VERWEY, Marcella Joan (formerly Crombie, nee Brown)

March 8, 1931 - June 10, 2018


“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face” (George Eliot)

Marcella passed away in the comfort of her faith at the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence, surrounded by her children after suffering a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Daughter of the late James Peter and Rita Mary Brown (nee Reid). She was predeceased by her husband Hank in 2009 and her eldest son Gregory in 2013. Marcella is survived by her children, Thomas (Rebecca), Susan, Lynn (Larry), and daughter-in-law Joan. She was the proud “Grandmother”, “Gramma” and “Mama” of Nicole, G. Scott, Ryan, Kristy, Reid, Bryden and Avery. Great Gramma of Kayla, Riley, Jacob, Emma, Jake and Chase. Beloved sister of Peter (Audrey deceased), Helen (Lou deceased). “Auntie Mar” of several nieces, nephews and their families.

Marcella will be cherished forever in the hearts of family and friends. She will be sadly missed and remembered for her deep religious faith, unconditional love of family and elegance.

She was a very active and independent woman until the onset of her illness in her early 80’s. While raising her family she worked for several years as the Office Manager at Ellis Packaging retiring in 1996. Her passion was spending time with her family. She cheered on the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays and she loved to shop. She had a mean arm when it came to bowling and was the reigning female champ for strikes at the Cedarbrook Lodge. The family will miss Marcella’s famous shortbreads, lemon méringue pies and her rich delicious gravy.

The family would like to thank the staff at Providence Healthcare, Chartwell Trilogy and Cedarbrook Lodge for their care and support.

Visitation at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral mass on Thursday, June 14, at 10:00am, St. Paul’s Basilica (Power and Queen Sts). Interment Mount Hope Cemetery (305 Erskine Ave.) A celebration of life will follow. Online condolences can be made through In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto and the Canadian Cancer Society.


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5 thoughts on “VERWEY, Marcella Joan (formerly Crombie, nee Brown)

  1. We were so sad to hear of Marcella’s passing. I think of Marcella often and remember her fondly – just as you describe her – unconditional love and elegance. During our large family gatherings, Marcella always brought a sense of warmth, calm and grace. And she could have a good laugh too! Our thoughts are with you.

    —Alexandra Shaw, Toronto, Ontario -
  2. To all the Crombie Family, We are so sorry about the loss of you Dear Mother and Grandmother. I am sure Gregg would be waiting your Mother at the Gates of Heaven. God bless you all at this sorrowful time. Love & prayers Mary, Mike & family

    —Mary Johnson (Busby), scarobough -
  3. I met Marcella about 29 years ago after meeting and Marring my husband John Lowrie .and then meeting one of John’s best friend Larry Upshaw and Lynn, Larry wife. Marcella and Daughter Lynn. Marcella was such a kind and gentle lady from day one .sending my condolence to all the family at this sad time .God bless you… Rest in Peace Marcella…

    —Loretta Lowrie, Pickering -
  4. So sorry to hear about Marcella’s passing. I’ve known Marcella for over 40 years. She was the one who told me to apply at Ellis Packaging in 1977 (actually it was Holway Pkg. then before Bill Ellis bought it)… I retired in 2015… So I have to thank you Marcella for great career. I know you will be missed by so many Family and friends… Just want to thank you for the help you gave me way back then… May you Rest in Peace…. Love you….

    —John Lowrie, Pickering -
  5. It is with great sadness I learned of Marcella passing. I worked with Marcella for almost 20 years at Ellis.
    Although I only saw her a couple times after her retirement, it was always a pleasure at those time catching up.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
    Rest in Peace Friend

    —paul colicchio, ajax ontario canada -