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Marjorie Piazza

October 20, 1926 - June 7, 2013


Marj passed away peacefully on June 7th, 2013 at McKinney Place at the age of 86.  Marj was born October 20th, 1926, in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, but spent most of her childhood on a farm in Cloverdale.  In 1953, she and John moved to Osoyoos and made their home here. 

Marj was predeceased by her husband John and her daughter Cathi.  She will be missed by her sister Ruth (Cy), her daughters Sharron and Joan, her sons-in-laws Bill and Steve, as well as her grandson Austin and his wife Stephanie, and great-grandchildren Jonas, Eden and Arlo.

At an early age Marj became a school teacher and taught in Cloverdale, Hope, Grand Forks and Osoyoos.  At the Osoyoos Elementary School she taught many students in grade 2 to grade 6.  When Marj retired from teaching she and Johnny traveled to many places including: Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Australia. They also enjoyed going on numerous cruises.

Marj loved horses and was interested in and supportive of all of her daughters’ equestrian activities.  Driving mules on the farm, riding as a jockey in her teens, she rode horses right up to her 84th year.  She was an active participant of Blue Sage Riders and Desert Park supporting horse activities in the community.  She was a gifted and published writer and poet. 

The family thanks the staff at McKinney Place and Doctor Tarr for their loving and personalized care.  Marj often remarked how much she enjoyed her interactions with the staff at McKinney Place.

According to Marj’s wishes there will be no public service.  Private cremation arrangements are entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service.  Condolences and tributes may be sent to the family by visiting .  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.   


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From: Judy and Lionel Dallas
Relation: Friend

Very sorry to read of Marj’s passing. Met her through John and the Elks Golden Villa many years ago. Was an interesting lady and shared memories of her early days here in Osoyoos. The family will have many cherished memories to share and treasure. Our sympathies to all her family and friends.

From: Leah Schulting
Relation: Osoyoos Times

Sharron – Deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Leah and family

From: Sharon Froese
Relation: co-worker

Dear Sharron, Joan spouses and all other family members. My sincerest sympathy to you all. She was a GREAT LADY. I am glad I not only had the privelege of knowing her but also working with her, She will be dearly missed.

From: Marvin Kilback and Edith Schwarz
Relation: Friends of Sharron and Bill

Dear Sharron and Bill,
Our thoughts of deepest sympathy are with you.
Marvin and Edith

From: Lena Thompson
Relation: Former Student/Nurse Aide

Sharon and Joan,

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful mother. I enjoyed the moments that we had when I looked after her at McKinney. She always had a smile for me and we reminisced about the old school days. She is at peace now and pain free. May you find comfort in your family and friends….

From: Deborah Smith
Relation: An admirer

It is with regret that I send my admiration too late. Over 40 yeRs ago, as a young teenager in Australia, I read a wonderful proem by Marj Piazza in the Western Horseman magazine. I loved it so much I had it enlarged and framed and it has adorned the walls of 4 houses. The poem is called Mothers Horse. It is overlooking me as I write this . My. Children and grandchildren ride beautiful educated horses and ponies and I have a wonderful ugly old hack that I think is gorgeous . My friends and I trail ride in the bush and I couldn’t be happier and that wonderful poem Marj wrote all those years ago has become osmosis for me , cos I’m living her prose!!! To Marj family and friends I send my love and let you know that one little girl in Australia has endeared herself to your Marj and I am so sorry that I was never able to tell Marj how much her poem meant to me all those years ago and how it is still in my life. Xxxxx Deborah Smith

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