Advent, Florence

With sorrow, the family of Marjorie Florence Advent (née Clement) announce her death at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Nov. 21, 2019.
Marjorie was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at the family homestead of Four Pines in North Branch, Ont., to Albert and Estha (née Nielsen) Clement, where she grew up with her siblings, Don, Max, and Maxine.
As a young girl, Marj attended both Dewart and Sifton schools and then onto Fort Frances High School, graduating at age 14.
Her first paying job at the age of 15 was teaching at Morson in a converted log house.
In 1946 she graduated from North Bay Teachers’ College, and returned to the Rainy River District to teach at a number of one room schools as well as Robert Moore and McIrvine in Fort Frances, before heading to B.C. as principal of the Kettle Valley School.
After her marriage, she taught at several one-room schools and was a long-time primary teacher at St. Michael’s School in Rainy River.
She finished her career supply teaching at Our Lady of the Way in Stratton.
She married John Advent on Aug. 27, 1952, and they lived in the teacherage at the Dewart School until John’s Veteran’s Land Agreement came through. They then moved to the “Anderson Farm” north of Stratton and ran it as a dairy farm for 25 years until their retirement in 1977.
They had five children: Debra, Janice (Ian Gordon), Howard (Lori Cress), Kathryn (Dennis Beauchene), and Vicki (Gareth Parry); and two grandchildren: Andrew and Kristofer Advent.
After the farm was sold, they moved to Stratton to the former Bindas home.
In 2003, they relocated to Fort Frances and eventually moved to Rainycrest.
Marjorie was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John; her daughters, Debra, and Kathy; and her brother, Don.
Marj was an active member of the Women’s Institute, Stratton Seniors, and Stratton United Church.
She was a creative and devoted teacher, avid reader, relentless bingo and cribbage player, and prolific knitter.
Music was a source of enjoyment and comfort for her whole life.
Honourary pallbearers are Cyndy Petsnick, Andrew and Kristofer Advent, and Merv Ahrens,
Friends and family will gather at the Stratton Millennium Hall on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Canadian Cancer Society, CNIB, or a charity of your choice, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89 Emo, Ontario P0W 1E0.