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Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2021

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We are sad to announce the peaceful passing, at home, of Mary Elizabeth Neilsen on April 12, 2021.
Mary was a warrior in the face of physical and emotional challenges. She survived the death of her infant son, Donald and beloved husband, Roy, with great strength and grace.
Predeceased by her parents, James and Gertrude Pearson, brother Allan and wife, Margaret, Mary is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Harv) Grayston of Winnipeg; her son Allan (Lorri) Neilsen and grandsons, David (Joanna) Neilsen and Jesse Neilsen of Nova Scotia.
Mary grew up and lived in Gosport, England where, in 1945, she met and married Roy who was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. As a war bride Mary arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax at age 20 and travelled across Canada alone, by train to Winnipeg where she and Roy made their home. They shared a lifetime of love and commitment to each other that was an inspiration to those who knew them.
Mary and Marilyn were more than mother and daughter; they were devoted friends who spent as much time together as possible. Allan and his mum caught up on news over the phone every Wednesday, a cross-country connection they both cherished.
Mary will be remembered as a wonderful grandmother who loved a chat and good cup of tea. Mary's devotion to family transcended miles. She never forgot a birthday and never failed to find either the most caring or the most hilarious card to mark an occasion. Her grandsons held special places in her heart and she was eager to know about their goings-on, from school antics to their crucial exams to job interviews well into their adulthood.
Her empathy and caring were her greatest strengths. The many long term relationships she made over the years with people of all ages is a testament to this gift.
She was a masterful crossword solver, a voracious reader and the creator of legendary Sunday roast beef dinners, chocolate chip cookies, shortbread, Fyrstekake and chocolate raisin pudding. Mary, like much of her family, was insatiably curious about world affairs and followed national and international politics during her long life. Her razor-sharp intellect and wisdom were no match for any politician. She volunteered for many years at the Red Cross and Victoria Lifeline.

"To live in hearts we leave behind
is not to die."

Following Mary's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board or the Sunshine Fund.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My deepest sympathy to Marilyn, Allan & families on the passing of Mary. We lived at 252 Carpathia, right across the street, when the Neilsens moved to Carpathia Rd. I remember Mrs Neilsen as being a lovely, gracious lady who was kind and friendly to everyone. Hoping your loss is softened by fond memories of a wonderful mother and grandmother. - Posted by: Ginny Brown (Former neighbour) on: Apr 24, 2021

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