Frances Marion Harvey was born on the family farm south of Pasqua, Sask. Her parents, William and Evelyn (Blair) Harvey, were from
Arthur, Ont.
Marion enjoyed a happy childhood on the family farm and going to the rural school. High school in Moose Jaw was followed by her earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Teaching Certificate at the University of Saskatchewan. She taught at Assiniboia, Yorkton and Grenfell before marrying Harold Baller of Grenfell in 1949. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage. In Grenfell they raised three children and were active members of the Grenfell community.
Marion was a member of the Grenfell School Board, secretary of the Grenfell Housing Authority, member of women’s church groups, an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a willing volunteer for many community events and activities. She was the District Returning Officer for two provincial elections. Harold and Marion enjoyed travel and spending time with family. Following Harold’s passing in 2006, Marion travelled to 37 different countries and often to BC. She was keenly interested in current events and was a lifelong learner, soaking up information from her travels, senior’s classes, radio and reading. Marion enjoyed sharing her knowledge and conversing on a wide range of topics. Most of all she loved spending time with family and hearing about their activities. Visits to Grenfell were highlights for the family.
Marion greatly enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday with several events in early November followed by two wonderful weeks in Palm Desert, California. She peacefully passed away following a sudden stroke. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Regina General Hospital emergency department, STARS air ambulance and the Royal University Hospital for their excellent care of Marion during her brief illness.
Marion was predeceased by her parents; husband Harold; brother Ross; and son-in-law Ken Hewitt. She is survived by her sister, Yvonne Jorgensen; daughter Carol; husband Neil and their children, Trevor (Cindy) Ian, Justin, Natalie, Alison (John) Maalu, Viela and Craig (Carlyn) Daniel; son Blair, his wife Sabina and their children, Scott and Christina; and daughter Barbara, her husband Brian Lanz and Barbara’s sons, Max and Carter Hewitt (Hannah); as well as Marion’s cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Grenfell in the spring. Donations in memory of Marion may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Grenfell, SK S0G 2B0 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada either on-line or at Box 2414, Toronto, ON M4P1E4.
Arrangements in care of Mourning Glory-Acadia Mc-Kague’s Funeral Chapel. Messages of condolence may be left to the family at

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