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MARY REVEL (nee LEES) (LEES)
Date of Passing: Nov 06, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
Mary Revel (nee Lees) passed quietly in her sleep with daughter Nancy by her side at 9:05 a.m., November 6, 2019, at Goodwin Lodge in Teulon the morning after her 92nd birthday.
Mary is survived by her children: Turk (Linda), Carman; Linda (Herman) Green, Buffalo Point; Brian (Lee), Vernon, BC; Nancy, Teulon and Gord (Jennifer), Abbotsford, BC; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four siblings: Dorothy Wilson, Jean Brown, Roy Lees (Lois) and Ellen Leitch (Sam); sisters-in-law, Mary Lees (Bill), Rena Lees (Tom), Darlene Lees (Laurence) and Lois Rutherford; brother-in-law Harvey Seddon (Ruth); as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Ted; her parents Laurence and Winnifred Lees; infant son Ronald; as well as siblings: Bill, George, Tom, Laurence and Ruth. She was also predeceased by brothers-in-law: Bob Wilson, John Gabor and Don Brown, Jack Rutherford and Wilfred Osborne; and sisters-in-law Mary Evelyn Osborne and Muriel Revel. Mom was also predeceased by four half siblings: Laurence Jr., John (Jack), Amelia and Bert.
Mom was born in Neepawa, the oldest of the ten children of Winnifred and Laurence. She worked on the farm and in the house and helped with many of her younger siblings. She attended Osprey School and after Grade 8 she rode a horse four miles to the Davidson family home (maternal side) and attended Neepawa Collegiate until the end of Grade 11 Business Ed. She then went to Winnipeg to work at TWA. During her working years, she met and married Ted in 1947, a Glenholm lad from up the Arden Ridge. Her family had moved to Arden in 1944 and the home in Arden and the Revel home in Glenholm or Osborne home in Birnie were the sites of Christmas gatherings and summer holidays for years. Mom was so efficient that despite celebrating Christmas morning (early) at home she had us packed and ready and in either Arden or Birnie (some 2.5 hours from Teulon) by 11:00 a.m.
Early in married life dad bought grain for Pool Elevators and they lived in Lyleton, Morris, Livinia and Birnie. As Dad went to university for one year, mom looked after her two oldest in an apartment in Winnipeg. They returned to Birnie for two years where Dad taught school and Mom maintained house, cooked and looked after three children under four in three rooms back of the school separated by only a cloth. Their two year experiences carried them next to Wellwood and Kelwood. In 1959 they moved to Stonewall before settling in Teulon in 1960.
Mom was an incredibly busy housewife looking after five children. She drove loads to games and attended games and performances and was a driving force in the U.C.W. (United Church Women), Kinettes and Hospital Auxiliary. Mom volunteered for many years with the museum. (One gentleman referred to her as Mrs. Museum). She was active in curling and truly loved the game. She could throw the high hard one. Mom was very athletic and competed in races (usually the winner) at field days and ball tournaments. She had theatre tickets and long-time Bomber season tickets (40 years). Despite all this, she helped maintain a balance and taught her children card games and board games. She was a happy, fun loving and competitive person who set strict rules and showed incredible love for all. She was such a gracious person and so thankful of things done for her. She always instilled a sense of family.
When all of us were in school, she returned to the work force at the elementary school, the TD bank and then at the R.C.M.P. office in town.
She had a way of including everyone and teaching as well. If you stopped in the kitchen when she was working, you can stir that or put this on or check this. She was always in control and we lovingly referred to her as Rocky.
The psychologist, William Glasser, writes Reality Therapy, that we need to deal with it, meaning life and its pitfalls. Too often we sit around worrying about everything or crying the blues. Mom is the poster child for deal with it. It was so ingrained that one of her children had a sign in her office that read - put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
In her last years, mom was confined to a wheelchair and lived in Teulon Hospital and eventually Goodwin Lodge. The family would like to thank Rose, Lynne and Marilyn who lovingly cared for mom as well as staff at Teulon Hospital. A special thanks to Nancy who did so much for Mom since the passing of dad in 2008.
As always, there are special people in our lives and Joan and Ralph Trombo have been there as incredible neighbours since 1960 and mom and Joan did so much together. (Mary was her chosen sister as Joan stated). A special thank you to them. Lloyd and Dale Smith did so much for mom and Nancy over the years and a special shout out to Doug Zeller for all he has done for Aunt Mary.
Mom had favourite quotes which were hung on her door. You never asked for favours, yet you did them every day. You never asked for help, and yet you gave so much away. You never asked for gratitude. And yet your whole life through, we will always be so grateful, just to have had your love and you.
Mom chose not to have a funeral but there will be a family interment in Neepawa later.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teulon Museum or a charity of your choice.
MacKenzie Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2019
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
I am so very sorry Nancy to hear about your Mom. She is one kind and caring special lady to so many people. My mom (Ruth Slater) spoke so highly of her helping her out with household chores and many of their visits together. Your family was blessed with a tremendous Mom and community member to Teulon. She can now rest in peace with your Dad. Our deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Georgina Jones (nee Slater) (known thru my Mom and community ) on: Nov 12, 2019
Condolences to the Revel Family. How can I forget a family that adopted me into theirs without asking. Only in later years did I realize how lucky I was to have them as a rock to run to. To the children of Mary, you have a lot to be thankful for in having Mary as your mother. She truly was a matriarch. You have many good memories that will live on, that I know. She was always so proud of your accomplishments. She always had the best cookies and made the best tea (next to my mom's). Remember with fond and accomplished times. You have finished your job and is smiling with pride. Take Care. Lil and Andre - Posted by: Lillian (Paupanekis) Arsenault (Friend) on: Nov 11, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting Nancy's Mom many years ago when I was working with Nancy at Manitoba Health. So sorry to hear of her passing. Sending healing prayers for grieving hearts. - Posted by: DR. BERNADETTE DES MARAIS MELLON (FRIEND OF NANCY) on: Nov 09, 2019
As her life story summary in the obituary reveals, Mary was truly an amazing person and loved by many for her great heart. I am aware of many other examples of her determined, energetic, and positive attitude towards living. She was an inspiration for many and will be remembered with affection. A celebration of her life well-lived is most appropriate. - Posted by: Arleigh and David Kalinowski (cousin) on: Nov 09, 2019
She was one classy lady but we did get one over on her - we spiked the punch at one of the showers without her knowledge and did get some giggles from her even when the cat jumped onto her lap. She and Ted have a lot of catching up as she brings him up to speed without him knowing what hit him. My deepest sympathy. - Posted by: noreen stone (friend) on: Nov 09, 2019
So sorry to hear about your mom's passing Linda and family. I remember being at your parents home during our high school years. Your mom and dad were some of my favorite people and I felt privileged to have known them both. My deepest sympathies to you and your families. Marilyn Robinson - Posted by: Marilyn (Kowalchuk) Robinson (School mate to Linda) on: Nov 09, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Revel family on the loss of your Mom. I remember your Mom as such a warm and friendly person, always smiling, always ready to say hello - one that stood out from the rest. So very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Terry (Tarrant) Billingham (community member) on: Nov 09, 2019
My friends and I were first introduced to the Revel family when they resided in Stonewall. Ted was our Grade nine teacher and coached our girls’ baseball team. Our family reconnected with Mary and her family when our Mother Clara and Mary were both residents in the Teulon Hospital. She always had a wonderful smile for everyone. Our sincere condolences to the Revel family on the passing of a wonderful, caring Mother. - Posted by: Cheryl Willis (Friend) on: Nov 09, 2019
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