Eulogy of Marion Phyllis Storr - March 15, 1914 - March 16, 2011
Service March 26, 2011

Trusting in the Lord
“Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life”

And our Marion did indeed have a long and satisfying life. Marion Storr did store God’s commands in her heart.

“Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding”
And our Marion was wise and happy. Happiness for her was expressed in many ways including:

  • enjoying a heaping plate of scallops and fries at Comeau’s on our way home from errands in Saint John (Marion loved a good nosh.)
  • giggling with her face lighting up recently over a Christmas table gift she got of a dancing/singing chicken (Marion had a wonderful sense of humour and a child-like appreciation for the simple joys in life. )
  • reading a good book (Marion had several eye surgeries to ensure that this pleasure would be one she could enjoy until her final days and she did!)
  • growing pink, purple, white, and blue violets which were here, there and everywhere in her home (Marion enjoyed nature and spent many happy hours sitting in her chair outside, and through the years spending time at Digdeguash Camp)
  • traveling to many places including Alaska, Hawaii, Florida to visit her brother Bob and sister-in-law Mim when they were wintering there (Marion joined many friends through the years on these tours and her fridge magnets were her reminders of those memories.)
  • playing bridge, knitting layettes even until last summer for the Church sale (Marion participated in community events - and was an observer of life, judgment was infrequent and if so would simply be a small shake of the head - the kind that registers disbelief.)
  • being the oldest member of Passamaquoddy Branch # 8 Royal Canadian Legion and held a number of offices in the Ladies Auxiliary
  • super clean mop boards and a sparkling home (Marion hated dirt and was of the old school that a spring and fall cleaning were a necessity. )
  • enjoying visits to St. Andrews and regular phone calls from her cousin Jim in Tennessee (He could not come at this time and hopes to make one more visit this summer)

Happiness too was her independence. She began her career working in various restaurants and clerking in grocery stores in St. Andrews including Thompkin’s, Stinson’s, Doon’s and eventually opened her very own - Marion Storr’s Store!

While writing Marion’s eulogy I began really thinking about
her. Born in 1914 in St. Andrews in the family home in which she lived for all but a few months of her 97 years. She had one sibling Bob. I am sure she as the only daughter living in the family home cared for her parents as they aged.

I thought of women’s liberation in terms of Marion. I realized her independent spirit meant she WAS a liberated women who cared for herself, had a full and varied career including establishing and being the only staff person in her own business from 1967 until her retirement 32 years ago.

Marion had a natural aptitude for gathering an interesting circle of friends around her - of various ages, talents and interests. Her most important criteria desired from her friendship circle - the ability to share laughter.

Marion trusted in the Lord.

Teaching about Money and Possessions
He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern”

Marion had a very strong anchor in her faith. She would tell you that while she worked hard she had all she needed. (Working hard in her own store included being open from 9am to 11pm with a short break for supper 5 days a week.)

Her needs were simple -
  • her own little home that she cared for and treated well, inside and out. (Her father purchased it in 1909 for $400.00)
  • sitting and reading in her sunshine-filled back porch
  • a car for errands and visiting friends
  • she led a life of abundance - in all aspects of her life
  • she led a life of contentment
  • she was a person of common sense and kindness

“Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will be also”
Marion’s treasure? She knew she was a Child of God, loved unconditionally, given all she needed from day-to-day so perhaps true independence is really about trust, faith, hope and love.

1 John - Loving One Another
“God Is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. As we live in God, our loves grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world”

As Marion came to the pearly gates to knock I am not sure what St. Peter saw. When I closed my eyes I was reminded of the Christmas not too many years ago -Marion had refused a ride over even though it was snowing, No, no, I will walk - really, as it is easier than getting in and out of the car.

The doorbell rang. When I answered it there she was - her cheeks pink from the nippy weather, a little bit of her hair was showing as white as the snowflakes falling off her coat, the fur-trimmed hood of that teal blue/green coat framed her dear little face - as she came giggling into the house.

I am sure St. Peter did what I did - gave her a hug and said:
“We’re so glad you could come”.

Written and presented by: Ardeth Holmes, cousin-in-law, wife of Jeff Holmes