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MURIEL ADEY (published on May 09, 2009)

MURIEL ADEY (Midgley) (McKenzie) 1914-2009 The family of Muriel Adey is sad to announce the passing of their Mom/Gram on May 7, 2009 at 95 years of age. Muriel was the only child of the late Gertrude McIntosh Midgley Hardie (1892 - 1990) and Henry (Harry) Midgley (1888 - 1920). When her mother became a widow at 28 and began working for the CPR in Winnipeg, Muriel was welcomed to the McIntosh family farm in Rossburn, where she enjoyed a happy childhood with her grandparents William and Hannah, aunts, uncles and cousins, and attended the local country school. She came to Winnipeg at age 18 to attend Business College and seek employment. In 1939 she married Lawrence McKenzie and they became parents of a daughter in 1941. Muriel was subsequently employed in 1943 by Imperial Oil Limited and her challenging and interesting career lasted 33 years until 1976, when she took early retirement. In 1973 she remarried but this marriage was of short duration. Music held a prominent place in Muriel's life. She was a piano accompanist in her uncle's orchestra in Rossburn, and later in Winnipeg her talent supported many local amateur performers during the Second World War. She derived a great pleasure from her piano and Hammond organ and was devastated when hearing loss eliminated her enjoyment of music. Muriel also tried her hand at writing. Repeated requests from her two little grandsons Please, Gram, tell us another story about the farm resulted in her memoir of country life entitled The Best of Two Worlds , read and enjoyed by many. Her talents and imagination extended to minor renovations and home decorating, her gardens and crafts, both in her homes and summer cottage at Matlock which the family enjoyed for 34 years. Her knitting, needlepoint and petit point were works of art. She created original wall hangings and hooked rugs for her family until her eyesight began to fail. Faced with declining mobility and the double handicap of hearing and vision loss, she could no longer live independently and was welcomed into her daughter's home in May of 2005. Our Mom and Gram was kind, patient, supportive, a great moral guide, and never judgmental. Although she will be greatly missed, we are happy that her soul is now free to rejoin her parents and others who have gone before. Surviving are her loving daughter Maureen McKenzie, two grandsons of whom she was very proud, David S. McKenzie and Richard P. McKenzie, and her dear little dog Riley. We were fortunate to have had her steadfast love and unwavering support over so many years. Muriel will also be missed by her life-long pal, Evelyn Draper, great friends Catherine Shearer and Mary Balfour and family, cousins Violet Bell, Heather Leonard, Barry McIntosh, and Tom Midgley and their families, nieces Lynne Pearen and Carol Gillies, nephews George Skinner and Douglas Skinner and their families, her Midgley cousins in Michigan, and many other friends and relatives across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. A born communicator, Muriel maintained contact with them by amplified phone and touch typing almost to the end. All her life Muriel loved animals, from her many childhood friends on the farm to the four dogs who were her various beloved companions over the years. In lieu of flowers, we know she would appreciate your considering a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society or any other pet rescue organization. In her own quiet way, Muriel was a spiritual person and held fast to the verse from Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee nor forsake thee . The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Beacon Hill Lodge, whose professionalism and kindness were so evident in her final days. Cremation has taken place and at her request, no formal service will be held, but she would be pleased to have a small place in your memory. From the writings of poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran: What is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you surely dance. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C 0X4 783-7211 Send expressions of sympathy at www.mem.com


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