O’BRIEN, Marjorie Phyllis (nee Perry)

September 30, 1929 – March 15, 2017


Marjorie Phyllis O’Brien passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Agape Hospice in Calgary in the early morning of March 15, 2017 at age 87 years.

Marjorie was born in Vancouver on September 30th, 1929 to Wilfred William Perry and Marjorie Kathleen Perry (nee Goodman). She grew up in the neighborhood of Kerrisdale where she met her husband James M. O’Brien at a party, and they wed on March 28th, 1953. Marjorie and Jim lived a full and happy life together with their children in Sudbury, Vancouver, and Calgary where they moved to in 1973. They also spent time living on Quadra Island after retirement, and have lived in Cochrane since 2003. Wonderful family vacation memories were made on the beach at Waikiki and the slopes of Lake Louise.

In 2013 Marjorie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which she fought whole-heartedly for a long time. Our family is incredibly thankful for the time we had with her, and will always hold dear the memories we have of our Mom/Grandma/Gigi.  We were so very sad to see her go, but find comfort knowing she is no longer in pain and is now at peace.

Marjorie is survived by her loving husband Jim, as well as her five children, Kathleen O’Brien, Shauneen (Tim) O’Brien, Melbourne (Lucille) O’Brien, Jamie (Art) Harms, and Barnaby O’Brien. She will be missed dearly by her 10 grandchildren, Caitlin (John) McEvoy, Hayley (Mark) Edge, Ellery (Keith) Chyzyk, Tori (Chris) Shurville, Delaney (Ryan) Kaminski, Ben Harms, Kieran O’Brien, Aileen O’Brien, Liam O’Brien, and Skylar O’Brien, and her 8 great-grandchildren, Max, Finn and Taya Kaminski, Jimmy and Kelly Chyzyk, Audrey and Griffin Shurville, and Lachlan McEvoy.

At Marjorie’s request, there will be no funeral service.


“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.” – Mary Elizabeth Frye




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  1. On March 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm Mac & Jackie Leask Said:

    Our deepest sympathy to all your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I remember her well as this very classy lady.

  2. On March 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm Betty Conklin Said:

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Although she was ill for quite a long time, it is always hard to say goodbye. Will keep you in my thoughts.

  3. On March 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm Wendy Seniuk Said:

    So sorry for your loss . Words cant express the love for a Mom! Thinking of you .. Hugs Wendy

  4. On March 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm Kathy and Don Richards Said:

    Sending our love and blessings to your family on the passing of your much loved Mom/Grandma. Her beauty will live on through each of you. Cherish your treasured memories. xoxox

  5. On March 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm Vicki & Mark Kaminski Said:

    We are so sad for your family with the loss of a very special Mom, Grandmother and ‘Gigi’ — we didn’t know her but were well aware of the big part she holds in your hearts. Although it is a blessing that she is now at peace, it is never easy just the same. Our thoughts are with you.

  6. On March 20, 2017 at 9:57 am Jean Hunt Said:

    My thoughts are with all of you. I can still picture your Mom and hear her voice, she will be in your hearts forever. Take care.

  7. On March 26, 2017 at 9:56 am Rosemary Harms and family Said:

    We are sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a lovely lady with a gentle smile and a big heart. She loved her family and was devoted to you all. Please know that you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.