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Marianne (Dyck) Thiessen

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Deaths-Marianne-(Dyck)-ThiessenThe birth of Marianne and her twin sister was memorable in their small town. She and her sisters entered nurses training at St. Paul’s. In 1957, she attended Canadian Mennonite Bible College, where she completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory in piano. Here Marianne met Bill and fell in love at first sight. Together they served in Nigeria at Ochaja Teachers College 1965–1968 and as co-country directors of MCC Nigeria 1971–74. In the interim, she was a nurse in Rosthern, Sask. In 1976, when Bill became MCC Alberta executive director, Marianne worked at Foothills Hospital. While Bill was MCC B.C. associate director, she nursed at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (1990–2001). Following retirement, Marianne and Bill accepted short-term service assignments abroad. Her life of service and witness shone. She was hospitalized for surgery on Oct. 23.    

  • Birth: April 5, 1935
  • Birthplace:
    Drake, Sask.
  • Death: November 8, 2014
  • Parents:
    Hans & Anna (Regier) Dyck
  • Married:
    Bill Thiessen, Aug. 1, 1959
  • Family:
    Bill; children Joanne, Byron (Kim); 2 grandchildren; 3 siblings
  • Church:
    South Abbotsford, B.C.