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Marilyn Pelland

January 25th, 1957 - August 9th, 2022
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marilyn Patricia Pelland (Masse).  She passed away at the age of 65 years old, on August 9, 2022 surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.


Marilyn was born on January 25, 1957 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Leo John Masse and Jean Lavine Stewart.  She was the oldest of five siblings.  She moved to Vancouver, BC in 1965 and went on to raise her five children in the Tri-Cities (Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam). She is survived by her spouse of 32 years Loran Craig Atkins, her mother Jean Lavine Stewart, her sister (Darlene), her 2 brothers (Ron and Dave), her children Kristyn (Dave), Darien (Jessica), Jordan (Fallyne), Meghan (Anthony), Shanayne and her 6 grandchildren.  Her father Leo and brother Richard predecease her.


Marilyn lived life passionately and to the fullest, loved with her whole heart, gave generously to others and made friends everywhere she went. She was a social butterfly that lit up rooms and has often been described as beautiful on the inside and out. She was deeply loved by many for her kindness, free spirit, fun personality, loving and compassionate ways, infectious smile and laugh, joy of life and her dedication and loyalty to family and friends. She devoted her life to her spouse and five kids; they were her world and she would do anything for them.  She was inherently the second mother to so many other kids that came into her life; treating them as one of her own. To her own kids, she was not only a mother, but a best friend; someone that you would call daily just to chat, a mentor, a drinking wine pal, a Friday night dinner date, a weekend getaway buddy and the strongest woman role model in their lives.  Her greatest achievement in life was her children, and seeing them all grow into the unique and accomplished adults they became. In addition to raising her own large family, she was always employed in a helping role; she worked at Woodlands (where she met her spouse), at a health unit, as an education assistant and as a respite and homeshare provider for individuals with disabilities. Through her years of employment, she formed many incredible and lifelong friendships that she maintained into her retirement years. She was also a proud and devoted grandmother to her grandchildren who nicknamed her “fashion grandma” and loved spending time with grandma where all the rules would be broken.


Marilyn’s friends and family would describe her as a foodie and wine lover with a good sense humor, style, and fashion. She was passionate about cooking while sipping on a glass of red wine. She touched people’s hearts with her food; holiday and special occasions were always made special by her preparing elaborate meals for large gatherings of family and friends. She also loved a good adventure whether it be traveling, doing activities with the grandkids, going for rides in Loran’s hot rod, finding a new patio to have a Caesar on, winning at the casino or socializing with friends and family.  Throughout her life, she enjoyed acquiring different properties where family could all spend quality time together at; many memories were made at Green lake Cabin, Black Mountain Ranch, trips in their RV and just recently Hawkins Lake Cabin.  In her down time, she enjoyed trying new recipes, watching Rachel Ray, reading a good romance novel, and gardening.


She was too young and full of life to go so soon and unexpectedly. She had many more things she wanted to do and experience but her memory will live on in all of those she has left behind and all the beautiful memories of her will be forever remembered and cherished.  She still can be found in every glass of red, in the recipes she taught, in every sunset and every mountain.


There will be a funeral at the Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel and Crematorium at 2 pm on Sept 17/22 (11969 216th St. Maple Ridge) followed by a celebration of her life at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Center (The Ranch) from 4-7 (21973 132 Ave, Maple Ridge).


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or BC cancer.


Tina Donnelly
January 24th, 2023

Marilyn, I have just heard that you left this world. You were a loving and generous lady. I will love you always. I send thoughts and prayers to Loran, your children and grandchildren. I also send condolences to your Mom and siblings. You brought joy to many people. Farewell my friend

Darlene Wurster
September 14th, 2022

My Sister Marilyn

Born into a sister friendship
with seasons that would change and adapt
revealing a tie that has its own cord
that which produces a measure of willingness to be connected
one that goes beyond other relationships....
and now I rest in the peace that it was beautifully enough for me
to keep her safely in my heart

love Darlene

Colin and Cherith
September 14th, 2022

To the family,
You knew Marilyn as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. We knew her as our dear friend. Marilyn was loving, caring, vivacious and full of life. She had a big heart and showed it in everything she did. Marilyn has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. We will miss her dearly. Gone far too soon! Rest In Peace our dear friend ❤️
Colin, Cherith and family

September 4th, 2022

Dear Marilyn,
We will think about you always.Thank you for the cherished memories.You will remain in our hearts forever.I’ll still be talking to you .
My deepest condolences to your family.XO♥️

Lenora Kristensen
September 3rd, 2022

I am so deeply sorry for Marilyn’s family - my daughter-in-law Kristyn especially, as well as our grandsons Daxton and Jayce —-they loved their Grandma very much and will miss her truly.

September 2nd, 2022

It is with great sadness you leaving us all too soon. The many laughs we shared , and silly, crazy antics we had will always be great memories. Especially us as nurses lol. You will be terribly missed , your smile ,your laugh and our late night conversations . May you Rest In Peace my dear friend love ya Rose

August 30th, 2022

Marilyn, I can still hear your laugh. You made my memories of working with you put a huge smile on my face. I ❤️ working with you.
Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. The blue skies with fluffy white clouds gained a beautiful soul.
Keep laughing up there & I know you will always take care of your family from above. RIP dear friend.❤️

Diane & Paul Benninger
August 30th, 2022

What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful person. Definitely gone way too soon....
Marilyn you will be missed by many.

Our deepest condolences to Loran and all the family. 💔

Kailey Richardson
August 30th, 2022

Sweet Marilyn, you lit up every room you walked in to. You will be forever missed, but most importantly, forever remembered.

Sending my condolences and love to all the family. Xx

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