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Date of Passing: Jul 18, 2005

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MARY AMANDA MINDESS Mary Amanda Mindess, wife of Wilfred E. Mindess, passed away at Deer Lodge Centre on July 18, 2005 after a lengthy illness. Mary had had most of her junior education in various towns in Manitoba, and this may have helped to con tribute to her love of Manitoba history, and its varied cultural background. She finished her formal education at United College, now the University of Winnipeg. She had a deep interest in the humanities, as well as history. At one time, she was known for the highest mark awarded for the study of ethics at the University of Winnipeg. She also distinguished herself in the world of music, having been a winner at the Brandon Music Festival on two occasions. Mary worked on a number of newspapers, and had been finance editor of the Winnipeg Citizen. She held a similar post for the Edmonton Bulletin. She was also editor at one time of the Western Jewish News. Mary wrote a large number of articles on Manitoba history, and was a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press. Her most distinguished piece of writing was City of the Rivers, the story of Manitoba historic sites. She worked at that time for the Manitoba Department of Tourism. The idea for the book was exclusively hers, and she worked on much of it on her own time. The Province was delighted to have the book. Bill and Mary celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in December 2004, with a gathering of family and friends at Deer Lodge Centre. Besides her husband Bill, Mary is survived by her sister Margaret Harland, and various nieces and nephews, as well as her sister-in-law May Talman. A memorial service was held at Deer Lodge Centre on Friday, July 22. Bill wishes to thank staff on Lodge 4 and Lodge 7 of Deer Lodge for their kindness in caring for Mary. THOMSON IN THE PARK Funeral Home and Cemetery 1291 McGillivray Blvd. - 925-1120

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2005

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