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RETA EVELYN MCRUER 1908- 2015 Peacefully, at Lion's Manor, Reta McRuer entered the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at the age of 106. Reta was born in St. Boniface, where her father Robert A. McRuer was a pioneer pharmacist. He and Mrs. McRuer predeceased her in 1974 and 1983 respectively. She was also predeceased by her sister, Marion and twin brother and sister, Robert and Jean. She is survived by their families: Dr. Enid McRuer, Grace (Ed) Van Dyck, Scott and Allison, Dr. Karen Mason (Mike) and Heather, Harry Titcombe, Patricia (Irv) Linson, Timothy (Julie), Mari and Kristin, Paul (Kathy), Stephen, Philip, Sarah and Andrew. They will all miss Reta's love, concern and prayers. Reta lived in Norwood for many years. She was a respected primary teacher in King George and Queen Elizabeth Schools for 36 years. In 1967, she received a centennial medal from the Government of Canada. Reta and Marion travelled to many countries of the world and made lasting friendships. She was a good correspondent, photographer and rose gardener. Reta had many interests. She was a member of Elim Chapel for many years and later of Grace Bible Church. She attended missionary prayer groups, Christian Women's Club, Wednesday Morning Musicale, Manitoba Women Teachers' Association and the Horticultural Society. Reta loved her Lord and supported many people with her prayers and letters. Two intervals in her life were very special to her. During the Second World War the McRuer family opened their home to young men of the Commonwealth who were training for the air force and navy. The boys appreciated the fun, food and fellowship they received and wrote many letters to Reta until the war ended. Again from 1967 to 1980 this home welcomed young people from South East Asia, who were studying at the University of Manitoba. Reta and Marion were "Aunties" to many of them, and were able to visit some of them when they returned to their home countries. Many thanks to Dr. Clement Yeung for his care over many years and to the staff of Lion's Manor. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Ave. on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. followed by committal in the garden of the Good Samaritan. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple. Psa 27:4 Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 28, 2015

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • The McRuer sisters were wonderful friends of my parents, Bob and Madeline Joy. We all attended Elim Chapel together for years. I grew up with them from birth until I left home for college. Such loving, godly women. When my parents went home to be with the Lord, Reta promised to take their place in praying for our family. Years later when our daughter was married in Omaha, where my husband was pastoring, Reta flew down to represent "family." Her life was one of giving, and her greatest joy, aside from family, were the foreign students she was able to assist and missionaries. A real prayer warrior who now stands before her Savior with "a well done thou good and faithful servant." - Posted by: Patricia Pearson (Dear friend) on: May 16, 2015

  • I wouldn't have enough room to tell all that Miss McRuer meant to me and my family. Shoe gave our family vitamins, paid our costs to CSSM camps for many years. Her hugs and continued love through the years made a big difference in our lives. She taught me about Jesus' love on the cross and how to be saved. I look forward to seeing her in heaven. I think her jewels in her crown will be shining brightly, love you dear teacher Lori Wilson (Perrins) - Posted by: Lori Wilson (former student at Queen Elizabeth.... grade 3) on: Mar 29, 2015

  • I have fond memories of my grade 2 and 3 teacher in King George School in 1940 and 41. She was very gentle and kind with her students. - Posted by: Helen McKenzie (Student) on: Mar 09, 2015

  • Never would have thought that as I approached 80 I would still be visiting my very favorite Grade 3 teacher dear Reta! What a marvellous woman - - always dressed beautifully (never pants of course!), jewellery, nails done, ring on finger, even when I saw her last in Nov. I got a chuckle when she, a total spinster lady, told me that her current attendant at the home was a nice young man.(smile) 6 Reta was a true servant of her Lord and always so caring about me and my family. She always told me how much she loved me. And I so loved her! I especially appreciated her friends Mel and Wilma, Justina and Ruth who so faithfully visited her over the years, even to the end. Farewell dear teacher and friend - - you are free now! - Posted by: Ruth Reid (former student and friend) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • My favorite teacher by far. Had the knack to inspire & nurture & make you feel special. One in a million, I was so blessed. - Posted by: Sandra Griffiths (former student) on: Mar 02, 2015

  • I believe that she was my teacher in Grade 3 at Norberry School in St. Vital. I remember her being tough but she is one that I have the fondest memories of. She was very caring and a wonderful teacher. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Judy Whitaker (ex-student) on: Mar 01, 2015

  • Auntie Reta McRuer had been my most beloved and dearest family member since 1967. She and Auntie Marion and Grandma McRuer came to our wedding in Winnipeg 1968, our graduation of University of Manitoba in 1970. She went to Taiwan to visit my family. We presented to her our first born child in 1973 along with our mother Dr. Peng from Taiwan. She was a wonderful prayerful Auntie and a very special blessing to me and my whole family. We thank God for Reta's life and beautiful memories in our hearts. - Posted by: Cherry Tsuang (The joy of human love, my dearest Christian Auntie since 1967) on: Mar 01, 2015

  • I taught with Reta in the 1960's. She was an excellent teacher and a caring person. RIP. Joe Segal - Posted by: Joe Segal (friend) on: Feb 28, 2015

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