In Memory of






Obituary for Margaret "Marnie" Anne Thomson (Maguire)

Margaret (Marnie) Anne Eizabeth Thomson was born December 27, 1949, in London, Ontario, to Stanley and Phyllis (nee Kell) Maguire. A Christmas tree fire made Marnie a 1940s baby rather than a child of the 1950s – something she occasionally lamented. As her father was an RSM in the Army Med. Corps, Marnie, an “Army Brat,” grew up in Kingston, Ottawa, Petawawa and finally Victoria, BC, where Marnie graduated from Victoria High.
After graduation, Marnie married an American soldier and lived in Alaska for two years; when he died of coronary virus acquired in the Viet Nam war, she returned to Ontario. Attending Western University from 1977 to 1981, she earned her BA and B Ed. Marnie’s first full-time teaching positions were in two remote communities in Northern Ontario working with white and native children and where she held an acting principal’s position for one of those three years.
Hired by the SMCDSB in 1988, Marnie taught a variety of regular grades as well as special education. She loved teaching children, hated the paper/computer work and very much enjoyed the company of her colleagues. In June of 2000, Marnie married one of those colleagues, William (Bill) Thomson, in the airplane hanger of a close friend. Marnie then found herself shuffled off to the AMDSB where she finished her career teaching grade three and living in Wingham. After 28 years, she retired from education in 2010.
Marnie, a gentle, generous, kind, caring, considerate person, was loved by family and her husband (and Tillie) and those who knew her. She loved her step-children and their families as if they were her own; birthdays, Christmases, special occasions were her domain and never forgotten. Marnie’s initial response to virtually every situation was to consider the needs of others first, rare in an often me-first world.
Marnie, my beautiful sunflower, you rescued me in every possible way and for that I will love and cherish you forever. Your winter of sickness is over, please now forever be at peace.

Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch St., Sudbury on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 11am. Cremation with interment in the Civic Cemetery. Donations in her memory to the Northern Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. For those who wish to view the service online:

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