Marianne Gerda Willis (Vroom)

In Memorial

August 9th, 1949 – August 8th, 2013
After a short but courageous battle with cancer, our dearest mom, wife and oma passed away peacefully with family at her side. Marianne is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 41 years Bob, her three children Jeff (Cathy), Kevin (Lindsey) and Mike (Erin), seven grandchildren Tyler, Logan, Hayley, Ava, Emery, Kaylin and Kylie, brothers John K, Hank (Arleen), John (Rita), and sister Stella. Marianne’s family also consists of many nieces, nephews, brother/sister in-laws & friends, all of whom she cared about deeply. She is pre-deceased by her parents Jan and Trientje and her sister Anne. Born in Groningen (Netherlands), she moved to Canada at an early age with her family. Marianne graduated from St. Pauls Nursing School and married Bob, the love of her life, one year later. She had a passion for golf with her friends, fishing with Bob, travelling and spoiling her grandchildren who all loved their Oma.
A celebration of Marianne’s life will be held Saturday, August 17th, 11am at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel, 11765 224th Street in Maple Ridge. Special memories and recollections are welcome to be shared.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to McKenney Creek Hospice Residence (through Ridge Meadows Hospice Society at or to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation (
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  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of Marianne my former St Paul’s classmate. We had a lovely visit at our last reunion and I will always remember her zest for life and how much she loved her family.

  2. I miss my friend, my budette.

  3. Bobbie Currie (Kelowna BC)

    Dear Bob, It was with great sadness that Roberta has given me the news of our classmate and friend, Marianne passing away. We had a wonderful time with Marianne last year at our 40th nursing reunion. I will always remember her smiling friendly face. My prayers and thoughts are of you and your family during this difficult time.
    Deepest Sympathy,

  4. Claude & Pat Gamache

    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Pat & Claude

  5. Bob and Family…my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow in the passing of Marianne. May she rest in peace now after her battle. I will always remember Marianne for her love and friendship in the few years that we worked together at the Grey Clinic…ironically we met through an acquaintance and we golfed at Maple Ridge where I almost beaned her with my shot from the 2nd hole to the gully. We laughed at that for a long time. Marianne also got me my job that I have today…I will always be grateful for that. Marianne was well loved by her family and many many friends. May she rest in peace now, free from the pain and disease. I hugged her and let her cry on my shoulder the day she found out from Dr. Lytle the terrible news. I didn’t want her to drive home herself. But being the tough girl that she was .. she headed home Bob to tell you. I will always remember that day. In fact, we were away in Magna Bay and in the middle of the night on the 8th, i awoke to thinking of Marianne, the day she died. I think she was saying goodbye to me.
    May God keep you and your family close during this saddened time..Rest Marianne…Rest.

  6. We are thinking of all of you at this sad time. We shared so many fun times over the years – great memories to have and hold. We are in Ontario, but you are all in our thoughts.
    Ruth & Gunther

  7. Jan and Dave Shaw

    We have wonderful memories of Marianne and Bob from our early Logan Lake days. In retrospect, we were just kids then. Marianne was my first friend when we arrived in the small town of Logan Lake.We were welcomed into their home and spent many times together playing cards, camping, fishing, partying and raising kids. Marianne had great strength of character, a strong work ethic and complete devotion to her family. I know we shared many firsts…news of pregnancies, my first trout caught over 5 pounds, working together in the doctors office, birthday parties and so many other life moments. I can still hear Marianne laughing as I caught the BIG One on Bose Lake. We almost made it to see Elvis in Las Vegas until we realized two very pregnant women didn’t quite fit the picture we were planning for a girls get away. Marianne let Dave and me practice parenting on you Jeff until she caught Dave swinging you in circles by one leg. Both our families moved away to different towns but we managed to keep in touch at Christmas and of course on birthdays as Marianne and I share the same birth date. I am so sorry your life was shortened Marianne but please know you were one of my first adult friends and I will always treasure your friendship and the good memories we made. Our love to Bob and family.

  8. Cheryle Appenheimer

    Dear Bob and family

    As a St. Paul’s Hospital calssmate of Marianne’s I remember how cut and dperky she always looked in her uniform. Always cheerful and usually smiling. She appeared the same at our nursing reunion last June. It was lovely to visit with her and hear stories of you and your family. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to you all. May she rest in peace now free from pain. Cheryle Appenheimer

  9. Carol and Greg Morrison

    Bob, we were sorry to hear of Marrianne’s passing, although now she is free from her pain and like you said on her next journey. You and Marrianne accepted Greg and I into your fold of friendship so graciously and we loved the memories we were making! Her life was cut way too short. We will miss her.
    Our love to you and your family
    Hugs, Greg and Carol

  10. Bob and family. So sorry for your loss. Marianne was a wonderful kind caring person. She is leaving her legacy within her children and grand children. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  11. Yvonne Taylor - Lacoursiere

    Last time I saw Marianne she was standing on a chair at our 35 year high school reunion, reading some highlights from our 1967 annual. She was on the chair, laughing, so she could be at least as tall as Keith Rajala, a fellow classmate who was sharing the reading. Love that memory. So sad for all who knew her, even if it was from years ago. Bob and family, know we are all hoping you are able to concentrate on the good memories. Hugs.

  12. Debbie Armstrong

    Such sad news…she was a very special lady and she will be missed….may she rest in peace…..

  13. Dear Bob & Family & Extended Family

    It is with such great sadness to hear of Marianne..
    I so thought the world of you both, whenever at the Maple Ridge Golf Course. Marianne was a shining star..lit up the room when she was there..such a sweetheart..My heart goes out to you all at this time..Keep her close always…as another angel has risen..
    Love, Vicki

  14. Don and Eileen Gordon

    Such sad news, our thoughts are with Bob and family at this time. We will both miss Marianne at Lac Le Jeune and she will be missed by all the Gordon Clan. Such a wonderful lady.

  15. Jack and Karen Morash

    To the Willis Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and know that your hearts are hurting. We will also miss her sense of humour and always happy face. She was a pleasure to have met and will be missed here at the lake. Jack always enjoyed her company while building their home and truly felt she and Bob were new friends. You must be proud to have had her for a wife, mother and Oma. Pass on her smiles.

  16. Aliceand Jack VanDyke

    I will miss Marianne so much.
    We didn’t see much of each other the past years but we were so connected by our childhood memories.
    Our parents were the best of friends most of their lives, only death was able to separate them.
    Marianne was a loving “niece” to my parents especially to my mother in her final years. She was generous and kind with her time and affection. God blessed us all with her presence, generosity and humour. I feel privileged to have had some sweet visits with her these last months.
    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  17. Karen McEwen (Truitt)

    Bob & Family…

    Marianne was a classmate from St. Paul’s who was a wonderful person to all who knew her. She will surely be missed, but forever in our hearts.

    Sincerely, Karen McEwen (Truitt)

  18. Elida Baxter/Marnie Kok

    Dear Bob and Family:

    Our hearts go out to you and the family. Marianne was a special smile every golf day and she will be missed by all who knew her.
    Sincerely Elida and Marnie

  19. Keith & Lynn Rajala

    We are so sorry about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    Be good to yourself in your time of grief.

    Keith & Lynn

  20. Vickie (Hamill) Roraph

    I remember Marianne’s beautiful smile ( from Garibaldi High school Days… From the photos posted in the tribute… That never faded. She was an amazing lady so many years ago… and it appears the spirit remained with her. My condolences.. may your own precious memories help to comfort you now. Gone too soon; but never to be forgotten. Hugs, Vickie (Hamill) Roraph

  21. Bob and family
    I am so sorry about Marianne’s passing. I hope and pray that you and your family get through this tough time as well as can be. May your future have peace.

  22. Ellen and Wayne Haynes

    So very saddened and thinking of all of you.Our times spent together so many years ago were great,the boys were ever so young and so were we.How many hours did we spend in hockey arenas?Marianne,Jeff,Ryan and myself traveled to many games meeting you men there.Loved Marianne’s sense of humor and one thing I knew was how much she loved her guys…all four of you.Through the years Wayne and I enjoyed our annual catch up letter at Christmas and of course those pictures of your beautiful grandchildren.Our thoughts are with you and yours.
    Wayne and Ellen

  23. George and Myra Allen

    Bob and family,
    We haven’t seen Marianne since highschool days but as many others we remember her always smiling. We were very sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

    George and Myra Allen

  24. Bob & family:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Marianne’s passing. Marianne was a second mother to me during my youth in Maple Ridge. Your family and I have a long history and it further saddens me how we have not kept in touch much over the years. We extend our deepest condelences to you and your family. In one word, Marianne was always “happy”. I will miss her dearly. Much Love, the Wowks.

  25. Ryan Haynes and Family

    Bob and family,
    Learning of Marianne’s passing makes me think of your family and some of the best memories I have growing up. Her kindness has had a lasting positive impact on my life. Marianne was a exceptional person. Thinking of you through this difficult time, with love Ryan, Angelina and family.

  26. Janna Wowk and Family

    Bob and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Marianne’s passing. She was always so kind and welcoming, and I enjoyed the many fun times or families spent together. She will be deeply missed by so many. Our thoughts are with you at this time and always.

    With Love and Sympathy,
    Janna, Mark and boys

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