Blair, Marion “Mimi” (nee Zahn) passed away peacefully surrounded by family April 10, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia. Mimi is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dean; her children, Jeff (Debbie), Ed (Grace), Bill (Andrea) and Rebecca; grandchildren, Carissa, Matthew, Brittany, Alisha, Scot, Lee, Jess and Hanako; great grandchildren, Brixton, Grant, Abram, Walter, Jasper and Scout, and her cats Kiko and Squeaky. Of her siblings, she is predeceased by her brother Ed, and survived by two sisters Caroline and Vivian, and their children.

Mimi was born on December 4, 1936 in Wausau, Wisconsin. In 1951, she graduated as a pediatric nurse. On April 9, 1960, she married Dean in Wisconsin where they resided for 10 years. The family took the plunge and moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1970. Mimi raised her children and worked as an educational assistant until 1995 when she and Dean retired in beautiful Victoria. She enjoyed nature and hiked regularly. Her gardens, both indoors and out, were spectacular. Mimi loved children and was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brookfield, Dr. Gainor, Dr. Seth-Smith and Dr. Troughton who cared for Mimi.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:00 am, with Dr. Grant Gainor officiating. A Memorial Reception to follow the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local SPCA.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens



  • Shelley Lahaie
    April 23, 2018

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will never forget her! You and your family were a second family to me growing up! I love you all! Shelley (Martin) Lahaie

  • Rosemarie Gattiker
    April 14, 2018

    To Dean and the Blair Family – please accept my most sincere sympathies at this sad time. May you find peace and strength as you cope with this great loss.
    With best wishes – Rosemarie Gattiker (retired – U of L’s Faculty of Fine Arts)

  • Bonnie Smith
    April 12, 2018

    May wonderful memories of good times together with Mimi, and memories of the beauty of her gardens and loving spirit, bring you peace and help you through these difficult days.
    With Love and Sympathy,

  • Vicky Sisetsky
    April 12, 2018

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother may God Great peace in your hearts knowing that She is with the Lord and all will be a blessing he will protect her always . All our Love Auntie Vicky . God be with you all .♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️..

  • Crystal Nordin
    April 12, 2018

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one! I pray that the fond memories of her will help you in your healing! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Much love! Crystal Nordin

  • Margaret E. Hall and family
    April 12, 2018

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  • Peggy Mezei
    April 12, 2018

    So sad to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember how warm and supportive she was to me when I returned to Lethbridge. I spent a few evenings in your parents home with great friendship. May the best of memories carry you forward. Much love
    Peggy Mezei

  • Glenda Young
    April 12, 2018

    We are extremely sorry for the loss of your Wife , Mother and Grandma. Her love, her, and everything that made her so special will live on through your memories. With Our Deepest Sympathy, Glenda and Scott Young

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