Elizabeth Marion REID(NEE CLAY)

REID(NEE CLAY), Elizabeth Marion

Aug. 28, 1938 – Jan. 27, 2017

Elizabeth Marion Reid (nee Clay) born August 28, 1938 passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017 at the age of 78 after a long battle with COPD.

Marion was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Gladys Clay, her husband Bill and son Clay Reid. She was also recently predeceased by her Uncle Bud Haynes (Dot) whom she considered more as a brother.

She is survived by her son William “Sandy”, his wife Cathy and granddaughters Maya of Water Valley, Deana (Lance) and two great granddaughters Emma and Adilynn Tuininga of Neerlandia.

Marion grew up in Red Deer and graduated from Lindsay Thurber Composite High School. Her passion was her dance and she loved all types. Marion competed starting from a small child and continuing well into her 20’s. Not only did she become a world champion highland dancer but she also became a well-respected international judge with judgeships as far away as Scotland. She taught dance from her teenage years until she was 36. Marion and her husband Bill were both involved in organizing the Highland Games in many different locations including the startup of the Denver Highland Games. She had many accomplishments including her own TV show for children.

During her young adult years, her and her family had several moves and in 1975 settled back in Red Deer. She worked as the Assistant Purchasing Agent for the City of Red Deer for 20 years. Marion also belonged to several organizations including the Purple Star and received her 60 year membership pin from Beta Sigma Phi sorority last year.

After retiring, Marion enjoyed her second passion which was travel. Her and her “Travel Buddies” crisscrossed the globe from South America to China and many points between.

All who knew Marion would agree she was a force who appreciated people, music, dance, dedication and decency. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered as a mother and a friend.

Marion’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Villa Marie. The care, concern and compassion were second to none. We would also like to thank a special family friend, Diane Armstrong, for being such a great and giving friend to Marion.

Respecting Marion’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Her cremated remains will be interred in a private ceremony at the Alto Reste Cemetery alongside her late husband Bill and son Clay Reid.

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