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Date of Passing: Nov 30, 2020

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(nee BUCK)

Our indomitable mother, Amazing Grace, passed away November 30, 2020, at the age of 100.
Born and brought up in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, she was one of five sisters including her beloved identical twin sister Eleanor. At the age of 19 Mum worked in Halifax as an assistant to the Crown Prosecutor. She loved her work but what gave her most joy was singing with her trio, The Three Debs on CBC's weekly concert series Rendez-vous and Rhythm.
During the Second World War Grace met her own Golden Boy, Leonard Denison McMurray while he was serving in the Navy. Dad was fully embraced by the sisters and their husbands and made an Honorary Maritimer. Following the war Grace and Len settled in Winnipeg where Mum was welcomed by many people who became her lifelong friends. Her move to the Prairies never weakened her love of the ocean and swimming but as an alternative she came to love Lake of the Woods.
Once a Maritimer, always a Maritimer and over the years there were many reunions involving travel epic bridge tournaments and of course the five sisters harmonizing the old songs. Mum always had a song on her lips and sang with the Women of Note, St. George's choir and The Wellington choir. Mum was a positive person, an avid reader with an inquiring mind and loved a good conversation.
GG, as she was known to her family and friends, both young and old, left a legacy of four children, Barbara Kirk (Brian), Shanly Donahue (Jack), Douglas McMurray (Jola) and Suzanne McMurray; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren who all adored her!
Thank you to everyone who has shared such kind and loving memories of Mum. Thank you to the dedicated doctors and nurses at the Concordia Hospital who recently cared for Mum. Our deepest gratitude to the staff and many friends Mum made at The Wellington. Fearless when bidding, we know Mum will be missed at the bridge table!
At Mum's request there will be a private family service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace and Leonard McMurray Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation, 1 Lombard Ave., #1350, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3 or to a charity of your choice.

You will always be our sunshine, Mum!!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 05, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My condolences to the family. I got to know Grace through my mom (Ibbie Proctor MacKay) and my close neighbour (Muriel McKenty). I always enjoyed seeing her, and even got to 'sub in' as a fourth once or twice. An awesome lady! - Posted by: Pam Proctor (friend) on: Dec 08, 2020

  • To all of Gracie's family... Syl. and my thoughts are with you. What a wonderful friend to our Mom Alix Jessiman (Hopwood). We had so many fun filled times together and we were always so delighted to be in her company. We know that you will all share wonderful memories and very happy times. Andy Hopwood Victoria B.C. - Posted by: Andy Hopwood (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2020

  • Dear Barbara, Shanly, Douglas and Suzanne and all of Grace's Family: I was so sorry to hear that Grace had passed. She was such a lovely and kind woman and just a great person to be around, full of fun and I must say, she looked terrific in that beautiful red coat Suzanne got her about a year ago! I am blessed that I was able to go and visit with her, with my mum, Donna. We had some good visits before and most recently, during COVID even with masks and social distancing. Please accept my and my family's deepest sympathy and know you are all in our thoughts. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (Friend ) on: Dec 05, 2020

  • Dear Barbara, Brian and Family, Saddened to hear of your mother’s death . Grace was an “amazing “ person, full of fun and vitality. Ralph and I enjoyed our chats when we met at the Winnipeg Symphony concerts . May God’s loving presence in family and friends bring you comfort . In sympathy and prayer . Eileen - Posted by: Eileen Baxter (Friend ) on: Dec 05, 2020

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