COLLYER, Marie Dawn (nee Atkins)   - June 26, 1938 – May 10, 2020 

On May 10th (Mother’s Day), we lost our beloved Marie, Mom, Mimi who passed peacefully at home.

Kind, practical, empathetic, and unfailingly positive, Marie was the embodiment of grace.

She had a great generosity of spirit that never missed an opportunity to express her gratitude right to her final days, baking gifts of cookies for every neighbour, doctor and friend.

Marie was a lifelong VON nurse (graduate of Hamilton General Hospital, 1959) and both personally and professionally, a caregiver of exceptional quality.

Loving, supportive wife to Gerry for close to 59 years, Marie, with Gerry, forged strong friendships from coast to coast through their Canadian Tire dealer network. In every place she lived, Marie built cherished friendships that lasted a lifetime: in Toronto, St. Catharines, Brandon, Whitby, Uxbridge and over winter holidays at Cedar Grove Lodge.

Family was everything to Marie.

Mother to Julie Thompson (Dan) and Cam (Lauren Baker) and doting grandmother to Kaitlin, Megan, Samuel and Henry.

Daughter of Samuel John Atkins and Laura Dorothy Atkins (nee Ludford) and sister to Lois Breton.

Marie grew up in Ancaster closely connected with the large, tight-knit, fun-loving Ludford clan on her mother’s side.

Once married, she enthusiastically embraced the Collyer clan and her infectious laugh at family gatherings was only matched by her late sister-in-law’s, Jane.  

We’d like to thank Dr. Cal Doobay, Dr. Luk, Dr. Ra and all the wonderful nurses.

The level of care was exemplary.  The pandemic has created uncertainty around an in-person memorial so the family would love to hear from Marie’s friends.

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While Marie loved flowers, if you are so inclined, in lieu, we encourage a donation to your local animal shelter or the Canadian Cancer Society.  

Marie’s bright light will continue to shine in all who have known her.

Category: Durham