Marian Elizabeth Zinn
Marian Elizabeth Zinn of Lucknow passed away peacefully at Sepoy Manor on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at the age of 91.
She was the beloved wife of Warren Zinn for 67 years. Marian was the dear mother of Diane (Ron) Ferguson, Blyth; Terry (Colleen) Zinn, Ashfield Township and Paul Zinn (Lynn Johnston), Lucknow.
She will be greatly missed by grandchildren Kimberley, Toronto; Jeffrey (Tanis Glanville), Gorrie; Eric and Jenna, both of Ashfield Township; great-grandchild Bodie Ferguson, her sisters Margaret Keith, Goderich and Belle Hackett, Lucknow; sister-in-law Donna Zinn, Stratford and brother-in-law Murray Tuck. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, as well as many fellow historians and friends.
Marian was predeceased by parents Douglas and Sadie Graham, sister Gladys Tuck and brothers-in-law Chester Hackett, Evan Keith and Clarke Zinn.
Marian was born in Kinloss Township on July 8, 1927. She was a long-time resident of Ashfield and West Wawanosh Townships and Lucknow for the past five years. She attended Crewe, Blake and Trinity United Churches, where she taught Sunday School and was treasurer and secretary of the United Church Women for 25 years. Her love of education led her to be an Ashfield Area School Board Trustee in 1964 and Huron Board of Education Trustee for 1969 – 1982.
Marian was deeply involved in her community as a Life Member of the Dungannon WI and Tweedsmuir Curator for 30 years. She volunteered as a director for the Huron County Heart and Stroke and was on the Board of Governors for the Wingham and District Hospital from 1983-1994.
Her interest in local gardening and agriculture led her to volunteer with the Lucknow Horticulture Society and Lucknow Agricultural Society. She was honoured to be involved as a director with the Blyth Centre for the Arts attending plays for many years.
Marian’s true passion was local history, she chaired and co-chaired several committees, with many volunteers, researching for history books in Ashfield, West Wawanosh and Kinloss. The final book she completed was the history of East Ashfield in 2018.
For 25 years she worked with Warren as his secretary in the real estate business welcoming many new people to the Dungannon and Lucknow area. Marian and Warren, with family and friends, travelled to many countries on farm, history and garden tours. She spent countless hours in her rose gardens, which were admired by many. As a local historian, her vast knowledge of local history and cemeteries will be missed.
Her loving family held the visitation and funeral at the Lucknow Community Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9. Interment was at Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow.
Donations to the Greenhill and South Kinloss Cemeteries and Trinity United Church, Ashfield are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Arrangements were entrusted to the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow.
Condolences may be left at www.mackenzieandmccreath.com