Marion McAllister

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Marion absolutely loved helping people! She truly cared for everyone in her life and would offer her help to anyone, no matter the task. She was a blessing to family, friends and community alike. Marion’s kindness will be remembered by all of us who were blessed to have known her.

Marion Ellen was born in Hanover on Friday, January 3, 1947 to parents Arthur and Alvena (Russwurm) Fidler. She joined older sisters Betty and Helen and was later followed by younger siblings Doug, Linda and Dennis. The Fidler family lived in Elmwood where Arthur operated a steel and scrap business. Marion attended public school in Elmwood before completing her high school education at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover. Following school, Marion began working at a Doctor’s office in Walkerton.

It was during this time that Marion caught the eye of a young man by the name of William “Dean” McGilveary. Looking back, Dean always said, “the first time I laid eyes on her I was in love!” The young couple soon began dating and were wed on Saturday, December 10, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elmwood. Dean took a job in Brampton in 1965, so the newlyweds soon called Brampton and Heart Lake Rd. home. Marion and Dean welcomed sons Mike in 1967 and Brian in 1971. Marion kept busy caring for her young family and in time returned to the workforce, working for Dr. Freed. In 1978, the McGilveary family headed north, moving back closer to family, settling on a hobby farm on the outskirts of Hanover. Here, Marion enjoyed a large garden, growing a variety of produce and berries.

Once settled, Marion soon found work at A & N Family Clothing before later moving on to work at BiWay. In May of 1990 Marion and her family’s world was turned upside down when Dean was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. Sadly, he died a few weeks later on Saturday, June 2, 1990. Although a difficult time in her life, as always, Marion put the needs of her children and family first and worked hard to help everyone through this period.

In 1991, Marion was introduced to a gentleman by the name of Donald Neil McAllister. Their matchmaker was Marion’s brother-in-law Herb McGilveary, although their paths had briefly crossed previously. Marion and Don were married on a cold Friday evening, February 6, 1993 at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Chesley. Once married, she joined Don on the farm, on Bruce Rd. 11.

Marion quickly became involved with the community. She soon became a member of the Chesley Agricultural Society, holding a variety of titles throughout the years, but never the president… smart girl! Each year she also volunteered her time with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and also lawn bowled. Marion also was heavily involved with her church. Her faith played an important role throughout her life. She was involved with the Women’s Group, the Board, and later was a member of the Session, an Elder in the church and a member of the Chesley & District Ministerial. When volunteering, any position or role she held gained her entire attention and commitment. She enjoyed the spring months and any free time was usually spent out in the garden, or working in her flowerbeds. In the summer months, she was fond of time spent at the beach. In recent years, she enjoyed a few trips south to the Caribbean to enjoy more sand and surf, while avoiding more winter weather at home.

Marion was also well-known for her preserving and baking talents. Thankfully, she shared her knowledge with others and kept a full recipe drawer… so if you are looking for some help with some of Marion’s specialties don’t be afraid to ask her family for some help! Just like Marion, they will happily oblige! As for family favourites, they would often include anything with peanut butter… like her peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cornflake squares and peanut butter squares (the one’s with marshmallows and butterscotch), just to name a few! Marion’s newest family addition, great-grandson Cohen, also loved her cooking as he needs Marion’s famous chili sauce on everything he eats! The ability to cook for yourself was another life lesson Marion instilled in her sons, because if you can cook… you will never go hungry! Through the years Marion also collected salt & pepper shakers, amassing a collection that is too big to fully display. No weekday was complete without tuning in to the latest episode of “Days of our Lives” however she also liked “Heartland” and back in the day the likes of the “Tommy Hunter Show”, “Dallas” and “Dynasty”. She loved her country music as well, with a preference for the older classics. Things Marion did not enjoy… thunderstorms (she would often wake others in the house, and could never sleep through them), bats and mice! Let’s get back to something more enjoyable, food. When it came to cuisine, Marion enjoyed her pasta (which Don didn’t), so it meant more for her! 🙂 Smart woman! She was also known to enjoy a nice glass of white wine or in earlier years a rye or rum with some mix. Finally, Marion was extremely fond of her pets. The boys remember always having cats and dogs as companions while growing up, and to Marion, they were just an extension of her family.

In recent years Marion worked at Walmart in Hanover before retiring. However, it just wasn’t meant to be, as she returned home one day to inform Don that she had just taken a position at the Chesley Grocery Store. Obviously, he was shocked but Marion explained that they were looking for some help, and Marion wanted to help them, so back to work she went. She truly loved being surrounded by and helping others. She was a happy, caring woman, who never complained no matter the circumstances. She enjoyed conversation, being around others and apparently knew everyone (her family’s words, not mine). She loved organizing family gatherings or any opportunity that brought her family together. In more recent years, time spent with her grandchildren and more recently great-grandson were always highlights for Marion. Her kindness and generosity will live on in all of us who had the privilege of knowing her.

Sadly, Marion was diagnosed with terminal cancer in recent months. There was little warning and even less time. She lived out her remaining days surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. Marion died in hospice care at Chapman House in Owen Sound on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in her 75th year.

Beloved wife of Don. Loving mother of Mike (Bev) McGilveary of Walkerton and Brian (Christine) McGilveary of Hanover. Cherished grandmother of Savannah (Jake), Gaven, Cooper and great-grandmother of Cohen. Marion will be dearly missed by her brother Doug (Jayne) Fidler of Walkerton, as well as the entire McGilveary, McAllister and Fidler families. She was predeceased by her first husband Dean McGilveary (1990), brother Dennis Fidler, sisters Betty Pye, Helen Kingston, Linda Kupferschmidt and her parents Arthur and Alvena (Russwurm) Fidler.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 2 – 5 p.m. All are welcome. Visitors attending must wear a mask, and respect physical distancing protocols. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at any given time. A private funeral service honouring Marion’s life will be held at Geneva Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 29, 2021. A recording of the service will be available on the funeral home website Tuesday. Interment in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Elderslie Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Geneva Presbyterian Church, Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Elizabeth & George Maxwell
March 31, 2021

Sending our sincere sympathy to the entire McAllister family. I miss her in the grocery store. When you opened the door she was the first person you saw-always had a big smile and a friendly “hello”. She will be missed, not only by her family but by the whole community.

Tammy Ross and Dakota
March 29, 2021

She was a beautiful lady who will be missed by many.She truly was a caring person and devoted Mother.
Sympathy to Don,Mike,Brian,McAllister and McGilveary families

Brian and Louise Keith
March 29, 2021

Everyone I’ve talked to in the Keith family has expressed sadness and shock on learning of Marion’s passing. She will be missed. Our sympathetic thoughts are with your family.

Karen and Dwayne Fischer and family.
March 29, 2021

So sad to hear of Marions passing.Sympathy and prayers to Don,Mike,Brian,McAllister and McGilveary families.She truly was a caring person and devoted Mother.

Reg & Dayle Mannerow
March 29, 2021

Dear Don and family,

We were so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. I have many memories of working with Marion at the church and at the fair… I will miss all the work and dedication that she put into them. Treasure all your memories as they will stay with you forever.

Jeff and Lori Thomson
March 28, 2021

Deepest sympathy to Don and family.

Jody, Dave, Gracie, Kelsey, Jacob LaCasse
March 28, 2021

Marion was a wonderful lady and loved by so many! Our deepest condolences at this difficult time.

Sharion (Locking) Searle and Linda Miller
March 28, 2021

Don, Mike, Brian and families. Deepest sympathy is extended to the whole family on the loss of Marion. We have many fond memories of Marion, Dean and the two boys growing up beside our parents, Howard and Stella Locking down the hill at Knappville. Mike and Brian will remember happy times living next door to Howard and Stella and might recall with fond memories of the time my dad helped plant a few pumpkin seeds in Deans barn yard area. Pumpkins were sold by the dozens and they made sure Howard had no more seeds available to him. Marion was such a sweet and pleasant lady and following her marriage to Don we would run into her at Walmart and always reminisced and happy to catch up on news. She will be missed by all who knew her and we wanted to make sure our condolences were sent your way. May she Rest In Peace.
Sharion and Carl Searle
Linda Miller
and families

Murray and Lori Johnston
March 28, 2021

Don and family sorry for your loss.

Nicole and Kevin Freiburger
March 28, 2021

She was a beautiful lady who touched many, she will be missed by all ❤️ Hugs to all of you. Our condolences, Kevin, Nicole, Dylan, Tyler and Nicholas Freiburger

Donna Wannamaker-Younie
March 28, 2021

My condolences to your family. I was the boys first babysitter on Heartland Rd. Many fond memories of Dean and Marion.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
March 28, 2021

Sending our sincere condolences. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Dennis, Brenda Ann Fischer & family
March 28, 2021

Don, all the McAllister and McGilveary families. We are so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing, She was a great lady, always friendly and ready to chat. Cherish the memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Chris, Tammt, Anne and Andrew Klages
March 28, 2021

Gilly and Christine…. we’re so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. Chris loved working with her and we saw her many times at Geneva. Our sympathies to you guys, Cooper and your entire family.

Roger. n. Joan Bell
March 28, 2021

We are so sad to hear of Marion’s passing. She was such a great and caring lady. We will miss her dearly. Roger and Joan.

Brian Hastie
March 28, 2021

Don and Families: It is with sadness that I pass along my condolences with your loss of Marion. Her kindness and thoughtfulness were always evident, whether at the grocery store in Chesley or sharing a noon meal with both of you while judging field crops for the Ag Society.
Marion will be truly missed, my deepest sympathies.
Brian Hastie

Vicki McDonald (Cotter)
March 27, 2021

My deepest sympathy Don, Mike, Brian and families. Marion had a beautiful spirit. She would always take the time to chat and ask about family when I saw her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Deidre & Timothy Ferrier and Family
March 27, 2021

We are heartbroken for Don and Marion’s loved ones, the Geneva Church family and the Chesley community. Marion was a special lady and all will miss her warm smile, her generous spirit and yes, her holiday baking.

We are deeply saddened by this sudden loss and praying for everyone whose lives were made better for having known her.

Ron and Alda Kaufman
March 27, 2021

Sending hugs and prayers Don .

Sherry and Bruce Jacklin
March 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of Marion’s illness, and of her recent passing…she was always such a pleasant person! Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time!

Barb Schuknecht
March 27, 2021

Oh Don!
So sudden. Certainly not expected and that will be a hurdle to get over in itself…God has His reasons and we will not get to know them until we get there, too.
Marion was on my bowling team and helped me win some good games…she was so good-spirited and willing to help wherever needed and she always donated a goodies basket to our events! Her canning was sought after in our circles! She was very well known in “fair” competitions, too. Her gentle character made her easy to be around. She was always trying to please. You will miss her sweetness, I am sure. May God bless you and keep you close whenever you think of her.
Barb and Steve Schuknecht

Mark Davis and Carolyn Walker.
March 27, 2021

Don and families. So very sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. She was a very nice lady. She was capable, kind and caring. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and community. She was a lady with many talents. Making outstanding pickles was one of those talents. We still have some of those pickles we bought at a fair auction and will always remember the loving hands that prepared them.

Donna and Gary Lang
March 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends! May you find peace in all of your wonderful memories!

Bernice MacKinnon
March 27, 2021

On behalf of the Paisley Agricultural Society, I want to express our deep sadness to hear of our dear friend & neighbour Marion’s passing. Marion was a faithful, supportive and valuable member of our fair as well as Chesley’s.. she had a servants heart and was always available to lend a hand or share her knowledge and support! Thank You Marion! Rest in Peace,

Gail Fullerton
March 27, 2021

Don and Family; Very sorry to hear that Marion has passed away so quickly. She was always so helpful to the Paisley Agricultural Society, a faithful exhibitor, and cheerful visitor to the fair. I was always amazed at how much work she did for the Chesley Fall Fair but still had the time and energy, on the same weekend, to exhibit and attend the Paisley Fall Fair. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. I will miss her.

Kim Robinson & Don Hrycak
March 27, 2021

Don & family,
Our sincere condolences. Marion was an absolute pleasure to know and an asset to the Home Preserves area of our Paisley fair (among other areas of the fair).
Marion will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Sherry Caldwell
March 26, 2021

Dear Don and family,

My sincere sympathy in the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother.
Marion was a very special lady in the community. Marion always was volunteering to help at various community fundraisers.She will be deeply missed by all.
May all your wonderful memories a beautiful lady help you through this time.
Sherry and Roger and Tiffany Caldwell

Katrina Eke
March 26, 2021

What a wonderful woman. Always pleasant, and never an unkind word to say. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends.

Dennis & Ruth McGuire
March 26, 2021

We were very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Marion. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Working at the grocery store offered more opportunity for a friendly chat and we will miss that. Our condolences to Don and family and we believe she has just started on a new adventure. Peace – His kind.

Murray and Audrey Trelford
March 26, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Don and family on the passing of Marion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

March 26, 2021

Don and family accept my condolences in the passing of Marion.

Neil and Irene Bartlett
March 26, 2021

Our sincere sympathies to the McAllister and McGilveary families. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Reta Steward
March 26, 2021

To Don, Mike, Brian and families. My heart goes out to the McAllister, McGilveary,and Fidler Families in the loss of Marion. She was a special sister-in-law and friend,always there for everyone no matter what the need.She will be dearly missed.Rest In Peace Marion.

Jane Peterson
March 26, 2021

I am saddened by the loss of Marion. I worked at Walmart with her, what a kind lady and she made the best corn relish. Condolences to the Family, she will be missed.

Bob & Glenys Johnson
March 26, 2021

Such sad news Don! Please accept our Deepest Sympathy and know that everyone close to Marion is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Don& Marilyn Emke
March 26, 2021

TO Don and family,
We were shocked to hear about Marion’s passing.We had a lot of fun times together at OAC Reunions in Guelph.Our deepest sympathy to all.

Laurie Pendred
March 26, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. Aunt Marion was the kindest woman. Always smiling. And yes, a great cook. Keeping the entire family in my prayers.

Huron Bay Co-op
March 26, 2021

We are saddened to hear of Marion’s passing, she will be greatly missed in our community. our hearts go out to Don and his family at this time.

From the staff at Huron bay Co-op in Chesley

Annita Rody
March 26, 2021

Sending deepest sympathy to all the families.

Basil & Marg Brotton
March 26, 2021

Words may not suffice to express the heartful sorrow that we felt on hearing of Marion’s passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Alphone & Beverly Brotton
March 26, 2021

Our condolences on the passing of Marion, Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Karey-Lane Reid
March 26, 2021

So sorry to hear this sad news! I always enjoyed our chats at the grocery store. Marion was such a warm and friendly person.

Jim and Debbie Kaufman
March 26, 2021

So sorry for your loss, she truly was one of a kind. It was always a pleasure to see her smiling face whenever you ran into her. She will be missed!

Jack and Ellen Cavill
March 26, 2021

Don, Mike, Brian and the McAllister and McGilveary families, we are so sorry for your loss, Marion was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Hold close to your memories.

Anne & Glenn Campbell
March 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. Thinking of you all.

Nancy Spencer
March 26, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Marion’s death. She was a sweet, sweet lady. Very kind and thoughtful and who always had a wonderful smile whenever we met. My sincerest condolences to all the families.
Nancy Spencer

Laura & Rob Kerslake
March 26, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed many years working with Marion at BiWay. Many laughs shared and always loved when she brought baking in for the staff to share. She was a great woman!

Hannah m Lewis
March 26, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss

Gail Fritsch
March 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Don and family.

Gary & Penny Rusk
March 25, 2021

Mike & Bev, Jake & Savannah & Gavin
So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Our deepest sympathy.

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