Marion Long

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Marion Edythe was born at home, on the farm, in Sullivan Township on December 29, 1929 to parents James Elwood and Edythe Taylor (Merriam) Weeden. She joined older sister Eileen (1928) and was later followed by James (1931), who died in infancy, Leonard (1933) and Elizabeth (1937). The Weeden farm was located near the Hemstock Mill, where the family mix farmed. Marion attended the Golden Valley School on the 4th of Sullivan and later completed high school in Chatsworth.

Upon completion of high school, Marion soon began a three year nursing program at Owen Sound General & Marine Hospital. The year was 1949. Marion graduated as a registered nurse in 1951 and began working in the obstetrics department. Who knew then that she would remain in a similar position for the next 42 years. Other than a seven year hiatus, when her three children were born, Marion was a staple in the obstetric department, helping countless new mothers and babies through the years. When she retired in 1993, Marion was working in the intensive care nursery.

In 1950, while working, Marion had a patient arrive at the hospital needing their appendix removed. This young man’s name was George Arthur Long, and it should be no surprise that Marion took great care of him, as his nurse. In time, George convinced Marion to join him on a date and the two hit it off immediately. The young couple were married on April 4, 1953 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Chatsworth. After renting for a few years, the Longs purchased a farm in Sullivan Township in 1957. They had welcomed their daughter Dayle in 1955, Karen (1957) and Jim (1959) soon following. In addition to caring for her young family, Marion worked a regular shift at the hospital and could often be found out in the barn helping George with the daily chores. Life was busy for Marion on the Long farm.

In her limited free time, Marion enjoyed being a member of the Golden Valley Women’s Institute, was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church ACW and volunteered her time as a 4-H leader. She and George loved to dance, often attending dances at local Legions on the weekends. At home, they felt it was important to teach all the kids to dance as well, with many memorable stories told of these times. Marion enjoyed playing cards, particularly euchre, and was known to enjoy knitting, sewing and quilting. She liked spending time outside gardening, either in her garden or flowerbed. Marion enjoyed her sweets and in particular ice cream! The kids fondly remember stops at DQ on the way home from weekly shopping trips. Marion always said this was because the kids were well behaved during shopping, however it might have had more to do with her desire for ice cream! 🙂 The kind of ice cream did not matter, however I am told Tin Roof Sundaes were very popular! Marion was probably best known for her baking skills. No one could compete with her apple pie or homemade bread, just ask her children and grandchildren. Even with her recipe, the final results could never compare to Marion’s talent. She was very blessed in the kitchen.

Although not much for travelling, Marion enjoyed her trips west to visit Jim and his family. She enjoyed watching, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and in time often used the famous phrase, “Is that your final answer?” Television often kept Marion company, while she worked. She was known to watch many Blue Jay games while knitting for friends and family. Marion’s faith played an important role in her life as she was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Chatsworth. Marion was baptised, confirmed and remained an active member in the church until its closure.

Sadly, George died suddenly in 1992 and Marion’s life was forever changed. She missed him every day since! Although a difficult period in her life, Marion’s children and grandchildren were there to support her. Marion loved spending time with her grandchildren. She had a very close, and unique relationship with all of them and was always there to watch and cheer them on throughout their lives. It didn’t matter if it was in school, at the ball diamond, arena, or another accomplishment in their life. If something was happening in her grandchildren’s life, Marion was usually there!

Marion was a remarkable woman. She was a well-respected “lady” and showed others the same respect. Marion was kind, forgiving (probably too forgiving) and would do anything for anyone. She always put the needs of others before her own, and never said “no” to anyone. She was content with the life she led, enjoyed a dry sense of humour and was very easy-going. Only one story was told of when Marion lost her cool, when her kids were pushing all the right buttons when they were younger. She sent the kids outside to play and locked the door, which I am told never happened… so she was serious. There was soon a knock at the door and Marion marched over, quickly opened it and yelled, “I told you children to go outside and play!” Much to Marion’s surprise and embarrassment, the Fuller Brush man was standing in front of her. The kids would never let her live that moment down! She instilled in her family that “whatever goes around comes around” and that “you must always treat others as you would want to be treated.” 

Marion suffered a severe stroke in 2011. This meant she required more care, and therefore she had to leave the farm and soon called Summit Place home. Here she enjoyed visits from friends and family. Marion’s family continued to grow with the final count of eleven great-grandchildren and she always looked forward to family get-togethers, and their visits. Her face would light up when they stopped in for a visit or stories were told of happenings in their lives. Now Marion’s life will live on in the many stories and memories told by her loving family.

Marion passed away at Summit Place, Owen Sound on Friday, October 2, 2020 in her 91st year.

Loving mother of Dayle (Reg) Mannerow of R.R. #1 Chesley, Karen Doyle of R.R. #2 Annan and Jim Long (Guylaine Kohl) of Stettler, Alberta. Cherished grandmother of Matthew (Jennifer), Joe (Heather), Corey (Jenn), Briawna (Mike), Jenna (Marc), and Colter. GG will be dearly missed by her great-grandchildren Daphne, Penelope, Jackson, Jack, Parker, Sullivan, Cooper, Lillian, Sybil, Rourke and Hazel. Marion will be fondly remembered by her sister Elizabeth Hampson of Guelph and sister-in-law Mary Weeden of Thornbury. She was predeceased by her husband George, son-in-law Vern Doyle, sister Eileen Spence, brothers Leonard and James in infancy and her parents, James Elwood and Edythe Taylor (Merriam) Weeden.

Private services honouring Marion’s life will be held with interment to follow in St. Paul’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Memorial donations to the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce or Children’s Wish Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Ruth Davis
October 27, 2020

Marion was such a special lady. I remember watching for her to come to the Family Reunions. Another special memory I have is when my son was born. Marion brought him to me to be nursed. Special indeed. She touched the lives of many people.

Ted Grahlman
October 15, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the family..
Marion will be greatly missed.

Ron Grahlman
October 11, 2020

Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Marion was such a wonderful person in our lives. My boys have many fond memories of the delicious treats whenever we went to visit your mom and dad.

Mary Anderson
October 10, 2020

Gayle, Karen and Jim. My sincere sympathies. I know it has been a long time in caring.
When I went to see your mom in Summit with my first Grandson, she was delighted!! (He wasn’t) A baby a baby she said.

Sad time I know in saying good bye.
Mary Anderson

Carol and Ken Currie
October 10, 2020

Marion was a great and fun lady. Many fond memories are remembered by us.
Our sympathy to all the family.
Carol and Ken Currie

Tom & Karen Sweiger
October 9, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. Marion was a lovely and kind person. Marion helped deliver Karen and her sister, Nancy, when they were born. Marion was a special lady. Thinking of you at this time.

Warren & Gayle Callahan
October 8, 2020

Dayle, Karen and Jim,

We were so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. She was a kind and loving person. God needed another angel in Heaven. Warren and I have many fond memories of both Marion and George. Hugs to you all !

George & Myrtle Kidd, Gary & Heather Stirling
October 8, 2020

Sympathy to the family on your loss. We had many years of memories and times together with her at St. Paul’s Church, Chatsworth. Sincere condolences from the Kidd & Stirling families

Ellen Heinicke
October 8, 2020

Dayle, Karen, Jim and your families: My deepest condolences to all of you. She will be missed. I have many wonderful memories of her – from going for walks with her to gathering eggs in the hen house to her being one of the first people to see my daughter when she was born(her shift had just ended).

My love and hugs to all of you.
Ellen (Spence) Heinicke

Bill, Carol & Ryan, Paul and Families
October 8, 2020

Our condolences to you all. Your mom was such a caring person and a wonderful Aunt. We have many fond memories of Aunt Marion. We will miss her dearly.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Keith and Carol Davenport
October 8, 2020

Dayle,Karenand Jime

Wonderful thoughts of your dear dear Mom.
So special.
I have fond memories of many shifts worked together.
Sincerely Carol Davenport

Trudy Groot
October 7, 2020

My condolences to you all. Your Mom was a lovely person. She was good friend of my Mom’s (Erma McNabb). I always enjoyed visiting with her and getting caught up with her family news. She will be missed.
Take care Trudy Groot

John, Cathy and families
October 7, 2020

Dayle, Karen and Jim and all of your families.
Each and every one will greatly miss this lovely woman. Your mom, your grandma and your great grandma as well as my aunt and good friend. Sharing all your unique stories with each other will comfort you as you remember.
Thinking of you in your time of sorrow with love, thoughts and prayers.

Bob & Diane Murphy
October 7, 2020

It sounds like your mother was an amazing person Dayle….and created a multitude of memories to cherish. We are very sorry for your loss and send sincere condolences to the entire family.

Kathy & Murray Knapp
October 7, 2020

Dayle,Karen & Jim
Our sincere condolences to your family in the loss of a great Mom.
Your Mom was a beautiful person inside and out. She was kind, compassionate along with a sense of humor.
Dayle, I will always remember the times at your house when your Mom happened to be there and we had some great talks. I so enjoyed those talks.
Your Mom will be greatly missed. Cherish the memories and remember a Mother’s love never stops.
Sending you our hugs and prayers

Doug and Chris Fischer
October 7, 2020

Sending our condolences Dayle and thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

Chesley Nursery School
October 6, 2020

So sorry for your Dayle and families. We are all thinking of you in this tough time on behalf of the Chesley Nursery School.

Margaret McConnell
October 6, 2020

Dayle , Karen and families
Thinking of you guy at this time . She was a very lovely lady and will be miss 😢 Cherish the memory and she will be watch over us now Every one needs ❤ a angel like her

Val & Wally Harvie
October 6, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Dayle. Our deepest sympathy to your whole family!

Carol Banks
October 6, 2020

I have warm thoughts of “Mrs Short” which I always called Marion as a coworker. What a joy she was. Your family has been blessed to have her example to follow through life. I send hugs. Love, Carol Banks.

Gwynne Potter
October 6, 2020

My condolences to the entire family. Your mom was such a great lady. My mom always told the story of her and Marion travelling to Christmas eve service at the Church in a snow storm. Determined ladies. Thinking of you all – it doesn’t matter how long a mom has on this earth, it is never enough. Gwynne (Walker) & Terry Potter

Valerie Long
October 6, 2020

Sending my condolences to Dayle and her family on the passing of her Mom. My thoughts are with your family.

Hazel Davey, Willis, Diane, Jeni and James Spencer
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen and Jim,

Sending our deepest sympathy to all the family. Your Mom was such a special lady – she will be greatly missed.

Linda Hoffman
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen, Jim and families, my deepest condolences. Working with Marion was always such a joy and l have many fond memories from our shifts together. Marion will live on forever in our hearts and memories. Hugs to all. Linda Hoffman

Murray and Shannon McNabb
October 5, 2020

Marion was such a wonderful and kind woman. Marion was a close friend of Mom’s , we have many fond memories of visits and she always asked how we were and especially how the children were doing.
Thinking of you all.
Murray,Shannon,Dawson,Colleen and Garrett McNabb

Steve and Wendy Mannerow
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen, Jim and family our deepest condolences, Marion was a wonderful lady, so kind and sweetie, and a wonderful nurse, cared for our newborn Megan, we will be forever grateful, our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Dianne King
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen, Jim and families.
Ross and I and our family have many memories of times that Marion would be with us at Christmas celebrations, and other Mannerow get togethers! I have a very special memory of your Mom as she sat with me in the Owen Sound Hospital on Dec 5th, 1973 and little did I know then that her daughter Dayle would end up being my sister-in-law. She sat with me and let me cry and comforted me as I worried and waited for results of tests of our newborn son. I never forgot that, she was a wonderful person and will be missed by all your families.
Dianne and Ross

Barb Weeden
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen and Jim,
Sending heart felt love and sympathy to you all and your families.
Love Barb and Aunt Mary

Jack and Ellen Cavill
October 5, 2020

Dayle, Karen and Jim, we are very sorry for your loss, your mom was a beautiful person and she will be very much missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hold close to your memories.

Peter and Doreen Zehr
October 5, 2020

Very sorry to hear of your loss

Doris Hack
October 4, 2020

My sincerest sympathy at this sad time.

Ashley Corbett Meyerink
October 4, 2020

Our sincere condolences. Sorry for your loss.

Pat and Laura Durnin
October 4, 2020

Marion was one of the sweetest women . Our deepest sympathies to all.

Becky Routenburg
October 4, 2020

Fond memories of your sweet mother at the hospital & in the community. Sending our sympathy to the family.
Becky & Brian Routenburg

October 4, 2020

Dayle thinking of you all and wrapping you in Gods love and strength. We keep coming back xo 😘

Ann Clements
October 4, 2020

We are so sorry to of your Moms passing .

Karey-Lane Reid
October 4, 2020

Dayle and all of your family…so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing….my condolences to you all.

Bonnie and Doug Sacks
October 4, 2020

Dayle, Reg and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mom. Sending prayers and hugs.

Nancy & Bev Nickel
October 4, 2020

Sorry to hear such sad news of losing your mom Dayle. Cherish all the happy memories you made. Thinking of you in the difficult days ahead

Theressa Stade
October 4, 2020

Sorry for your loss sympathies to you all

Gwen and Graeme Crump
October 4, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of your loss . Marion was such a wonderful Nurse who was kind to her patients and all staff who worked with her. Fond memories . I remember her butter tarts were pretty good too..RIP sweet lady

Don Benedict and Joan Edworthy
October 4, 2020

Our sincere sympathies to your family. We will remember Marion with fondness.

Hazel Pratt-Paige & Pratt family
October 4, 2020

Deepest sympathies Dayle, Karen, Jim and your families. Nothing is as precious as a mother’s love!

Bryan & Jill Crawford
October 4, 2020

Our sincere condolences Dayle.

Carol Golem
October 3, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Dale! Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time!

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