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Marie Quakenbush, born Ada Marie Ray, passed away on Easter Sunday at Cowichan Lodge in Duncan BC. Marie is survived by the love of her life, her husband Grahame, her beloved daughters Tracey True and Ann Stephenson, her son-in-law Gerry True and her granddaughter Lucymarie. She also leaves behind her dearly loved sisters Hazel and Doreen, her cherished nieces and nephews and treasured cousins, step-children, sisters-in-law, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Born in Salmon Arm, BC, Marie grew up on Lockley Road in Victoria. She graduated from Esquimalt High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. After her first marriage to Ronald Stephenson she found herself a single parent of 2 girls. Marie was the head nurse of Pediatrics at Victoria General Hospital for many years and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at UVic. She met her beloved Grahame at the hospital. Their marriage and subsequent life together led to many happy holiday trips around the world and on into retirement, moving to Cobble Hill then Ladysmith before the disease of dementia took Marie from her family much too early. She spent the final years of her life at Cowichan Lodge where Dr.’s J. Saunders, S. MacDonald and the wonderful staff treated her like a member of their own families, with love and dignity. She spent many enjoyable afternoons with her family having ice cream with the ladies at the Old Farm Coffee Shop in Duncan.

Marie was an inspiration to all who knew her: an intelligent, compassionate, easy going and loving woman. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, April 10th from 2pm to 5pm at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club in Duncan. Her family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC in lieu of flowers.

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