Leroux, Marion Esther  -  August 6, 1938 – July 27, 2018

 

With loving family by her side, Marion Leroux (nee Ames) passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg Manitoba on Friday, July 27, 2018 after a valiant battle with critical surgery related problems for a recent health issue.

 

Marion was pre-deceased by her mother and father of Kenora, Rose (nee Bourgouin) Ames and Milton Ames, and her sister Joan Degagné of Galt California. Marion was also pre-deceased by her father and mother in law Frank Leroux Sr. and Henrietta (Nee Francis) Leroux, sister-in-law Marguerite (nee Klementek) Leroux, brother-in-law Ralph Leroux and sister-in-law Jeanne Aandal.

 

Marion is survived by her Husband Brian Walter Leroux and they were three months shy of their 59th wedding Anniversary (October 10, 1959).  Marion is also survived by her brother and sister -in-law Frank and Marlene Leroux of Kenora. She also leaves to celebrate her life, nephew Frank Leroux Jr (Jeanie), and their sons Patrick and Robert; Niece Sue Loewen (Dan) from Kenora and their daughter Stephanie (Scott) (daughters Blair and Blake) and son Spencer (Sydney Low); brother-in-law Vern Aandal; niece Sandra (Mike) Salvador from Sioux Narrows; nephew David (Kelly) Sundmark from Kenora and their sons Jarrod and Eric.

 

Also left to celebrate Marion’s life is her brother-in-law from California Richard Degagné and niece Lynne (Tim) Reilly and their children Danielle, Renee Whalen (Brian), and James; Niece Jillian Chesbrough (Mark) and daughters Ashley (Logan, Liam) and Megan (Remi); Niece Kathy Degagné.

 

Sister Geraldine Tunney (Alan) and nephew Patrick from Ottawa, niece Alison Zapata (Carlos) from Vienna Austria and their children Alex, Daniel and Ruby;

 

Brother Robert Ames (Linda) and niece Susan (Bruce) Misner and their daughters Anya and Linnéa from Oakbank, Manitoba; Nephew Michael Ames (Keira) from Winnipeg and their sons Shane and Kristjan;

 

Brother Jim Ames (Andrea) and nephew Joel Ames (Erin Campbell) from Kenora, niece Rebekah Winstanley (Blair) from Kenora and their son Wyatt.

 

Marion was born (August 6th, 1938) and raised in Camp Robinson, Reddit and Kenora Ontario and was educated and worked in the Kenora area (apart from her Registered Nursing Education in Toronto) for her entire life. Marion graduated from Lakewood High School and then worked at the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company and later at Lakewood High School. She then followed up on a life-long dream and attended the Quo Vadis Registered Nursing program in Toronto Ontario. After Graduation, Marion returned to Kenora and worked for several years as a Nurse and Manager at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. After retiring she worked for a few years as a Nurse with the residents at the Pinecrest Home for the Aged.

 

Marion throughout the course of her life suffered and fought through 7 Major surgeries (4 of which were cancer) and the qualities that carried her through these challenges were always present as she met life head on with courage, directness, faith and hope.  The foundation of these qualities was her love for family and life. Marion was very caring in her profession as a nurse and combined this compassion with assertiveness, firmness and forgiveness in advocating for health care and healthy relationships. Marion was known to her nieces and nephews as their “Second Mom” and she nurtured these relationships as a Godmother, Aunt and “Great Aunt”!

 

Marion fought and advocated for Women’s rights and was a leader in supporting women’s issues especially those pertaining to health. She balanced these beliefs with her strong Catholic faith and her belief in the Church and its’ teachings and sacraments yet also advocating for progressive reform. Noteworthy was her love of our Blessed Mother Mary and Marion put her beliefs into action as a volunteer with the Church Ministries and some work with the Catholic Women’s League.

 

Marion was also one of the First “Dragon Tamers” in the Kenora area and loved paddling the Dragon Boat along with other Breast Cancer survivors. Marion also loved gardening and particularly had a “Green Thumb” with her flowers and vegetables. She also loved swimming and would endlessly do laps at the Kenora pool but was just as comfortable swimming “miles” in local lakes. Marion was also a passionate golfer and although taking up the game late, she persevered at the game with the same tenacity that carried her through other challenges in her life. Driving around the course on her Betty Boop golf cart, she was particularly good at “Driving” the ball and her putting was deadly. If you played golf with Marion, you were in for a battle and beware if you did not follow the rules and etiquette of the game.

 

A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at Notre Dame du Portage Church on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 11:00 am with Father Rudy Manaloto presiding. Interment will follow for family members immediately after the service and guests are invited to a Luncheon which will follow in the Parish Hall after the service. Honorary Pall Bearer will be Jill Chesbrough and Pall Bearers will be Patrick Tunney, Alison Zapata, Susan Misner, Michael Ames, Joel Ames and Rebekah Winstanley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Notre Dame Church Building Restoration Fund, Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. 

 

Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services ( Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.