MARCILLE, Barbara (Barb) Johanna

It is with deep sadness that the family of Barbara (Barb) Johanna Marcille announces that she passed away on April 10, 2020, at the age of 89 years, at Westlake Terrace in Picton, Ontario. Barbara was the beloved and loving daughter of Wilfrid and Lea Marcille (Shannon) of South Marysburgh in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Born in North Bay in 1931, Barbara was the fifth of six siblings, four of whom pre-deceased her: Olive (Horton), Joseph, Angela (King), and Desmond. She is survived by her sister Helen (Middler), and her long-time and loving companion, Joseph E Dailey of Rochester, New York. She was a primary school teacher for many years, and taught at schools in Nipigon, CFB Petawawa and CFB Trenton, as well as in Windsor, Scarborough and Cambridge. Later in her career, she joined her parents at their cottage resort in the County, and had the idea to combine their names to call it Wil-o-Lea. She was an affectionate aunt to Mary Lynn, Joel, Laura Lea (her godchild), John, Katie, Joanne, Jamie, Greg, Josie, and Mary Esta, and a sweet great-aunt to their respective children. All remember with fondness her sardonic humour and the stories and history she would share about the Shannon family farm on Waupoos Island, where she and her siblings and cousins spent happy summers swimming, boating, horse-back riding and tending to farm chores under the kind guidance of loving aunts and an uncle. Like her mother, Barb loved art and music and practiced both. She enjoyed the simple life and the company of friends and family, was delighted by the antics of her several cats and was a devotee of the bagpipes, which made her family smile. Her faith in the Catholic church was strong and she regularly attended St. Gregory’s in Picton. The family would like to express thanks to the people at Westlake who took good care of her in her later years. We are touched by a step-niece’s description of Barb as “someone the world needs more of.” We anticipate a gathering in Prince Edward County to celebrate her life at some future date. Barb, if you can hear us, your family and friends miss you. We have wonderful memories of the good times we shared with you. God bless you.