Marion, Barbara Lou (nee Routliffe)

Barbara Lou Marion (Routliffe) November 4, 1933 – March 13, 2021. It is with great sadness that the Marion family announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, sister and wife, Barbara Lou Marion (Routliffe), in her 88th year. Barb is survived by her husband, Ralph Marion of 69 years. She was born in Lucerne, Quebec in 1933 to Frances (Chisnell) and Jack (Irwan) Routliffe (both predeceased). The middle of 3 children, she was the dear sister of Bill (predeceased) and Lynne Fulford (Bob) of Kingston, Ontario. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Claire Halpenny of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Barb lived in the Sudbury region from the time she was a teenager, where she met her husband while attending Sudbury High School. She resided in Little Current in her later years at Centennial Manor, close by her husband’s side. Barb was the loving and devoted mother to Doug (predeceased), Marty (Helene), Cheryl (Kip predeceased), Jill (Butch), Phil (Wendy), Ken (Ceilidh), and Kelee. Proud grandmother to Toni (Nick), Christopher (Krista), Eric (Leslie), Graham (Tara), Nishin (Melissa), Courtney, Steve (Ame), Kyle (Amanda), Leon (Gill), Shawn (predeceased), Sophie (Nathan), Dave (Kelly), Randy (Stephanie), Matthew, Emma, Adam, David, Dan, and Reese. Great grandmother to 20 great grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild. Barb was also an aunt to 5 nephews and 2 nieces. Mom was very proud of and loved to talk about all her children and grandchildren. During her professional career she worked tirelessly for political, labour, and social justice causes in Sudbury, working specifically as the Constituency Assistant for Bud Germa MPP for Sudbury in the late 70’s and 80’s. She also worked for the Sudbury Labour Council and for the NDP during many Provincial and Federal elections. Later in the 1990’s, she was the manager of the Sudbury Curling Club. Barb was a talented and passionate curler who volunteered her time and efforts at the club, as well as at many local, provincial, and national events. Barb was also a talented knitter and seamstress, loved golfing, gardening and made the best pies, desserts, and cheesecakes, much to the delight of us all!  She leaves us with many wonderful memories. Her humorous and fun-loving presence will be greatly missed. A special thanks to the staff at Centennial Manor for their support, care and compassion during my mother’s stay at the manor. It was appreciated greatly. Due to the current restrictions, there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society or Centennial Manor in Little Current would greatly be appreciated. 


8 Condolences

  1. It is unfortunate I did not get to know aunt Barb as well as I would have liked. However I empathize with your loss. In the far to few times we were together (Usually funerals) I knew she was a truly dedicated and wonderful family person. She certainly made me feel as such. Remember her with your fondest memories and inevitably when you think of her you shall have more smiles than tears. Bless you all. Mac

    By: Warren (Mac) Routliffe
    April 2, 2021
  2. To my Cousins & Uncle Ralph,
    Our thoughts are of you in these difficult days following the passing of our beloved Aunt Barb. Although there’s much distance between us as we’ve all gone on to live our lives, my most vivid & fondest memory of Aunt Barb was her beautiful smile and the special way she laughed as she spoke. She was a kind and courageous woman and her loss is deeply felt. We’re comforted to know she’s in a better place amongst loved ones who have gone before. You’re all very special people; a byproduct of an amazingly supportive & loving Mother. Our deepest condolences go out to all of you.
    Take care of each other.
    Much love & condolences
    Cousin/nephew Norm Sisson (Jacky)

    By: Norm Sisson
    March 25, 2021
  3. It is with heavy heart I pass on my condolences to all my cousins for the passing of their wonderful Mom, my Auntie Barb. I will never forget Auntie Barb’s great sense of humour and always loved listening to her stories about her adored kids/grandchildren. Thanks for the treasured memories / summer visits. I will never forget your laughter Auntie Barb. Thinking of you all as you celebrate your Mom’s remarkable life.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Cousin/Niece Laurie Perreault (and Peter) xox

    By: Laurie Perreault
    March 18, 2021
  4. My condolences go out to the Marion family.

    By: Bruce Sisson
    March 18, 2021
  5. I have many fond memories of long hours working, usually followed by fun and laughter – and often a glass of beer or wine. There aren’t many of us left.
    My condolences to Ralph and the family.

    By: Carol Germa
    March 17, 2021
  6. U were always a beautiful soul whom I had many conversations and times spent with your family and yourself over the years…U will be forever remembered.. Rest In Peace my friend Barb❤️

    By: Naomi
    March 16, 2021
  7. My thoughts are with Ralph and the family. She knew the best places for picking blueberries. She loved being at Mosport and watching “her boys” race. She was proud of every “child” and grandchild. I will remember her with affection.

    By: Christine Hammond
    March 15, 2021
  8. Dear Jill,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you during this very difficult time.

    My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family.


    By: Robyn
    March 15, 2021

Leave a condolence

All condolences are reviewed prior to be being posted.

Enter the number displayed in the black box: