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MARGARET NEWELL (published on February 24, 2009)



MARGARET NEWELL Peacefully in the early hours of Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Misericordia Health Centre, Margaret Newell passed away. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda (Gary) Goodbrandson, her grandchildren Jonathan (Caryn) and Leanne, her sister Kay Sarsfield of Victoria, BC and her closest friend, Violet Booker who was like a sister to her. Margaret was born on Alfred Avenue, the fifth child of Minnie and John Swaine. She married Lorne Newell in 1948. They enjoyed many happy years together travelling to exotic destinations until his passing in 1991. Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother. She treasured the special relationship that she had with her grandchildren and they returned that affection by being there so often for her during her last difficult months. Margaret was a deeply religious person attending Trinity Lutheran, Westworth, Westminster and Knox United churches. She had a passion for classical music and reading. She was an avid curler winning the club championship at Pembina Curling Club twice, as well as an accomplished lawn bowler bringing home prizes and trophies from Vimy Ridge Lawn Bowling Club. She attended seniors' lectures at the University of Winnipeg and Creative Retirement and enjoyed yoga, crossword puzzles and knitting and crocheting for charities. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross and the Manitoba Crafts Guild. She will be remembered as a person who loved helping people. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews and her many friends at Appleton Estates where she lived for 16 years. She enjoyed the daily get-togethers in the lobby for crosswords puzzle sessions and the social club activities. Margaret appreciated and enjoyed a full, active and independent life for many years until suffering a stroke in April, 2008. She lived at Cedar Grove on the 5th floor of the Misericordia Health Centre since then and was grateful for the care and compassion the staff there showed her. The strength and patience that she displayed daily during these challenging months will continue to be a source of inspiration to her family. She was predeceased by her brothers Ron and Fred and her sisters Helen and Emmie and very close friend Minnie (Anne) Keatch. In accordance with Margaret's wishes a private service and interment with the immediate family will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Flowers are gratefully declined. A donation may be made in Margaret's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald Street, R3L 0K6. Neil Bardal Inc. 204-949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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