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Marilyn Van Iderstine

July 23rd, 1942 - February 19th, 2024
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On February 19, 2024, Marilyn Van Iderstine, a cherished member of the White Rock community, passed away peacefully at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Marilyn, born on July 23, 1942, in New Westminster, lived a life full of passion, creativity, and dedication to her family and community. Her journey of 81 years was marked by love, artistry, and an unwavering commitment to education and volunteerism.

Marilyn's early years were spent in New Westminster, where she nurtured a deep connection with her family's beach cottage in White Rock, a place that would hold a special place in her heart throughout her life. This connection to White Rock grew stronger when, in 1969, she married her beloved husband, Gene Van Iderstine, at the First United Church in the same town. Together, they embarked on a journey of love, adventure, and shared values, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019, a testament to their enduring love and partnership.

Marilyn's academic pursuits led her to the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Fine Arts. Her passion for art and education defined her career, as she taught elementary school across various locations including Delta, Burnaby, Langley, and Surrey. Marilyn also shared her love for art with the community by teaching drawing and painting for South Surrey Parks and Recreation. Before retiring, Marilyn and Gene ventured into entrepreneurship with a custom embroidery and clothing business, blending their creative and business acumen.

Travel and exploration were integral to Marilyn's life. She and Gene traversed Canada and the USA in their RV, embodying the spirit of adventure. As active members of the WBCCI Airstream trailer club for 47 years, they led caravans through BC, Yukon, and Alaska, creating unforgettable experiences for club members. Marilyn's love for movement extended to precision skating, where she participated on a team, showcasing her grace and teamwork.

Marilyn's hobbies and interests were a mirror to her soul. A talented watercolor artist, her paintings—inspired by her travels and the beauty of life—adorned her home, reflecting her love for art. She was a member of the Knaughty Knitters and engaged in various crafts, including sewing and playing the piano. Her belief that one is never too old to learn saw her enrolling in online art classes, improving her skills and staying abreast with technology.

Her commitment to community service was evident through her 14-year involvement with the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society, where she served as a Director on the executive team. Marilyn and Gene also supported various charitable causes through their membership in the Cloverdale Elk Club, part of Elks Canada.

Family was the cornerstone of Marilyn's life. She and Gene nurtured a loving family, including a son, a stepson, and ten grandchildren, creating and maintaining traditions like annual tree-decorating parties at Christmas and family glamping trips. These gatherings were a source of joy and unity, fostering a strong family bond that will endure as her legacy.

Marilyn's life was a tapestry of love, creativity, and community spirit. Her contributions to education, the arts, and volunteerism have left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to have known her. As we remember Marilyn, we celebrate a life lived with purpose, passion, and a profound sense of kinship. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire those she touched.



Jim Kolhoff
March 1st, 2024

Marilyn was such a wonderful lady. Had many good times with her at Airstream rallies. She was always the life of the party. She will be missed.

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