Marion G MacBurnie (nee Reid)
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the death of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Marion MacBurnie, on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at her home, just 3 days after her 83rd Birthday. Our sadness is eased in knowing that through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, Marion has been received into the household of God. Such was her faith that her daughter would joke that “Mom has a direct line to God”. While she faced many hardships in life, she was always there to encourage and help others. We all will miss her laughter, wit, generosity and even her stubbornness.
Born in North Sydney on May 20, 1938, Marion was the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Charlotte Ellen (Young) Reid. Marion was a faithful member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, loved being part of the choir and served on many committees over the years. Gardening and baking were her passions and she was well known for her fudge and carrot cake, and was often referred to as “The Fudge Lady”. She enjoyed helping seniors, referring to them as “My Seniors” and liked it when they called her “The Go-for”. She’d take them to appointments, shopping, and outings for ice cream.
Marion is survived by her loving son Bernie (Jo), ON, and her devoted daughter Salem (Grace), Tatamagouche; her two grandsons, Michael (Christine), ON, Steven (Melissa), ON; two cherished grand-daughters, Beth (Adam), Hammonds Plains, Shelene (Josh), Airdrie, AB; her eight great-grandchildren, Tenley, Sydney, Cameron, Nathan, Cole, Evalyn, Benjamin, and Griffin. Marion also leaves behind her extraordinary sister Elaine (Gary), Cole Harbour, and magnificent brother Gordie, North Sydney, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends who brought her so much joy.
Besides her parents, Marion was predeceased by her son Craig, husband Jerry MacBurnie, her sisters Edna, Gladys, Margie, Charlotte, her brothers, Bert, Lloyd, Donnie, Larry, Bob, and fur-kids Piper and Maggie.
Heartfelt thanks to family members: Peggy, Jackie, Elaine, Gary, Gordie, Beth, Shelene, Bernie, and Mom’s dearest friend Sis.
I was determined to honour my Mom’s wish to pass at home, the same house she was born in, where she lovingly adorned the walls with pictures of family. I couldn’t have done this without an army behind me. Immense gratitude to: Dr. Paul Hickey, Sobeys Pharmacy staff and delivery, VON, Northside Homemakers, Paramedics, The Palliative Care team, Allen from Medigas, Wilson Security, and The Salvation Army.
Cremation has taken place. A funeral service for Marion will be held at a later date at St. Matthew Wesley United Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W. J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney, NS. Memorial donations may be made to: Sydney SPCA, St. Matthew Wesley United Church, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com
“Till we meet again”