Marianne De Swart (nee van der Mijl) passed away on December 19, 2016 at the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks, her life diminished by cancer. She was 62.Marianne is survived by her parents Teunis and Cornelia van der Mijl in Breda, The Netherlands (NL) and her brother Ewald van der Mijl in Prinsenbeek, NL. She is also survived by her loving children, Elizabeth De Swart (Oscar), Natalie Sorkilmo (Stuart), Ben De Swart, and Mark De Swart. Also with fond memories of 'Oma' are her grandchildren, Cesar De Swart-Maillard, and Evie & Asher Sorkilmo. She was preceded in death by her husband Adrian De Swart on November 19th, 2008, and daughter, Baby Girl De Swart, on July 30, 1981.Marianne was born on June 30th, 1954 in Geldermalsen, NL to her parents, Teunis and Cornelia van der Mijl. She began exploring the world at the age of 16 when she moved to England and thereafter to Germany. She married Adrian De Swart on April 22nd, 1977, in Breda, NL and Immigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 28th, 1978. Once in Canada she worked as a realtor and administration clerk until she had their first child, Elizabeth, in July of 1981. From then forward she dedicated her life to enriching the lives of her children through her love of sport and the outdoors; she instilled her strength, love, determination, and just a Dutch touch of competitiveness into each of them.Once they grew not only taller but older she returned to work; first at Cargill in High River, and finally to Canadream in Calgary. Her colleagues there became a second family to her and for them her children are forever grateful. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Foothills Country Hospice for their mindful care of their loved one – words cannot do justice to their gratitude.A memorial for Marianne will take place on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at De Winton Hall, De Winton, AB. Friends and family are welcome to attend and celebrate Marianne's life. In lieu of flowers Marianne (through her family) asked that donations be made to the Foothills Country Hospice.