Marian “Henry” Lee Stephenson was born in High River, Alberta on September 14, 1955. She was the fifth child of Archie and Kay Stephenson.
As a young girl Marian loved to bake and she made the lightest, fluffiest pastry and mouthwatering breads and buns. By the age of 5, she was making layered cakes and impressing her mom with every dessert she made.
During her teens Marian was involved in the 4H Beef Club and had many trophies marking her accomplishments in that organization, including owning a grand champion steer twice.
Marian had many talents and was very creative. Much like Marian’s personality, her stained-glass art added light and colour to any room. Many of her family and friends have relished her stained glass pieces. She was an adept seamstress who made a variety of garments for all types of occasions. When Marian was unable to find a wedding gown she liked, she sewed her own.
Marian loved all holidays, especially Christmas. It wouldn’t have surprised some of us if she had a tree up and decorated shortly after Halloween. Marian loved to have a good time and enjoyed a good party.
Marian’s love for plants and gardening was in her genes. As soon as weather permitted, Marian spent almost all of her free time in the yard transforming plots of earth into vibrant gardens. She was always determined to grow some of the most unique plants and always shared her abundance of garden produce.
Marian loved to laugh. Her laugh and positive energy was contagious. Marian was never at a loss for an answer, her quick wit and mischievous ways always brought a smile to people’s faces.
Marian was very protective of her friends and family and truly loved them whole heartedly. Marian will be remembered for her kind-hearted generosity, her internal optimism and of course, her laugh.
Marian is now reunited with her mother Kay, her brother Jasper Stephenson and her best friend Heather Johnson.
Marian is forever loved and will be missed by her three children Tyrone, Amber and Sherry. She was survived by her father Archie, her sisters Anne, Marie and Helen and her brother Ross. Marian was further survived by nieces, nephews, grandkids and other friends and relatives.
If desired, memorial donations in Marians name can be sent to The Magic of Christmas, (a non-profit charitable society) #139636369.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Peter Lougheed Pulmonary Ward, Unit 39, as well Dr. Rhea Varghese (Dr. Lady Lungs) and Dr. Doug Helmerson (Dr. Hot) for their kind service and assistance.