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Date of Passing: Sep 10, 2019

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(nee SPEAR)

Peacefully in her sleep, my beautiful mother passed away at St. Boniface Hospital on September 10, 2019 at the age of 70 years.
Left to treasure her memory is her loving husband Norman Wiebe of Portage la Prairie; son Greg Wiebe of Portage la Prairie, daughter Jennifer (Brian) of Anola; grandchildren, Jackie, Jessica, Khloe, Sumner and Emerson; brother Robert (Terry) Spear of Winnipeg and sister Debra Spear of Thunder Bay, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
Predeceased by her father Leslie Irving Spear (1973), her mother Eva Spear (2012), and her brother Wayne Spear (2011).
Born in Russell, Manitoba, Maureen grew up in Roblin, attending Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton for high school. She was an academic and carried her love of poetry throughout her life, often reciting long verses from Robert Service or Leonard Cohen. A strong willed, compassionate and generous person, Maureen loved family above all else. Nothing pleased her more than getting together for a story and a laugh. Falcon Lake camping being one of her favourite spots.
Mom was an elementary teacher for 35 years and her career spanned St. James- Assiniboia, Fort Garry and Portage la Prairie School Divisions. She worked at Victoria School since 1980. She was an excellent teacher who prioritized rapport with students and this was evident when, even after they had graduated, past students were always eager to greet her and share fond memories.
She was an avid traveller, living life to the fullest by travelling to many different countries. She was a collector. Her jewelry collection will be cherished by her grandchildren for years to come.
Mom loved adventures and her travelling will continue on this next adventure. Her legacy of love and kindness has passed onto the next generation. #love
Condolences may be sent directly to the family to Box 1325, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3L5.
The family will celebrate Maureen's life privately, interment will take place at Evergreen Memorial Garden.
As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Maureen's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5 or World Vision Canada, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y4, both charities close to her heart.
Many thanks to the nurses, aides and doctors on the 6th floor of St. Boniface Hospital. Despite a heavy workload, they took excellent care of Mom and we are grateful for their kindness throughout this difficult time.
A big thanks to the Portage Hospital, many of the staff happened to be former students - you brought comfort to Mom. Thank you.

A tree will be planted and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 14, 2019

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