Marcia MARKS

Dec. 15, 1929 – Oct.14, 2010

After living a rich and full life, Marcia Marks has passed away; yet her hallmark grace stayed true to the end. While saddened by her departure, those who knew Marcia know she wouldn’t want to languish or be unable to pitch-in with her usual verve.

Born in Summerland BC, to Herbert & Bertha Harvey, Marcia grew up in the sunny Okanagan, spending her summers on Okanagan Lake with her sisters Vivian [deceased] and Winifred.

In 1949, at the age of 19, Marcia began her teaching career. Those were the days of wood-fired heaters and ink wells that often froze-up during the frigid Cariboo winters. Marcia taught in Lillooet, Ahbau Creek [near Quesnel], Bouchie Lake and finally in 1952, the “gorgeous, red-headed teacher” arrived in 100 Mile where she taught in the newly-built two-room school house.

In 1954 Marcia married Ross Marks [deceased] and together they raised four children: Kenneth, Kevin, Barbara and Alison. Then came seven grandchildren: Julian, Sara, Braighton, Alex, Kenzie, Nicole and Rory.

In addition to her full-time family role, Marcia was also central to the development of what became a thriving intentional community at “the Lodge”. Along with people from many walks of life, Marcia worked tirelessly to create a community based upon the practical demonstration of integrity. Her leadership was always grounded and her influence on many was substantial; Marcia was always ready to lend a hand wherever she was needed.

Life with husband Ross often took Marcia far afield with many trips in North America and overseas. However, she loved to return to her Cariboo home where she enjoyed walks in the rolling countryside, canoe trips on placid lakes and cross country skiing along winter trails.

Young at heart with a sparkle in her eye, Marcia was very creative, always playful and enthusiastic.

At 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23rd, in Martin Exeter Hall, there will be a gathering in honour and celebration of Marcia Marks. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: South Cariboo Health Foundation, P.O. Bag 399, 100 Mile House, B.C.

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