Remembering Marion Lorraine Magee
and Vicky Rombough, Garth and Julie Rombough, and Lynn and Michael Evans. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Ernie, with whom she enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Born on July 17, 1928, Marion grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1949. Marion met John Ernest (Ernie) Magee in her University days and on September 12, 1953, they were married in their hometown in Winnipeg. Marion and Ernie moved to Toronto in 1959 and enjoyed over 60 years there. Marion and Ernie loved traveling and visited many countries around the world on their annual trips. Her other love was their Haliburton cottage, where she and her family spent more than 55 summers. She was a Charter member of Donminster United, later to be Jubilee United. She was an active member of the University Canada West, her beloved Bridge Club and the Milne House Garden Club for nearly 30 years. Marion's special hobby was designing hasty notes and place cards with her pressed flowers. If you have been fortunate to receive one, you will treasure it as a keepsake from this fine lady who always showed a genuine interest in all her family and friends and their activities. Marion cared for them deeply and always thought the best of people. She was a special lady who loved life and was always there for others. She touched the lives of all she knew. She will be greatly missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at www.kanejerrett-thornhill.ca.
RUSCICA, AUDREY MARGARET (nee FINCH) January 20, 1933 – August 14, 2022 Passed away at home in her 90th year. Sam, Audrey's beloved husband of over 60 years predeceased Audrey, or Aud, as he always called her, by four months. It's nice to think of them together again. Audrey is survived by, and will be deeply missed by, son, Chris (Tina); daughter, Lesley; grandson, Adam (Zeinab); and sisters-in-law, Joan (Art), Karen; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her brothers, Donald (Robina) and Beverly. Audrey was born to the late Eardley and Anna (nee Davies) Finch on January 20, 1933, in Dorchester Township, Ontario, where she grew up on the family farm.
Audrey graduated from Branksome Hall in Toronto and then went on to obtain her diploma in Home Economics from the Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College, and was later awarded an Honorary Companion of the University of Guelph. Audrey always had a book on the go and carried one with her wherever she went. Audrey turned her love of books into a career when she returned to school at Seneca College to earn her Library Techniques diploma which she put to good use working very happily for the Toronto Public Library at several Toronto branches. Audrey had many hobbies and was an avid quilter and knitter as those who were lucky enough to receive a beautifully crafted quilt or a hand-knitted pair of socks can attest. Several beautiful samples of Audrey's quilts are hanging at home and the cottage, where many happy times were spent with family and friends. Audrey also enjoyed nothing more than a good British television show and was a Corrie fan for over 50 years. Audrey, loving wife to Sam, and devoted and caring mom to Chris and Lesley, as well as all of the family's beloved dogs over the years, will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation will take place at the Pine Hills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1K 1R1 on Saturday, August 20, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Audrey to the Toronto Public Library Foundation https://tplfoundation.ca.
On July 13, Statistics Canada released data and analyses from the 2021 Census on families, households, and marital status. This highly anticipated release provides Canadians with its first updated portrait of family households during the pandemic and is the agency’s first to report on the gender diversity of couples in Canada.
This release includes information on family structure, marital status, living arrangements, foster children, couples with and without children, and a variety of other topics related to family households across the country.
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These two women, Grace Labbe’ and Anne Burns-one led me to Home Economics, the other made me want to stay and make a difference.
Grace Labbe’ was my Grade Ten (1965) Home Ec teacher in Ottawa at Notre Dame High School. Until her death notice of July 2022, I had no idea where she was. She was not in the OHEA archives, but I did know she graduated from St Francis Xavier. She was young and beautiful and could sew. She told her young students she had decorated her dorm room in white. It was work but she loved it. Right then and there I decided to become a Home Economist. My Mum encouraged me because she was Halifax born and my grandmother had a friend who graduated from Mount St Vincent, Mrs. Ethel Boyd. Her tea sandwich protocol I still follow.
I wrote a note to Paule Labbe’, Mrs. Labbe’s daughter, to let her know and I met Paule at the funeral. I cried; she was gracious.
Anne Burns, Aunt to Elizabeth Larmond-Elliot (Ottawa Home Economics) gave me my first Home Economics job, working at Health Canada, on her book-The Canadian Mother and Child. What a summer (1972), I learned much, is a vast understatement and I made a forever friend. She had graduated from Mount St Vincent in Halifax and became fast friends with my parents, Kae and Butch Boucher. I bet my Dad’s raspberry bushes still grow near her cottage property on the Gatineau River. She and Helen Sackville opened the door to emergency feeding in Canada and Anne spoke to Elizabeth to help me on my fourth-year research project on Canola. Anne also led me to contribute through the Government of Canada. I retired from government after 35 years. Anne’s honesty and integrity were part of that.
Thank you both—I wish every home economics/dietetic student in Canada the privilege to know such people. I try to pass the torch.
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