Marjorie Young passed away on November 15, 2018 at the age of 79 years.
Marjorie was born in Retlaw, Alberta on Oct 13, 1939. She grew up in a number of small towns throughout Alberta, and ultimately settled in Red Deer. Her favourite memories from childhood took place at her grandparents’ farm in Armada, where she spent each summer. She remembered it all through her life as a place of abundant love, a place where she could dream, and a place where she was free to explore the many wonders of nature. Her early experiences there would shape her traditional values and ideals Marjorie was known for. She was further inspired to adopt a strong work ethic by her loving mother, Angeline, who was a school teacher, and her father, Fred, who initiated her lifelong passion for gardening.
Marjorie married Alan Dye and together they had 5 children. She raised her children primarily in the town of Edson before settling in Calgary as a single parent in 1975. She loved being a mother and involved herself in each of her children’s lives, participating in leadership and teaching positions from Sunday School to Cubs. Her work outside of the home involved administrative work in government agencies.
Marjorie was highly principled, and held a deep, abiding faith in God. She appreciated the LDS Church, and felt their strong morals and family values aligned with her own. Her devotion to a spiritual life held high priority, and was a tremendous source of inspiration in all her relationships. She was known as a soft-hearted woman with extraordinary strength; a person who embodied compassion, empathy, kindness and faith. She was a woman of virtue, and consistently demonstrated her guiding principles to ‘love one another’ and to ‘look for the good in all things’.
Marjorie loved nature, and excelled as a gardener until her health limited her outdoor work. She was also a wonderful cook, and cherished many family gatherings over holiday feasts. In her later years, she enjoyed needlework and genealogy. Above all, Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
As the matriarch of her family, and the heart and soul of it, her presence will be deeply missed.
Marjorie is survived by 5 children: Darrell Dye (Shirl Marks) of Victoria B.C.; Connie Dye (Michael Lacey); Marlene Hadweh, Carolynn Tyson (Charles); and Kevin Dye, all of Calgary. Eleven grandchildren; Bodana (Adam) of Coaldale, Lynn of Medicine Hat, Leanne of Taber, Dylan (Linda), Evan, Jonathan, Paige (Andrew), Maxwell, Quinn, Cody, and Keenan, all of Calgary. Marjorie is also survived by 6 great grandchildren: George, Bence, Emily, Alan, Josie, and Arlo; her 2 sisters Wanda Ritten and Lorna Ritten, and her extended family.
Marjorie is predeceased by her parents, Ferdinand Fred’ and Angeline Ritten.
A Memorial Service will be held in Marjorie’s honour at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cranston Chapel (Legacy Ward – 200 Cranston Road S.E. Calgary, Alberta) on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm with Bishop Surdu officiating.
Pierson’s Forest Lawn Chapel
4121 – 17 Avenue SE
CA T2A 0T1