In Memory of



Obituary for Marilyn Ashby


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Marilyn Jean Simpson Ashby on February 22nd at the Brockville General Hospital. We would like to thank the staff at BGH for their kindness and care during her illness.

She was born February 3, 1945 in Gaspe to Arthur and Jean Simpson.

When Marilyn was 19 she left home for nursing school at the Montreal General Hospital. This was the beginning of her lifelong commitment to helping others.

Marilyn was a passionate and determined advocate for social justice and environmental activism. For many years she worked as a prime mover in an NGO called Campaign For The Earth in conjunction with the United Nations. This UN work took her to Copenhagen, Istanbul, Tanzania, Azurbajian and many times to UN headquarters in NYC. Her work in Campaign for the Earth was significant in getting social justice centered NGOs formally recognized by UN political processes such as the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Marilyn was particularly committed to improving the rights of women and girls in developing countries.

Closer to home she volunteered her time for organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program, the Home and School Association, the Junior League and many more.

She is survived by her children Susan and Michael, grandchildren Emma, Marlowe, Katy and Brixton, brothers Robert and John and sister Linda, nephews Casey, Brodie, Ryan, Andrew and Mathew, sister-in-law Bonnie and daughter-in-law Nicole.

Marilyn was devoted to her family and friends, her hometown of Brockville, her church and the St Lawrence River.

She will be lovingly remembered for her kind and gentle heart, generous spirit, and never-ending commitment to making the world a better place.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St., E., Brockville on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm followed by a service in honour and celebration of Marilyn's life at the St. Lawrence Anglican Church, 80 Pine St., Brockville at 2 pm. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery followed by a reception in the funeral home reception centre.

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