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Selena Marion Hunking

Selena Marion Hunking

Wednesday, March 19th, 1924 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Hunking, Selena Marion (nee Hunt) was born on March 19, 1924. Marion and her sister Ruth grew up in the Christian home of Ernest and Edith Hunt in the small village of Gormley (present day York Region). In 1944 Marion fulfilled a childhood dream by entering and graduating from the School of Nursing at Toronto General Hospital. While working as a specialized nurse she completed further education (1949) with a degree in Bible training from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener. At Emmanuel, Marion met and married Willis Hunking.
Marion and Willis left Canada that year for Nigeria where they labored as a missionary team over the next twenty plus years. The contrast of life in Ontario to rather stark living conditions of West Africa could not have more pronounced for a rather shy girl from Gormley. Marion learned the Nupe language; helping translate Bible courses while running medical dispensaries and leprosy clinics first at Mokwa and later at Share. Marion loved the Nupe people and it was reciprocated.
Within a span of nine years Marion and Willis gave birth to five children; Bryan (Judy), the late Patricia, Edith (Mark) Chester, Garth (Pilar) and Mary all were born in Nigeria.
Marion also enjoyed friendships with her in-laws late Sadie (late Telford) Ferris, late Leaman (late Dorothy), late Clarence (late Dorothy), late Elmer (late Margaret), Ivadel (late Carmen) Wraggett, Bertha (late Harold) Jackson, and Elva (John) Crawford.
Towards the end of two decades in Nigeria Marion’s time focused less on hands on medical care and more on teaching nutrition, hygiene, and Christian education at the Ilorin Theological College.
The family returned to Canada in 1969. While Willis pastored churches in Kitchener and Elmira Marion was drawn into leadership roles with the Woman’s Missionary Society. Over a span of twelve years Marion served as President at local, district, national and international levels.
Marion weathered the heartache of losing her daughter, Patricia, to cancer (March 2003) and her husband, Willis, age 88 (August 2009).
In retirement Marion enjoyed friendships forged on two continents including a large circle of family; twelve grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. Marion and Willis lived in a retirement home in Kitchener. After the passing of her husband, Marion spent three precious years with family (daughter Edith) in North Bay and most recently made her home at Bethany Manor in Markham, Unionville. This past March, she celebrated her 96th birthday.
Abruptly, last week Marion faced life ending health issues leading to her passing on June 26, 2020. Marion is remembered as a gracious, gentle, kind and extraordinarily nonjudgmental woman that lived each day of her life for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Donations to Emmanual Bible College or World Missionary Press would be appreciated.
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Alan Cook

Posted at 01:48pm
I'm writing from the Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo on behalf of Delbert Blake. I just wanted to let you know that I've read the tribute to him (he can no longer see anything at all) and he appreciated hearing from you very much. I'm the Chaplain, and, though I never met Marion, I was quite moved by the story of her life, marriage, family life and ministry. I'm sure that the saints, gathered at the river, will be blessed by her arrival among them! Rev Alan Cook.

Stephen Roy

Posted at 09:27am
Our deepest sympathies to the family from the staff & faculty at Emmanuel Bible College. The Hunking family were so much a part of the college for many years and while we grieve we also rejoice in our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Posted at 12:20pm
I so enjoyed having my time with Marion in North Bay. She loved our daily chats with what was happening in area and family . Marion enjoyed going for walks, checking out the flower beds and being outdoors sitting on the deck with the birds chirping.

Stephen Kariuki

Posted at 03:20pm
Edith and family: I always felt very encouraged to see your mom when she came to church at Lakeshore. This, was despite the fact that she could have had one reason or another, at her age, for not attending. Very encouraging indeed for the rest of us as we prioritize what is important for us to do here in the life under the sun. On behalf of Stephen, Mumbi and family, my prayer is that our God will comfort you as you celebrate your mom's life, always being reminded that our God is in charge.

Jean and Ralph Morby

Posted at 12:17pm
Marion was the epitome of a "pastor's wife" while ministering at Emmanuel Missionary Church, Elmira, in the late 70's and early 80's. She entertained anyone and everyone at the drop of the hat (usually Willis's hat), supplying something to eat, even before being convinced that microwave ovens were safe and quick. Marion made everyone feel loved and important. Even in later years when her sight was poor, she recognized voices and wanted to be up to date on how that person and their family were doing. Such a wonderful, caring and loving Christian who lived her faith. Anyone who is not a Christian after knowing Marion, needs to reflect on their life and ask themselves, why not? Then hand their life over to Jesus for fulfillment, joy and salvation, plus receive their reward in Heaven, just like Marion did. With love, Jean and Ralph Morby

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