Marlene Angelina Thompson

August 26, 1938 - January 10, 2024
January 13, 2024 3 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with much sadness that the family of Marlene Angelina Thompson (Usselman) announces that she passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the age of 85 years.

Marlene was born on August 26, 1938, in Unity, SK and was raised in Cactus Lake, SK. Always fiercely independent and strong, Marlene moved to Edmonton on her own when she was only 16 years old, where she worked as a clerk and then a stenographer with Agriculture Canada. In 1961, Marlene met her beloved husband, John Alfred Clayton, and they were married on November 14, 1964.
Marlene had a tremendous passion for people and life. She always cheerfully opened her home to both family and friends, with her warm and caring nature making everyone feel loved and welcomed. Marlene enjoyed an active lifestyle including cycling, skiing, swimming, gardening, and baking and found joy in life’s simple pleasures. She was exceptionally talented musically, playing the piano, fiddle, banjo and guitar and singing in the church choir. Above all else, Marlene was devoted to her loving family. She was always extremely proud of her three sons and their families and was happiest when surrounded by the laughter and warmth of family and friends.

Marlene leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and resilience. Although her loss has created a void that cannot be filled, her spirit will live on in the lives she touched.

Marlene was predeceased by her parents, Valentine in 1962 and Margaret in 1974, and her husband, John in 1998.

She is survived by and will be tremendously missed by her children Dirk (Elaine), Warren (Marie-Thérèse) and Neil (Shauna), as well as her grandchildren Emilie, Jacob, Alanna, Joshua, Mia, Jax, Olivia, Cole and Remington. She also leaves behind her cherished companion, Gerald, her siblings, Agnes (Jock), Leona (Steve), Ted (Connie) and Sally, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Assumption Church, 9034-95 Avenue, Edmonton, AB on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or a charity of your choice.

  1. Dirk,Warren &Neil,
    We would like to extend our condolences on the loss
    Of your mom . She was a great neighbor to have for the
    12 years we lived next door to all of you. We often think fondly of our time spent with her and your dad and watching you boys grow into fine young men. Our lives were made more complete by knowing them and you boys.

  2. Dear Warren, Derrick , Neil and family.

    Deepest condolences in the loss of your wonderful Mother.

    I have many cherished memories of your Mom, Dad, and all of you!

    We spent many hours singing and enjoying each other’s company.

    Marlene will be dearly missed.

    May she Rest In Peace.🙏🙏💕💕

  3. « Holy Mother » Marlene Angelina (Usselman) Thompson was a GEM. She was angelic in everything she did as amplified by her middle name, « Angelina. » She was unlike the angel Christianity has impinged on our psyche as a bird descending upon us from the skies. MAUT was rather a masterpiece of an angel that is human, and characterized with love and compassion, a listening ear and an empathic understanding of another’s life situation without prejudice. Angels in true humanity, place a smile on the face of all that come their way. And MAUT did. Peace, perfect peace now, Marlene. Rest in peace with John, Amen!
    Fr. John-Baptist Okai, your African son.

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