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Born: Sep 15, 1950

Date of Passing: May 17, 2019

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September 15, 1950 - May 17, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mom after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 68 years.
Mom was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and lived in Archerwill, Saskatchewan until her family settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba when Mom was three years old. Mom was always our biggest fan and loved too much and too deep. Our lives will never be the same but we are comforted to know she is finally at peace.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Chris Leach, Cindy (Clay) Swerdelian and Colin (Allisha) Leach and her grandchildren, Kieran, Clara, Chloe, Hudson and Hadley.
Left to remember are her mother, Ruth and siblings, Darryl (Jane - her best friend), Terry (Pattie) and Loree (John) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Mom was predeceased by her father, Clarence and older sister, Darlene.
Mom was a teacher in Clandeboye, Manitoba during her younger years but retired to run a few family businesses. She loved meeting new people and always had the sweetest smile waiting for you. She was so creative and developed quite the skill in Norwegian rosemaling and taught many classes over the years. Mom also belonged to a group of ladies called the Knitwitts who would gather every month to knit various items but Mom only knitted hats for premature babies that have been delivered to several NICU units. Their friendship to my Mom was truly amazing and the room always roared with laughter. Mom loved to travel and spent time in Florida, Singapore, Thailand and travelled all over Europe.
In Mom's final days she was lucky to have some of the most compassionate nurses we have ever met and would like to send thanks to Unit N3 North and to the family that donated to have the Juliette room created.
A private family service will take place in Nora, Saskatchewan this summer. Mom will be laid to rest alongside her father and grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Rest in sweet heavenly peace Mom.
We will watch for butterflies.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

- Mary Elizabeth Frye


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I met Maureen when her parents operated the Cedar Haven restaurant on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. We became friends immediately and remained best friends for many years until life choices took us in different directions, me on to married life and Maureen on to pursue becoming a teacher. Her laughter was contagious, her kind nature very comforting. You could trust her implicitly in all matters. She did not judge people, only made room for them in her life. I know her joy was her children. Hearing that she also had grandchildren made me smile as I know her heart was big enough to treasure them all. I have lost touch with Maureen over distance and time but I can say I never had a better friend and think of her often. Sincere condolences to her Mother, children, grandchildren and all others who loved her. Good bye my friend. I will remember you and our years together forever. - Posted by: Eileen (Yakiwchuk) Barnes (Childhood friend) on: May 31, 2019

  • It is with great sadness that I learned of Maureen's passing. Our deepest sympathy to Aunty Ruth, Darrel and Jane and the entire family. Ruth and Clarence were my Mom and Dad's best friends (Gerry and Verna Henry). - Posted by: Dale Goertz (family friend) on: May 27, 2019

  • In the summer of 2017, my husband Don and I had the pleasure of having lunch with Auntie Ruth and Maureen. We had a wonderful visit and spoke about the good old days when Maureen used to do the painting on her cupboards. I can't remember what the technique is called now but we had a wonderful visit. You will be missed! Our sincere condolences, you are in our hearts and thoughts! Love Eve and Don - Posted by: Eve Sigfrid (Cousin) on: May 25, 2019

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Stephanie and Rob Shaw (Friends of Cindy and Clay) on: May 25, 2019

  • We wish to extend our condolences to all the family. We remember Maureen as a joyful, kind person. - Posted by: Jim and Marj Foseid (Distant family by way of Maureen’s older sister Darlene .) on: May 25, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to Maureen's family. I didn't know her for very long but I enjoyed her so much at Knitwits. Marjorie Koskie - Posted by: Marjorie Koskie (knitting friend) on: May 25, 2019

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