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Born: Oct 15, 1940

Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2019

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With great sadness, the family of Mardell Carolyn Corbett announces her passing on June 8, 2019.
Mardell was born on October 15, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was the third of four daughters born to Elsie and William Ruchotski.
Predeceased by her loving husband Gary, Mardell is survived by her four sons, Gary Jr. (Natalie), D'Arcy (Lisa), Jason and Craig (Tammy); and her grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan and Sean.
Mardell was a graduate of Churchill High School in Winnipeg. While still in high school, she met the love of her life and future husband, Gary Corbett, one helluva dancer. Mardell and Gary married on April 4, 1959 and soon after began the nomadic life of a young R.C.A.F. couple. They had stops at many Canadian bases as well as four years spent in Europe. It was during this time that her four boys were born. She claimed, with experience, having come from a family of four girls, that boys were easier to raise. Little girls must be very difficult.
Dad left the Air Force, and other than a few years in Montreal, the family settled in Winnipeg. Mom and Dad made many friends in the cold hockey rinks of Winnipeg over the years. Mom was unconditionally dependable and completely selfless in her devotion to her boys. Mom's schedule criss-crossing the city from one rink to another for years was unthinkable. The family remembers her love of antique collecting and refinishing, playing bridge, dancing and her extraordinary ability to pick blueberries for hours on end.
Christmas was always Mom's favourite time of the year, when she could see all her family at the same time in one place. Mom loved to travel and was fortunate to be able to see many parts of the world including Europe, India, Australia, and recently, China. Winters in Arizona and the many friendships enjoyed were an important part of their retirement years. As much as she loved living on Lake of the Woods and hosting her grandchildren and kids, getting away was always enjoyed.
Mom was a strong and stoic caregiver when Dad's health was failing. After he passed, she moved to Winnipeg and enjoyed reuniting with her sisters, Bea, Evelyn and Diane who she had been away from for so long. Her walking group, and the friends she made, were an important part of these last four years.

Mom, we will forever miss your
grace and humility.
Your love will remain with us forever.

A Celebration of Life will be held in September.
Our family would like to thank all of those who helped Mardell on the 5th floor at St. Boniface Hospital. Your compassion and professionalism were greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.


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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I will always remember your kindness and wonderful laugh while sharing a some very nice meals with you and Gary Sr. at Jay's house. Love Deb - Posted by: Deborah Williamson (Family Friend) on: Jun 24, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Mardell's passing. Our thoughts and prayer are with the family. Mardell was a friend from a long way back in our school days at Churchill High and many of us from those days, have kept in touch over the years. - Posted by: Lionel Moore (Churchill High school friend) on: Jun 16, 2019

  • Mardell and I were childhood friends, when our families lived on Tremblay St. in St. Boniface. We were separated by the flood of 1950 but good memories remain. Sincere condolences are extended to Mardell's family. - Posted by: Alice Konefall (Childhood friend) on: Jun 15, 2019

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