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Marion Smith Tait

Marion Isabelle Smith Tait (Smith)

Monday, August 24th, 1925 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Marion Isabelle Smith Tait, UE, DAR

Aug 24, 1925 – Sept 30, 2020

After a brief illness, Marion passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family. Predeceased by her husband Mitchell (2015); her parents, Dewey and Elizabeth (Gloyd); and her siblings, Helen, Betty, Myrl and Lloyd. Marion will be deeply missed by nieces Jane Paisley-Canning (George), Judy Paisley (Richard), Cyndee Case (Dave), great niece and nephew Paisley Canning and Robert Canning, nephews Wayne, Rick, Bill and Geoff Smith and many dear friends.

Born in Dunnville, Marion lived a long and happy life. She married Mitchell Brown Tait, a Kiwi soldier, in 1951. During WWII, Mitch served with the 25th Battalion of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces until he was wounded by a land mine explosion in Italy. After returning from WWII, Mitch opened a photography business that flourished until his retirement. With a husband, brother, great nephew, and uncle who served in the armed forces, Marion supported efforts to recognize the tremendous contributions that veterans make to the lives of all Canadians. Although a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis added to Mitchell’s health challenges, Marion and Mitch enjoyed 64 happy years together. Through it all, Marion was Mitch’s staunch advocate and caregiver – she continued to provide daily care for him until his death in 2015. Marion made many wonderful friends among the people who shared in Mitch’s care over the years.

With a keen mind for details, Marion had a long and successful career in administrative positions. She started her career with the Royal Bank in Dunnville, then worked for Molly Hedrick’s Insurance Agency for many, many years. She eventually retired from Duliban Insurance so she could spend more time with her many hobbies and with Mitch.

Marion cherished her family and was very close to her sister Betty. Wherever Betty went, Marion was right beside her – whether it was a quick shopping trip, a card party, or celebrating a family event. The weekly card parties organized by Marion, Betty, sister-in-law Gloria Smith, and friend Glenda Toll were marked by raucous laughter; although things got serious when it came to keeping score – after all, there were penny bets involved.

Marion expressed her strong creative flair through many activities, including calligraphy, drawing, and wood carving. As an avid member of a local wood carving group she made both wonderful friends and beautiful works of art. Among her treasures are many species of ducks, ravens, raptors, kiwis (of course), bears, shorebirds and others. She readily shared her love of carving with others and carved daily until very recently.

Marion was a gifted genealogist and very proud to be a Mayflower descendant, United Empire Loyalist, and a Daughter of the American Revolution. Marion loved chatting about her genealogy discoveries and with her extensive knowledge of family ancestries, she could usually figure out the common connections that unite so many of us. She avidly encouraged others to learn more about their family histories and helped many people get started on their own paths to discovery. Accompanied by niece Cyndee (her ‘Mayflower girl’), Marion made several trips to Plymouth Massachusetts to celebrate her Mayflower heritage. She treasured the family members and friends she discovered through her genealogical research.

Thank you to Dr. Blake and the 3rd floor staff of HWMH for their excellent care, despite the challenges posed by COVID.

If you wish to honour Marion through a donation, we hope you’ll consider the No.6 RCAF Dunnville Museum (https://www.rcafmuseum.org/site/home) or the Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (https://dhhf.ca/donate/).

Kia Ora, Kia Kaha
(Be well, stay strong)
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020
    Location
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address
    121 Robinson Road
    Dunnville, Ontario
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Valerie Isaacs

Posted at 02:32pm
I am writing this from the UK, on behalf of my aunt, Audrey Eleanor Goodburn, who was deeply saddened to hear of Marion’s death and extends her sincere condolences to the family. Audrey and Marion were “pen friends” which started in 1938 and lasted for 82 years. They had a very regular correspondence and Marion sent beautiful gifts to Audrey. They met in the early 1960’s when Audrey visited Dunnville and shortly afterwards Marion visited England bringing Jane her niece with her. Unbeknownst to us then, Jane Is actually a fourth cousin to me and my brothers through the Glaves family! I have kept many of Marion’s letters, storing them for Audrey, as she is in a care home, but will take some to read to Audrey next time I am able to visit, so she can remember and talk about Marion. Keeping the family and friends of Marion in our thoughts and prayers. Valerie Isaacs
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Dianne Siderius

Posted at 10:39am
Our sympathy to Marion's family. I had opportunity to chat with her at VBG and Edgewater and enjoyed her stories and her care of Mitch.
Dianne and Jerry Siderius
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Kathy Crawfor UE

Posted at 10:35pm
Oh my heart! Marion was my friend and mentor. Because of her guidance and resources I was able to better understand my genealogy and to complete my own Loyalist lines. I still smile remembering the boxes and files of gathered information she had amassed and of course her beautiful carvings. To her family my condolences. She will be missed.
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David J.Rowe

Posted at 01:13pm
Our deepest sympathies. Margaret(Bobbie) & David Rowe
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Christine Boyle

Posted at 07:15pm
My condolences to Marion family. One of the first people I met at V B G was Marion and we connected right away. I enjoyed our time together while see cleaned the wood work shop, she never left until the shop was clean. So that gave us time to talk and she always showed me the bird she was working on and what she did that day. I felt bad she couldn't go east to receive her award, she was so excited to go. Marion I will never forget the friendship we had. Miss you Christine Boyle
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