Marjorie Claire Maxwell (nee Cover)
B. May 7, 1935,Kingston Jamaica, W.I.
D. Sept 25, 2006, White Rock, BC
Immigrating to Canada from Jamaica W.I. in 1958 with her husband John and their son Alastair, Marjorie and her family briefly settled in Winnipeg before coming out west to British Columbia. Having lived in Vancouver, Chilliwack and Vernon, Marjorie and John had three more children, Claire, Campbell and Edward then the family eventually settled down in White Rock where they spent 22 years together before John passed on. Marjorie, an artist and writer was involved in writing groups in every community she lived in. She wrote for the Vernon local Newspaper reviewing the art shows at the local gallery and in later years, had her poems and commentaries published internationally. Marjorie was a bright, curious and challenging woman who loved words and ideas. Her strength of will was illustrated as she fought to keep her independence from the onslaught of the disease ALS. Marjorie passed on with her family at her side. She leaves her 4 children and 6 grandchildren, Wildey, Fergus, Gwyneth, Dash and Latham and also her brother Julian Cover from Toronto and sister Allison Feltis of Langley BC. She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed. A Memorial Service for Marjorie will be held at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 – 20th Ave in South Surrey (White Rock) at 11 am on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the ALS Society of Canada http://www.als.ca/ would be deeply appreciated.
I think I shall come back as grass,
That strong green pelt that
clothes the earth.
Whose creatures over me shall pass
Nor know my worth
And it shall be the same for you
As over me you tread
Who loved me once so long ago
That now are dead
And you may lie some summer’s day
Upon me, you may even say
How soft I am, how thick I grow
And heed me not; I’ll feel your head
Upon my breast and I shall know.
Marjorie Cover Maxwell