Marie Elizabeth Oakford

09/06/1946 - 24/12/2020

Obituary For Marie Elizabeth Oakford

June 9, 1946 – December 24, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Oakford of Grande Prairie Alberta, on December 24, 2020 at the age of 74 years old.

Marie was born in Viking, Alberta on June 9, 1946 to Glenda and Joe Langager. She married Glenn Oakford in 1969, and they lived in Dawson Creek before moving to Hythe in 1974. Glenn passed away in 1988, leaving her with their three sons, two of whom were still at home.

Marie enjoyed working at the Hythe Pioneer Home and was there for 39 years, until her most recent move to Grande Prairie in 2015. She loved people and enjoyed the Legion gatherings, playing cards, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family. Marie never forgot a birthday or an event and was incredibly thoughtful to all who knew her.

Marie’s family were her pride and joy. She will be deeply missed by her children Darin (Kimberley) Oakford, Shane (Donna) and their two children Dawson and Macy Oakford, and Scott (Yvonne) and their two children Olivia and Jacob Oakford. She is also survived by her siblings Gladys (Gary) Johnson, and Larry (Lorraine) Langager, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

We would like to sincerely thank all of Marie’s friends and neighbours who were so kind and thoughtful to her over the past few months. A special mention of gratitude to Marie’s long-time dear friend, Mabel Hanson for the commitment and compassion shown to Marie and our family during this difficult time.

A funeral service will be held at a later date due to current COVID-19 limitations.

Should you wish, donations may be made to the Hythe Golden Age Centre, or a charity of your choice.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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It was a great pleasure to be a small part of Marie's life. Not a kinder person graced this planet. Marie will be missed, but never forgotten by family friends and the community of Hythe.. Condolences. Darrel Oakford
- Darrel Oakford
Marie was such a kind and caring person. She was a very good friend to my husband and me. She will be missed by all those who knew her. My deepest sympathy to her family. .-Val Westwater.
- Val Westwater
Shane and Family Sending sincere sympathy to you. May your memories bring you comfort.
- Maureen Pfau
Our sincerest condolences to Marie's family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We were fortunate to know her. Sincerely Jim and Ann Nordhagen and Family
- Ann Nordhagen
My sympathy to all the family in the passing of your Mother. Marie was really pretty, and never seemed to age. She was quiet, gentle, and had a big heart in helping everyone when she worked at the Hythe Pioneer Home. Marie will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Please take care. from Tammy Okonski
- Tamara Okonski
Shane and family sorry to hear of your moms passing, think of the good memories and hold them in your heart ! Nancy Olson
- Nancy Olson
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Marie. She was a kind and gracious lady. Very caring all her life. Joseph Sask Family
- Joseph Sask
Marie & I shared so many good memories after our meeting at McTavish Business College in Edmonton and residing in the YWCA. We then shared apartment living for a couple of years in Edmonton and during that time I invited Marie home to Hythe one weekend and she was introduced to Glenn. Never thought that her accompanying me home to Hythe one weekend would result in her future as an Oakford. It was always nice to visit with Marie and share some cards and good laughs at the Hythe Legion on our return to Hythe every summer. She is taken from us too soon and I'm sure going to miss my friend and her beautiful smile. RIP Marie.
- Pat Stewart
Thinking of you all. Marie was a wonderful person and a dear friend!
- Ann Nayko
Our deepest condolences to the family. We were so lucky to have Marie as our neighbor in Hythe for many years. She was a kind and wonderful lady. We have so many memories of great times . She will be missed. Merlin& Rosalie Jenner
- Rosalie Jenner
Condolences to the Oakford family, Marie will be missed we enjoyed her as our neighbour Darlene and Darrel Bekkerus
- Darlene Bekkerus
Thinking of you all at this time. So many wonderful memories for over 55yrs. Heartfelt sympathies to you!
- Bev Chisholm
I worked with Marie at the Hythe Pioneer Home and also knew her as an upstanding person that was a valuable citizen of Hythe. I drove the pioneer home bus and she would come along as an extra helper ...... we had many lunches together and wonderful conversations and visits that we both looked forward to. She was a lovely lady and I am saddened to hear of her passing. She spoke of you all with love and wonderful stories of her grandchildren. My condolences to you all. Shirley Fisher
- Shirley Fisher
My most sincere sympathy to all of Marie's family. She was a very special person.
- Arta Juneau

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