Marjorie Mae Deeks
Marge (Graham) Deeks of Whitehorse, Yukon passed away peacefully on September 18, 2019 at Copper Ridge Place in Whitehorse, at the age of 85 years, with her family by her side.
Marge is survived by her husband of 64 years, Cam of Whitehorse, YT, their three children; Doug Deeks of Whitehorse. Lorne (Denise) Deeks of Rivercourse, AB, their two children Roger (Karla) and their three children; Ryanna, Brynn and Mason and Jennifer (Jeff) Bogdan of Saskatoon, SK, and their daughter Katla. Jeanette (Lionel) Malka of Rivercourse, AB, their two children; Ashley (Gord) Gisi of Lloydminster, SK and their two children; Presley and Nash, and Jenelle Malka of Rivercourse, AB.
Marge also leaves to mourn her siblings: Joyce (Howie) Owen of Calgary, AB; Jack (Donna) Graham of Lloydminster, AB; Dick (Elaine) Graham of Lloydminster, AB; Ross (Linda) Graham of Lloydminster, AB and Harold (Sue) Graham of Lloydminster, AB; along with many nieces and nephews.
Marge arrived May 26, 1934, the first-born child of six to Gordon and Elsie Graham of Lone Rock, SK. As a young girl going to school, she rode her favorite horse “Tony”. In addition she was a member of the Lone Rock 4H Calf Club. Upon completing school, Marge worked in Marshall as a telephone operator, a switchboard operator at Husky Oil, and then made the move to Saskatoon where she worked for SaskTel. It was here that she met Cameron Deeks. They married on November 11, 1955 in Saskatoon, and soon headed up north to the Yukon. They lived in the Dawson City area, while Cameron worked on a gold dredge and various other jobs. They built the “Airport Lunch” which was a combination café/gas station/house. Marge ran the business when Cameron was away working. By 1962, they had three children in tow. They operated the café for 4 years until a fire destroyed it, with most of their possessions lost. Later they tried living in Courtenay and Royston, BC for a year, but tired of the rainy weather and soon headed back to the Yukon where they built a house in Whitehorse. At this time, Marge started a job at Northwestel as a telephone operator and remained working until 1999. Marge vowed she was never leaving the Yukon again. Throughout her years in the Yukon, Marge’s CB Radio handle, “Klondike Kate” became her nickname that was used fondly by her brothers.
There will be no funeral service at Marge’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held in Dawson City, YT at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Copper Ridge Place Residents Council, 60 Lazulite Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6S9.
The family would like to thank the staff at Copper Ridge Place for all of their loving care and support they provided to mom and dad over the past eight years. All the calls from far and near have been greatly appreciated. Also thank you to Karla and staff at Heritage North Funeral Home for all of their guidance.