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Born: Jul 16, 1949

Date of Passing: Sep 03, 2021

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ROBERTSON, Marilyn Louise. It is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to our Mom, Marilyn Louise Robertson. Marilyn passed away on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at the Boissevain Health Centre at the age of 72. Marilyn was born on July 16, 1949 in Killarney, MB to parents Jim and Marjorie Taylor. She was predeceased by her husband Laverne, parents Jim & Marj, parents in-law Harvey & Gladys, and brothers-in-law Bob and Ross. Marilyn will forever be missed by her children Curtis (Andrea), Colleen (Neal), Cindy (Lee), grandchildren Natalie, Tyler, Charlie, Graeme, Noah, Devyn, Camden and Cason, sister Mavis (Bruce), and her extended family of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wayne (Glenna Gail), Fay, Carol, Bev (Mary), her nieces and nephews, and a strong community of friends. Marilyn's early years were spent growing up with her sister Mavis on the Taylor family farm in the Ninga area, attending Hiawatha School, and later Boissevain Collegiate. After graduating from high school, Marilyn moved to Winnipeg and worked in the Radiology Department at the Health Sciences Centres. She loved her time in the city and had a lifelong connection to her friendships from this time. On November 6, 1971, Marilyn married Laverne Robertson. They began their married life living and working on a farm in the Margaret area. It was here that they started their family. Curtis, Colleen, and Cindy were born between 1973 and 1978. There were many wonderful times here with Margaret friends and celebrations with the Taylors and Robertsons. Mom worked tirelessly to take care of the behind the scenes of farm life. She baked daily and had a huge garden that produced vegetables to can and freeze. Her beets are a family favourite. Marilyn was always busy and could often be heard saying "there is always something that needs to be done." Marilyn & Laverne lived on the Margaret farm until 1979 when they moved to Boissevain to the Peters Street home where Marilyn lived until just last year. Marilyn loved to entertain and her house was often full of friends and extended family. Marilyn spent many seasons camping at Max Lake with family and friends and these years were full of wonderful memories. Marilyn supported her children's activities and spent countless hours driving around Southwestern Manitoba to music lessons, baseball games, and hockey games. Marilyn & Laverne enjoyed the times spent with family friends at rinks and ball diamonds. Marilyn loved to travel to be wherever her family and friends were. She visited Mavis, Bruce & family in various Manitoba places, made regular trips to visit friends in Winnipeg and family in BC. In 1982 Marilyn & Laverne took over the Shell Bulk Fuel Agency in Boissevain. Together they developed valued relationships in the farming community and enjoyed things like sponsoring curling bonspiels for their customers. Shell afforded them opportunities to travel to conferences in warm and sunny destinations. In 1988, she lost Laverne, too soon. Marilyn later said goodbye to the Shell Agency and then worked for what is now known as Prairie Partners for many years before moving on to Western Archrib until her retirement a few years ago. If love has a language, Marilyn communicated her care for others with her generosity for sharing food, gifts, and her time with others. She loved to cook and entertain and was often hosting friends and family for meals. She loved to be of service to others and enjoyed her years of volunteering with the Minto Foresters and was always willing to roast a turkey or bake pies for fall dinners or events sponsored by the church. Mom loved Christmas and preparing for the holiday brought her so much joy. She loved to garden and share her love of gardening with others. She was a loyal supporter of local markets, loved music, and attending concerts and musicals. Marilyn will be remembered by many for being encouraging and optimistic. In challenging times, she looked for the positive, and brighter days ahead. She had a witty sense of humour, valued community, and loved connecting with people. A memorial service in Boissevain, MB, and family interment in Margaret, MB, were held on September 8, 2021. Donations in Marilyn's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6 or to the Boissevain and Morton Foundation Box 1075 Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0.

As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 19, 2021

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