Marjorie Myrtle Bolen (nee Fadden), 86, of 45 Roy St., Emo, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at Mine Centre, Ont., where she had resided with her daughter, Colleen, for the last eight months.
Marjorie was born March 31, 1923 in Rainy River, Ont., the second daughter born to the late Hazel (Gunderson) and John Fadden.
Following a happy childhood and upon completion of high school, Marjorie left Rainy River and moved to Shenston Township, northwest of Barwick, to begin her teaching career at a one-room country school (Shenston #1).
It was here that she met David Edgar Bolen and they were wed on Christmas Eve in 1943.
Marjorie moved to the Bolen family farm just north of the school, where they were to reside for the next 39 years.
Marjorie worked long hours alongside David to make this farm the successful operation that it eventually became. At the same time, Marjorie continued with her teaching career.
Several generations of students fondly recall learning the ‘Three R’s” from Marjorie during the years she spent at the long-gone country schools of Shenston, Blue, Pattullo, Sifton and Dewart, North Branch, Bergland, and Mather-Potts.
With the construction of the (then) new Sturgeon Creek School, Marjorie transferred there and remained until retirement at age 65.
In addition to teaching and farming, Marjorie found time to obtain her university degree and returned to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. to get her education degree.
And, she and David raised five children on that family farm.
In 1981, the family farm was sold and Marjorie moved to Emo. She and David alternated between there, the cottage at Off Lake, and the winter home at Yuma, Ariz.
Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, David, in 1998; parents, John (1961) and Hazel (1979); infant daughter, Brenda Joyce (1945); sisters, Louise Johnson (2001), Laura Almers (2002), and Gladys Peloquin (2009); and sister-in-law, Judy Brennen (2009).
Marjorie is survived by five children, Betty and husband, Bill Penney, of Stratton, Onta., Gary and wife, Jan, of Courtice, Ont., Colleen and husband, Terry Hyatt, of Mine Centre, Ont., Morley and wife, Betty, of Sioux Lookout, Ont., and Dwayne and partner, Terri, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; 10 grandchildren, Greg, Holly, Shawn, Melodye, Steven, Sheldon, Shane, Justin, Devin, and Tyler; and 12 great grandchildren, Jeremy, Jessica, Ethan Penney, Hanna, Ethan Bolen, Carrisa, Braeden, Treyvon, Elzes, Rachell, Noah, and Kylah.
Also surviving are her brother, Gerald Fadden, of Rainy River, Ont.; brother-in-law, Willie Almers of Rainy River, Ont.; sister-in law, Jean Bolen of Fort Frances Ont.; and special friend, Charlie Mahaffey of Ellensburg Wash.
Memorial services will be held Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., with Rev Frances Flook officiating.
Internment of ashes to follow at the Bolen family plot in Barwick Cemetery.
The honorary pallbearers will be all of her family, friends, and former colleagues.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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