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DOROTHY MARION (published on October 24, 2009)

DOROTHY MARION March 10, 1925 - October 22, 2009 Dorothy Marion passed away peacefully at home with family members by her side. Predeceased by son Norman in 1975 and husband Harry in 2002, Dorothy was a long-time resident of Lac du Bonnet. Loving mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend, she leaves many to mourn her passing. In the immediate family, she is survived by her daughter Ruth (Ed Owsiak) of Lac du Bonnet, daughter Donna of Winnipeg, son John (Mira) and grandson Martin also of Winnipeg and son David (Daniel) now living in Ankara, Turkey, family friend Joan Wojciehowski and Mira's mother Eftimia Nikolova (Mutsa) and many other members of her large extended family also mourn the loss of this generous and gentle woman. Born Dorothy Peterson in Narol, MB, Dorothy was the eighth child in a family of seven boys and five girls. After marriage in 1945, Dorothy moved to eastern Manitoba and settled in Lac du Bonnet where her husband Harry was employed with Winnipeg Hydro. She spent many happy years raising her family and developing her remarkable cooking, sewing and gardening skills. Then, for the next 20 years, she dedicated her formidable talents to working outside the home. She truly loved her job as school secretary at Lac du Bonnet's Park Avenue and Centennial Schools and enjoyed her daily encounters with students and teachers alike. After retirement, Dorothy became an adventurous traveler, visiting Alaska, Mexico and Guatemala. Back home, in her lovely new house, she read voraciously, tended her plants and spent many happy moments observing her goldfinches and watching the moon rise over the Winnipeg River. A fierce competitor, Mom loved nothing better than tuning into Jeopardy and being the first to provide the questions. She rarely endured defeat in her frequent games of Scrabble and never started a crossword puzzle that she didn't try to complete. Throughout the years, animals always had a special place in Dorothy's heart. Most recently her pets Brandy, Molly and Susie became cherished companions. Mom was an engaging, funny, brilliant, resilient and endlessly forgiving individual who each day met the world with a warm smile and an open heart. She will be missed more than words can tell. The family would like to thank all those who helped in so many ways over the last months of Mom's life: EMS in Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet, RCMP, the staff of Pinawa and Beausejour Hospitals and the Cardiac Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital. Her Home Care Workers, her girls Tracy, Emily, Val, Annette and Lena, brought light into her life every day. Thank you all for your excellent service to our mother. At her request, no funeral will be held. If people wish to honour her memory, donations can be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON K2M 2W1. I've got a good mother And her voice is what keeps me here. Feet on ground Heart in hand Facing forward Be yourself Just be yourself. Jann Arden, Canadian Songwriter Good Mother SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

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