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Born: Oct 30, 1933

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2022

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On September 17, 2022, at Riverview Health Centre, Marilyn peacefully passed away, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 88 years.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, William and Evelyn Amos, brother William (Butch) Amos, former husband and father of her children, Robert Riley; granddaughter-in-law Christina, and Peter Windeatt whom she married in 1984. Marilyn will be lovingly missed by her two daughters and their families: Colleen (Rick Orton - Carita and Tom, Barry and great-grandson Caleb), and Barb (Glen McLeod - Katie and Jon, Christie and Sagar, and Graham). Marilyn is also remembered by her brother Brent Amos, her extended family, and friends.
Marilyn was born in Winnipeg on October 30, 1933, to parents, William Julius Amos and Evelyn Maybelle (nee Lindsay) Amos. An avid gardener, Marilyn grew up at 1477 Notre Dame Avenue, where the family business "Notre Dame Greenhouses", was established by her grandfather Paul Gottlieb Amos in 1921 at the NE corner of Notre Dame and Keewatin. After attending Cecil Rhodes School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Marilyn married her childhood sweetheart Bob Riley in 1953.
Marilyn began working for the City of St. James in the 1960s as a stenographer, rising to the role of community clerk for the City Centre - Fort Rouge community committee later in her career. She had a remarkable work ethic and was quick to learn new things. After retirement, and continuing well into her 80s, she worked at Tim Hortons on Waverley where she was known for her accuracy and efficiency at the drive-thru window. Marilyn was very creative, and adept at mastering new crafts. She was a self-taught seamstress. Her "Bag Boutique" was a fixture at many local craft sales. She loved to bake for her family, and give gifts and treats chosen especially for each loved one. Marilyn also enjoyed singing, both in church choirs and community singing groups, and was always keen to play cards, patting herself on the back with both hands whenever she won.
Marilyn and her family enjoyed many years at the cottage built by her parents at Brereton Lake, and later at the cottage she purchased at Winnipeg Beach. For several years, Marilyn maintained two gardens and took great pleasure in delivering overflowing bags of vegetables to her family and friends.
Riverview was Marilyn's final residence. We are very grateful to the CD-1 staff who welcomed Mom, provided excellent care, and made her feel at home.
Mom was a spunky, bright, energetic, strong, thoughtful and generous woman who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a single mother in the 1960s when that was uncommon, and all her hard work was to benefit her daughters. She showed us the difference that independence, courage and determination could make in life. So much of what we know about hard work and perseverance was learned from her. We remember her with love and are thankful that she was our dear mom and a loving grandma to our children. She will always be part of our lives.
A private family memorial service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our condolences to you and your family. I am happy that my Dad (Peter) took me to see Marilyn this time last year while we were burying our own dear mother. She was happy and chatty so we had a nice visit. Doesn’t matter how old they are, they are still our parents and it leaves a whole in our hearts that is real and lasting. Thinking of you all. Carol & Gord Ennis ❤️ - Posted by: Carol Ennis (Married to my father ) on: Oct 01, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Marilyn. She was so much a part of my growing up years. - Posted by: Diane M Dixon (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2022

  • We were privileged to have met and spent some time with Marilyn. The obituary describes her attributes so well. Her sewing and gardening skills were beyond measure. We will particularly remember her warmly welcoming us one year to her family's Canadian Thanksgiving. God's blessings to you all as you mourn her passing but rejoice in her memory. - Posted by: Mark and Carla Bichler (Friend ) on: Sep 26, 2022

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