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Date of Passing: Jun 25, 2015

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MARY ELIZABETH TOOMBS 1921 - 2015 Mary was the beloved wife of Gordon for 71 years, the mother of Susan, Daniel, and Lowry, and a dear friend to countless others. She died peacefully, as she wished, on June 25, 2015. A celebration of this fine woman's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Westworth United Church on Grosvenor. An full obituary will follow. In lieu of flowers, Mary requested that donations be made to Rossbrook House or a charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2015

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Uncle Gordon, Susan, Daniel, Lowry and families, Aunt Jean, Aunt Bun -- Dear ones: I am sorry for the loss of Mary, your beloved spouse, mother, grandmother, sister, helpmate, teacher. Everyone who knew my Aunt Mary will miss her. She was a teacher and a gatherer. My family and I are grateful for her presence in our lives. She was dear to her elder sister Anne (my mum) and to Nat (my dad). She had a gift for laughter and the unexpected, a way of bouncing in and lighting up rooms, and saying the darnedest things. Five minutes with Mary were a grand adventure. She was also an expert in the art of the small, insightful gesture. At the double 60th which Walter has mentioned, Aunt Mary -- who had pretty feet and normally wore heels for an occasion -- well, Mary appeared in sensible footwear. She did so in solidarity with Anne, who for safety had to wear orthopedics. Mary was also a gifted speaker and gave a heart-warming talk at my dad’s 90th birthday. I complimented her afterward -- “Aunt Mary, you always have a way with words.” She replied, “Actually, I’m still learning how to eat some of them!” Such an intelligent, insightful, complicated individual. "I'm still learning," was one of Mary's characteristic phrases. She was learning, growing and embracing change even to her last hours. And Susan, it was heartening to hear from you that your mum's last hours were free of fear and filled with love and peace. That is a simple justice. Mary was also a writer and a fine editor. She knew when something has gone on long enough and needs wrapping up. Uncle Gordon, my heart is full. Much love, Marilyn - Posted by: MARILYN DANN (niece) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • Mary Toombs was my grandma...and she was amazing. I feel so incredibly lucky because I could have had any grandparents in the world -- and yet I got Grandma & Grandpa Toombs. Her (and grandpa's presence) serendipitously came into my life when my mom and their son (Lowry) met & fell in love. From that point forward, my brother (Ethan), mom and I all became part of the Toombs' family. We were welcomed with open arms and were taught what it means to be part of a family. Grandma and Grandpa Toombs have been the only grandparents that I have really known. (I know this is to honor and celebrate Mary Toombs --- just how does one seperate and communicate about someone who was so completely a package deal?!! lol) It is because of the presence of these 2 amazing human beings in my life and their wise counsel that helped shape who I am today -- a pioneering nurse and sex educator. Based on conversations I have had with Grandma and Grandpa, I have a feeling they would not overtly share that they were pioneering -- and yet they were. Their passion for life and knowledge, their willingness to do what has never been done before (sex ed for doctors!) and their commitment to both community and family is awe inspiring. Grandma Toombs' passing leaves a great hole in the fabric of our family, and I am certain, in the fabric of her community. And I am trusting that the hole has been given to us as a gift to live with more love, speak with more truth and commit to live our best lives with all of who we are. Grandma, you are a beautiful example of living the qupote "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." ...We are crying Grandma. You taught me that Grandma's are a very special breed of woman. And I believe that you are rejoicing wherever you are now - the day after I found out you had passed, I witnessed the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. I could feel you in the colors and I could hear you whispering in my heart that you are ok -- and that you want us to know you love us. I hear you Grandma and I love you too <3 The world is a better place - and I am a better person -- becasue you were here. I will miss you always. - Posted by: Morgan Toombs (Grandaughter) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • Mrs. Toombs was our Nursing Instructor and Class Advisor in our first year of nursing at the Winnipeg General Hospital in 1966. She was a very happy, caring person, who was respected by many of us. She was a wonderful nursing role model. Our sincere condolences to the family. Margaret Ogonowski, on behalf of the. Class of '69. - Posted by: Margaret Ogonowski (Friend) on: Jun 30, 2015

  • Mary was a very dear friend of my step mother Pat and was very close to my father as well. She was also my high school guidance teacher. I am very grateful to have known her and Gordon. My thoughts are with the entire family in this time of loss. Much Love. - Posted by: Deborah Romeyn (Friend) on: Jun 30, 2015

  • It is with great sadness we heard of the passing of Mary Toombs. Mary was 2 years older than myself. I remember the Knights coming out to visit us at the farm. The girls would stay up the road at the Anderson cousins and Lowry would stay with us. One summer brother Bob and myself road our bikes all the way from Square Hill to Saskatoon. Lowry met us at the Borden bridge and Mary and Ann were waiting for us to come. We always were made to feel so welcome at 104 Duke street. It makes me sad that we have not been able to visit like I would have liked the past few years. Our last visit was the double wedding anniversary. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Walter and Larraine Davidson - Posted by: Walter Davidson (cousin) on: Jun 29, 2015

  • She was my guidance counsellor at Kelvin High many years ago and a sister in Christ's Church over the ensuing years. She was a bright, caring and compassionate woman. May the joyful chorus of the angels surround her as she joins that great cloud of witnesses. - Posted by: Colin Peterson (friend) on: Jun 27, 2015

  • We thank the Creator for Mary, Love’s servant, for all that she taught us, her strong, gentle ways. Remembering her vision, our grief knows rejoicing for Mary’s strength of Spirit and her faith-filled days. - Posted by: John and Marlene Oldham (Friends) on: Jun 27, 2015

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