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Marjorie Joan Drysdale

June 22, 1933 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Marjorie Drysdale Obituary

Peacefully, Marjorie Drysdale completed her life on October 19, 2023.  She was born into the family of Frank & Elsie Marks on June 22, 1933 on the family farm in the RM of Strathclair.  She was the 6th child in a family of 10 and shared life with 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  They all attended Newdale School.

Marj’s beloved husband Bob moved to Newdale for work as a meat cutter, it was there at a dance where he met his future wife. They were married on July 3rd, 1954. Bob and Marj moved to Ingelow, MB where they had purchased the farm at

4-12-16. Their life was busy and the railroad was near, so the couple took in boarders and Marj cooked for the railway workers from time to time.

Sadly, her mother passed when she was a teenager and the responsibility of caring for the family fell to Marj.  Her youngest sister, Barbie was only 5 at the time. 

In 1955 Barbie came to live with them. Marj & Bob have three children:  Raymond, Karen & Patti.   

As a mother, a wife and a sister, Marj was appreciated.  She was a good cook and had a big garden that she pickled and preserved.  She was active in the Ingelow community, the Ingelow and Brookdale United Churches and the Brookdale UCW.  She supported her children in their varied interests.  Whether it was 4-H or sporting events, Marj was there, assisting and cheering!  Marj was a strong supporter of the Brookdale Community Club and you always could find her working the fall suppers, bonspiels and community events.  She curled regularly at Brookdale. 

In 1984, Ray and Shelley moved into the house on the farm and Marj and Bob started a new yard-site in the village of Ingelow. They planted trees and moved in a new home.  She spent many hours working in her yard and gardens. 

Farming with son Ray opened the way for travel. In the 1990’s, they decided to find somewhere warmer to spend the winters.  After checking out Arizona and Florida, they settled on a spot in Weslaco, TX.  There, Marj loved to golf and swim.  She loved her Weslaco friends!

She and Bob also travelled farther afield.  They went to several World Curling Championships including Perth Scotland and Duluth Minnesota.  They travelled to New Zealand to see their daughter Patti, when she was an exchange student.  Hawaii, Guadeloupe and Cuba were other destinations. They checked out Newfoundland, Canadian East and West coasts and enjoyed Alaskan and Caribbean cruises.

Marj was delighted to be grandma to 5 grandchildren and later 4 great-grandkids.  A visit from the kids was always special.

In 2013, they moved to a senior’s complex in Brandon.  Marj soon found a new life in town.  She played cards, did some handwork, loved to shop and kept up her swimming.  Unfortunately, she broke her hip in 2017.  She moved into the Carberry Care Home in May of 2018 and Bob moved to Carberry in July 2020.  The COVID years were no fun when you were living in a care home but Marj weathered the isolation and appreciated the window visits from her family. 

Always a woman of quick wit and able to visit with anyone, Marj will be missed by many friends in Brookdale, Neepawa, Brandon and Carberry. 

She is remembered with love by her husband of 69 years, Bob Drysdale, her son Ray (Shelley) Drysdale of Brookdale, daughter Karen (Myles) Olmstead of Gregg, and daughter Patti (Roger) Vanasse of Kenora, ON. 

Grandchildren.... Jocelyn (Steve), Teryl (Al), Bryce (Nikki), Travis (Hailey), and Teanna (Evan).

Great grandchildren Arianna, Sophia, Raya and Wyatt

She is also remembered by her sisters-in-laws, Ann, Wendy and Gaye Marks.

The family would like the thank the Staff of the Carberry Personal Care Home who cared for Mom these last five years and supported Dad on his daily visits to see her.  Mom was laid to rest in the Neepawa Cemetery on the 25th of October and family and friends gathered later at the Brookdale Community Hall.

A graveside service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Manitoba on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 1:30 p.m., with a lunch to follow in the Brookdale Hall at 2:30 p.m. 

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Graveside Service
October 25, 2023

1:30 PM
Riverside Cemetery
1 Smith Dr
Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

October 25, 2023

2:30 PM
Brookdale Community Hall
421 McNaughton Ave.
Brookdale, MB R0K 0G0


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