surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren at University Hospital in London. Marjorie was a devoted mother to Graham and his wife Nancy, Brian and his wife Stephanie, Barbara and her husband Jamie, and Bonnie. She cherished her role as a grandmother to Esther, Kathleen, Lauren, Jack, Savannah, Maiya, and Noah. Marjorie is survived by her dear sister Muriel. Her loving husband Robert Reid, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage, also survives her. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Marjorie lived a life dedicated to her Christian faith and served within the Anglican Church throughout her entire lifetime. She and Robert first met at St. George’s Anglican Church in St. Catharines, Ontario. As missionaries, they devoted themselves to the Anglican Church of Canada in Zululand, South Africa during the mid-1960s. Marjorie actively participated in congregations in Fort Erie and St. Catharines. Her commitment to her faith led her to become ordained as a Deacon at St. Alban the Martyr in London in May 2008. She held special responsibilities for outreach, embodying her passion for serving others.

In addition to her spiritual work, Marjorie made a significant impact as a teacher. After completing teachers’ college, she taught in inner-city schools in Toronto in the early 1960s. Marjorie primarily focused on educating young children and providing support to vulnerable individuals. Throughout her career, she taught children with developmental and physical disabilities in St. Catharines and Woodstock. She played a crucial role as the parent program coordinator in Woodstock and Tillsonburg, where she developed and delivered a parenting program for mothers facing numerous challenges, including extreme behavioral problems and difficult socioeconomic circumstances.

Marjorie’s dedication extended beyond her church and teaching profession. She served on the board of the Woodstock Gymnastics Club during the 1980s and contributed to the development of the Oxford Community Complex as one of the original board members. She continuously expressed her care and compassion for others through regular communication and acts of kindness. Marjorie’s home was always open to anyone in need, providing a safe haven and support for both short visits and long stays.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, Marjorie found solace and comfort in her faith. Her family is certain that she is now free from the pain, suffering, and sorrows of this world, and has been welcomed into the embrace of her Savior with the words, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Cremation has been carried out, and a memorial service to celebrate Marjorie’s life will take place at The Church of St. Jude in London on November 18 at 11 A.M. The service will be livestreamed and recorded for those unable to attend in person. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Anglican Church of Canada, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, or Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County are appreciated in honor of Marjorie’s life and legacy.

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