Newton, Marjorie Mae
It is with great sadness that the family of Marjorie Mae (Green) Newton announces her passing on April 24, 2018, at 98 years of age at North Lambton Lodge, Forest, ON. Marjorie is predeceased by her beloved husband, John W. Newton, who passed in Sarnia in 2016; her sister, Kathryn (Charles) Phipps of London; and her brother, Robert Green, of Saskatchewan, who lost his life overseas in WWII. Left to cherish her memory are her loving sons, John R., Geoffrey (Valerie), Roger (Sandra), and Douglas (Tina). She will always be remembered by her grandchildren, Meghan (Jeff), Brooke (Michella); Serena (Jason), Ryan, Alexandra (Jeffrey), and Natalee, with whom she spent many happy days at the Stone Cottage on Georgian Bay. Marjorie was delighted in her later years to also enjoy the company of her two great-grandchildren, Ewan and Maeve. She leaves behind four nieces and two nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. After high school in Elbow, Saskatchewan, Marjorie attended Luther College in Regina to prepare for university. At the University of Saskatchewan, Marjorie majored in pre-medicine with the intention of becoming a doctor. She was one of four girls accepted into the program. However, she decided to take another route and graduated with a degree in laboratory technology. She came to Sarnia General Hospital as their first lab technician. While in Sarnia, around 1945, Marjorie met her future husband, Acting Staff Sergeant John W. Newton, and his brother Fred, at a dinner party. Later fate would take Marjorie to Kingston General Hospital to work as the Technician-in-Chief. In 1946, she reconnected with John, now a post-war student in Engineering at Queen’s University. They had a whirlwind courtship and were married at Queen’s on Dec. 20, 1947. Marjorie and John went on to raise a family of four boys. John’s work as a mechanical engineer with Imperial Oil took the family from Sarnia to Norman Well’s, NWT, to Regina, SK, and back to Sarnia. John adored his wife, and the two were married happily for sixty-eight years before his passing. Marjorie had a gregarious nature and made friends wherever she went. She met each day with a bright smile and would often ask “What fun are we going to have today?” Marjorie loved being active. She played tennis, golfed; skied; swam; canoed; and curled. She had an artist’s eye, and oil painting and quilting were two of her hobbies. She was also active in the community and in charitable work through her membership in a local lodge, various churches, and the University Women’s Club. She had a sweet tooth and enjoyed her chocolate treats, as well as a glass of wine with John before supper. In her later years, Marjorie was fond of saying, “I’m a prairie flower, wild and free!” After her husband’s retirement, the two travelled around the world, always eager for a new adventure and to make new friends. They also spent half the year at the cottage they built outside of Lion’s Head, where many family reunions were held. Nothing pleased Marjorie more than having her family come visit. And a visit always ended with her asking, “When will we see you again?” In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff at North Lambton Lodge for their care of Marjorie over the last few years. Arrangements entrusted to McCormack Funeral Home – Stewart Chapel, Sarnia.