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Obituary of Marilyn Ann CROMB
Lynn left us suddenly on 25 October 2012. Lynn was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Jack and Rita Prior. She completed all of her schooling in the northern part of Toronto, known as Willowdale. When Lynn married in Toronto she had 2 children, Donna Lee and William John. They then moved to Australia where their third child was born, Steven Alan. At that time, her middle child, William, lit the schoolyard on fire and they decided they had better get out of Dodge and returned to Canada via the S.S. Oriana, the last of the Orient Steam Navigation Companys ocean liners, in October 1963. While there is some truth to the schoolyard story, it was actually the job opportunities at that time, for Lynns husband, a carpenter, that brought them back to Canada. While Lynns children were young, she worked part-time for CIBC. When they got a little older, she was able to take a full-time position with Sears Canada, a job she really loved, and worked there for several years. During her time with Sears, the company put on a fashion show, for which Lynn was asked to model a clothing line. From Sears, she went on to work at Xerox, Canada for several more years. Her youngest son moved to Victoria, BC in 1991. Lynn, having time off, decided she might as well see the country and co-piloted Steves 1971 Buick the entire 5000 km out west. They arrived in Victoria on Mothers Day in 1991 and what a beautiful sight they saw as they crested the hill at Beaver Lake. While flying back to Toronto a week later, Lynn knew that he had chosen a beautiful spot to live. For the next several years, her son Bill looked forward to his vacations out west, as did Lynn hers. By 1999, Bill decided to give it a try out west. With her daughter, Donna, happily married to Kevin McCarthy and with their daughter Brandi Lee, settled in Ontario and with both of her sons in Victoria, now in her 60s Lynn decided to leave her familiar surroundings and follow the boys. Lynn loved her home province of Ontario. She spent many summers as a child, and eventually with her own children, enjoying its beautiful lakes and rivers. Though difficult to leave everything familiar to her, she was ready for a new adventure. Having traveled to and from Victoria over the years for visits, Victoria had become her second home. Lynn was a very kind and generous person who always put others before herself. She was very witty and had a great sense of humour (which, by the way, helped immensely while raising her children, especially through their teenage years!) Lynn also had a great ear for music and she loved to play the piano. When Lynns father, Jack, an extremely hard worker and one of the brightest men one could ever meet, had developed Alzheimers disease and lived with it for over a decade, she helped her mother, Rita, and Jack along. At the same time, she battled a system that did not understand Alzheimers as they do today. Through the ups and downs that life brings to most, Lynn held her head high and was always there for everyone, especially her children. Losing her son, Bill, almost three years ago, took its toll on her, as any mother would understand. Lynn lived with what she called a whacky blood count, known to some as thrombocythemia/polycythemia. With all that life threw her way, she managed to be strong. Lynn did not drive but her good legs got her wherever she wanted to go. She loved to walk everywhere and over the years this is what helped her to enjoy life. Lynn loved many things in life but, most of all were the simplest things, her favourite being taken for drives to enjoy the beautiful countryside with her kids. This made her the happiest of all. She didnt ask for much. As the kids grew older and she was on her own, her dream home would have been a little log cabin by a brook with a Labrador beside her, one of her favourite breeds. When she was a child and would find a dog wandering, she would bring her new pet home until her father found its rightful owner. While living in Australia, Lynn and her family got a yellow lab named Flash, who took the 3-week journey back to Canada with them. Later on, she had a black lab named Cole, who enjoyed chasing hockey pucks on the skating rink in the backyard while Lynn always had a large pot of homemade soup on the stove to warm the kids up on a crisp Ontario day. Years later, she enjoyed the company of her little black cocker spaniel named Willie. Throughout her life, Lynn traveled to a few beautiful places outside of Canada but, in her mind, there was nothing more beautiful than the sun glistening off the snow, the first sign of the spring flowers, the sound of the songbirds , the beautiful summer evenings and the colours that autumn brings. She loved Canada from coast to coast and was proud to call this country her home. Mom, you are loved more than you can imagine. You will be deeply missed and you will always be in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. or the Alzheimers Society of B.C. would be greatly appreciated.
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