Sackville Tribune-Post (1978 - present) Sackville, NB
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
Marion Achsah Duffy -
Marion Duffy (92) passed away on Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Spencer Nursing Home, Moncton, New Brunswick. Marion, born November 2, 1915 was the daughter of the late Vaughn Downing and Pearl (Steves) Downing of Lower Coverdale, N.B. She was the wife of the late Byron Everett Duffy of Dorchester, N.B. where she resided from the time of her marriage in 1937 until 2004, when failing health forced her to move to a retirement home in Riverview. Marion was a loving and caring wife, mother and homemaker since her marriage. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School in Moncton in 1931, Success Business School in 1932 with a best in typing and worked for a short time with the Department of Agriculture in Sussex, N.B. Having a way with the written word, Marion entered the Moncton Times & Transcript Millennium Memories Contest in 2000, submitting two stories; one of her mother Pearl and another of her earliest memories of her childhood on Caledonia Mountain. For this she won a prize for being in the top 10 finalists and had both stories published. Later Dale Garland made mention of her memories in his publication of Caledonia Mountain after interviewing her in her 90th year. A member of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sackville, N.B. for over 50 years and more recently the Riverview and Salisbury Congregations, she had some of her happiest moments telling the good news of God’s Kingdom to all who would listen. What joy it gave her to show from the Bible the reason for the strong hope she held in a resurrection from the grave to life here on the earth when the earth is restored to a paradise.
Her surviving family also keenly looks forward to this prospect, these being her daughters, Janet (David) Johnson, Amherst, N.S., and Molly (late Ronald) Legere, Shediac, N.B. and her son, Frank (Donna) Duffy of Mississauga, Ont.
Predeceased by her husband, Everett (1977) to whom she was married for 40 years; her son, Edward (1960) and her daughter, Barbara (Don) Beattie, RN, (1992), Ottawa, Ont. She also leaves six grandchildren including Kyle Johnson, Moncton, whose special kindness gave her so much happiness in her old age, and seven great grandchildren, all of whom reside in Ontario. Marion is predeceased by her sisters, Maisie (late Harry) Block, Halifax, N.S. and Marguerite (Charles) Newton, Florida, and two brothers, Burton (late Elva) Downing, Ottawa and Vaughn (Doris) Downing, Riverview, N.B. Cremation has already taken place. A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 71 King Street, Sackville, N.B., Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2 p.m. www.brenansfh.com