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MAVIS ALLYN VERMEULEN (published on March 25, 2010)



MAVIS ALLYN VERMEULEN (nee TUCKWELL) September 16, 1915 - March 22, 2010 With great sadness, the family of Mavis Vermeulen announce her peaceful passing in Winnipeg, MB on March 22, 2010 at the age of 94 years. Mavis is survived by her sons Joe (Cathy), David (Gail) and Harry (Jan) and her daughter-in-law Carol (Gary); sister-in-law, Phyllis; six grandchildren Carla (Neil), Cale, Anthony, Cameron, Marc (Stacey) and Vicki (Christopher); 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mavis was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Cornelis; granddaughter, Sherrilyn; her sisters, Shirley and Berna; her brother, David and her brother-in-law, Bob. Mavis was born in Lloydminster, SK and raised and educated in Pilot Mound, MB. She became a Registered Nurse and served for the VON. She married Cory in 1940, raised her first two sons alone while her husband was at war and then returned to nursing in 1951 until 1958. A great joy in Mavis' life was the opportunity to travel around the world to Great Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Alaska and many trips to Arizona, Texas and around Canada. Her last trip was to Texas in January 2009. Mavis had plans to travel right up until she turned 94 but was unable to travel due to health complications. Mavis was a Master Angler, enjoyed curling, camping and taking photos. She was very active in the United Church of Canada attending St. James' congregation since 1945. Mavis was a dedicated member of the United Church Women and had the pleasure of attending the U.C.W. Convention in Newfoundland at the age of 93. She was the Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. James Legion #4, as well as holding many other roles. Mavis was an active volunteer until the last year of her life doing such work as being on the Resident Council of Lions Manor. Mavis was a wonderful example of living a life of honesty, optimism and determination. She did not worry about things that she couldn't change. Mavis was very giving of herself and was always willing to lend a hand. Family was very important to Mavis. She was a devoted wife and mother - she loved and was loved. Mavis will be dearly missed. Mavis' family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at the Lions Manor, Misercordia Health Centre and Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg for the wonderful compassion and care shown to Mavis over the past eight months. In accordance with Mavis' wishes, cremation has taken place with a celebration of her life to take place at 1:30 p.m. at St. James United Church, 234 Parkview Street, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, March 27, 2010. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. To Those I Love and Those Who Loved Me When I am gone, release me, let me go.. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now its time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me if grieve you must; Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on; So if you need me, call and I will come, Though you can't see me or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear, All my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say, Welcome Home'. Annon Funeral Home and Crematorium 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca


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