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October 17, 2020

Marie Erwina Wilson of Tiverton died, following a courageous battle with cancer, at the Huron Shores Hospice, Tiverton, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in her 65th year. Born June 26, 1956, in Barrie, she grew up in Hespeler, the eldest of four children born to Betty and Carlyle Wilson. She is predeceased by both parents, and her sister, Debbie. She leaves behind her “faithful beloved,” Ken Battler; her three adored sons, Will Wilson-Battler (Denise), Nick Wilson-Battler (Claire), and Troy Wilson-Battler (Hannah). Marie will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Layne, Jackson, and Maeve; and Savannah, Luke, and Sean. For Marie, the sun rose and set on these children. She is mourned by her brothers, John Wilson (Sandy), and Sandy Wilson (Paulina); and her brothers-in-law, Keith Battler (Linda), Don Battler (Lynda), and Brian Battler (Bev). She had very special relationships with her nieces and nephews: Easton (Christine) and Mercedes who is also her goddaughter; Jenny and Jason; Brad, Brett, and Jessica; and Kyle and Ben. She also had a special bond with her godson, Adam. Marie was both a gifted writer and communicator. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph. Finding few employment opportunities in the early 1980s, she pursued a diploma in journalism from Conestoga College. She accepted a position at the Kincardine News, eventually becoming its editor. After raising her three sons, Marie worked in communications for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and then at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). She was always involved in her community. Among many other activities, she sponsored the Kincardine Scottish Festival, and co-chaired the Old Boys' Reunion. After retirement, she ran for council, serving as deputy mayor of the Municipality of Kincardine until her death. She brought intelligence, compassion, respect, and humour to every situation. She listened to everyone, returned every call, and weighed every decision carefully. Marie respected everyone—regardless of his/her station in life—and advocated for anyone who needed help. Water was Marie’s element. She could be found swimming in Lake Huron, paddle-boarding, or just plain enjoying the beach. She was a lover of music, literature, and the arts. She loved dancing to Bruce Springsteen and attending the local Blues events. Marie’s spirit lives on in all who love her. A private funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Tiverton. Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, beginning at 5 p.m. Due to provincial restrictions, please register to attend the visitation by calling the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home at 519-396-2701 or by using the link below. Visitation attendance link: All attendees are asked to respect social-distancing protocols and wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Huron Shores Hospice, in Marie’s memory. Godspeed, Marie.