Posted: May 19th, 2015

June 12, 1926 ~ May 7, 2015

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Marjorie Nieman, our sweet mom, grandma (nana) and great-grandma. Heaven welcomed her with open arms on the morning of May 7, 2015. She had lived a full, happy and active life right up to her time in the hospital. Madge is survived by her children, Robert Allan of Medicine Hat; Debbie (Brian) of Calgary and David (Rita) of Millarville; grandchildren Tamara (Brad), Jillaine (Jay), Brent (Lynsey), Blair, Jodie, Stacy (Nadine); step-grandson, Mike and children; great-grandchildren, Carlin, Jorja, Taylore, Shelby, Caden, Logan, Wyatt, Olivia, Rylund, Brooklyn and Treydon. She was a special Auntie to many nieces and nephews here and in England. Madge had a special bond and love for her dear friends, Lynn Solley, Lil McDougall + (2014) and Pat Melidonis +. Madge was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Elmer (2009) and her second son, Larry (1975). Madge was born in Leeds, England on June 12, 1926, the youngest of five daughters, to James and Ada Tong. During WWII, Madge and Elmer first met in 1941. Their relationship and love for each other grew over the next four years even though they were always faced with the uncertainty of seeing each other again. They were married on October 9, 1945, in Leeds. Elmer returned to Canada with his troops before Madge who made the journey to Canada on her own, leaving England on June 6, 1946. Initially she was faced with longing and home sickness but quickly made life long friends with other War Brides and wives of Elmer’s CPR co-workers. Together their marriage was blessed with four children; Allan, Larry, Debbie and David. For 65 years, Madge enjoyed being part of her Canasta Club, playing her last evening of cards with friends on April 27. She was a member of the CPR Ladies Auxillary and still met on a regular basis for lunch with the War Brides. Madge and Elmer were long time members of the Westminster United Church. She had worked as a Unit Clerk at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for 15 years. Together, Elmer and Madge made several trips back to England over the years, as well as vacationing to Hawaii and Mexico. Once Elmer retired, they enjoyed being part of Good Sam’s, travelling in their motor home to Yuma, AZ., Elkwater and spending many summers at Pine Lake. Always, and most important to them both was being with family and their close friends. After Elmer’s passing, Madge chose to live each day to the fullest. She had deep faith and knew she would join her husband, son and so many other loved ones when it was her time. Madge was able to enjoy more travel, returning to England, trips to Phoenix, PV Mexico and the Grand Canyon. Last summer she was keen to travel to Hope, Idaho for her grand-daughter’s wedding and camping with family for 10 days. Madge showed so much love and devotion to her family and to those who were like family to her. She was always excited and proud to share stories about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Madge amazed us all with her memory of any dates that held importance to her. “Mom….we will miss you deeply, Love you always, and will keep all our memories close to our Heart. We were blessed to have you as our Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma. Until we meet again sweet mom….” . Sincere thanks to Pastor Steve Zinger for his prayers, support and comfort. Thank you to Dr. Tom Mohanraj, EMS, ER, ICU and Palliative Care for your special care and compassion shown to our mother during her final days. A celebration of Madge’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Zinger, of Redcliff Community Church officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Madge’s name may be directed to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, AB. T1J 3L8 (for her love of animals, especially dogs) or the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation c/o Palliative Care, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 3A9 or the MS Society, 101 – 1201 Kingsway Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 2Y2. The Celebration of Madge’s life will be live streamed through Cook Southland’s website. Those who cannot attend but wish to be a part of the service may choose to visit the Cook Southland Website on Friday, May 22, 2015. Click on the Watch Service In Progress Button located on the left side of the homepage. A new screen will open and the service will start streaming at 1:00 p.m. (MST) (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455

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