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Swinarton, Gladys (Marion)

Gladys (Marion) Swinarton passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.
Marion was born in Poole, England on March 21, 1910. With her parents, William and Melinda Taylor and her older sister Gwen, they immigrated to Canada via steamship when Marion was just one year of age. The family after moving to Canada had one son, George.
Marion’s family first settled in Medicine Hat where her father worked for CP Rail, his work later took the family to Calgary where Marion attended school. She spoke of the challenges their family experienced but most of all the appreciation she had for a loving family.
Marion met Charles Sydney Reach while attending Garbett Business College in Calgary. They married in Fort Macleod in 1929. Charles was managing the family business, Reach & Co. Together they raised two sons, Charles and Robert.
Marion had many happy memories of raising her family and time with friends. Her favourite memories were of family picnics with her boys, and the day trips they would take to the riverside or to the Porcupine Hills.
Marion’s husband Charles passed away in 1953. Marion kept busy with the organizations she belonged to and took a more active role in the family business doing the bookkeeping for Reach & Co.
In 1962 she married Albert Swinarton, and together they shared happy memories with friends, golfing and travelling. They were hosts to dignitaries through the 1960s and ’70s; Governor General Roland Michener, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Burton during Fort Macleod’s centennial year.
Marion loved best of all caring for her family and would often remind them to “take care of each other.” She always put others’ needs ahead of her own and this was evident by the dedication she brought to the organizations of which she was a part. Marion was an active member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a charter member of the United Church’s Lewis Auxiliary started in early 1930s and was a 70-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved playing Bridge and was a skilled player up into her 90s.
Marion is survived by her son Charles; three grandchildren, Brian Reach (Ronda), Scot Reach (Bev), and Susan Crabb (Alan); her six great grandchildren: Randi Perry (Jason), Nicholas Reach (Jade), Ashley Luther (Robin), Brenton Reach, Brayden Reach, Colten Reach; and eight great great grandchildren, Tess, Tristan, Madison, Nathan, Jorja, Jaxx, Justice and Jagger; and a nephew Dwight Taylor, his wife Donna and their daughters Victoria and Elizabeth.
Marion was predeceased by her first husband Charles Reach; her husband Albert Swinarton; her son Robert; her stepdaughter Sheila Duncan; daughters-in-law Betty and Eileen; her sister Gwen; brother George; and sister-in-law Kaye Taylor.
Marion lived in her own home until she was 95, after which she moved to the Pioneer Lodge where she resided for seven years and later to the Extendicare where she was cared for by a wonderful and professional staff. The compassion and dignity which was shown to her by the staff of both of these residences is gratefully appreciated by her family.
A memorial service was held at Trinity United Church on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Memorial donations if so desired would be greatly appreciated and received by the Fort Macleod Handibus Society, P.O. Box 881, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod. Visit

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