Marion Frances Palamarek

April 10, 2020 12 Condolences Print Obituary

On Thursday April 2, 2020, Marion Palamarek (née Comstock) passed away in her home at the age of 74. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Bob (of 48 years), sons Damon, Justin (Tina), Toban (Bailee), and two grandchildren Cameron and Arya. Marion was preceded by her parents Philip and Elizabeth Florence Comstock, and she leaves to mourn her siblings Allen, Jim, Eleanor, and younger “Big” brother Norm.

Marion will be remembered by many as a loving, kind-hearted, and thoughtful wife, mother, teacher, and friend. Her love and talent for gardening, sewing, crafts, and baking was only out matched by her tireless and selfless devotion to those around her. Always caring for and looking after those around her was her greatest gift, as well as her defining characteristic. As one to never shy away from hard work (ie. after raising three sons), and when most might be looking forward to their retirement, Marion decided to pursue her dream of higher education. At the age of 56, she completed her University Diploma and became a Teaching Assistant where she specialized in working with students with learning, language, and physical disabilities. Marion continued this work for nearly 15 more years until her retirement. Marion’s tireless devotion to her family, friends, and students will never be forgotten.

While Marion stalwartly struggled with cancer for the last four years of her life, it never defined her, nor conquered her spirit. For all the many who so lovingly supported her through this time (all the staff and nurses at the Cross-Cancer Institute and especially Dr. Smylie & Dr. Olsen to name but a few…), our family is forever grateful.

In keeping with Marion’s wishes (and due to COVID 19 regulations) there will be no service. An informal gathering to celebrate Marion’s life will be held at a later date.

For those of you wishing to pay your respects, Marion has asked that in place of cards, flowers, or the like that a donation be made in her honour to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Marion will be greatly missed by both her family and friends, but she will forever live on in our hearts and memories.

We love you Marion (Mom & Grandma).

  1. Bob,I was saddened to hear this news the other day. Please accept my condolences.

  2. So sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. She was such a kind and gentle lady, always sharing a sweet smile as we passed each other in the Wild Rose hallways. I know she made many children feel very special with her daily care and attention throughout the years. My sincere condolences.

  3. Hi Uncle Bob, the boys and family,

    Auntie Marion was always there with a smile when we pulled into the cabin at Hanmore Lake. She welcomed everybody and it will be sad the next time we get to the lake and she is not there. Our memories will be strong of all the good times we had. Much love, Jill, Mike, Katie & Abbey

  4. Bob sorry to hear about Marion’s passing. Please pass on to your boys as well. We certainly had some great times together.

  5. My condolences go to you Bob, Damon, Justin & Tina, Toban & Bailee. Marion was a wonderful neighbor and always had a pleasant “hello” and smile whenever we met. Find strength with each other as best you can and always remember the good times you shared with Marion.

    • I’m sorry to hear about Marion. She was a dear, sweet person that had a lot of love in her heart.She will be missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Marion and I worked closely together for a number of years in the Kindergarten at Wild Rose. She was a real calming influence and had just the right “way” to work with this age group. Each year I pull out the bulletin board letters she created and they are so beautiful. She was a special lady.

  7. Sending much love to Uncle Bob, Damon, Justin, and Toban. Auntie Marion was truly a gift to all who knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed by all.

  8. Bobby, I was very sorry to hear of Marion’s passing–my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  9. Our condolences go out to Bob, Damon, Justin & Tina, Toban & Bailee and families. Marion was our sister-in-law, but we felt that she was much more than that; she was a sister. We will always remember her with love. She had such a sweet, gentle nature with those around her, including her plants. We will miss her terribly. All our love, Ernie & Sharon

  10. So very sorry to hear of Marion’s passing…my heart goes out to you Bob and your family…I always enjoyed our visits…Marion had this very calming manner about her and I always felt so comfortable around her…loved her kind and gentle personality…so admired her for going back to University at 56 to become a teaching assistant with children with learning disabilities…bless her heart…may she rest in peace…take care…love and hugs…Theresa and Eugene Watamaniuk

  11. I am very sorry to hear that Marion has passed away. I just read it in the ARTA News and Views Magazine. She was my childhood friend in Rosebud and Drumheller and again in Calgary. Our parents were lifelong friends. Marion was always kind, sweet, and thoughtful as a girl and woman. My sympathies to Bob and family and to the Comstock siblings: Allan, Jim, Eleanor, Norman. May your memories of a wonderful lady give you comfort.

    Ellen Sears for the Jim and Evelyn Sears Family

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