Simpson: Marjorie “Marj”
December 7, 1945 – May 6, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Marj Simpson May 6, 2019, from complications of a three year battle with cancer.
Marj is survived by her loving husband Bill (of over 51 years), her daughter Tania (Doug) and their children Tadhg and Fiona, her daughter Andrea and her children Zoe and Chase, and her son Ryan (Karilynn) and their children Coral and William.
Marj was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Janet Peers, and her siblings Wayne, Rae, and Murray.
Marj was born in Empress and grew up in Acadia Valley. She moved to Red Deer in 1964 to finish high school and her first year of University. She then moved to Calgary in 1966 to complete her Bachelor of Education degree, where she lived for the rest of her life. Marj was a devoted teacher for over 20 years, with the majority of her career spent at Marion Carson Elementary and Captain John Palliser. Being “the original” Marj Simpson, she enjoyed amusing people on occasion by wearing her tall blue wig. After her retirement in 2002, Marj pursued various hobbies including acrylic and watercolour painting, reading, and crafting with her friends or grandchildren. Her prime passion was for wildlife photography, especially bird photography, and Bill added several thousands of kilometres to the odometer chasing the next “new” bird for her photo collection. She enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on her Facebook wildlife photos and loved sharing her passion. Marj adored travelling, preferably by cruise ship, and was able to visit over 40 countries before her death. Marj spent many hours a week playing against her online Scrabble friends and sometimes had five or 10 games going on all at the same time. She treasured spending time with her family and a tight-knit circle of friends and was a loyal friend to many. Marj was immensely proud of the accomplishments of her children and wished the same for her grandchildren.
A celebration of Marj’s life was held at in the Chapel at Centre Street Church, Calgary May 29 at 1:00 p.m. Reception and lunch followed in the Atrium at the Church.
To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Marjorie “Marj” please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services.