Gail Diana Marus (nee Bell)

August 22 1937—July 19 2016

Surrounded by her loving family, Gail Marus died peacefully after a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by her admired husband Irvin John and survived by her beloved children Meghan (Harry), Brian (Stephanie), and Jennifer (Steven), her cherished grandchildren Samantha, Harrison, Henry, Wyatt, Frances and Edward, and her dearest canine companion, Lucy.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Gail graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in social work. She enjoyed a successful career until she left it to raise her 3 children and focus on the job she was best suited for as Mom and Gran. Gail had diverse interests and talents. She had an unending energy for walking, took great pride in her six grandchildren, and had a keen eye for investing that she coupled with her encyclopedic understanding of the stock market. Gail also had a passion and an impressive faculty for bridge.

Gail will be missed by many kind friends, including the nameless community companions who watched and waved as she and her loving dog Lucy walked the myriad of miles in and around Oak Bay.

Special thanks to the caring staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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  1. Diana Jenks :

    Dear Family of Gail Marus,
    The members of the Saanich Newcomers Alumnae Club (SNAC) wish you to know that your mother was well-liked and will be missed.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Diana Jenks
    Members Communique

  2. Karen Pettit :

    Meg and family,
    I will fondly remember the conversations we had while she was in hospital and her endless energy was simply amazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Daphne Schober :

    My deepest symphony to all of Gail’s family. Gail and I enjoyed many conversations together while dog walking.
    Sincerely,
    Daphne

  4. Sharon Baker :

    How sad and sudden to lose your dear Mother and Grandmother. As a member of one of Gail’s bridge groups I am so sorry for this loss. I trust with the support of family and friends you will find some comfort in recalling your many fond memories of your Mother/Grandmother. The bridge ladies will take time to share some memories of Gail’s talents, skills and our special times together. Sincerely,

  5. Cairine Miner :

    Dear Meghan, Jennifer and Brian,
    Your mother will be greatly missed by her many friends in Probus and all her bridge groups. She and I played together a great deal and I will miss her warmth and humour and our many conversations while driving and playing together. May you remember her with joy.
    My sincere condolences for your loss.
    Cairine Miner

  6. Helen Orestes :

    How sad I was to see Gail’s obituary in last Saturday’s Globe and Mail. Her smiling face brought back many happy memories of our days as neighbours on Lamont Blvd, walking our dogs, sharing our thoughts. My last conversation with her was about the pride and joy she had in her family. You were truly blessed in having her as your loving mother. My family joins me in extending our most sincere condolences.
    Helen Orestes

  7. I just learned of Gail’s passing. I got to know her on her walks with Lucy. She always stopped to talk and I hadn’t seen them in a couple of months and my neighbours did some enquiring and were very sadden to find she has passed. Such a truly lovely person. She will be missed by many and I’m sure Lucy misses her so. My sincere condolences.

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