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Born: Jul 26, 1952

Date of Passing: Feb 03, 2019

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MARY-ANN DICKSON (nee LAIDLAW) July 26, 1952 - February 3, 2019 After a hard and courageous battle with cancer, we must say goodbye to our dear wife, mother and friend Mary-Ann Dickson (nee Laidlaw) who passed away peacefully on February 3, 2019 at the Riverview Health Centre. Born July 26, 1952, Mary-Ann is survived by her husband of 36 years, Kevin; children, Aryn (Chuck) and Ryan (Susie), granddaughter Aryanna, brother Doug (Ruth), in-laws, Fred and Marlene Dickson, as well as many sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mary-Ann was predeceased by her parents, Alan and Viola, and brother Ted. Later in life, Mary-Ann reached out and was able to connect to her biological family where she was quickly embraced as the new family member. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mary-Ann enjoyed growing up in sunny St. James, spending days with friends at the local diner and evenings dancing and singing at the sock hops; seeing Burton Cummings perform (before becoming part of The Guess Who) was one of her favourite stories to share. It was her summers at the family cottage in Minaki that held some of her most treasured memories. The love and excitement of heading to Minaki as summer approached never diminished as she grew older and she passed that enthusiasm for all things outdoors onto her children and granddaughter. The love she had for her family was undeniable Mary-Ann met Kevin when he was studying Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Mary-Ann and Kevin shared a love of travel. On several occasions, she joined Kevin on some of his business trips and was very comfortable venturing out on her own to explore and sightsee. However, there was always the non-negotiable annual trip to the Dominican Republic for their winter reprieve. Wherever Mary-Ann went her spirit and creativity were always present. She was a talented artist, with stained-glass as her chosen medium. Her artwork will be a constant reminder of her talents and creativity. She was pleased to see that same imaginative spark in her granddaughter. The family would like to acknowledge the staff at CancerCare Manitoba, St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit and Riverview Health Centre for the compassionate care they provided. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honour of Mary-Ann to CancerCare Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre or a charity of your choice. In keeping with Mary-Ann's wishes a celebration of her life will be held on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 130 Nassau Street in Winnipeg, MB. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I am sorry to read of Mary-Ann's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Gladys Harvey (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2019

  • Kevin and family: We were very saddened to hear of Mary-Ann passing. I so enjoyed spending time with Mary-Ann and the family when I was in Winnipeg. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jeff and Stephanie - Posted by: Jeff & Stephanie Laidlaw (Cousin) on: Feb 17, 2019

  • Dear Kevin - I was very saddened to read of Mary-Anne's passing. My sincere sympathy to you and the kids. - Posted by: Edith Meakin (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2019

  • All my memories of Mary-Ann are good, full of love and laughter. My dear ‘cuz’. Summertime – nine gloriously long weeks at Minaki in the 1950s in total isolation. The seven kids of the two Laidlaw families together – Ted, Doug and Mary-Ann, Tannis (that’s me), Lindi, Tommy and Kirk – other than Tom, matched in age. With no other playmates and no toys, we were a tight bunch, creative in using the wild woods and lakeshore for the raw materials of our play. And play we did – making forts, digging under the sand of Tubby’s Bay for the soft grey clay with which we make countless ashtrays for the grown-ups, climbing over rocks and up trees, running (never walking) the 300 yards or so between the cottages (or dancing along the rocks which were showing then, now deep under the higher waters of the Winnipeg River), studying ants or frogs or minnows or crayfish, the annual ‘circus’ we put on, forever in and out of the water – jumping, splashing, swimming, back into the woods for blueberry picking or to Tower Island for picnics. We were the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ of Minaki, letting a few others play with us from time to time – cousins Pete, Jody and Shelley – or the occasional friend who came down. Mostly it was just us and the wild potential of every single day. Mostly we ignored the adults and only once a week or so, did we make the long trip into ‘town’ – that meant the village of Minaki, about 5 km away by boat – for groceries and to spend our allowances on ice cream cones at the old Hudson’s Bay Post. The kids in the ‘Other Family’ in the original Laidlaw yellow cottage were as close as our own sibs. We seven made up our entire world. I was hugely disappointed when my dad pointed out to me one day that the year wasn’t neatly divided into half – the Minaki half and the city half – but a 2 to 10 month split. How unfair! Mary-Ann, my dear ‘cuz’, I’ll miss you like crazy. It’s amazing how age differences disappear once you’re adults but the warmth and closeness remains even when living most of the year half a world away. Kevin, I think of you every day. -Tannis Laidlaw, honoured cousin of Mary-Ann- - Posted by: Tannis Laidlaw (First cousin) on: Feb 10, 2019

  • We are so sad that Mary-Anne has left us. Her presence brought a ray of sunshine to every place she went and to everyone she met. We shared her love of Minaki. As cousins growing up in the cabin next to hers, our family shared many adventures with Mary-Anne and her brothers. Later in life at Minaki, we would regularly get together for "drinko" time with Kevin and Mary-Anne and their family and solve the world's problems (or so we thought). We will miss her very much. - Posted by: Tom and Jan Laidlaw (Cousins) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • So sorry to hear about Mary-Anne's passing. Our condolences to Kevin & family. She was a great neighbor & always willing to share ideas about gardening & her crafts. Very friendly & a big personality. - Posted by: Richard&Louise Stephanchew (Past neighbor) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • Goodbye to my "beautiful coz". You left a legacy with us all with your boundless energy, sparkling nature, artistic talents, bravery and warm, loving spirit. We will miss you so much but will raise a glass of wine for you this summer at Minaki and never forget those marshmallow roasts, fireworks, and happy hour 'drinko time' conversations and laughs. Xoxo - Posted by: Lindi Laidlaw Schwartz (Cousin) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • I am still in shock over Mary-Anne's passing. Mary-Anne and her parents always meant so much to me and my parents. I grew up 2 doors down from Mary-Anne on Guildford St. She babysat me as a child. Her Mom was my Mom's best friend for 50 years and her Dad gave me away when I got married in 2005 as my Dad has passed away the year before. I will always remember her. My condolences to the family. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Rosemary Crate (Smith) (Former neighbor and friend) on: Feb 09, 2019

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