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MARJORIE JAMIESON (MARJIE)
Date of Passing: Jun 17, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Those who encountered Marjie didn't often forget her. Her personality was larger than life and she would often make you laugh out loud. As photo librarian at the Winnipeg Free Press for 38 years, Marjie was well-known in the organization and the industry. She loved her career at the Free Press until her retirement in 1996. She was a true character who embraced life and several times made the front page with her escapades. A strong woman of conviction, she battled hard for women's rights and was an amazing role model for other women around her. She was always ready to help out a friend, and fought for those who couldn't fight for themselves - animals in particular. Her home was always filled with the patter of little doggy feet, sometimes many of them. Marjie made fast friends of the neighbours in her community and the many young people with whom she shared her world. She was a mentor for many and could bring the "fun" to any situation.
Wilma, Marjorie's closest friend, sister and partner in crime, who also recently passed away, wrote the following obituary about Marjie.
"By refusing to go under in the onslaught of a life accident - The soul emerges victorious" Gail Sheehy.
Marjorie (or Marj) always managed to express joy on a dull day and had a lively sense of humour. She showed fortitude in adversity and walked her daily path with courage. She endured her pain with a positive attitude and, in spite of it, remembered to do things for others that would make their day easier. Marjorie was generous, kind, compassionate, honourable, and loyal. She strove mightily to learn to forgive those who wronged her. She had great love for family and was always there for them. She loved animals, in particular dogs and primates. Marjie worked all her life to complete worthwhile tasks every day. She took great satisfaction in her accomplishments and by her example was a great teacher to others who knew her well.
Her extended family and many friends and acquaintances will remember her always. It was great having you in our lives, we will miss you 'till we meet again! Marjorie has chosen cremation and that there should not be a formal service.
A small family service will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Home, where we will raise a glass of Pepsi to toast Marjie's life.
Marjie is predeceased by her sister Wilma Bonnis, her brother Grant Jamieson and his wife Anne, and her parents, Lena and Bob Jamieson. Surviving Marjie are her brothers George and Keith Jamieson, nieces Kelly Thomson (née Jamieson), Patty Jamieson-Bell, and Rebecca Savage (née Jamieson), nephews, Peter Jamieson, Luke Jamieson, and Toby Jamieson, and great-nieces and nephews, Courtney Thomson, Max Thomson, Devin Stuart, Serena Stuart, Felix Jamieson, Jasper Jamieson, and Clementine Jamieson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Poseidon Care Centre for their dedicated and compassionate care during Marjie's time there.
Donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society in Marjie's memory.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 26, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
There are so many stories and memories of Margie and Wilma to tell. My favourite is when grocery shopping in a Winnipeg winter, Marg convinced me to put bananas and other fruit in my shirt to keep it from freezing in the cold! What did I know? I was from Victoria, BC, where it never snowed. Another time we were at Eatons shopping and she found a shirt she liked and bought it without trying it on. She was showing it to everyone at home, when she reached into a pocket on the shirt and pulled out a joint - it could only happen to Marg! Keith and I had such great times with her and the family. Keith and Marg went out in "Toy Yacht" at Clear Lake and ran out of gas. The only thing that saved them was a passing boater that saw Humphrey (her beloved English Sheep Dog) in the boat - he towed them back behind his boat with the three of them wind ruffling their hair. Both Marg and Wilma will be sorely missed by everyone that knew them. Say Hi to mum (Lena) for me. - Posted by: Bette Jamieson French (Ex sister in law) on: Jul 02, 2021
Marj was an amazing lady and animal lover extraordinaire (including the Old Dutch critters). Memories of her roller blading around the rather expansive library when we moved to Mountain Avenue will always bring a smile, not to mention her photo file of "animals doing it". Wilma and Marj were treasured friends and I do hope they are surrounded by all their beloved dogs now. Heartfelt sympathy to all of their family. Delighted to make a donation to the WHS to honour Marj. - Posted by: Jane Romaniuk (Friend and co-worker) on: Jun 30, 2021
Gotta tell this story: When the Freep moved to Mountain Ave in 1991, next to the chip factory, Marg watched with horror from the windows as an employee next door spread what she was convinced was poison around the grounds to kill the gophers (or ground squirrels, whatever). With great indignation, she called over and insisted on talking to someone in authority. She told him to stop poisoning the animals. "Who are you," the person in authority demanded. And she replied: "I am God. That's right -- God's a woman and I'm watching you." Unsure it made a difference but it burnished her notoriety just a little more. - Posted by: catherine mitchell (former co-worker) on: Jun 28, 2021
The winter I had almost no heat, Marj and Wilma brought me an axe. I curled it, bent the metal around like a tube, chopping wood. Marj loved it, was amazed by this peculiar turn. The thing looked like a curled leaf. Anyway, she insisted on keeping it and she hung it on her garage wall so she could chuckle over it. Of course, she bought me another axe. She was funny, tough and had a heart of pure gold. - Posted by: Alexandra Paul (Friend and colleague ) on: Jun 27, 2021
Marg was an amazing person and friend. Those who knew her were blessed. She was a giving, kind person. I will miss her as will many. Take care of Wilma. Until we meet again my friend ❤️🙏 - Posted by: Roz McIntyre (Friend and co-worker) on: Jun 26, 2021
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