Eva Marjorie Tarrant
Marjorie Tarrant age 95 went to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 16, 2011. Marjorie was born in 1916 in Calshalton Surrey, England. She trained and worked as a mental health nurse in London, England. At the beginning of World War 2 she joined the British Army serving with the Dental Corps. Near the end of the war she met a handsome Canadian soldier named Jim Tarrant. In 1946, when the war was over they married and Marjorie immigrated to Canada, coming over on the Queen Mary with many other war brides. Marjorie and Jim moved to Beausejour, MB where they started farming. Their first son Malcolm was born in Winnipeg shortly thereafter. Several years later they moved to Birch River, MB to farm their own land. This was a huge change for Marjorie who was used to the city life of England. She quickly had to get used to country living, from raising farm animals, canning, and keeping the wood stove burning during the long cold prairie winters. There was no power on the farm at first, so it was country living at its simplest. Three more children were born during this time on the farm, Ivan, Don and Sharlene. Marjorie later moved to Moose Jaw to work at what was known as the Saskatchewan Training School, now called Valley View. Jim and the 4 children followed Marjorie to Moose Jaw one year later. Marjorie continued to work at Valley View for the next 25 years before retiring in 1981. Marjorie will be remembered for being an avid world traveler. She was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a long-standing member of the Saskatchewan War Brides Association and a supporter of the Moose Jaw Humane Society. For many years after her retirement Marjorie could be seen walking around Moose Jaw with her small white Maltese dog, Benji. Marjorie is survived by her children Ivan (Doreen) of Moose Jaw, SK, Don (Sharen) of Creston, BC, Sharlene (Bernie) Thiessen of Moose Jaw, SK, and daughter-in-law Beth Tarrant of Dauphin, MB. She was predeceased by her husband Jim in 1973, and eldest son Malcolm in 2011. Marjorie was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Marjorie will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held in Marjorie’s honour on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the Moose Jaw First Baptist Church, 24 Oxford St. W, Moose Jaw, SK.