Our mother died much more quietly than she lived. In life, there was no stopping her impish ways. During her younger days, it was painting her fathers' toenails as he slept, just to amuse herself or frightening the workers at her family's lumber mill when she'd play on the log booms in the Bartibog River and near the end of her life, teasing and keeping her caregivers on their toes.
Marnie completed her nursing studies at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1944 and while serving as an army nurse (Lt. Marjorie A.F. Russell, RN) during World War II, she met our Irish father, who told her he had been waiting for her all his life. Together, they lived in all of the Maritime Provinces and Quebec, before settling in Long Sault, Ontario, where Marnie taught at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Marnie and Jim retired to Elora in 1987. As he had carefully planned, by marrying a nurse 13 years his junior, Marnie lovingly cared for Jim until his death in 1998.
Marnie spent her final years in Pickering, first living with her daughter Chris and Donald, and finally at Bayridges. Many thanks to all Marnie's caregivers at Bayridges, Durham Community Care Day Program and to Jenny Jodhi, Gloria Dabideen and Belinda Brown, all who compassionately enriched our mother's life.
Our condolences to Marnie's family for their loss. Marnie was a great addition to St. Lawrence Colleg and the Cornwall campus with her practical knowledge that she passed on to her many students. We were also appreciative of her continued support for the Retired Business Faculty Award (Bursary to a student in financial need) after Marnie moved away from the area. She always had her students' needs at heart. David Enns (fellow faculty member) DAVID ENNS
Marnie Coulter, one of the best exports the East Coast ever had. Before teaching on the Cornwall Campus in the Business Department, Marnie was an Army Nurse in her day and after the annual convention with her associates, she would arrive back on the Cornwall Campus armed with her jokes shared by her Army buddies.
And then there was the time that the Cornwall Campus had their annual Business meeting at Chateau Montebello, just outside of Ottawa. Cy Page, our Chairman at that time, was busy visiting with friends when Marnie decided to sneak into his room from our room through the adjoining door to "french" his bed. Fortunately, we were able to lock the door from our side because when Cy arrived, he knew exactly who had done the dirty deed... can't fool those Maritimers where Cy was also from.
OH, I LONG FOR THE GOOD OL' DAYS WHEN THE CAMARADERIE WAS GREAT!!!
Dianne Roy, best job ever .. lasted 33 years!!