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Date of Passing: Dec 20, 2014

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MARION PEARL MITCHELL (nee DRACASS) 1931 - 2014 It is with great sadness that we announce Marion's passing on December 20, 2014 at Vista Park Lodge in Winnipeg. Despite living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years, Marion remained spirited until the end and died peacefully in her sleep. Marion was predeceased by her parents Myrtle and Samuel Dracass, her sisters Ileen Kendall and Muriel Farstad, her brother George Dracass, and grandson Stephen. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Burt, sister Doreen and brother-in-law Jack Waddell, sister-in-law Margaret Dracass, brother-in-law Gordon Kendall, son Todd and daughter-in-law Lucille, son Scott, grandchildren: Genevieve, Melissa, Hannah, Andrew and Emma, several nieces and nephews, friends and co-workers. Marion was born at home on the Dracass family farm near Sperling, Manitoba. She began her education in a one room school near the farm before attending high school in Sperling and Carmen. She graduated from Manitoba's Teacher College in 1951 and taught in Miami and The Pas before starting a position in Pine Falls in 1955, where she met Burt. Marion excelled in many sports including: curling, badminton, bowling and golf but her true love was softball. She played for the Sperling Girls Softball team from 1947 to 1952 as pitcher and left fielder. In 1951, the team reached the finals of the Red River Valley Tournament in Fargo and in 1952 won that championship. The team was inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame in 2009. The following years, Marion played in the Senior Girls Softball League in Winnipeg with IPAC and the Ramblers; her name appeared frequently in the sports highlights of the Free Press. Marion took a long leave from teaching so she could attend full-time to raising her sons Todd and Scott. In her spare time, she was an active member of the Pine Falls United Church, organized the badminton club and ran Mitchell Sports' from the basement of the family home. Her love of sports took her back to the Pine Falls School as a part-time physical education teacher in 1970. In 1982, she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Eastman Sports Development Association. She held this position for the next 14 years during which she became well known in the provincial amateur sports community for her enthusiasm, commitment and leadership. Marion was always very appreciative of the many volunteers with whom she worked with closely over the years. Marion and her family were very proud of her contributions towards sports. Marion will be sadly missed by her family, friends and all those who came to know her over the years. She will always be remembered for her kindness, charity and spirit. A small family service will be held at Windsor Park United Church followed by interment in the church's Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marion's name to Kids Sport Manitoba, Eastman Region, Box 50, 20 - 1st Street, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2015

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Please accept my deepest sympathies for the passing of Marion. It was by accident that I came across the announcement as I am in the process of writing my memoirs. I am a Basketball Coach from the Montreal area. At the time I was coaching the Men's Basketabll team at Dawson College. As the Executive Director of the Eastman Sports Development Association, I was invited by Marion to do some Basketball Clinics in a few High Schools in the Beausejour area. I was invited to stay at her home. Definitely a gracious host! Not only did I give my clinics, but Marion took the time to act as tour guide as I had never visited this region. I learned so much about Basketball in the area at the time. It remains a beautiful memory that I will mention in my memoir. To the family: Thank you for sharing her with the sporting community as she was a great influence on many an individual. May she rest in peace! God bless her family. - Posted by: Olga Hrycak (Invited Guest Coach) on: Apr 04, 2017

  • I will always have such fond memories of Mrs. Mitchell, who showed me such kindness and support while I was growing up in Pine Falls. A very sad loss for all of us who were influenced so much by her. My condolences to Scott, Todd and Mr. Mitchell. - Posted by: Stan Beaubien (family friend and student) on: Mar 10, 2015

  • Our Family knew the Mitchell family in Pine Falls. Unfortunately through the years we had lost track of them. We always enjoyed wonderful times at the Mitchell household which was always a flurry of activity. Marion was a vivacious, warm & welcoming person. My sister Sherrill & I send our sincerest condolences to Burt, Todd Scott on their loss. - Posted by: Mort Woolley (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2015

  • My deepest condolences on behalf of the Siddall Family to Mr. Mitchell, Todd and Scott and families. I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Mitchell as my neighbor from Holly Street and from my high school years. I remember her always present smile. Because of her, my Father and brother developed their love of badminton. The Badminton Club, such a terrific contribution to our small town. There is so much to learn about a person when reading their life story. What an amazing woman and role model Marion was for us. Very sorry for your loss - Posted by: Elaine Siddall (Neighbor and Student) on: Jan 24, 2015

  • Mrs. Mitchell was my first Phs Ed Teacher and she taught me at a young age on how to play and hit a soft ball, which led me to playing on the Provincial team and representing Manitoba twice. My condolences too Burt, Todd and Scott. She was a classy lady. - Posted by: Ian Cyr (Student) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Marion was the dynamo that drove sport development in Eastern Manitoba in the 80's and 90's. Her address book was a treasure trove of contacts in every town in the region. She was always full of great ideas, had boundless energy, and would never accept "no" or "maybe" as response to her proposals and initiatives. She was truly an inspiration and leaves us with many fond memories. - Posted by: Alf Wikjord (Former Colleague, Eastman Sports Development Association) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • On behalf of Sport Manitoba I offer my condolences to Marion's family on your loss. Marion was a true leader in amateur sport not only in the Eastman Region but in this province. Her contributions live on as a lasting legacy. - Posted by: Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO Sport Manitoba () on: Jan 09, 2015

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Marion was the best Sport Coordinator, always making the impossible happen and stretching the finances by forcing all partners to contribute. Her support for the underdog was contagious. Sport for all was her passion. Her legacy lives on! - Posted by: Janet McMahon (Collegue and friend) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • My condolences to Burt, Todd and Scott. I always remembered Marion as being a very caring and positive person. Always lots of smiles. - Posted by: Warren Gold (family friend, student) on: Jan 08, 2015

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