June 26, 1956 – Oct 17, 2020
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Marie Wilson, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the Huron Shores Hospice in Tiverton, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. She was in her 65th year.
Marie was born on June 26, 1956, in Barrie and grew up in Hespeler, Ontario. She was the eldest of four children born to Betty and Carlyle Wilson.
Predeceased by both parents and her sister Debbie.
She leaves behind her “faithful beloved,” Ken Battler; her three adored sons, Will Wilson-Battler (Denise), Nick Wilson-Battler (Claire), and Troy Wilson-Battler (Hannah).
She is mourned by her brothers, John Wilson (Sandy), and Sandy Wilson (Paulina); brothers-in-law Keith Battler (Linda), Don Battler (Lynda), and Brian Battler (Bev).
She had very special relationships with her nieces and nephews. They include: Easton (Christine) and Mercedes, who is also her goddaughter; Jenny and Jason; Brad, Brett, and Jessica; and Kyle and Ben. Marie also had a special bond with her godson, Adam.
Marie will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Layne, Jackson, and Maeve; and Savannah, Luke, and Sean. For Marie, the sun rose and set on these children.
Marie was both a gifted writer and communicator. She received her BA Hons. in English from the University of Guelph. Finding few employment opportunities in the early eighties, she pursued a diploma in Journalism from Conestoga College. She accepted a position at the Kincardine News, eventually becoming its editor. After raising her three sons, Marie worked in communications for Ontario Power Generation and then at Nuclear Waste Management Organization.
She was always involved in her community. Among many other activities, she sponsored the Scottish Festival, and co-chaired the Old Boys’ Reunion. After retirement, Marie ran for council, serving as Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Kincardine until her recent passing. She brought intelligence, compassion, respect and humour to every situation. She listened to everyone, returned every call, and weighed every decision carefully. Marie respected everyone – regardless of their station in life – and advocated for anyone who needed help.
Water was Marie’s element. She could be found swimming in Lake Huron, paddle-boarding or just plain enjoying the beach. She was a lover of music, literature and the arts. She loved dancing to Springsteen and attending the local Blues events. Marie’s spirit lives on in all who love her.
A private funeral service was held at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton. Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Huron Shores Hospice in Marie’s memory.