It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Marina Lynne Starr (Styan) at the age of 47. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, in Red Deer Alberta on January 15, 2009.
Marina was born in Quesnel, B.C. on March 4th, 1961. She attended Bouchie Lake school, Cariboo School, graduating from Correlieu with a scholarship. She was a very conscientious girl and anything she did she would give it her all. She loved the outdoors, fishing, camping with friends, archery, and in her younger years was in figure skating.
She moved to Fort St. John with four of her girlfriends after graduation, where they all found employment. Marina worked for B.C. Tel. While there she met Tim Starr and they were married. They later moved to Lacombe where daughter Nicole and son Derek were born. After years they went their separate ways. Sometime later she met Barry Lawrence and moved out to Rolling Ridge farm with Nicole and Derek, just fifteen miles from Red Deer.
Marina loved the farm and she would do anything from delivering calves to whatever else had to be done.
She is survived by her husband Barry, son Derek and daughter Nicole (Steven) all of Red Deer. Also by her loving mother Lil Styan of Quesnel, two brothers Denis Ford (Linda) of Prince George and Ron Styan (Julie) of Quesnel, B.C., two sisters, Sharon Powell (Brad) of Quesnel, and Pamela Cattell of Wolverhampton England, also nieces, Candice Ford of Prince George, Shelby Powell of Quesnel, and Jolene Styan of Nanaimo, nephews Trevor Styan of Nanaimo, Brady Powell and Brant Powell of Quesnel, Robert and Alexander of Wolverhampton England, as well as her extended family. Also a very important part of her life, granddaughter Brooke McFadden of Red Deer Alberta.
Marina was predeceased by her father Denis Styan of Quesnel on July 24, 2002.
A memorial service was held in her honour at Eventide Funeral Chapel in Red Deer, Alberta on January 20, 2009. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.