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Born: Jan 24, 1942

Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2021

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful, kind and generous mother on September 26, 2021, after an incredibly courageous battle with cancer. Heaven has received the most special angel and we know she is watching over us with a smile and a loving hug.
Marion is survived by her husband of 58 years, Brian and the pride of her life, her two sons, Daryl (Monita), Darren (Linda) and three grandchildren, Brendan, Treyton and Jackson.
She leaves behind sisters, Beatrice, Marilyn, Marsha, Mae, Mildred and Melody, brothers, Raymond and Allan, and a large extended family of relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Rose, stepmothers, Violet and Vicky, sister Mavis and brother Sherman.
Marion was born in Eriksdale, MB on January 24, 1942 and raised in the Interlake area until heading to Winnipeg at 16. After securing initial employment as a nurse, she met Brian, married and began their family as lifelong residents of Bellavista Crescent in 1964. Fond memories last to this day of the annual neighbourhood summer parties at the Richardsons or impromptu grab-a-lawn-chair events while the kids played nearby - all a tightly knitted "had your back" community of honest hard-working people. More recently, dinners out with the Pierce's and Blake's as the last original Bellavista residents were a highlight.
After raising her children to teenagers, Marion would return to the workforce as a valued home-care nurse until her retirement eight years ago.
The city could never take the country out of Mom and as such she created an urban tree-packed nature sanctuary at her home that she shared with her many "friends" - from rabbits to chipmunks to crows and more. Her daily joyous task would include stocking the various food trays around the yard year-round, even on the coldest of days.
Marion achieved a number of travel "bucket list" experiences with visits to England, the art galleries of Amsterdam, Las Vegas, the east coast of Canada and a memorable Alaskan cruise. Mom was also a huge supporter of Assiniboia Downs, watching her beloved horses and enjoying "the best french fries in town." In the last 18 years of her life, she would come to find her "happy place" at the cabins at Woods Creek. The daily exposure to nature, walks, campfires and nostalgic music would put a never-ending smile on her face - only erased when it was time to go home.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life in honour of Marion on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Assiniboia Downs at 3975 Portage Ave. Full immunization is a facility requirement.
Though many caregivers attended to her over the last two years, the family would like to specifically recognize Dr. Rathod of Health Sciences Centre for his continual best efforts on her behalf.
In lieu of flowers, Mom would be so heartened by a donation to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter at 3062 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, (204) 832-9880 in recognition of her lifelong love of animals.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Thankful for so many amazing memories that included this lovely, gentle and endlessly-kindhearted lady. You are forever in our hearts, Marion, and will be remembered for being a much valued member of the Bellavista Mom Brigade. Thinking of you, Brian, Daryl and Darren. Wishing you comfort in precious memories. - Posted by: Heather (Ewing) Fedorchuk (Bellavista gang) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Marion. My sincere condolences to Daryl and his family. Marion was a very kind and loving person. My thoughts and prayers are with Daryl and his family. - Posted by: Debbie Cobb (Friend ) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • My condolences to the Dunn family. From what was described, I feel like I know her without having met. She was obviously a special, beautiful person who enjoyed life to the fullest and made lasting positive impressions on everyone around her. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Randy Premachuk (Friend of Darren) on: Oct 07, 2021

  • Mrs. Dunn was one of the kindest, gentlest people I know. I was lucky to be part of that Bellavista gang...good times. Mr. Dunn, Darryl and Darren my thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Heather (Cannon) Pedreira (neighbour, back in the day) on: Oct 07, 2021

  • Condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Connie Clauson (friend of family member ) on: Oct 07, 2021

  • Fred and I were so sorry to hear of Mrs. Dunn's passing. I was one of the Bellavista kids who was lucky to live next door to the Dunns. Mrs. Dunn was always so kind. She threw a surprise wedding shower for me when I got married. Mr. Dunn, Daryl, Darren and family; Fred and I offer our deepest condolences to all of you. - Posted by: Leslie & Fred Hrehirchuk (friend) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • We were so saddened to hear of Marion’s passing. She was such a kind & wonderful woman. Brian we are thinking of you & your family & hope that all the special memories you have help you through this very sad time. Our sincere sympathy, Darlene & Terry Smith - Posted by: Darlene & Terry Smith (former neighbors) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • My deepest condolences on Mrs. Dunn's passing. She was a beautiful person and loving neighbor to my parents and others in the neighborhood. Mr. Dunn, I hope it helps in some small way that Glen and I are thinking of you and your family. - Posted by: Anne (Blaich) McLaren (Neighbor, back in the day) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • Sorry to see Marion's obituary... my condolences to ALL of you, Marion's Family and friends. I remember back some 60 plus years ago, in Mulvihill where we had 8 grades in the one room school... at that time, our Families knew each other quite well, and I recall Marion being a "very quiet, sweet, little girl" it is so interesting to read of her lifetime of accomplishments... and sad to hear of that life coming to an end. With Sincere Sympathy. Janet (Monteith) Jundt - Posted by: Janet Jundt (Someone in my memory ) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • My Condolences and Big Hugs to all of the Sanford Family whom I got to know through my husband Lloyd by living in the same community and being in school together. Rest with the angels Marion. - Posted by: Carole Monk Christiansen (Friend) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • I remember Marion from when we (I and my twin sister, Carolyn) attended New Hirsch School in Camper, Manitoba in 1955-56. Florence Kiesman (now Garson) was our teacher in the one-room school house with 36 students Gr. 1-8 and 1 person doing Gr. 9 by correspondence. I would have been in Grade 5 and Marion, I believe, in Grade 8. I remember there were so many "M" names in the classroom - Marion, as well as Mildred and Mavis... I'm so pleased that Marion had a happy, productive life and am sure our Creator will remember her for her wonderful qualities. May your happy memories of her serve as a comfort to you at this time. Diane Mang (nee Erhart) - Posted by: Diane Mang (Elementary School Friend) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • So sorry to have learned of Marion’s passing. The Dunn’s have been such a staple and builders of the Assiniboia community. I always appreciated the support of Brian & Marion. My condolences to Darren & Linda as well as the other members of Marion’s family. Scott Johnston - Posted by: Scott Johnston (Supporter) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Mrs. Dunn was the nicest person. I grew up in the house next door and babysat her sons on occasion. Mr. Dunn, you will miss your life-long love very much and I offer my deepest condolences to your family. - Posted by: Karen (Bolter) Hanuschuk (Neighbour, back in the day) on: Oct 02, 2021

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