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Born: Apr 13, 1947

Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2021

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sharon Dale Marks (nee Thorburn) on January 21, 2021.
Sharon was born on April 13, 1947 in Winnipeg, and was predeceased by her parents, Ruth (nee Watson) and Walter Thorburn. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ian Marks; her daughters, Dale (Tony), Heather (Jason) and Denise (Trevor). She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Aidan, Sydney, Chloe, Avery, and Hannah. Sharon has a wide network of family with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Thorburn, Watson, Mezzo and Lyons lineages.
Growing up, Mom moved several times and she often referred to her many dogs as her childhood best friends. There were however two places she loved coming back to, her Nana's farm in Woodridge, MB, and the cabin at Ingolf, ON. She grew up with her cousins and family members in both places, and many summer memories were made. She continued to visit the farm and her Uncle Alec throughout her adult life, and her love of the outdoors endured.
In 1969, Sharon went to London, England on a work visa, where she met her future husband, Ian. They had a whirlwind courtship and were married on November 13, 1970. Ian moved to be with Sharon, always by her side. They began their married life in Toronto, ON, where Sharon worked as an LPN. They later moved to Winnipeg and grew their family.
Mom was someone who was always up for adventure. She enjoyed road trips, and no monument or informational tourist centre was too insignificant to be ignored along the way. Mom was a champion for the underdog, and would often lobby to present another perspective to consider. As a devout fan of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Mom would happily attend games rain or shine, day or evening, alone or with Dad in tow. Mom was a dedicated volunteer to many associations, including the MS Society, Manitoba Marathon, and the Fringe Festival. As a mature adult, Mom audited courses for several years at the University of Winnipeg, an accomplishment she was particularly proud of.
Mom was fiercely independent, a life force in her that was indomitable to the end. As a parent, she valued modelling humility and social graces, teaching us life skills to become self-reliant and the importance of the elders in our family. She encouraged us to persevere in the face of adversity, as she had so often done herself.
We extend our love and appreciation to those people in Mom's life who continued to see her light and stay connected, particularly in her later years. While there are many people of note, we send our heartfelt gratitude to the Billsons for their ongoing support to her and to our family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sharon's name to the Alzheimer Society, or the Canadian Liver Foundation.

"There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping
to lift someone up."
John Holmes

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I first met Sharon in 1955. I was a shy little eight year old girl, just moved from the family farm into the city. Sharon was an adventurous eight year old little girl. We lived directly across from one another on Leila Avenue. We became instant friends, giggling, sharing secrets, and waving to each other every morning from our respective houses - me from my kitchen, she from her livingroom. We snared many wonderful carefree weekends at the cabin at Ingolf under the caring watchful eye of her dad. The memories still bring me joy. Later, Sharon and her family moved away and we lost touch, and yet, twenty years later, when my mom passed, she phoned and left her number. Sadly, with planning a funeral and grieving, the number was misplaced and her call was never returned. Over the years I've searched for her from time to time on the internet, to no avail. How deeply saddened I was to finally find the obituaries. But I'm heartened to know that she lived a life full of adventure, accomplishment, and giving. Sharon was a true gift to all those that shared her life. May you find peace in your hearts, and may your memories be a blessing. Sandra Mirecki - Posted by: Sandra Mirecki (Friend) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Ian and your family on your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: Paul Zipp (fellow employee at Bristol Aerospace) on: Jan 27, 2021

  • Sincere Condolences to Ian and Family, Sadly missed and Fondly Remembered always with many Happy Times here at the Farm. May She "Rest in Peace" Love Uncle Alex & Auntie Kay..... - Posted by: Alex Orban (Uncle) on: Jan 26, 2021

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