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MARJORIE GYDE (published on February 27, 2010)



MARJORIE GYDE (nee MCPHERSON) Comfortable and peacefully, surrounded by family, we are saddened to announce the passing of our mother, sister, grandma and friend, Marjorie Gydé (nee McPherson), aged 87 years, who passed away at Taché Centre during a calm and sunny afternoon Sunday, February 21, 2010. Predeceased by her husband, Maurice, in 1998, she leaves to mourn her children, Michael (Joan), Sue Bryner, Bob (Debra), Laurie, and Kathy Finley (Stan); grandchildren Jennifer, Malcolm, Stacey, Meagan, Sorel, Erica and Lana; great-grandchildren Madelyn and Kayla. She also leaves behind her sister, Margaret (Peggy) Findlay and her family. Her brother William (Bill) was M.I.A. in the Second World War. Born in Prince Albert, SK on November 1, 1922 to George and Margaret McPherson, Marjorie moved to Winnipeg where she attended high school at Glenlawn Collegiate. She was athletic and involved herself in speed skating and the school's track and field team winning many awards as well as being an honour roll student. As a member of her school choir, Marjorie sang for King George VI and the Queen. She then enrolled in nursing and became a R.N. at St. Boniface Hospital where she loved her role as Supervisor of Pediatrics. Here she met Maurice Charles Gydé, a doctor, married him in 1946 and began her family of five children in St. Pierre-Jolys, MB, while Maurice was instrumental in building the region's first hospital. As the family became more independent, Marjorie became passionate about curling and curled for many years at the Heather Curling Club. She was a sports enthusiast and a big fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Blue Jays and any televised curling event while she knitted endlessly for her children and grandchildren. She also had a love for music, playing both the piano and harmonica. Marjorie travelled by car from coast to coast with her family, but was especially enamoured with her heritage of Scotland, where her father, George, was born. She and Peggy made a trip to Scotland to discover their roots. She also cruised to Alaska and visited France, Belgium, Spain, as well as Mexico and bus trips through the United States. Special times with Mom included picnics at Assiniboine Park with her sister Peggy's family, a day at the beach, going bowling, taking in a movie, and playing the horses at Assiniboia Downs. Mom was quite a gardener and always kept the yard looking nice. She also loved strolling through the English Gardens at Assiniboine Park and could often be seen enjoying her quiet walks through the trails in Niakwa Park. She was an avid reader and loved a good mystery. Mom enjoyed volunteering as a member of her children's Parent Teacher Association and in the gift shop at St. Boniface Hospital. She was often an organizer for her nurses' reunions which she loved to attend. In her later years, Marjorie enjoyed lawn bowling and often competed in tournaments. Shy in social situations but independent, Mom will always be remembered for her amazing, smiling blue eyes, fair skin and great sense of humour but more importantly for her genuine love, nurturing spirit, dedication and willingness to help all her family. Besides her family, she was very generous to many charities for those who were less fortunate. Special thanks to the staff on 3ABC at Taché Centre for their dedicated care and concern for our mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Please Dear Lord, Hold her in your arms, and treasure her with care. Make up for all she suffered and all she had to bear. Please whisper in her ear in case she didn't hear How much we truly loved her and wish she still was here. According to Marjorie's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a private family interment. GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550


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