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MARJORIE (PAYMENT) MCDONALD (published on December 19, 2009)

MARJORIE (PAYMENT) MCDONALD On Monday, August 10, 2009 we celebrated the life of Marjorie (Payment) McDonald at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, Winnipeg. Msgr. Samson, Fr. Michel and Fr. James officiated and St. Peters CWL ladies formed the honour guard. Marjorie was born February 27, 1922 to Adalbert and Ann (McDonell) Payment and passed away August 4, 2009 quietly in her sleep. She was predeceased by her parents, siblings, Ferland, Dennis, Cyril, Howard, Douglas and Noreen, son, Brian and granddaughter, Suzanne. Mom was raised in Winnipeg and attended St. Mary's School and loved spending time on her grandparents' farm at St. Eustache, MB, with her many Shirtliff cousins. Mom loved card games and dances and this is where she met Charles McDonald and they were wed in 1940. Dad went overseas to serve in the Second World War and Mom worked as a metal worker at Stevenson's Field. Mom and Dad separated in 1947. Mom raised three children - Beverly, Brian, and Terry in a small wartime home on Minnegaffe. Once her family was all in school, she found employment with Eaton's. She then enrolled in evening courses to enable her to enter the work force. She gained employment as a Civil Servant for the Meteorological Department and later with the UIC until her retirement in 1975. Her children were always her first concern and she became an accomplished sewer who took pride in her appearance and created many beautiful outfits for us. Money was scarce but her focus was on raising her family with dignity and love. She had a bright spirit, an opinionated nature and endless strength. Together with her two young sons and neighbour, Hank Bester, she built a basement under the house. Later, on her own she converted the coal bin at the back of the house into a sewing/sitting room. Mom enjoyed cooking, trying new recipes and having visitors join us for a meal. She had a very generous heart and was happiest with family around. Mom had a strong faith and church was an important part of her life, attending St. John Cantius, St. Edwards and Immaculate Conception parishes. Mom made sure Brian and Terry enrolled in baseball and hockey at CUAC and was always their greatest fan. Summers each year she made sure we always took in the Caterers' Picnic travelling by train to Winnipeg Beach and on July 1 to Derby Day at Polo Park Raceway. Mom purchased her first car in 1967 always loading it with family or friends exploring Manitoba. She had a green thumb and her garden was always abundant and colourful. I married Erny (a Royal Banker) in 1961 and Mom enjoyed our transfers around Manitoba - more province to investigate. She loved flying kites, playing games and skating with her grandchildren. When Brian graduated and accepted a job in Toronto it meant more of Canada to explore - she was proud to be Canadian! When Brian returned in 1997 and moved back to Winnipeg she purchased a larger home to share with him in the St. James area. Three weeks later Brian died of an aneurysm. This devastated Mom but it didn't keep her down, her faith gave her strength and life continued. She loved her new home and the view of farm fields from her kitchen window. In 1970 Terry married his school sweetheart. A few years later they moved to Leduc, AB. In 2003 after spending a special Christmas with Mom, Terry suffered a debilitating brain stroke, leaving him blind, unable to speak but able to communicate but wheelchair bound. Another blow to Mom but chin up, she carried on. In 2007, Mom lost her brothers Doug, then Howard and in early 2008 her beloved sister, Noreen. But through loving family and friends her anchor was her faith and she pressed on. Mom made many lifelong friendships and mourned the loss of each sibling, relative and friend. Her door was always open to family and friends where there was an abundance of love and laughter. Through the years she kept contact with folks near and far. Treasured memories of wonderful times shared gathered around her kitchen table will go on forever. Mom was always gentle, patient and generous. Interment of ashes, Assumption Cemetery - Friends Funeral Service. Left to mourn are daughter, Beverly (Erny) Hladun, Shoal Lake, MB. Children, Dale, Princeton, BC; Rick, Newdale, MB; Teresa (Rob) McCowan, sons, Kelsey and Nathan, Victoria, BC, Bryan, sons, Matthew, Scott, Bryce, London, ON; Susan (Wayne) Mervyn, sons, Blake, Cory, Tanner, Strathclair, MB; Wendy, Victoria, BC; Terry (Linda) McDonald and son Chris, Leduc, AB, and sisters-in-law, Gunnie (Howard) Payment and Shirley (Douglas) Payment and numerous nieces and nephews and loving friends and neighbours. In accordance with Mom's wishes she was laid to rest with Mother and son, Brian. Forever loved. If I could sit across the porch from God, I'd thank Him for lending you to me.

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