Marlene Janet MORIARTY

Moriarty, Marlene Janet (nee Almas) left this world on Tuesday February 7, 2006. Marlene’s children were at her side as she took the hands of her mother Velma and her husband, Orville to enter into the land of fishing and gardening. Marlene was born in Kimberley BC on April 17, 1938 to Velma (VanSteinburg) and Lawrence Almas. The Almas family lived in Dawson Creek during the building of the Alaska Highway eventually moving back to Kimberley, then on to Lytton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna, Princeton, Keremeos, and finally settling in Penticton. Marlene graduated from Penticton High School with honours in 1956 and was awarded the Lions Club Scholarship and the Kiwanis Club Scholarship. In 1957 Marlene married Terence Moriarty and they had three children, all born in Penticton. Marlene worked as a Unit Head for the Department of National Revenue until the family relocated to Northern BC. The Moriarty family lived for a brief period in Prince George and Smithers before settling in Burns Lake which was where Marlene grew her strongest roots. In 1976 Marlene entered into a 25 year relationship with Orville Loveseth who became her best friend, fishing partner, gardening partner and a father figure to her three children. Marlene worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, Simpsons-Sears, Canada Post, Village of Burns Lake, Burns Lake Hardware and Garage and finally retiring after 15 years with BC Hydro. Not one to slow down, Marlene worked part time for Rosemarie’s Jewellers, BC Telephone and Lakes District News on a part time basis after retirement. Marlene also spent three years as an Alderman for the Village of Burns Lake. In 1994 she was appointed by the BC Government, to the position of Marriage Commissioner, performing her last wedding only one week before she passed on. Marlene was a volunteer extraordinaire as is evidenced by her receipt of the Burns Lake Citizen of the Year in 1975 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Volunteer service in 2002. Marlene was pre-deceased by her husband, Orville Loveseth in 2001 her mother, Velma Almas in 2001, after her father Lawrence Almas in 1986. Marlene leaves to grieve her three children Steven (Leanne), Susan (Garth), and Douglas (Amanda). Her legacy will live on forever in her grandchildren Miles Malachi, Michael, Neely, Jesseca, Montana, and her step-grandchildren: Taylor, Chelsea and Kyle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terry Fox Cancer Research Foundation at CIBC Branch 1050 Burns Lake. A service was held on Thursday February 16 at the First Mennonite Church in Burns Lake. Special thanks to the ICU staff at the Prince George Regional Hospital for their incredible kindness and caring of our mother and of us. She would have been pleased.


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