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Marlene Joan (Gurskey) Shaver

August 29, 1951 ~ January 24, 2020 (age 68)

Obituary

Marlene Joan (Gurskey) Shaver of Magrath, passed from this world at 6:00 pm on January 24th, 2020 in the Raymond Health Center at age 68 years, 4 months, 26 days.

Marlene was surrounded by her children and loved ones as she went boldly to the sweet hereafter.

“I have been hurting for a long time with Stage 4 bone cancer.  Happy to move on to the next stage of life and death.

Mostly missing my son Randy, who passed in August 2013, my dad Herman who passed in October 1990, and waiting for a joyous reunion for my brother Arnold whom I never met from May 1942.”

Marlene was born in Pangman, Saskatchewan on August 29, 1951.  She taught herself to play piano, accordion, sew, knit, crochet and quilt.  She raised 8 children on homemade bread, cookies, creativity and a clean house.  She loved to read and dance, and happily spent time with grandchildren doing crafts, sewing doll clothes and baking.  She was rightfully proud of her 45 years of genealogy research, which aside from the expansive works on her children’s family lines, she happily researched for many other family and friends as well.

Survived by mother, Ida Colbow Gurskey; brother Don (Kay) Gurskey; sister Joyce (Lloyd) Scott; sister Myrna Hunter;  7 children, Amy (Tim Hayes); Nathan; Rebecca (Rodger Mycroft); Charity (Doug Greenley); Sara (Des Parkinson); Logan (Rosalee); Jordan; 9-1/2 grandchildren, Sierra; Daniel; Eryn; Brooklyn; Robert; Stella; Cohen; Judah; Owen; a June baby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by father Herman Gurskey; son Randy; grandparents; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Always concerned with looking out for her family, she promised “I will miss each and every one of you every day.  I will be your guardian angel, watching over you and guiding you every day, so pay attention, there will be butterflies and feathers to guide and inspire you.”

True to Marlene’s humble character, she requested only a graveside service for her family, to be held this summer in Amulet, Saskatchewan.

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