Obituary of Lois Marsh
On Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 8:05 p.m., Lois joined her late husband David, for a dance together in heaven. Our family said goodbye for now, and we take comfort in knowing that she is safe with God, reunited with her soul mate and other close loved ones on the other side.
Born November 11th, 1942 to her parents the late Ken and late Catherine Madill. Married for 57 years to the love of her life, the late David “Rocketman” Marsh. She will be forever missed by her children Paul (Janice), Greg and Laura Marsh Lewis (Brandon). Proud grandmother of Katherine, Jenna (Cody), Wyatt David, and Nash and great grandmother of Alison Grace. Missed by her best friend, biggest supporter and amazing baby sister Marie Donnelly (Keith), late Anita Madill, Ruthie Madill, Ralph and Donald Madill (Christine). Sister-in-law of the late Dale Marsh (Miriam) and the late Gaye Guzzo (Frank). She will also be missed by her many cousins, nieces and nephews, the curling ladies, and close friends including Melinda, Esther and Alice.
Lois was one of a kind. Loving, vivacious and strong. She considered every new day a gift to be lived on her own terms. Known for the spectacular cooking that came out of Lois’ kitchen, she believed people bonded over food. Her grandson Wyatt understood that well and bonded with his grandma almost daily over lunch in high school. The joke was, “if you feed him, he will come”. Lois prepared delicious meals and gathered people together and encouraged them to overeat while creating lifelong memories. When Lois could no longer cook, at night she dreamt of carefully selecting the finest ingredients and creating amazing dishes at home in her own kitchen.
She was sharp, very quick witted and loved a good laugh, she knew almost every answer on every episode of jeopardy. Always up for a good adventure or to travel, dance, sing, golf, curl and could occasionally be found playing a slot machine. When she wasn’t doing any of that Lois was an avid reader, and a huge sports fan. If baseball, curling, golf, hockey or football was on - Lois was watching closely and especially enjoyed visiting and watching a game with Paul or Brandon. A true “Mama Bear” when it came to her children. From the first moment of motherhood, Lois proudly loved, guarded and raised her children to be warriors just like herself. Her favourite child was whoever needed her the most at the time. She was even more protective of her grandchildren and taught them unconditional love with zero expectations.
Her secret to enjoying life was to always have something to look forward to. Make a plan, set a goal, dream about it and strive to get there. In 2019 an accident changed Lois’ life. She endured a full craniotomy, close to a year in the hospital where teams of experts, surgeons, hospitalists, doctors, nurses, rehab therapists, neurological experts, physiotherapists, PSWs, and endless family support put Lois back together again. Between that, her strong determination, and her husband’s dedication she began a new version of life without a single complaint. Following that, she broke her hip, lost her husband and felt like a fish out of water in long term care, but always tried to make the best of it and made some good strong connections while there. She then battled cancer, and less than a week before she passed, was happy to learn that her scans were clear, and she had won her battle with cancer.
Our family would like to invite all of you to come join us to say goodbye and celebrate Lois’ life and accomplishments. Friends and family are invited to visit at Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758) on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 12:00 noon with Mrs. Helen Smith officiating. Memorial donations to the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.
We would like to thank everyone that extended loving care to Lois over the last few years and contributed to her quality of life. So many of you loved her, built friendships with her, danced, sang songs, shared your hopes, dreams and enjoyed some good laughs. Some even brought their family in to see Lois, talked about new love interests and valued her advice. She enjoyed hearing about your lives, vacations, seeing pictures of your latest events, families and listening to your new favourite songs with you. If you worked with Lois during the last few years. We are also sorry for your loss and please know that she loved you back.