Marian O'Riordan

Obituary of Marian O'Riordan

Aileen Marian O'Riordan

(July 12, 1932 - December 23, 2020)


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marian O’Riordan, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. 

Marian grew up on her family’s farm in Vegreville. She was the youngest of four children to Lemuel and Louise Cole. From her earliest years, Marian showed a caring, nurturing side. These traits served her well during a nursing career that spanned more than four decades at hospitals across Alberta, B.C., and the U.S. During her time in Camrose, she met her husband, Paul O’Riordan. They married on Jan. 31, 1970 and settled in Whitecourt to raise a family. Nothing gave Marian more joy than being a mom to daughters Shannon and Diane, and in later years – a doting grandmother of seven and great grandmother of six.
Marian was a devout Catholic and forged many special friendships in communities where she lived including special friends Randy and Carol Williams and family.

Besides her daughters, Shannon (Guy) DeSantis and Diane O’Riordan, Marian is also survived by grandchildren Brianne (Brad), Brittney (Brad), Braedan (Kira), Brinnley (Mark), Camryn, Brekkan and Nicholas; great-grandchildren Bearyn, Bron, Bohannah, Amelia, Tucker and Oliver; brother Dale Cole; sister Carol Wasylyk; sister-in-law Bev O’Riordan; and numerous extended family, godchildren and friends.
Marian was pre-deceased by husband Paul; brother Terry Cole; as well as many in-laws in the Cole and O’Riordan family.


Due to Alberta Health restrictions, a private family service was held. Interment has taken place in the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery. The Funeral Mass was live-streamed at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 30, 2020, on the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church website  A recording of the funeral mass will be made available on the St. Francis Xavier Church website under "Recorded Masses".

If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Aileen Marian's memory may be made to Agape Hospice Calgary, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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