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Born: Dec 08, 1948

Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2020

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December 8, 1948 - September 15, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Marilyn Surgenor announce her sudden passing on September 15, 2020.
Marilyn was born on December 8, 1948, to Dave and Olga Surgenor. She was the second oldest of eight siblings. Marilyn loved all animals, but horses were her favourite.
Marilyn was a crafty and feisty character who also loved flowers, fishing, jewellery, food, music, crafting and the Jets, especially "Bucklin" (Byfuglien) and "Turbo" (Trouba). She created many different crafts over the years; her most recent being ornaments for her family as Christmas gifts. We will continue to cherish these gifts as we put them on our trees each year.
Marilyn loved her family very much, especially when they would visit her and bring some of her favourite foods like sushi, Chinese food, spaghetti and a cappuccino from her favourite coffee shop! Let's not forget corn on the cob, home grown tomatoes and the "snuck in" beers.
Her many collections included coins, fancy spoons, lapel pins, rings, DVDs, stuffed animals, and the Jets paraphernalia.
Marilyn was dealt a tough hand from the deck of life, but she persevered. Like the Energy Bunny, she would get back up and take on whatever new challenge she was faced with lots of support and encouragement from her family. Marilyn was a fighter. She taught us to fight, for her, with her and because of her. We thank her for that! She made us strong.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Dave and Olga Surgenor and her eldest brother Ryan. She is survived and will be missed dearly by her siblings, Randy (Debbie), Elaine (George), Karen, Cal (Cheryl), Dwight (Donna), Jay (Dawn), and her many nieces and nephews as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews.
There will be a private family service on Tuesday, September 22.
A BIG thank you to the staff at Pembina Place for the wonderful care given to Marilyn for the last six and a half years. Everyone there was special, but it was Kaan who Marilyn loved the most. Thank you to Lois, her crafting and visit companion, Jodie Pancoe who was Marilyn's outing buddy, as well as long-time compassionate friend Rick Anderson. Special mention to her nurses, Jason and Wesley at Health Sciences Centre, that tended to her in her final hours, she would be so happy to know that she had male nurses tending to her. We cannot express how much we appreciate all of you.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pembina Place Personal Care Home (285 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, MB R3L 2E1) Rec Department c/o Kathy, in Marilyn's honour, or any charity of choice.

So long for now Sista, Auntie,
honorary Grandma, and dear kind friend.

Arrangements Entrusted to
Ashern, MB 1 866 293 4951

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Sympathy to Marilyn’s siblings. I had the pleasure of meeting the family in 1968 and 69 for a swimming job. Your mom and dad impressed me so much with their kindness and their big happy family! I’ve always remembered those days with great thoughts! - Posted by: Janice (Family friend ) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • Just want to thank everybody (Selfishly, on behalf of my uncles and aunts) for the positive input. I purposely have being avoiding looking at these writings for several days, but today, On the day of her funeral, I decided that I should. So now I cry again. So nice to read so many positive inputs, by so many people. It’s nice to be part of such an incredible family. She will be missed, but I’m am certain she’ll be welcomed with loving arms where she is now. - Posted by: Lonny (Favourite Nephew) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • My sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter." Friend and fellow curler (of son Cal). - Posted by: Bob Strong (Family friend) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • Marilyn has been with Tsen for many years, hearing of her passing has left staff and supported individuals leaving us with a heavy heart. She will be missed in so many ways. Our sincere condolences to Marilyn's family. - Posted by: TSEN family (work ) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • Marilyn You old fart Who is going to call me on Dec 1 and call me that You always did I will miss That I hope you and Bill have a beer or two together We had you here on earth and now it’s time for your parents and Ryan to have you You will be missed Love you Donna and Billie Jean - Posted by: Donna Boutang (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Marilyn's room was down the hall from our mom at Pembina Place. Because our mom is totally blind, she cannot answer the phone independently. Marilyn became the eyes and ears for mom. Marilyn would come and answer the phone for mom, chat briefly with us, telling us how mom’s day had been, how things stood in the building or what crafts she was working on. We became friends and chatted whenever we came to visit. In pandemic times when we could not come in person, she was a true friend to mom and to our family. Thank-you, Marilyn, for your care and compassion for others, when you were challenged as well. I will treasure your crafted Christmas tree ornament when I hang it on the tree this year. You truly will be missed. Helen Doerksen, resident Hildi Banting, Gerry Doerksen, Rick and Karin Klassen - Posted by: Karin Klassen (Friend from Pembina Place visits) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the Surgenor family on the loss of your dear sister & aunt, Marilyn. Praying God's comfort & peace to you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Cindy (Smith) Plett (family friend (who also grew up in Eriksdale, MB)) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • I am sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. I met Marilyn at Pembina Place when I visited my Mom who was also living there. She was so friendly and outgoing. I would go to her room and see the latest project she was working on. My. condolences to her family and friends. She was a lovely lady. Carol Beauchemin - Posted by: Carol Beauchemin (acquaintance ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Aunty Marilyn, you sure are missed. The jokester of the family, and the one we could always rely on when there was good news to spread around, in a quick & efficient way. You were ahead of your time, and conversations about what we were ate for dinner, pre-dated instagram ... by decades. You’ve always taken a keen interest in your nieces, nephews (and great nieces & nephews) And you’ve never afraid to call out those on your infamous list! We’ve shared many laughs, a few “snuck in beers“, and lots of memories over the years. May the wind be at your back while you ride your bike again, in heaven. Xoxo - Posted by: Tara Ginter (Niece) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Our true family Matriarch. You kept us all on our toes, you always had a smile for everyone, and you always looked forward to good/better times. Rest peacefully dear Sister and give our love to Mom & Dad. - Posted by: Cal Surgenor (Brother) on: Sep 19, 2020

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