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ROSE LYONS On June 19, 2009 Mary Rose Lyons (nee McGavock) died peacefully at Lions Manor, Personal Care Unit. Rose is survived by her devoted husband Martin James Lyons, her sons John (Janet Taylor), Martin (Helen) and Kevin (Sherry), her daughter Rosemary and her grandchildren Leila (Stephen) Stoutenburg, Erik (Lacey) Uunila and Krista Uunila, her great-grandson Davin Stoutenburg, her sister Teresa (Norman) McDonald, sister-in-law Margaret McGavock (nee McDonald), brother-in-law Phil (Veda) Lyons, and sisters-in-law Peggy O'Connor (nee Lyons) and Jessie Lyons. Rose was predeceased by her father Frank, her mother Theresa, and her brothers John, Frank, Vincent and Alex, and sister-in law Adelaide McGavock (nee Missler), brother-in law Jim Lyons, and sister-in-law Nora Jackman (nee Lyons). Rose will be missed by her many nieces and nephews on both sides of her extended family, her cousins, especially Mary Teresa McAuley of New York, and other family members in Ireland related to uncles and aunts with whom Rose maintained correspondence for many years after her parents' deaths. Rose was born in Winnipeg on September 5, 1917, growing up on St. John's Avenue and attending St. Joseph's school and St. Mary's Academy. After graduating, Rose worked at McLeod's and at CP Rail. Rose and Martin were married in 1944, and began their home and family after the war. Rose's life became centered on her family, her church, and as her children grew, their schools. Rose participated in the women's organizations and church choirs of St. Edward's, St. John Brebeuf, and St. Alphonsus parishes, as well as taking on administrative roles in the women's organizations of St. Mary's Academy, and her children's' schools. Rose was also a lifelong member of the Catholic Women's League (CWL). Whether moving to Vancouver, Montreal or Ottawa for Martin's work, Rose always quickly involved herself in each local church community, church or diocese choirs and woman's organizations, making many long time friends along the way that she enjoyed corresponding with over the years. Rose was also active in community work in Manitoba, as a volunteer at St. Amant, Oak Hammock Marsh and fundraising with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Her family gratefully acknowledges the excellent and compassionate care Rose received from the staff at Lions Manor. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are invited to make a donation in Rose's memory to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Box 88 Station Main Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 2G1 or a charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 341 Munroe Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Inurnment at St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 22, 2009