Passed on: April 3rd, 2014
POKIAK, Marion Wilma (nee Walker) was born January 11, 1928 in Moose Jaw, SK and passed peacefully on April 3, 2014 at the Palliative Care Unit, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, SK. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years Mickey Pokiak of Moose Jaw, SK, brothers Robert (Rosa), Russ, Don, sister Jean (Les) Dean and nephew David Walker. She is survived by her son Mark, daughter Heather, son- in-law Jack Keen and grandchildren Benjamin (Jerianne), Erin and Emily Keen; brothers Ed (Grace) and Lloyd (Mavis) Walker and sister-in-law Aase Walker and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marion grew up on a farm near Mazenod, SK and enjoyed the privilege of being youngest in a large family. She graduated from nursing school at Victoria Union Hospital, Prince Albert, SK in 1951. She maintained friendships with her graduating class throughout her life. Marion married Mickey in 1953 and they were settled in Moose Jaw, SK. 1955 saw the birth of their first child Mark followed by the birth of Heather in 1959. Life with a child with Down ’s Syndrome brought unexpected rewards and challenges which she accepted with energy and grace. Marion served on the local SACL (formerly SAMR) board and worked to fundraise for a new school (John Chisholm) specializing in children with challenges and later a new building for work placement (Diversified Services). She ensured Mark’s life was one of rich experiences and helped him develop the hobbies and sports he still enjoys today. In doing so, she enriched all our lives by teaching gentleness, patience and compassion. Marion spent her life translating her deep love for her family into multitudes of sweaters, socks and afghans, delicious baking, savoury meals, fragrant loaves of bread, bike rides and long pleasant walks in the park. She passed peacefully from this world knowing that Mark had happily melted into his new Elmwood family. A small family memorial will be held at her graveside in Moose Jaw this summer.