Marlene Marie Macke passed away on 10th day of January, 2021.
Predeceased by her parents, Orville and Eva Macke.
A member of the Bahá’í Faith for over 50 years, Marlene believed in the inevitability of world peace through the unity of all peoples. “Thy Will be done, Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”After leaving a career in market development in the federal tourism agency that included postings in Sydney, Australia and St. John’s, Newfoundland, Marlene served in the community development department of the Bahá’í National Centre in Thornhill, Ontario.
Back in St. Marys, she devoted her life to working at the Stratford Festival, travelling and writing. She loved working as a Festival usher and, more recently, as a volunteer tour guide. Many of her trips involved Bahá’í service projects in destinations such as Cyprus, Ireland and Western Samoa. Marlene authored two biographies, Take My Love to the Friends, the Story of Laura R. Davis and Faithful Friends, Founding the Toronto Bahá’í Community 1919-1938, one play named Tabreez, several dramatic readings and essays and a dozen essays on Shakespeare plays. Joining a group of writers at the Desert Rose Bahá’í Institute in Arizona for annual gatherings, she co-founded the first of a series of Writers Retreats. Marlene was named the first Writer in Residence at Desert Rose.
The service will be conducted in the Lions Park located at the back of Milt Dunnell Field on August 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to attend, please RSVP.
How to RSVP
Contact the St. Marys Bahá’í Community
On the funeral home website (at the top right of the screen click RSVP for this event. On a cell phone, click the down arrow beside Obituary, click service information and then click RSVP for this event.
Or call the funeral home at 519-284-2820 (Please call between 9 am and 5 pm.)
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Museum, St. Marys Public Library Trust or the Feline Friends Network.