The life journey of Marion E. Crosby came to an end peacefully on October 30 2016 at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. And what a journey it was. Lasting ninety-one years, she was a mother of six, grandmother of thirteen, and great grandmother of 15. Family was her joy.
Although life began for Marion in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, she lived all those many years as a resident of Liverpool. At the young age of seventeen, and right out of high school, she began her teaching career in a one-room school house, teaching grades primary to twelve. Later as a graduate of The Provincial Normal School, she touched the lives of hundreds of children over many decades.
Marion, the teacher, and mother of a large demanding family, always found time to give back to her community and have a little fun on the side. When not out on the ice throwing stones, she was often found in the kitchen or boardroom of the Liverpool Curling Club working on the latest dinner or upcoming bonspiel. She was an active member of Zion United Church and a leader of C.G.I.T., and if there was a committee, decorating, or a supper to help with, Marion could be counted on to pitch in.
As a young girl, basketball played a big part of her growing up. Golf was to follow many years later, and baseball on TV was always a favourite, but it was bridge that may have been her second joy in life, and she continued to play at least once a week into her ninetieth year. Between dealings, she discovered the art of quilting, and like all sewers, accumulated her own closet full of material.
Marion’s ninety-one years took her to many places around this world, but her times at her beloved log cabin in Beach Meadows could never be topped, and she missed only this season of 2016 in the last sixty summers.
Marion was predeceased by her mum and dad, Helen and Robert Fulton, husbands Donald MacLean and Herbert Crosby, sister Audrie , sister-in-law Barbara Fulton and son-in-law Tom Rawding.
She is survived by her children, Mardi Rawding , Jo Teale (Bob) , Judith Atherton(Terry) Stephen Crosby (Betty), Hugh Crosby, Alan Crosby (Jacqueline)her brother Hedley Fulton, brother-in-law Henry Wasylasko and loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, other in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, NS. A celebration of Marion’s life will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Zion United Church, Liverpool. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomas Raddall Library in Liverpool or Queens General Hospital. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.
The family would like to thank the medical staff of the 4th floor of the South Shore Regional Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Mom over the past few weeks.
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Sincere condolences to the family..I didn’t know Marion, but I do know she was my brother’s first teacher in Liverpool when he was 5, in 1956 and she was instrumental in teaching him to speak English.
So sorry to hear of Mrs Crosby’s passing – it was a pleasure to have known her all those years growing up on Park Street. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
My deepest condolences for the passing of this wonderful, wonderful woman. She was my teacher in “little grade one” and saw me through the transition from speaking only Acadian French to being fluent in English. She was so very kind and patient. What a good start she gave me on my long years of schooling, and I will be forever grateful.
Hugh and Family
Sorry to hear of your Moms’ passing. Keep her memories close, they will help you in these hard times.
Jo and family: So sorry to read that your Mother has passed but you know she is now at peace and you wouldn’t want to change that. We’ll talk when you return. Take care. Anne
Murray & Myrna Wigglesworth
To the entire Family – We were very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Growing up in the neighbourhood, we were always friends with you all and I know how you will miss your Mother. There were many, many memories that you will always remember and cherish. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all during these difficult times.
Jo and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Such a lovely lady in all respects We always enjoyed her visits to our knitting group when she was visiting you. Your loss is great but you will have so many, many memories.
Leon & Norma Robertson
Sorry to hear of Marion passing. Our condolences to the family.
TO MARION’S FAMILY SO SAD TO HEAR OF HER PASSING. SHE WAS A VERY PLEASANT AND LOVELY WOMAN AND ALWAYS ENJOYED HER VISITS TO THE PHARMACY.REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL TIMES SPENT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY.
Walter and Sherri Miller(Wigglesworth)
We were so saddened to hear of Marion’s passing,I remember going to visit she and Herbie when they lived on Park Street with my parents.Such a sweet lady and one who will never be forgotten.Our condolences to all the family.Keep the memories close and they will help you get through this difficult time.
Sherri and Ted Roy
Mrs. Crosby was one of my favorite teachers! She was such a wonderful person and when I worked in the grocery store, she was also one of my favorite customers. The family must have so many great memories of her, to keep you close to your hearts.
Hugh and Family….so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her fondly as my favourite teacher and always told her that whenever I would run into her. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
brian and kim mansfield
We are so very sorry to hear of Marions passing. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out. thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. I did not know her family but admired her as a fellow teacher–one of the best.
Marion was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor to everyone on Park Street for the many years. She was one of the kindest ladies that I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
A beautiful lady, A Beautiful quilter, I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing her.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
To Marions family my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. Marion and I had great times and laughs playing bridge and I really missed her this past year. My thoughts are with you all. Beryl Hatt
Robert & Sally Fader
The Crosby family:
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a lovely person & always so friendly. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
To Marion,s family,
So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. She taught my older sister in Beach Meadows. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time.
Alan & Family
So sorry to hear about your mothers passing . Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To Jo, and family,
Hugs from Jean, Norene and Greg. Very sad to hear the news yesterday. Your mom was an inspiration. So gracious, kind and full of vinegar, with such a large loving family to celebrate her. We are glad to have met her and are thinking of you.
Bill, Diana Hilchie and family.
We were so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Please know that we are thinking of you all at this time of sadness for your family.
I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your mom. She was an amazing woman and I thought so highly of her. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
To Marion’s family: I am so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. She was one of the first people I met when we moved to Liverpool in 1963 and lived on Court Street behind the Trainor’s. We also worked together as members of the UCW. She was always so pleasant and had a hello and smile whenever we met. If the walls in the house on Parks Street could talk they would only tell of all the good times that were had there. Cherish all those memories.
My deepest condolences at this sad and difficult time.
Sincere condolences to Marion’s family. Her obituary is a testament to what a fantastic lady she was. My thoughts are with you all as you gather to celebrate her.
To Marion’s Family:
It was with a sad heart that I learned of Marion’s passing. I remember when she moved into the house on Park St. next to us and the pleasant times I had babysitting you children. Your mother was a wonderful person with a huge smile for everyone she met. She was a great worker, not only at home but in the community and church. We had great fun working the kitchen at the curling club and also Zion Church. I know how hard it is to say “goodby”, but she had a wonderful life and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Try to remember the good times, it really does help.
With sincere and heart felt sympathy and may God go with you in this difficult journey.
Jean (MacDonald) Strum.
Marjorie &a Bob MacGowan
Our sincere condolences.
To the family of Marion Crosby, I send my sincerest sympathy on your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead.
With sincere condolences,
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Reigh & Marion Bustin and Family
So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. We have many fond memories of Marion from our Liverpool days.
She was a friend and wonderful teacher.
To the family, It is hard for me to imagine Park Street without your Mom being there. She was always so interested in what was going on in my life when we would meet up over the years. The sign of a caring person and teacher. Often I would stay at Ruth Anne’s during my visits to Liverpool and we would catch up briefly out in the back yards. She seemed ageless to me. I have quite literally known her and all of you all my life. She had a good life and a wonderful family surrounding her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time,Esther
I am so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. Marion and I spent many enjoyable hours either quilting or talking about crafts. Our quilting group has miss her over the last few months. She could alway be counted on for an interesting travil story, or to tell us who lived where or who was related. A very interesting lady, and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you
To the family of Mrs. Crosby,
Your dear Mother was my first teacher at the small school where the Lions Hall now stands.I have many fond memories of those days and the remarkable lady who managed to guide we little folks through all the intricacies of attending school for the first time.
I know that despite her enduring patience I certainly tested her the first week by leaving at recess, believing that was enough structure for the day! Please accept my condolences to you all.
To the family,
So sorry to hear this news. I met Mrs. Crosby through my sister, Geraldine Williams; they were quilters and enjoyed each other’s company…so sad they both passed away this year. My condolences to all the family. A very lovely lady, indeed.
Dr. Homer C. Noble
If I were to choose, from the many wonderful people I knew and respected while I was teaching in Liverpool,
a person who struck me as being just about the best model for decent and worth-while spiritual living it would be Marion
Crosby. She was a truly remarkable lady and had a great influence on my life as a teacher and member of Zion United.
I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends..
My most sincere condolences to Allan and all of Mrs. Crosby’s family. She had the most amazingly genuine smile. She could brighten any lost hockey game!
I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I really don’t remember a time that I didn’t know her! First, as the lady with the nice smile in church. Then,my primary teacher in “the little school” on Gorham Street where she taught so many other lucky children. Mrs.Crosby was always a busy volunteer in the community where I grew up and was interested in he lives of my children. She never seemed to change. Knowing she has passed is hard to hear but Mrs. Crosby( I always found it hard to call her Marion, although she finally managed to convince me it was ok!) will always be remembered by me with great respect and fondness.
My deepest condolences to all who loved her.
I am so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. I only recently met her as one of the Seaside Quilters and have missed her stories about her children and their families, and those children who touched her life…..(she was SO proud of you all!) over these past months. I enjoyed teasing her about her choices of champions in baseball and curling! Marion will always be with us at Seaside, especially as we share our lunch together and use the napkins she made for us. My condolences to your family, she is missed.
Anne Richards Cyros
Marion was my “Little Grade 1” teacher, a wonderful start to a life of learning. Having grown up across the street from the Fultons I remember the family well. My condolences to Hedley and Marion’s family.
Zoe and Lloyd Steeves
Jackie and Alan, so sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs.
I’m very sorry to hear of your mum’s passing. I first knew her as the “nice” teacher with the wonderfully kind smile. She was always so generous and caring and made everyone’s day a little brighter. Sincere sympathy to you all.
To Alan & Hugh. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Thinking of you and your families at this time, and hoping you all find comfort in your memories and in each other.
Peggy Anderson ( Wigglesworth )
My condolences to all the Crosby family. Marion was such a beautiful lady, always so sweet and kind. I remember my Mum and Dad playing bridge with Marion and Herbie frequently. I also use to baby sit for all the kids frequently, Always when the four of them use to go to the valley every fall to get apples for the winter. Keep your beautiful memories close and God Bless.
To Marion’s family – our thoughts are with you at this time. We have many memories of Marion from Friday afternoon bridge games. She will be missed.
From Betty Kennedy and Karen McGee
Valerie & Roger Wilcox
To Marion’s family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother.Marion was a wonderful person that possessed many capabilities! She will be greatly missed at Zion United and also the larger community. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Judy Waters (Lohnes)
To Marion’s Family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember your mom for her ready smile. As a young girl, I spent many days at your house with Mardi, and , I send my deepest sympathy to your family.
To all of you. I share your loss. I have so many fond memories of time spent with Marion at the beach. She was a wonderful and kind soul.
Sincere condolences to the family of Marion Crosby. It was at the curling club that I remember her friendly smile, her enjoyment of the game and dedicated support of the club.
Stephen, Betty, Hugh, and Family
Although I didn’t know your mother, just reading her life story here, it is clear that she was a wonderful lady and mother. So sorry for your loss. I am certain that you have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. Please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts.
Kindest regards, Emily
Hugh. I’m sorry to hear of your mom’s death. My condolences to you all.
Donna (Tupper) Rondeau
I remember all the times your mom came to the farm. Her laugh filled Grammie and Grampie’s kitchen. My first taste of Gooseberry jam came from your mother’s kitchen.
Sorry about your loss.
Rev. Gordon Murray
Ah! Dear Marion! Had a dream about you last night. Many the wonderful occasions Elaine and I enjoyed the friendship, generosity and hospitality of you and Herb. Rest in peace and dwell in the eternal Love of God.