In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Marion Elizabeth MacKinnon (née SMITH)




Born: 04 Nov 1920, Ottawa, Ontario


Died: 13 Nov 2020, Gananoque, Ontario


MacKINNON, Marion Elizabeth (née SMITH) - Beloved mother of James (Susan Gentleman), Kingston, On; Joan (David Charles), Gananoque, On; Donald (Marusia Kobrynsky), North Battleford, Sk; and the late Mary MacKinnon (died 2010). Grandmother of Andrew MacKinnon (Toronto, On); Ross (Lupita) Charles (Bristow, Va.) and Christy (Tyler) Legouffe (London, On); and Keith (Vancouver, B.C.), Katrina and Khrystia MacKinnon (Saskatoon, Sk). Loving aunt of Bill (Charlottetown) and Ian Oulton (Halifax, N.S.), and Christy Ann Irving (Leamington, On). Born in Ottawa, Ontario, only child of William Gordon and Lily (McGiffin) Smith, Marion attended Ottawa Ladies College, then studied English and French at Queen's University. Following graduation, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service, serving as a visual signaller in Halifax, N.S. and Prince Rupert, B.C. Marion graduated in law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1948. On September 17, 1949, in Ottawa, she married James William (Bill) MacKinnon, who she had met in P.E.I. the previous summer. They enjoyed just over 50 years together before Bill's death in 2000. Marion and Bill moved to Charlottetown, where their eldest son, James, was born. After Bill was hired as counsel at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Ottawa, they returned to Marion's hometown in 1951. Marion worked tirelessly as a volunteer for many years and was active in United Church Women at MacKay United Church. She was on the board of and President of the Bronson Home for Women. Marion was on the Queen's University Council while in her 80s. She organized family trips to Prince Edward Island each August for many years, starting in 1961. She was an excellent correspondent, keeping in touch with all Bill's family. Memorial donations may be made to MacKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Road, Ottawa K1M 2H3 or Médécins sans Frontières. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at MacKay United Church at a future.



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