Born in Moonstone, Ontario, Marion Cowan passed away peacefully, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, creativity, and natural beauty. She was the beloved wife of the late Everett Cowan, a loving mother to Peter, Valerie, and Lynda, and a cherished mother-in-law to David, Robert, and Danielle. Marion was also a doting grandmother to Matthew, Kayla, Michael, Sarah, Everett, and Jake, a proud great-grandmother to Camden, Addison, and Peyton, and a loving dog mother to sisters Poppy and Clover.

Marion's passion for nature was evident in her lovingly tended gardens, a vibrant oasis that reflected her nurturing spirit. Her green thumb was complemented by a keen eye for hidden treasures, often discovered during her adventures at local yard sales. These excursions not only satisfied her collector's instinct but also strengthened her connections within the community she cherished.

A woman of many talents, Marion was a gifted athlete in her youth and remained a devoted Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan throughout her life. Her strong work ethic was evident from an early age when she began working as a switchboard operator, a job that instilled in her a sense of responsibility and independence that she passed on to her children.

Known for her laughter and humor, Marion brought light to the lives of all who knew her. Her boundless love extended beyond her immediate family to friends, neighbors, and her furry companions. She was always ready with a helping hand, a word of encouragement, or a gentle pat. Marion’s greatest gift to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a sense of wonder, an appreciation for life's simple pleasures, and a strong spirit of self-reliance. Her love for nature extended far beyond her garden. She often stopped the car to spot a snowy owl or other wonders of nature, turning every drive into a potential adventure and teaching her family to appreciate the beauty of the world around them. Marion's memory will live on through the lessons she imparted: to love deeply, find joy in everyday moments, approach the world with endless curiosity, and stand on one's own two feet.

Those wishing to honor Marion's memory are encouraged to donate to a Dachshund rescue, plant a flower, explore a local park, or simply take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us—perhaps even pausing to observe a bird in flight or a flower in bloom, just as Marion would have done. Marion Cowan's spirit will forever bloom in the hearts of those who loved her, from her children to her great-grandchildren, in the wagging tails of Poppy and Clover, and in the gentle whisper of the flowers she nurtured. Her legacy lives on in every moment of wonder experienced in nature's embrace and in the self-reliant spirit she fostered in her family.

An Interment ceremony for Marion will be held July 20, 2024 at 1 p.m. at St Johns Church in Craighurst 3191 Penetanguishene Rd, Barrie, ON L4M 4Y8.

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  • Lyse Chatelois
    Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2024 Reply

    Peter, Danièle and family,

    Our thoughts are with you and please know that we are sending you all our love during this difficult time.

    Lyse Chatelois, Nick, Sophia and Jacob

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