Marlene Alice Clarkson

23 octobre 194531 mai 2014

Marlene Alice Clarkson 1945 - 2014 Marlene passed away peacefully with family and relatives at her side at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on May 31, 2014. She became ill with pancreatic cancer during a winter RV vacation in Arizona. After numerous procedures in the hospital in Phoenix she was stabilized to fly and medevac’d to Vernon. She achieved her goal of getting to Mike and Jaime’s wedding at Paddlewheel Park April 19 and came home on palliative care for a month. Marlene was born in Vernon Jubilee Hospital to parents Sam and Julie Knopf and grew up on an orchard in East Kelowna. She started her teaching career in Revelstoke then moved to the lower mainland to teach in New Westminster where she met husband Norm Clarkson. They were married in 1975 and moved to Port Alberni. Their son Michael was adopted there. In 1982 they moved to Nelson for a short time and their daughter Kathy was adopted there. The family moved to Vernon in 1984. Their active lifestyle included lots of camping and boating in Barkley Sound with their children. Norm retired at the end of 2013 and this left lots of time for RV’ing in Mexico and southern US and lots of time with the Port Alberni Yacht Club at Barkley Sound. Marlene is survived by her loving family, husband Norm, son Mike Clarkson (Jaime) in Falkland and daughter Kathy Minchenko (Ryan) and granddaughter Sophia in Vernon. Her sister Vera Epp (Hans) resides in Victoria. Norm’s brother Len Clarkson lives in Squamish and sister Judy Marshall (Gary) reside in Port Moody. Marlene is pre-deceased by her parents and sister Myrtle Knopf. Marlene was everything, a loving wife and mother and a source of strength and support for family and friends. She will remain forever in our hearts. The cards, gifts phone calls and emails from family and friends have been very supportive, and the family are grateful even though they are not always able to respond. Friends are invited to a celebration of life will take place June 14 at 2:00 PM at the Shubert Center in Vernon. Condolences, She received excellent care from the doctors and nurses at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and those wishing to do so could make a donation in lieu of flowers to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation http://www.vjhfoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate/ . Marlene would like to have passed on a copy of her cookbook with favorite recipes for download. It can be found at http://l.bitcasa.com/LOcgm7gA and is set up to print on 4 X 6 file cards.


Marlene Alice Clarkson



23 juillet , 2014

I wish to thank you, Marlene, for all those 36 or so years of wonderful friendship cherished by all our family. Thanks for all the "ear lending", shopping trips at Liz Claybourne factory outlet, ski trips, boating trips, visiting grandmas, For choosing the best Garlic press and "don"t drop" the herb cutting shears that have earned their place in the cutlery drawer and not to be outdone by the corkscrew required for that Italian Amarone from the Clarkson Estates! So you see, just to be, was wonderful, with you. What a gift to have been your friend. Elaine LaSota

Lorne & Elvera Sheffield

18 juin , 2014

We are thinking about you. So sad to hear about Marlene's illness, so sudden . We so much enjoyed spending time with both of you a time or two in Lake Havasu at the Blue Grass Festival. Our deepest condolences.

Shirley Clarkson

15 juin , 2014

Dear Norm, Mike, Kathy and your families,

My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of a loving wife, mother, Nana and friend. Marlene will always be smiling down on all of us. What great memories we all have.

Love to all,

Amy Clarkson

14 juin , 2014

I will be thinking of you all today Norm, Mike & Kathy. I have been remembering some of the great times with Auntie Marlene hunting for chocolate eggs at Easter when we were kids, skiing at Silver Star, and most recently at the boat & PAYC in the summer. I'll always smile when I think of Marlene laughing, which was often as your family is so full of love & happiness. Sending you big hugs & loving thoughts, xo

Marilynn Blackmore

14 juin , 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Stephanie Tonner

10 juin , 2014

We think about the Clarkson family constantly. We are so happy that we had a chance to briefly get to know Marlene and learn what a wonderful Mother and Nana she was.
Tony & Steph

Kathy & Dikc Copes

9 juin , 2014

It was difficult to top the optimism that Marlene brought to every day. Her smile, laughter and positive outlook, even when in pain, were a joy to us and to all who came in contact with her. We always looked forward to seeing Norm & Marlene in Arizona and will dearly miss her. Our love and thoughts are with Norm, the family and all of her loving friends in Canada & the U.S.

Elisa Missio-Marocchi

8 juin , 2014

Great memories of skiing with Marlene and "the girls"...Marlene's beautiful, big smile will be very much missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I'll do a run for you next winter, Marlene.

8 juin , 2014

We have many wonderful memories of Marlene at the Yacht Club, she was always so helpful and cheerful. Our heartfelt sympathies to Norm and the families.

Hans and Donna Vavrik (Port Alberni, B.C.)

Diana, Darrin and Wiley Olson

6 juin , 2014

So many wonderful memories that I will always cherish. The inlet will never be the same. Big huge bear hugs to you, Norm, Mike, and Kathy. Our thoughts are with you.