Marilyn Joan (Byard) Farner

November 29, 1932November 11, 2020

Farner, Marilyn Joan (nee Byard) Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 in her 88th year. Cherished wife of Stephen, beloved mother of Debra (Larry). Predeceased by her son Paul. Loving Nana of Sean (Jenna) and Adam (Alicia). Great Grandma to Robyn and Anderson. Sister-in-law to Margaret Cyr and Elizabeth Campbell.

Marilyn was born and raised in St. Catharines, she met Steve in high school, and they have been together ever since, just celebrating 67 years of marriage. They had so many great times together, whether skiing in Quebec, lounging on a warm sandy beach in the tropics, or all their many golfing trips away with friends.

Marilyn was always busy: whether golfing, skiing, playing bridge, singing with the Robert Wood Singers, or lunching with her sorority sisters from high school. Even with all these activities in her life, her family and friends always came first.

She will be best remembered for her kind, gentle and beautiful heart. She was always thinking of and doing for others, and she will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. Thank you to the wonderful staff on 2A at the NHS, St. Catharines Site for taking such good care of Marilyn.

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Shirley Knowles

November 17, 2020

I extend my deepest condolences to Steve Farner and members of his family after the passing of my dear friend, Marilyn. We were high school sorority sisters since 1950. I have so very many fond memories of Marilyn, her delightful laughter, and wonderful friendship. I, along with the rest of our sorority sisters, will miss Marilyn deeply.

With deepest thoughts and prayers,

Shirley (née Cratt) Knowles

Carla Dunlop

November 16, 2020

Marilyn was always a calm, quiet and gentle woman who just exuded warmth. Her hugs enveloped you in a cloud of love and her special scent. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with her and Steve, Debbie and Paul. She will be so missed.

Carla (Robertson) Dunlop

Doug and Heather Junke

November 15, 2020

Debbie and family: Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sincere sympathies, Heather and Doug Junke

Roz Robinson

November 14, 2020

My Heartfelt Condolences to the Farner family on your loss of a beautiful lady and best friend friend to my Mom.
Marilyn was my Mom’s childhood friend for over 80 years. They shared so many special memories over their lifetimes and they even shared the same middle name. Marilyn was truly a kind, thoughtful, generous lady whose beauty shone inside and out. Her gentle soul will be dearly missed.
As you celebrate Marilyn’s life May you find comfort and love while remembering all the fond memories knowing her life was well- lived.
With love and our deepest sympathies,
Roz Robinson (Steele) and family.

Jan Maceira

November 14, 2020

Dear Debbie,
So sorry to hear about your mom. The few years working with Marilyn was a delight. Such a lovely lady.

Jan Maceira (Dr. Ball/Scaife's office)

Margaret Cyr

November 14, 2020

To me, Marilyn was the epitome of grace. She was beautiful, warm, gracious, strong and caring. To know her, was to love and admire her. And to loose her is painful beyond description. My condolences to my brother Steve, my niece Debbie, their family and friends.

al riva

November 14, 2020

Our sympathy in your loss

Bev and Al Riva

Lori Preston

November 14, 2020

Aunt many warm positive memories: your amazing triffle dessert, beautifully wrapped gifts given with love, home and health Christmases, joyful laughter and warm, warm hugs. The feelings you created in others were always warm, positive and loving. You remain tucked lovingly in my heart. Hug Paul for me.

Keith Carscadden

November 13, 2020

To Stephen and family, I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of Marilyn. She truly was a kind, gentle soul with a beautiful heart and will be greatly missed.


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