It is with heavy hearts that Marie’s family announces the loss of our Mum. Marie was a woman of vision. She not only recognized, and appreciated, who people were, she saw who they could be, and then supported and encouraged them to reach that potential. She was involved in organizations assisting those who were, for whatever reason, less fortunate. She was a huge lover of all animals, ensuring that, even in the foulest weather, all the creatures in her care were well looked after. She believed in natural spaces and protecting our environment, living those beliefs on a daily basis.
Marie Hendrie was born inTimperley,Englandwhere she learned to love books, tree climbing and romps along the seashore with her parents and grandparents. She studied Commerce inManchester, and then went to “finishing school”, as it was called then, inSwitzerland, before being called home just prior to the start of World War II.
During World War II Marie met the love of her life, Canadian Captain Dick (Richard Edward) LeSueur while he was on leave in Timperley. They married just before the end of the war, and Mum and Dad were life partners for 47 years until Dick passed away. Together they made homes inSarnia,Ontario, Corpus Christie,TexasandFortSaskatchewan,Alberta, as Dad took on various engineering positions, Mum got involved in community activities and together they raised a family. Mum’s love of animals meant there were always pets in the household. When Mum and Dad moved from the Fort back toCamlachie,Ontario, the entourage included a truck, a car, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 horses and a foal. They settled into a century home on 50 acres, where Mum really got the animal raising bug. She was responsible for raising all manner of creatures including goats, geese, ducks, pigs, chickens and cattle. She fashioned a beautiful British garden around the house, a haven for multitudes of birds, bees, butterflies and other wild beasties. Mum always had a flair for the dramatic, and along the way won several amateur theatre awards for her acting and directing.
For her family, Marie was a wife, mother, teacher, listener, guidance counsellor, confidant, organizer, provider, disciplinarian, supporter, and most importantly, a friend. All of these characteristics created an amazing woman, and a legacy which has now been passed to her three children, Peggy, Kelvin (Alana), Richard (Kim) and two grandchildren, Anita (Aaron) and Colin (Michelle).
The poet Anna Hempstead Branch may have said it best about Mum: “God wove a web of loveliness, of clouds and stars and birds…And I am rich who learned from her, how beautiful they are. “
Mum was able to spend her last days at home surrounded by her family and all the beauty she and Dad had created.
A celebration of Marie’s life will be held at Christ Church, Camlachie on Friday, June 8th at 2:00 P.M. As per Mum’s wishes tea will be served afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any local community service, including the Animal Humane Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/obits.php?id=2261