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Born: Oct 03, 2000

Date of Passing: Mar 20, 2021

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On the first day of spring, March 20, 2021, at St. Amant's River Road Place in Winnipeg, Maddy passed away as a result of non-COVID respiratory complications at the age of 20 years.
She is survived by her parents, Melva and Kelly (Maggie); brother Alex; grandparents, Carol and Carmen Hunter; Auntie Kim and Auntie Pam (Ken); and Uncle Greg (Gayle). She was predeceased by grandparents, Iris and Ray Hercina of Birch River.
Maddy was born in Winnipeg on October 3, 2000 on her mom's birthday at almost 9 lbs. A few months after her birth, Maddy developed severe seizures and was hospitalized. Thus, began a lifelong journey of challenges that Maddy faced with inspiring courage and amazing resilience.
Maddy attended Oakenwald Elementary until the end of Grade three. Her classmates loved to push her in her wheelchair. Maddy enjoyed being teased by her big brother, listening to music, swimming, camping, sleeping in a tent, canoeing, riding in her bike trailer, hiking in her jogging stroller, and she especially loved her trip to Disney World and meeting Mickey and Minnie. In 2009 she moved to St. Amant, continuing her education, while meeting her many medical needs.
Maddy was always able to bring out the best in people. As one of her elementary school teachers put it - we are not here to teach Maddy - but rather she is here to teach us about unconditional love, compassion, and standing up for others who cannot stand up for themselves.
Special thanks to the parents of St. Amant and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba who provided us with understanding and support, for it truly takes a community to raise a child with special needs. Many, many thanks to the numerous home care, medical and especially the St. Amant staff who helped support her over the years. Maddy had a presence about her that touched many hearts and she will be missed.
Donations can be made in Maddy's memory to the St. Amant Foundation or the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba.
There will be a cremation and private service. Interment will take place at St. Vital Cemetery.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • To Kelly and family, you gave her a world of experiences and a life filled with love and compassion. From her first days, her will and her strength are inspiring. If how much she was loved is any indication of how amazing she was, the world truly lost a sparkle. I'm so sorry for your loss and my heart is with you. - Posted by: Amanda (Friend of Kelly and family) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • Kelly and Maggie, our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Children are a gift from God, and Maddy was a special blessing. Please find comfort in the knowledge that she is safe with the Lord, and joyfully waiting to see you in heaven someday. Praying for God’s peace and blessings to comfort you at this time. - Posted by: Leslie & Mike (Friends of Kelly and Maggie) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • Maddy, you left a mark in this world though you may never know it. The world is a better place after you've been here. You were a gentle and sweet soul. To the ones you left behind you are in my thoughts. To Kelly you are an amazing father with a giant heart and Maddy is so blessed to have you as a father. We are so sorry for your loss. Maddy you are in our hearts. - Posted by: Samantha and Steven McMillan (Friends/ Family of Maddy) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Kelly and family, I am so sorry for your loss...losing a child is unthinkable. I never met Maddy, but you shared so many stories of her precious life and all the experiences you enjoyed with her. Maddy is in a special place in heaven now, no pain or suffering. .. just happiness, laughter, giggling, and chasing butterflies. Just know that you were a great dad and now she is with you wherever you are. From my family to yours..God bless Maddy, and your family... hugs!! Xoxo - Posted by: Shirley (Friend of Maggie and Kelly) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Kelly and Maggie, I am so sorry for your loss. No amount of words can express the pain that you are going thru. Focus on the love and joy that she gave you. We are sending you love and prayers during this difficult time. - Posted by: Paula and Jerry (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Dear Melva I was so sorry to read about Maddy’s passing. She was a very special child. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely Jack and Heather Carmichael - Posted by: Heather Carmichael (Friend of Melva) on: Mar 27, 2021

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