Edna Marion Noble
February 12, 1929 – December 28, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Noble, aged 90, in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 28th after a short illness. Marion was an accomplished nurse, educator, wife, mother and friend and she will be missed by her family and many friends. Predeceased by her brother Marvin, sisters Marjory, Hope, Doris and Wilma, she is survived by her husband Ted, children Richard, Janet and Nancy, her granddaughter Bella and step-grandson, Jesse.
Marion was born in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan in 1929 and grew up on the family farm. Her mother moved the children to Saskatoon in the late 1930s to ensure they got a proper education. Marion attended Nutana Collegiate and later the University of Saskatchewan, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While at University she met her future husband, Ted Noble and they were married in 1953.
Marion and Ted moved to Wadena after their marriage, where she worked as an RN and eventually become the Head Nurse at Wadena Hospital. In 1960, they relocated to North Battleford. Marion and Ted had a rich life in North Battleford, raising their children, spending summers at Jackfish Lake, and winters skiing at Table Mountain all the while building friendships that persist to today. Marion returned to work full time when the family moved to Saskatoon in 1978. She retired from teaching nursing at Kelsey Institute in 1990.
Marion’s ability to seamlessly balance her professional life with a commitment to her family, friends and community was unique among her generation. In addition to influencing generations of young people in the nursing profession, she was an empathetic and supportive person to all. She volunteered her time to many charities including UNICEF, United Way, and Jubillee Homes, to name but three. Marion was also a mentor to other young women through her work with CGIT.
When Ted retired in 2003, Marion and Ted left the province both of them had lived in their entire lives and moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, to live on a beautiful golf course overlooking the valley. Again, they made many friends and spent summers in BC and winters in Palm Desert. Eventually, they moved to White Rock to be closer to family and in 2016 relocated to Halifax with Nancy and Joe.
In addition to her career and community service, Marion enjoyed her life through a variety of hobbies and interests. Travel with friends and family created many memories. Annual family ski trips to the Rockies, travel to Europe and South America and cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean, and Baltic Sea increased her knowledge of the history and cultures of the places she visited. She loved music, fine food and wine. She was also a great cook with signature dishes like her cheeseball and roast pork with peanut butter.
It was Palm Desert, California, however, that brought her the most joy. Marion and Ted spent over 30 winters in the desert. She loved the warmth of the sun, golf, hiking, shopping, bridge with friends and an active social life. The family spent many holidays in California over the years and are grateful for those memories.
In all the important ways, Marion had a remarkably successful life – a satisfying career, a long and happy marriage, a close family and legions of cherished friends. In relatively good health to the end, we can celebrate and hopefully emulate such a rewarding life.
Edna Marion Noble
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Mary Jane Charman
January 9, 2020
Marion and Ted were my next door neighbors when they moved to Kelowna. They were more than neighbors to me, they were my adopted Grandparents. Marion always giving with her generosity hosting dinner parties both in Kelowna and Palm Springs. She will be missed terribly, such a lovely, amazing lady she was. Her memories will live on indefinitely in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Ted and his family.
January 9, 2020
What great memories I have of Marion, both in Kelowna and in Palm Desert where she and Ted hosted dinners and parties bringing friends together. She was an inspiration...gracious, youthful, intelligent, well read and travelled with a great sense of humour. She will be missed, and even with the sadness at her passing, her memory brings warmth and a smile for the precious time we had together. She left the world a better place...thank you Marion, for your impact on my life.
January 9, 2020
We met Ted and MARION when we moved to Kelowna. We had great fun playing golf with them, having dinners with them, and discussing American politics. We were able to spend time with them both in Canada and Palm Desert. We were often the only Americans at their gatherings. They were the ultimate hosts with MARION passing appetizers and Ted making a mean vodka gimlet. We saw them in August when we were in Halifax. She was vibrant and engaging and as lovely as ever. What an amazing person. She will stay with us forever. Our hearts go out to Ted and the rest of their family.
Lynne and Allan Sacks
January 5, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Auntie Marion's passing. She was such a lovely lady - I always thought she had such an exciting life and she seemed so glamorous to me! She and auntie Hope kept my dad in line too! (but he so loved his sisters!) She had a wonderful life and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Sending our deepest condolences to the family.
Linda (McKay) and Herb Dragert
January 4, 2020
In loving memory of Marion, such a lovely person and so kind. I will always remember Marion with great affection.
Hugh - London UK
January 2, 2020
From childhood days I remember Aunt Marion as a strikingly beautiful, elegant and energetic woman. She was a determined and strong minded woman that I always admired. Later in life I came to know how accomplished she was in her career and I looked up to her enduring strength. As well, she was always generous and loving, showing genuine curiosity and interest in the lives of all of us fortunate enough to belong in her extended family. Marion left a positive imprint on me and I’m better for having had her in my life. Love to Ted, my wonderful and equally generous Uncle. And love to Nancy, Janet, Richard and all who loved her. It’s hard to lose her but her spirit lives on and in some way is now reconnected with her sisters, her brother, and her amazing parents, Edna and Fred.
January 2, 2020
Marion will always hold a very special place in my heart. She was always so welcoming to me, both at the cottage, and when I would visit Janet and Nancy in Saskatoon.
Mom always said that Marion was one of the most beautiful women she ever met. I have to agree. She was beautiful inside and out. Her pork roast with peanut butter, cheeze ball, and her peach pie were always perfect. She put up with all the shenanigans Janet, Nancy and I (along with our crew of friends) and managed not to get too frustrated.
I have so many great memories and feel blessed to have known her for so many years.
I send love to you all.