AUSTIN, Marlene Suzanne - With dignity and grace at St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia. Marlene Suzanne Austin of Sarnia, age 64 passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011. Wife of Harvey, mother of Mark and Cari, step mother of Diana, Danny, Steven and April. Loved grandmother of Crystal, Candace, Nicholas, Joey, Nathan, Justine, Carter, Paige and Dustan. Loving grandmother of Cody and Kaitlyn. Marlene was predeceased by her parents Martha and Donald Kibbie. Marlene was a State of Michigan Registered Nurse employed by Port Huron Hospital (retired 1986). Marlene was a resident of Marysville Michigan until immigrating to Sarnia, Ontario in 1980. Marlene suffered with kidney disease from childhood to being the benefactor of a life enhancing 25 year kidney transplant. Marlene's life was cut short by aggressive skin cancer. Marlene was a gifted vocalist and soloist, and a member of praise worship at Temple Baptist Church, Sarnia. Marlene's proudest moment as a soloist was performed on the Via Doloroso in Jerusalem Israel. Marlene had a faithful and committed following of friends throughout Michigan and Ontario exemplified by her faith and spirit. Medical practitioners marveled at her life journey successes despite years of serious health complications. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Marlene's life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Temple Baptist Church, 1410 Quinn Dr. Sarnia, Ontario at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, an expression of love and celebration of Marlene's fruitful life can be expressed appreciatively through donations to the St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca 10304834
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