Bessie “Julia” Markland (nee Morris)

MARKLAND (Morris): Bessie “Julia”

It is with profound sorrow that Julia’s family announces her passing on the morning of April 6, 2012 in Fernie, BC. She was 96 years of age. Julia was born on January 15, 1916 to Roy and Bessie Clemens at Oyen, AB. She was the last surviving member of her 3 brothers and 2 sisters. In 1934, the family moved to Fernie, BC, where she met and married Brynley Morris. They had 3 children. Julia worked at Marshall Wells Hardware store when Bryn died in September of 1965 at 49 years of age. A short time after that, she began working at the Fernie Medical Center. She was employed there until 1982 when she retired. In 1976, Julia met Albert Markland and on October 9 of that year they were married. They spent many happy years together until Albert’s death on February 24, 2003. In July of 2004, Julia moved to Rocky Mountain Village where she made many new friends. She resided there until her passing. Julia was a dedicated volunteer with the Tom Uphill Home Auxiliary, the United Church Women and the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her three children, Ken Morris, Joan (Mike) Ogloff and Judy Harrold, as well as 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. She was a caring, honourable lady; an inspiration to her family and she will be greatly missed. She is now free of pain and at peace with her Lord. A Memorial Service will be held in Fernie, BC at the Knox United Church on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Cremation preceded the service. Memorial contributions if so desired may be made in Julia’s name to the Knox United Church, PO Box 1808, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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