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MARY JEAN MOYSEY (published on December 19, 2009)

MARY JEAN MOYSEY Mary Jean Moysey died peacefully at River Park Gardens Personal Care Home December 16, 2009. Born October 22, 1925 to Bess Northrup and Bert Hancock in Newton, Iowa, she was the youngest of three siblings, all sisters. She is survived by her husband, Eric, children Paul, Teresa (Bruce Faurschou), and Jennifer (Ted Wilton), by seven grandchildren, Jay (Miriam) and Lee Moysey, Nichole (Espen Elvebo), Brooke (Kyle Hiebert) and Adam Wilton, Trish and Paul Faurschou and two great-grandchildren, Roman Moysey and Anne Elvebo, as well as by her sisters, Maurine Slatten (Denver, Colorado) and Arlene Lyons (Hemet, California), several nieces, nephews and their families. Early years on the farm and later in Oskaloosa provided a strongly nurturing environment, with loving parents, sisters, extended family and friends. Following school, she attended college part-time and worked for the telephone company, where she made many friends, enjoying escapades to the beach and other outings. In 1949, Eric arrived in Ames, Iowa for graduate studies in engineering. He and Mary Jean soon met, sharing a love for music; they danced and sang their way through romance and into marriage, leaving Iowa to establish their own family in Saskatoon, where they lived for 55 years. Mary Jean proudly became a Canadian citizen, believing this to be her home and where she and her family belonged. As responsibilities for children diminished, she embraced what, to them, seemed surprising new endeavours - studying early computer programming and French, taking up golf and cross-country skiing, becoming president of the Engineers Wives Association. We were both amazed and proud! In later years, she and Eric had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, something which brought them tremendous pleasure and many wonderful memories. In retirement, winters in Hemet, California afforded the opportunity for closer connection with her sisters as well as many good times on the golf course and socializing with friends. Meticulous in all her ways, her needlework, travel journals and photo albums are a wonder to behold. Perhaps most importantly, her meticulous nature showed itself in managing life with Juvenile Diabetes for more than 50 years. Her attention to details of diet, exercise, insulin injections, and monitoring of blood sugars allowed her a healthy and active lifestyle and gave her family the gift of her gentle, patient, supportive and loving presence for many, many years beyond normal expectations. Recently, dementia has claimed a part of the woman we have known and loved; now death has claimed her body as well. We entrust her into God's tender and eternal care; we will miss her deeply. The family would like to extend our deep appreciation for the exceptional care provided by the staff and volunteers of River Park Gardens for the past two years. Memorial service will be held at Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue, Winnipeg, on Monday, December 28 at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association (200-310 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6 or online at, River Park Gardens 735 (St. Anne's Road, Winnipeg, MB R2N 0C4) or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949-2200

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