Marilyn Stanaway

Marilyn "Marnie" Stanaway (Macfie)

Sunday, November 5th, 1939 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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STANAWAY, Marilyn “Marnie” (nee Macfie)
November 5, 1939 – July 15, 2019

Our family is heartbroken but grateful of the peaceful passing of Marnie Stanaway at The Carpenter Hospice on July 15, 2019 after dealing with cancer. She will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter Leesa (Jack – predeceased), her son Mike (Denise) and grandchildren, Shelby and Kayla. Predeceased by her parents, Marshall Macfie and Marjorie Macfie Francis. Also predeceased by James K. Stanaway. Mom loved and was loved by her entire family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a very kind and gentle person who loved to laugh and had a great sense of humour. Mom was known for loving all things sparkly and glittery (clothing, shoes and accessories) as well as her very vast collection of watches. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 12 p.m. with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a reception. In honour of our mom, please wear something colourful or something that sparkles or glitters. If desired, expressions of sympathy in memory of Marnie to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 1:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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  • Reception

    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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    Following Funeral Service


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S Labanich

Posted at 01:16pm
I am so very sorry to hear of your Marnie's passing. Her and my mom (Jane Labanich) were such good friends. I remember many stories of their trips to Arby's for the broccoli cheddar baked potato. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Barbara Bolton

Posted at 10:34am
I was heart sore to hear the news of Marnie's passing, although grateful that she is now at peace, it will be weeks before I realize she isn't there at the end of the phone line anymore. I wish I could be there with you all to celebrate her life, for if ever anyone deserved celebration it is my good friend Marnie. And what a friend she was. We met in Grade 3 at Glenwood Public School, (figure it out, 72 years ago!) we hit it off immediately, when she moved in to town and changed schools we still kept in touch, we were pen-pals, for you youngsters out there this means we used to put notes in the mail. We weren't allowed to use the phone unless there was a very special reason, phones were for emergencies, no e-mail, no face book, no cell phones. We met up again in Grade 9 at Central High. Marnie was my very beautiful, very glamorous friend, bright colours, gorgeous clothes, sparkling jewelry and immaculate hair, I was the slightly (?) overweight, tom boy farm girl that would rather be playing softball or hockey than going to a show, how we ended up such good friends is way beyond understanding.
The silliest memories have been running through my head since I first heard the news, Marnie and mom going to Buffalo and bringing us all Crest toothpaste and Thrills gum, long before they were available in Canada. Saving my money to buy Shalimar perfume because "Marje" wore it all the time and she was the most beautiful mother I had ever met. All the good times at the coffee pot, walking down Brant Street eating pomegranates in October as as they were available at the fruit market, many summer days spent at "the wall" or "the second tower", sitting on the wall listening to music from the Brant Inn bandstand, Charlie Parsons driving me home because I missed the last bus after a party at Gail's, going to all the hockey games and drooling over those handsome hunks, working many hours together at Parke & Parke drug store, her family including me for a week at a beach cottage (my first time away from home!), one summer she arranged for me to got to Noranda with her for a visit, my first train ride, gatherings with all the Bell cousins and aunts and uncles, memories so many memories! She was the first one to get a driver's license and often cam out to "the farm" to pick me up so that I could join in the fun with the town crew.
Marnie was my maid of honour, she was godmother to my oldest daughter, no matter how busy with life either of us got, we rarely missed a phone call on our birthdays. After I moved to Alberta, it was even more important to get those calls, and whenever I could manage a trip "home" she always made time to get together (along with the rest of our "gang') Our last visit was this past March, I'm so grateful for that time we had, soon after, I received the call with the diagnosis which certainly didn't sound good, my last phone call was 2 weeks ago on my birthday, how blessed I felt that she made the effort when I'm certain she didn't feel like it.
Rest in peace my very dear friend, you loved well and you were loved, you will be missed.
In my heart always
We should have taken more pictures! usually we were too busy talking and catching up, this 2015, Marn, Annabelle, Barb and Gail

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