POWLESLAND, Charlotte “Marion”

May 9, 1922 – May 5, 2013

Marion passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary on Sunday, May 5, 2013. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Larry (Jim Russell) and Donna (Ian) Airth; four grandchildren Leanne (Martin) Guenther, Howard (Jolene) Airth, Brett (Cara) Powlesland and Clayton Airth, ten great grandchildren and by sisters in law, Grace Widgill, Alma & Pat Clayton. She was predeceased by her husband Bert and her father & mother Jack & Muriel Clayton, sisters Gwen, Florence & Nellie, and brothers Lorne, Bert, Ed, Earl, Roy, Dick, Bruce and Joe.
Marion was raised on the family farm west of Airdrie and attended school at McPherson Coulee, Airdrie High School and Olds School of Agriculture. While at Olds she met Bert and they were married in 1945. Together they raised Hereford cattle for over 40 years. Marion was an outstanding home maker and gardener. She served many organizations: WestBrook 4H Beef Club, Alberta Junior Hereford Association, Weedon Pioneer Community Assoc and Lochend Ladies Club. Marion and Bert were inducted into the Alberta Hereford Assoc Honour roll, Canadian Hereford Association breeders of distinction, Olds College Alumni Hall of fame. Marion was a lifetime member of the Cochrane Lioness Club and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. Last fall Marion was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Marion was instrumental in starting the WestBrook School Fair 57 years ago and recently judged at the fair. Marion & Bert loved to travel and enjoyed travelling in their motorhome & fishing.
A celebration of Marion’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Marion’s memory may be made directly to: Olds College Alumni Association, Room 721, LRC Bldg. 4500 – 50 Street, Olds, AB. T4H 1R6, or Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, Box 459, Cochrane, AB. T4C 1A7.

  1. On 06/05/2013 at 5:48 pm Marilyn Najm Said:

    Thinking of you all at this time

  2. On 07/05/2013 at 9:17 am Cameron Clayton Said:

    My father was very fond of Bert and Marion, may they all rest in peace.

  3. On 07/05/2013 at 8:16 pm Hayley Dion (Hornby) Said:

    I’m so sorry to hear about ‘Aunt’ Marion. My thoughts are with all of you. Her presence at family events will be missed.

  4. On 08/05/2013 at 7:01 am David Flynn Said:

    Larry & Donna

    Sorry to read of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful women.

    May Bert & Marion rest in peace.


  5. On 09/05/2013 at 2:49 pm Nelda & Malcolm Said:

    Dear Powlesland Family,

    We are sorry that illness s prevented Malcolm and me from being with you today.

    Marion visited us last fall and we enjoyed seeing her. My parents (the Nowlins) were very fond of Bert and Marion and were always glad to have them

    “drop in”. We remember Clayton and Howard as little boys; wouldn’t recognize them now. And Jolene, I remember your birthday every year.

    We know Donna and Ian but have never met Larry and Jim.

    Our condolences to you all.


    The Sharps

  6. On 14/05/2013 at 1:34 pm joanne daniel barbara and ruth and debbie Said:

    dear donna and larry and families
    so sorry to hear about aunt marion, joanne says “i am so sorry i could not come up for the funeral
    we love you very much and i hope we will see you at the picnic
    love from the baxters

  7. On 23/05/2013 at 3:30 pm Gail W. & Family Said:

    Dearest Powlesland Family,
    Are heartfelt condolances to all.
    Gail Wigemyr and Family.

  8. On 23/05/2013 at 3:31 pm Gail W. & Family Said:

    Dearest Powlesland Family,
    Our heartfelt condolances to all.
    Gail Wigemyr and Family.

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