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MARJORIE TOEWS (published on June 08, 2010)

MARJORIE TOEWS After a hard struggle with mental illness, Marj ended her life Saturday, June 5, 2010, a day before her 52nd birthday. Beloved partner of Sean Richens, she is survived by her mother, Elvira Toews, her sister Miriam (and Richard), nieces Ana Kaya Chipelski (and Stevan), Georgia Toews (and Eric), and nephew Owen Toews (and Bronwyn), and their father Neal Rempel. She was predeceased by her father, Melvin Toews. She will be greatly missed by all her extended family and the friends whose loyalty and love she so easily inspired. Marj was born June 6, 1958 in Steinbach where she attended Elmdale School and Steinbach Regional Secondary School. She moved to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where she earned an M.A. in History. Marj was an accomplished pianist, made her youthful tour of Europe, and devoted much time to her nieces and nephew. Her desire to be involved in the community and politics led her to a long association with Friends of Sherbrook Pool, saving this historical building from demolition and preserving one of the few recreational facilities for inner-city youth. After her father's passing she was appointed to the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Committee to speak for greater family involvement in mental health care. Sean came into her life in 1994 and they settled down to complete each other in their shared love of music, literature and private wit. She took this opportunity to write seriously and had her first success with a children's picture book, Black-and-White Blanche. Friends and family are invited to remember Marj on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Crossways in Common, 222 Furby St. The family thanks all the health care workers, who did their best for Marj.

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