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Marion Agnes Elliot


Marion Agnes Elliot

Elliot, Marion Agnes (Coffey) – 

Marion Agnes (Coffey) Elliot, a vibrant woman with a passion for family, nutrition and life long learning died on January 4th, 2019 at the age of 96. She was a role model for many as she was active, engaged, always positive, and an independent thinker to the end. She embraced change, moving with the times.      

Marion was born to J. Lorne and Elizabeth (Little) Coffey August 10,1922, in Harvey Station, NB where her father worked for the CPR.  She attended Mount Allison University, graduating in 1945 to begin teaching home economics. Eager for adventure, she took a job in rural Cape Breton that involved making her own way to six different communities. Often she would catch a ride with the mail driver. 

In 1950 Marion married G. Forbes Elliot, who she met while teaching in St. Stephen. She nurtured a family, spending summers together on the Belleisle, a base that continues to be a family touchstone today.  A keen follower of politics, Marion loved nature, music, art, and books.  She was an adventurer who loved to travel, always connecting with relatives no matter where she was. 

Marion was strong in her faith, a long time member of St. Andrew & St. David United Church. For 25 years she was active in Meals on Wheels and was a founding member of the Marco Polo Quilters’ Guild. Behind the scenes, Marion was a strong supporter of UNB Saint John, She enjoyed attending the Canadian Federation of University Women and Probus. 

Marion will live on through her children: Malcolm (Jill), Mary Jane  (David), Bruce (Carla) and Nora (David); grandchildren: Caitlin, Matthew and Hayley; siblings: Lorna Huestis and Dr. Edwin Coffey (Betty) along with several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, Marion was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Dougan.

Visitation will take place at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424)  on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  A Celebration of Life will be held at Portland United Church, 50 Newport Crescent on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 11am. For those who wish, remembrances to the United Way of Greater Saint John or a charity of the Donor’s Choice would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be placed at

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Service Date
Friday, January 18, 2019
Service Time
11:00 AM
Service Location
Portland United Church, 50 Newport Crescent, Saint John

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Visitation Time
2-4 and 6-8 PM
Visitation Location
Brenan's Funeral Home

Burial Location
Fernhill Cemetery

Requested Charity
United Way of Greater Saint John, or Donor's Choice