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Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2023

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With one of her beloved children by her side, Mary Brownlee passed away peacefully the morning of January 21, 2023, after a short illness.
She will be missed and cherished by her brother Sandy and sister Emily; daughter Mary Ellen (Les), sons, Tom (Heather), John (Deedee), Doug (Jo-Ann), and Don (Cynthia); 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and Margaret Ann Cuddy.
She will also be missed by her wide circle of friends and her children's friends, many of whom shared in recent days they thought of Mary as their second Mom.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Donald; her parents, Jack and Ellen Mae Cameron; brothers, Len, Jack, Ernie, Phil, and Gordon; and sisters, Elsie and Helen.
Known for her smile, great parties, and bustling home, Mary welcomed anyone and everyone into her house with a drink in hand and dainties on the table. When stopping by, guests would hear music playing from the kitchen and sports on the TV. With every visit, she'd discuss news, sports, family, and friends, and the people around her would get to learn something new about her, often remarking, "Well, I haven't heard that one before." She never had trouble starting and keeping up a conversation, a skill that came in handy when moving from Thunder Bay to a short stint in California, back to Thunder Bay, and eventually to Winnipeg with a husband and five children in tow. The family spent 25 memorable years in Fort Garry.
Mary worked as a Registered Nurse in nursing homes, general hospitals, and even LA County's Emergency Room for a few months, an experience she'd never forget.
Mary made sure her family took time to appreciate how fortunate we are and after getting as much time as we did with her, we'll never take her advice for granted. She always expressed how grateful she was to be able to live independently with the help and support of her family and caregiver Julie.
As voted by her family, Mary was the Best Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.
The family thanks the E.R Observation staff, Dr. Shepertycky, as well as the sixth-floor staff at St. Boniface Hospital for their dedication and care in Mary's final days.
The Celebration of Life will be held January 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. For those wishing to view the service virtually, please use the following link:
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary's memory to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2023

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies to Tom and Heather and their families for the loss of your mother. No matter what age or why our parents leave us, it is never easy. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and condolences are with you and the family. - Posted by: Sylvie and Darryl Backman (Friends) on: Feb 28, 2023

  • Mary Ellen - I was saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. I always think of her laugh and her love for her family. Take care..Lynn - Posted by: Lynn McCarthy(Gillman) (Friend of Mary Ellen & Les) on: Feb 23, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your Mom. Mary had a great sense of humour & was very proud of her family. I always enjoyed meeting & talking with Mary & I know that she will be missed. - Posted by: Tom Scarcello (Friend ) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your Mom. Mary had a great sense of humour & was very proud of her family. I always enjoyed meeting & talking with Mary & I know that she will be missed. - Posted by: Tom Scarcello (Friend ) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • A treasured friend is a gift. Mary Bownlee was both friend and mentor. During our days as "Armadale Armadillos" Mary participated in most social activities including tour to govt house, cruising down the Red River, monthly dinners, aqua exercises, any excuse for a celebration. Mary was our official greeter at events with her well coiffed snow white hair and heart felt welcome. Sometimes we sought advice from Mary, the wise woman. Mary enriched the lives of many friends and admirers. “Well done good and faithful servant” Vicki Brunel - Posted by: Vicki Brunel (friend) on: Jan 26, 2023

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss! Sincere condolences to Les and Mary Ellen and family and all the families of Gramma Brownlee (nee Cameron). Out thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending love, peace and thankfulness for such a beautiful strong and loving lady. Prayers for you all coming from the Binscarth crew. - Posted by: Annette And Bradley Dreilich (Friend of Les & MaryEllen) on: Jan 25, 2023

  • My deepest condolences Johnny to you and Dee Dee and all your family members. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time... I'm sure it will be a beautiful tribute to your wonderful mama! Wishing I could attend, but will stream the service for sure! Marcel lemire - Posted by: Marcel (Friend ) on: Jan 25, 2023

  • Our deepest condolences to Mary Ellen, Tom, John, Doug and Don on the passing of their mother. Our parents often spoke of how they enjoyed their time with Mary and Don in Tucson. Mary will be dearly missed by all. McGregor girls - Posted by: Cathy McGregor (Cousin) on: Jan 24, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of your mother-in-law’s passing DeeDee. My prayers and thoughts are with you and John and families. Gail - Posted by: Gail Kotowich (Knew DeeDee from bus ride. I lived on Grant and Montrose and shared a birthday with DeeDee ) on: Jan 24, 2023

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