Marjorie Norma FRIZZLEY


Marjorie Norma


The world is a sadder place. Marjorie Norma Frizzley (Breckon) passed peacefully in her sleep from this life on March 23, 2005 after a short struggle with cancer at the age of 77. She was predeceased by her husband, George Frizzley in 2002 and two infant sons.

Mom was born the 5th of 8 children to Frederick and Ada Breckon on August 21, 1927 in Fort William (later Thunderbay) Ontario. She started working full time at the age of 14 and at age 17 worked as a riveter at the Canada Car and Foundry on Hawker Hurricanes to support the war effort. After the war, she worked in the kitchens at logging camps in Northern Ontario until 1951 when she moved to Vancouver Island with a rabbit fur jacket and her life savings of $300. That year she started working in Campbell River at the old Willows Hotel. While at the Willows, she met her future husband George Frizzley. They married in 1952.

Mom’s greatest aspiration in life was to be a wife, mother and grandmother, roles which she cherished. She also was a long time member of the Rebecca Lodge in Campbell River and served in leadership for many years. Mom was a charter member of the Campbell River Eagles.

She treasured doing all the family activities: camping, fishing and travel vacations “back east.” And while others may not take pleasure in being married to a larger than life spouse, Mom enjoyed the opportunity to be quiet while her husband usually took the spotlight. Those who did listen to mom, found her to be gifted with amazing insight and intuition as well as an amusing and sometimes caustic dry wit.

Mom also faced schizophrenia her entire adult life with dignity and courage and with the unwavering support of her whole family.

She is survived by her two sons Ronald (Natasha) and Joseph (Donna), her grandchildren Brendan, Jordan, Garrett, Jessica and Jennifer, her sisters Lauretta Smyth (Harvey) of Thunder Bay and Kathleen Husband of Campbell River, brother Vernon Breckon of Campbell River as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family wants to thank all her caregivers at Yucalta Lodge for the outstanding care she has received at that facility for almost three years. She truly enjoyed her time and thrived under the care of the staff there. We also want to thank Dr. Kathleen MacFadden for her selfless support and taking the time to understand mom. A special thanks goes to mom’s niece Maureena Wilson for being with her while immediate family members were not able to be there.

A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday March 26, 2005 at 11 AM at the Sutton Funeral Home, 502 South Dogwood Street Campbell River.

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