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Marie Edith Brasher, our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, favourite aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2020, with her family by her side. She was 96.
We realize how lucky we were to have had so much time with her, yet it will never seem long enough. Our mother never worried about the what if's in life, she was curious and determined and convention did not hold her back.
Marie grew up proud of her Swedish and Norwegian heritage in Northwestern Ontario among many Swedish expats whose families, like her father, worked on the railroad. As a young woman, she too worked for the railroad, as a telegrapher during the war, using Morse Code to decipher and send messages. She received the message her brother's plane had been gunned down by enemy fire in the Second World War. During this time our parents met, bonded over their love of railroads and trains, married and started their family. They moved to Winnipeg and during this time our mother briefly worked as a store detective at the T. Eaton Co.
Winnipeg was always family headquarters, however, our family moved to several rural communities in Manitoba. Our mother called each and every one home, but by the late 1960s wanted a career. She enrolled in high school to do a math course and discovered she had a love of teaching. She enrolled in university, and started teaching by the time most people were thinking of retiring.
She loved her "kids" and made good friends, whom she cherished. Her education continued and, piece by piece, she continued her education and completed her master's degree from rural Manitoba in the 1980s.
She loved fun, candy and the odd cigar. Our mother shared a special life with her sister Thyra. It is uncanny that they passed away only weeks apart. We envision them holding hands and walking down the track.
She leaves her son Richard; grandchildren, Jason and Tara (Chris); great-grandson Spencer; daughter Susan (Martin), grandchildren Madeline and Emma.

Rest In Peace - vila a frid.

We wish to thank all of the people who work with our seniors who do such important work. Our mother was at home at both Riverwood and MCP. Our deep gratitude.
A family memorial has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Well, Dick (Richard), and Susan. I am sorry to hear that you lost your mother. Losing a mother is gut wrenching and painful. I got to know Marie really well, when she returned to the Laurier High School in my (class). She gained the respect of all her classmates for the courage and determination that it took for her to come back to school. From what I remember of her as a person, she was a rock! Led by example, and never complained about sitting with a bunch of teenagers. Looking back now, I realize that she passed on some wisdom, to us in her quiet, calm manner. I am grateful for having know her. - Posted by: Denis Letain (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

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