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PROFESSOR MARJORIE B. SPENCE
Date of Passing: May 27, 2003Offer Condolences or Memory
PROFESSOR MARJORIE B. SPENCE May 27, 2003 The family of Marjorie Spence is saddened to announce her death, at age 92, on Tuesday, May 27, 2003. An exceptional lady, dear sister, favourite aunt, friend and colleague, Marjorie will be remembered as a pioneer in her chosen profession of physiotherapy. As a decorated Lieutenant of Physiotherapy in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, Marjorie was one of the first women physiotherapists to serve Canada in the Second World War. She returned to Canada from Italy after the hospital she was working in was bombed. Marjorie practised and taught Physiotherapy at the Universities in Toronto and Montreal. In 1960, she returned to Winnipeg to establish the Physiotherapy Division of the School of Medical Rehabilitation as acting director of the School and subsequently as Head of the Division and Associate Professor. Following retirement, Marjorie was asked by the University of Iceland to help establish and teach in the School of Physiotherapy in Reykjavik. Marjorie was founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and served as an examiner throughout the world, with a special fondness for her students in Nigeria. In retirement, Marjorie maintained an energetic schedule of working as a Physiotherapist for Community Therapy Services in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Beausejour, Fort Alexander, the Interlake, Churchill, and Stony Mountain Penitentiary. She was a devoted volunteer for Riding for the Disabled, Meals on Wheels, a founder of the Agape Table (an interfaith soup kitchen), and an active member of the United Church of Canada. Marjorie was predeceased by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. W.J. Spence; her sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Locksley McNeill; and will be greatly missed by her family including Scott and Pam Greenlay, Peter and Alison (McNeill) Hordern, Eleanor Johnson, and Judy Fetter. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of T4 Deer Lodge Centre who provided such loving care. Should friends wish, donations may be sent to the Marjorie Spence Memorial Scholarship in Physiotherapy Fund, care of the Department of Private Funding, University of Manitoba, Room 422, University Centre, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Attn: Diana Cindric. A memorial service and celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m. in St. Andrews River Heights United Church, 255 Oak St. We will miss you Mar.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 31, 2003
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