Loucks, Marian Lynne

Mom passed away peacefully on September 23rd, 2020. She led a long and remarkable life. Born in Elderslie, Ontario, on February 19, 1922, a daughter of the late Warren and Marjorie (nee Calhoun) Sinclair.

Mom attended school in Chesley and completed her teaching certificate at Toronto Normal School. At the tender age of 19 she accepted a teaching position at Minniehill School just outside of Meaford where she met and married Dad starting a journey that would span almost eight decades. They marked their 75th wedding anniversary on September 1st of this year.

They were an amazing team and together built a successful life on the farm, over time amassing 300 beautiful acres of land. They were hardworking, adventurous in their own way, fiercely loyal, and loving. Above all, they were always in it together, sharing the load through good times and bad. Mom could milk a cow, drive a tractor, pluck a chicken and bake the best apple pie ever, all while raising three children.

When her children reached their teens, Mom returned to teaching at White’s School and then St. Vincent Euphrasia Elementary School. She was by all accounts a wonderful teacher, balancing genuine care for the education of her students with an appropriate level of discipline. Mom could put you in your place effectively with a single look. A skill no doubt honed during her earlier days teaching in country school houses where many of the students were almost her age.

Mom was an avid reader and always on top of current affairs. She loved a good debate, enjoyed a game of ‘full contact’ scrabble and played a decent round of golf. She was especially known for her putting skills. She curled, played Bridge, she loved cocktail parties with friends and more than anything, long family dinners. As they approached retirement Mom caught the travel bug. She was the planner; Dad her cheerful companion. Together they travelled throughout Europe, Great Britain, Mexico, the United States and the Caribbean.

Mom and Dad rarely spent a day apart from each other. Mom loved her family dearly and most of all, she loved Dad. Dad in turn, loved her with all his heart. Mom was an extraordinary woman. We celebrate the full and exceptional life she led and we will miss her terribly.

Marian was the cherished wife of Keith Loucks of Meaford. She was the proud mother of Marilyn O’Brien of New Brunswick, Doug Loucks and wife Kathy of Toronto, and Donna McEwan and her husband Bill of Meaford.  She was the kind and fun loving grandmother of Katie, Claire, Victoria, Patti (Andrew), Michelle (Noah), and Matthew (Dee Dee), and great grandmother of Atticus, Tessa, Campbell, Raelyn and Quinn.

Marian will be missed dearly by her sister Ruby White (late Doug), her brother John Sinclair (late Marj), she was predeceased by her brothers Carl, Judson and Bob, and will be remembered fondly by her many nieces, nephews and their families.

There will be a private family graveside interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy, and in keeping with her love of reading and knowledge, donations to the Friends of the Meaford Library (Cheques Only Please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

‘This was Mom’s favourite time of year and she especially loved this poem by William Wilfred Campbell, a Canadian poet who at one time attended high school in Owen Sound. She could recite it by heart.’

Indian Summer

Along the line of smoky hills

The crimson forest stands,

And all the day the blue-jay calls

Throughout the autumn lands.


Now by the brook the maple leans

With all his glory spread,

And all the sumacs on the hills

Have turned their green to red.


Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,

Or past some river’s mouth,

Throughout the long, still autumn day

Wild birds are flying south.



Private family graveside interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

Donations: Friends of the Meaford Library (cheques only please)
Make a donation in memory of Marian Lynne Loucks

Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Shirley Cook
    Friday, September 25, 2020

    My sincere condolences to the entire Loucks family and especially to Keith. I have many fond memories of times with Marian both having worked with her at SVE and as friends through the years .

  2. Mary Clark
    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Oh, the stories Marian could recount – from her earliest teaching days trying to reach Minnihill in a blizzard , to tales of raising her wonderful children on the farm, to keeping Keith and her friends in line, to her teaching years at SVE, to their travel experiences. She was a very funny raconteur, but a no nonsense woman with strong opinions on a host of subjects.
    We loved her sharp wit at the bridge table and at cocktail hour.
    She and Keith were such a happy, admirable couple; have missed their presence in Meaford since their move to Collingwood.
    My best wishes to Keith and the family of whom she was so proud.

  3. Jennifer (Cook) & Bill Pearson
    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Thinking of the family at this difficult time. We have many great memories of being with Keith and Marian – from family visits as a child, to the connections through SVE, to fun on the golf course. Marian always had such a great smile and a welcoming hello when we would see her around Meaford.
    Cherish your special memories.

  4. Joan Smith
    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Al and I send our sincere condolences to Marilyn, Doug, and Donna. We both have wonderful memories of your mom. She gave me advice many a time when I worked with her at SVE and we shared many a laugh. I know she will be missed. Please tell Keith how sorry we are for the loss of his wonderful wife.
    Al and Joan Smith

  5. Georgina McKelvie (Duncan)
    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    My short teaching career was at Minnie Hill school where I taught Marilyn, Donna & Douglas Loucks. I have many fond memories of that school. Want to convey my condolences to all the family. What a wonderful life she lived. You will have many memories to get you through this difficult time.

  6. Linda
    Sunday, September 27, 2020

    Our sincere condolences to everyone in the family, especially to Keith. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Marian will be missed and fondly remembered by many. A long life, well-lived!

    Jim and Linda

  7. Wendy & Willy Rogers
    Sunday, September 27, 2020

    Keith and family, our condolences to you all. An extraordinary woman – always a lady. Hold all your memories close .Ken & Wendy

  8. Francis and Lynn Prentice (Hodgkinson)
    Monday, September 28, 2020

    Our sympathy goes out to the Loucks Family. Remember Marion and Keith as they were one of many couples that came to our place for New Year’s, Curling Tournaments, dances at Rocklyn, Walters Falls and many more parties at Murray and Verna Hodgkinson. Great Memories to cherish. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Keith, Marilyn, Doug, Donna and their families.

  9. Scott Kocher
    Monday, September 28, 2020

    Donna and Bill, I want to offer my condolences to you and your family. I hope you cherish the memories of your time with her, and keep her traditions alive.

    I am sorry for your loss.

  10. Tracey Skelton (Phillips)
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    Mrs Loucks was my grade 6 teacher in 1977. She was such a caring, compassionate person & was one of my favourites. She made learning fun & effortless. She was a pillar of the community and will be missed greatly. Condolences to the family at this difficult time.

  11. Mary alderdice
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Our sincere condolences to the family. Marian was a wonderful lady and she will be missed by many. Our memories of her, here at the golf course, with a good sense of humour, are very dear.
    Ivan and Mary Alderdice

    1. John and Liz McCullam
      Thursday, October 8, 2020

      We have very fond memories of Marian. We met in September 1970 when we began teaching at the newly opened St. Vincent Euphrasia School. She always had the respect of staff and students. We admired Marian’s love of adventure when she travelled with Keith after she retired. . We will remember her sense of humour and her wonderful smile.


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