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Born: Oct 02, 1951

Date of Passing: Jan 04, 2018

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MARYELLEN EDWARDS Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Avenue on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665
Publish Date: Jan 13, 2018

MARYELLEN EDWARDS October 2, 1951 - January 4, 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Maryellen, on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Maryellen was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She moved to Calgary with her family in 1959 and then to Winnipeg in 1965. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy. Maryellen worked as an administrative assistant for several organizations including Manitoba Health Services and Unisys, until she retired in 2016. In 1974, she gave birth to her cherished daughter, Michelle. Those who knew Maryellen recognized her as a warm, dedicated and selfless daughter, mother, sister, auntie and friend. Most recently, Maryellen was an excited and adoring grandmother of her precious grandson Peter. Maryellen's community involvement was extensive and included Community Living Manitoba and the Manitoba Special Olympics, as for many years she was mentor and caregiver to younger brother Michael. Maryellen's faith and her dedication to the Catholic community led to roles as a Minister of the Eucharist at St. Ignatius and religious education assistant at St. John XXIII parishes. Her loyal and positive personality touched almost everyone she knew. Her attention to detail, and her ability to always complete the job with empathy and compassion will be greatly missed by family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved daughter Michelle Edwards (Matthew Heffer and first grandson Peter John Heffer); her siblings: Maureen Kuntz, Valerie Edwards (Philippe Mailhot), Jim Edwards, Kevin Edwards (Sandi Caputo), Barbara Bell, Mark Edwards (Suzan Hassan); her nieces and nephews: Teresa Fingland (Sean, Joey, Megan), Scott Kuntz (Aynsley, Tyson, Spencer), Jacob, Stephen and Matthew Bell (Lynn), Paul, Danielle (Steven) and Alyse Mailhot, Alixe Edwards and Kelly Edwards (Jessica), and many friends and extended family members. Maryellen will be joining in heaven her deceased parents, Peter (2014) and Margaret (Stanton) Edwards (2005), brother Michael (2003), twin sisters, Margaret and Mary (1953), and Michelle's grandmother Nettie Paré (2017). Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Avenue on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Wojcik's Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements (204) 897-4665. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Special Olympics Manitoba on or by mail: 145 Pacific Ave. #304, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6. Maryellen, you touched our lives in such a special way. We will love you always, we will miss you and carry you in our hearts forever.

Publish Date: Jan 6, 2018

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 13, 2018

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Maryellen, Only ever spoke to her on phone, But her heartfelt care came through in every word. She's a pearl.! - Posted by: Tom Baer (coworker - Unisys) on: Jan 11, 2018

  • I was saddened to hear the news of Maryellen's passing. I worked with Maryellen for many years at Unisys. She was always helpful, friendly and caring.My condolences to her family. She will live on in your cherished memories. - Posted by: Mary Joynt (Co-worker) on: Jan 10, 2018

  • We were so shocked and sadden to hear of Maryellen's untimely death. We have been friends through the children's school years with Michelle and our son attending the same elementary school. We enjoyed camping with the Edwards clan and always got together for special events. Our friendship just grew and grew and this is such a devastating loss. Our deep condolences to Michelle and the entire Edwards Family. We will be thinking of you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Roni-Mae & Arnie Hiltz (Long time Friends) on: Jan 10, 2018

  • On behalf of all Michelle's colleagues in the Department of Medicine at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, I wish Michelle and all her family sincere and deep condolences on the untimely and sudden passing of Maryellen. Michelle - all your friends and colleagues here at St. Joe's stand with you in your grief and offer our solidarity and wishes for comfort for you and your family. May your Mom's memory be for a blessing, as I know it will. - Posted by: Graham Berlyne () on: Jan 10, 2018

  • We were shocked to hear of Maryellen's sudden passing. Sending you our love and prayers at this very sad time. She was such a beautiful, kind lady and we will miss her! - Posted by: Dan, Patty, Garret & Taylor Edwards (Cousins) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Really saddened to hear about the passing of Maryellen. In the 7-8 years working with Maryellen with Unisys she helped me many time with palaver work and policies.. many times we had in-depth conversations about movies. I considered Maryellen a friend and when every I returned to Winnipeg I always tried to meet up with her for breakfast or lunch.. She will be missed and in my thoughts.. Sorry for your loss my prays and condolences go out to Maryellen’s family. - Posted by: Shayne Cooper (Friend and Colleague ) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Maryellen was a great friend and co-worker to many of us at Unisys.... every one of us is saddened by her passing and send our condolences to her family. She will be missed ! "Rest in peace my friend...." - Posted by: Clark O'Donoughue (Friend and co-worker) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • I had the honor of working with Maryellen and we kept in touch throughout the years after Unisys. Maryellen was the true meaning of friend, confident and I will miss her forever. May you rest in peace my dear Maryellen! God bless your soul - Posted by: Annie Istanbul (Co-worker and friend) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • My family has been friends with the Edward’s Family since we lived in Calgary in the 1960’s. We all attended St. Margaret’s elementary school together. The Edwards family moved to Winnipeg in 1965 and our family, The Mulvenna’s, moved to Winnipeg in 1966. Since that time our families have spent time with each other and still get together for lunch to keep in touch. I’ll miss MaryEllen and will always cherish her warmth, kindness and positive spirit. - Posted by: Pat Trottier (Good Family Friend) on: Jan 08, 2018

  • I so enjoyed Maryellen. She was always so willing to lend a hand. I will miss her smile and energy. Chris - Posted by: Chris Carlyle (CWL sister) on: Jan 07, 2018

  • It is with a very sad heart I send all my love and prayers to all the Edwards family who have treated me as family for over 50 years. I feel honoured to have spent time with Maryellen and Michelle last week upon the meeting of little Peter. Although I am far away right now I love you all and my prayers are with you all . God Bless - Posted by: Nancy Trauer (Friend) on: Jan 06, 2018

  • I met Mary-Ellen when she was about 18 years old, and i've been her friend/sister for that long. This loss, is like no other, I miss you with all my heart and soul. I keep thinking this isn't real, but, it is. I love you Mary-Ellen, and I mourn your loss with incredible sadness and pain. You have always, always been an inspiration to me, and now, i've lost you. I can find no words to describe, this loss. Love Shirley - Posted by: Shirley Pare (Sister-in-Law) on: Jan 06, 2018

  • I had the privilege of working with a Maryellen for a number of years while at Unisys. She was always cheerful and worked so very hard. She always had a smile or a story to tell and genuinely cared about the people around her. She is one of the great people who will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Deborah Nanton (Co-worker) on: Jan 06, 2018

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