Marion Saunders

February 16, 1936 – February 14, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
Marion was born in Ponoka to Gordon and Katherine Latimer on February 16, 1936. She was the eldest of four children; Larry, Doug and Jean. They lived on the family farm, where Marion attended Lundgren School.
When Marion was 16, they moved to Ponoka where she got a job working at the Ponoka General Hospital with her mother in the kitchen. While living in Ponoka Marion met and later married Harold in 1958. Debbie was born and raised in Ponoka; Marion’s only child. Harold and Marion later divorced.
In 1979, Don Saunders and Marion were married and lived in Camrose, with Don’s daughter, Sharon. Marion took great pride in her cooking and baking skills, professionally and for her family and friends. While in Camrose she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for 26 years as one of the head cooks.
Even as societal norms changed, Marion was always insistent on cooking in her white skirt uniform, as she would say that slacks are for the garden. Marion enjoyed walks to feed the swans that Camrose is infamous for, as well as cruises in her classic car. She also enjoyed numerous bus trips to places far and near.
The summer of 2017 brought Marion back to Ponoka, selling her home of nearly 40 years in Camrose, so that she could be closer to family. She made new old friends again in Ponoka, and enjoyed many visits from family, neighbors and friends.
Marion passed away suddenly after a short admittance at the Ponoka General Hospital on February 14, 2023. Marion’s family would like to thank everyone for their support at this time. We are so grateful to have such wonderful friends and family.
Marion will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Debbie (Kelvin) Riley; grandchildren Lynnsey (Andrew) Riley, Chelsey (Sean) Butcher, and Bradley (Katlyn) Riley; great-grandchildren Nicholas and Nathaniel Riley, Brielle and Taight Riley, and Sloane and Marshall Butcher; as well as many other family members and friends.
Marion was predeceased by her parents Gordon and Katherine Latimer; siblings Larry Latimer, Doug Latimer, and Jean Rinehart; and step-daughter Sharon Saunders.
A Funeral Service to celebrate Marion’s life was held at the Ponoka Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
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