Marianne Louise Farrell-Cunningham

August 7, 1957 - February 9, 2021
February 12, 2021 43 Condolences Print Obituary

August 7th, 1957 - February 9th, 2021

With saddened hearts and cherished memories, the family wishes to announce the passing of Marianne Farrell-Cunningham, age 63. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Marianne will always be missed and in the hearts of her loving husband of 39 years, Neil Cunningham, her children Ryan Cunningham (Rachel Maxymyshyn) and Jillian Cunningham, her brother Brian Farrell (Mary Jane), sister, Sheila Lakey (Jonathan), her many nieces and nephews, and her mother, Pat MacDonald. She will now be an Angel in heaven, joining her sister, Janice Ogilvie and father, Jack Farrell.

Marianne was raised in Edmonton, spending most of her childhood years growing up at their family cabin at Devils Lake. She graduated from Strathcona Composite High School in 1975. After high school, Marianne went to work at the Toronto Dominion bank on Jasper Avenue and 116th Street. This is where she met her husband, Neil Cunningham, having to call him regarding his bank overdraft…it wasn’t about the money. They soon fell in love and were married on November 7th, 1981, spending 39 wonderful years together.

First and foremost Marianne was a dedicated wife and mother. She treasured her children Ryan and Jill, embracing every moment she had with them. Marianne always put family first in her life, supporting them through their passions and challenges.

Marianne was fortunate to be loved by so many supportive friends - she will be greatly missed by all.

Marianne is the love of our lives and she will forever remain in our hearts, we will always love her. Love You, Love You, Love You.

Private Memorial Service
2:00PM Wednesday February 17, 2021
Trinity Funeral Chapel
10530 116 Street, Edmonton, AB

To view the service live, please click here:

  1. My sincerest apologies Neil to you and the entire family. We all fell in love with Mrs. Farrell here at the RAH and loved taking care of her. I know you both had a special bond. It showed. Sending much love and hugs. Cindy and the Staff of Stn 22

  2. From John and Deb South
    We would like to send our deepest condolences on the passing of Marianne this week
    Your in our thoughts and prayers Neil and your family
    Stay strong and stay safe

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking about you, Neil and your family.

  4. Our sincerest condolences to Marianne’s family.

    Linda and Tom Cockle

    • Neil,
      So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you, Ryan and Jill.

      Leo and Deb

  5. Neil,

    With great respect and compassion we walk side by side as brothers.

    Blues Lacrosse

  6. Dearest Neil & Family – we are so saddened for your loss. Marianne was a lovely person and has gone much too soon. She will be greatly missed as she touched the hearts of many friends. She was always a happy fun loving person with gorgeous blond hair!! Our hearts go out to you all. Our deepest condolences.

  7. Neil, Ryan, Jill
    Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time.
    Mare was a wonderful loving lady and we embraced the fact of having her in our life. We laughed, talked,talked and talked but never heard what the other really said as we both talked at the same time. She was the first person besides Rick and I to hold our newborn children. She was the first to visit both Trevor and Rachel in the hospital and brought me chocolate chip cookies each time. Needed those cookies for sure!
    Even as she faced health concerns over the years, Mare was always wanting to know how our Arya was faring and wished for her good health / well being.
    Neil, you and Mare both faced the challenges together and became stronger together! She knew how much she was loved.
    Remember the happy times you all shared❤️
    Rick, Vi, Trevor, Rachel and little Arya

  8. Neil, Jill, Ryan and family

    We are truly sorry for your loss, no words can express your sorrow. May all your wonderful Memories of Marianne help you through this difficult time, may they give you peace and comfort.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Love Aunty Donna, Uncle Charlie, Garett and Lauryn, Mitchell and Kelsey.

  9. Neil and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences. God Bless

  10. So sorry for your loss. May you find peace in remembering all the wonderful memories that you shared as they will forever be in your heat.

  11. Jill, Ryan and Neil:

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on your unimaginable loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and know we are always here for you.


    The Kuzels

  12. Neil and Family

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. May the wonderful memories of your life together with Marianne bring you comfort. Our deepest condolences Neil.

  13. Our most heartfelt condolences, Neil, to you and your family and to Marianne’s family. You are foremost in our thoughts.

  14. Neil and Family:

    Know that our thoughts are with you and your family. May the good memories see you through the difficult times.

    Sharron and Ron Maxymyshyn

  15. Neal & family

    Are thoughts are with you & family during these difficult times & may all your amazing memories carry you through

  16. Neil,
    Sonia and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of Marianne. Over the years, we were fortunate to watch the love and affection you had for Marianne and the way the two of you battled to overcome the every day challenges. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Our heartfelt condolences go out to your family at this time of sorrow. We were saddened to read of Marianne’s passing. Marianne was a kind person who I looked forward to seeing every time we took the kids to the orthodontist at Ron Cox’s office all those years ago. She was true to herself, I felt the same warmth from her not that long ago at another funeral and I am grateful I got to say hello one last time.
    Donna and Alex Dalk

  18. Dear Neil and Family. Karen and I send our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all. Pat and Jack were dear friends of my parents and our family grew up with Marianne and Brian. I always thought Marianne was a great match for you Neil, and not just because of your hair colour. We have missed spending time with you over the years but have loved seeing you both at the reunions. Marianne will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

  19. Neil, Ryan and Jill. We are so sorry to hear about Marianne’s passing. May her memory be a blessing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  20. Neil
    It is with great sadness and compassion that I learned of the passing of Marianne. I wish you strength as you and your family manage through this difficult time, and i hope you gain comfort from those around you, including your Kokanee Brethren, each and all of whom extend condolences and expressions of sorrow for your loss.

  21. Neil and family, Marianne will remain in our hearts and thoughts. Love and heartfelt condolences my friend….Brad Hannah And Heather Johnston

  22. Dear Neil & Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Continue to be strong and be comforted to know that Marianne has gone to an amazing place.

  23. Words cannot begin to describe the sadness in our hearts, for we will always greatly miss Aunty Mare. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

    Love, Bobby, Mel, Ronnie, & Vivi.

  24. Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. To Neil and family, we would like to pass on our deep condolences on the passing of Marianne. It is so sad to lose such a dear and cherished person. We remember Marianne from our times together as a kind, caring, friendly and vibrant individual. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Take care. – Bill and Leslie Fowlis

  26. Neil and family,

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a wonderful lady. So many great memories and laughs over the years. Mare had a smile that lit up rooms and a personality to match. Treasure the good times and cherish the love.

  27. It’s never easy expressing how we feel loosing a dear friend.
    I consider myself so very fortunate to have known a person like Marianne Cunningham. Jane and I will truly miss her laugh and warm loving spirit.
    Condolences to Neil my friend and his family.

  28. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Marianne. Our deepest condolences to Neil, Ryan and Jill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Cindy and Jim Mergaert

  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  30. Bob & Brenda Lamoureux

    Neil and family our sincere condolences on the passing of Marianne.

  31. Neil, Ryan,& Jill, our prayers are with you Marianne was a very loving and special person and will be dearly missed. Gerry and Cindy

  32. I’m so sorry Neil and family. I only had the pleasure of meeting Marianne a few times but each time I got to talk with her at a function or party she was so kind and easy to talk to. She would remember me each time and remember details from our last conversation. I loved seeing her when I did.

    My sincere sympathies. It was great to be able to take in the beautiful tribute today.

  33. What a beautiful Service for a Beautiful Women/Wife/
    Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult days.

  34. Neil, kids, family and friends. Thank you for sharing Marianne’s service with us. A life well lived. Cut way to short. A loss of a great person that we will all carry with us till our end.
    God bless all of you

  35. Neil, Ryan, Jill and Family ~

    What a beautiful and touching tribute to Lovely Marianne. We feel honoured and blessed to have been able to share in this day of remembrance. Through laughter and tears we move forward… And as Jill so eloquently and bravely expressed today, Marianne lives on in her children, and the grandchildren still to come.
    We hope the love you felt today stays with all of you — hug one another extra tight .

  36. Marianne’s memorial celebration was lovely – like Marianne. We are thinking of you all and we are so sorry for your great loss. ❤️

  37. We will all remember Marianne for her smile, sense of humor and concern for other people. Her service was beautiful. Thank you for the live stream to be able to watch from afar. Neil, Jill and Ryan – our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of a very special lady.

  38. To Neil, Ryan & Rachel and Jill,

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on Marianne’s passing. She was a special person in so many ways…. her love and kindness, her thoughtfulness, her selflessness and courage are all exemplary. Our family will treasure the times we had with her and her inspiration to us all. May she rest in peace and may you treasure her memories. Heartfelt regards…. The Ellis family (Scott, Connie, Shelly, Chris & Sarah & Maggie, Matt & Erica & Abby, Amy, Sarah & Anthony).

  39. Such a beautiful Service for Marianne. May your memories of her help you through this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy.

  40. Neil and Family. So sorry to hear of Marianne’s passing. Neil, can’t imagine losing your wife & best friend. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  41. From Jim & Christine Tayler

    To Neil and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Marianne. This news was very sad to receive and we can only imagine the depth of your loss. Continue to be strong.

    Jim & Christine
    Ottawa ON

  42. Neil and Family. I just heard about Marianne’s passing, and I am so very sorry. I know she will be missed by all of you. Please take comfort in knowing that others share in your sorrow. Sincerely.
    Karen Vinet

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