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MARLENE ANDERSON (published on January 13, 2011)



MARLENE ANDERSON With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved mother Marlene on January 8, 2011 in her sons arms with her faithful companion Maggie at her side. She leaves behind her devastated children Kathy (John), Wendy, Doug, Jim (Nicole); grandchildren Bill, Jenn, BriAnne, Katie, Lauren, Erik and Carter; much loved sister Judy (Bob) niece Pam (Bryan, Carter, Jaxon and Parker) and nephew Jeff (Michelle). She was predeceased by her incredible parents Bill and Anne Allum. Mom was born on July 30, 1940 in Orillia, Ontario and spent most of her young life in the United States and Ontario before moving back to Winnipeg in her late teens. After graduating from Lord Selkirk School she went to work for MTS until the birth of her children and then dedicated herself to their upbringing. Mom went back to work later in life with the Winnipeg School Division as a Teacher's Assistant working with Special Needs children at Grosvenor, Sir John Franklin, Greenway, Rockwood and Grant Park schools and retired in 2000. Always active in the community, she was a dedicated volunteer at both Westridge and Crescentwood Community Centres where she held various positions and gave countless hours of her time. Mom's greatest joy was her children and then her grandchildren and was a constant source of inspiration for us all. We marvelled at her determination, strength, courage and never quit' attitude, not only in the last few months but over her entire life. Life handed her more than her fair share of setbacks, but she was never down for long. She always persevered with a smile on her face. This legacy will stay with us all forever. What an example for us all! Mom never once put herself first and everything she did was for her children providing them with a solid foundation of love and the importance of family. From outward appearance she was a tiny little grandma' but don't dare call her that she preferred cool nana'. She loved to drive fast and her vehicle of choice was her Camaro. She loved all sports but only considered some of them real' sports and slo pitch was not one of them. But after much convincing by her children, she joined their team and played shortstop. She looked prim and proper but would throw out the odd off color remark or a quick jab just to keep you on your toes. Even last February she would go out on the ice and do an axle or a sit spin just to prove that she still could or do an hour of Tae Bo and leave her grandchildren in the dust. Always on the go, she enjoyed rollerblading to Assiniboine Park, cycling to the Forks or walking her dog. And don't challenge her to an arm wrestle. As many boys at Grant Park discovered, she could pin you in a minute. Despite her children's pleas to let them do things for her she was extremely stubborn and independent and did everything on her own including shingling her roof and hanging her Christmas lights on her one and a half story home, wiring a light fixture, fixing the leak in her plumbing, repairing her car or lifting her sidewalk well into her 60s. Asking for help was not in her vocabulary and slowing down was not on her agenda. Besides her children, Mom's other great love was skating. Starting at a young age she moved up the ranks, winning the Ontario provincial title. She continued skating and was known in Ontario as the little skater with the big axel. After competing, Mom enjoyed coaching and taught in various rinks around the city (mostly River Heights and Grant Park) for over 50 years. Thousands of Winnipeg children developed a love of skating because of our Mom. From the youngest preschoolers to elite hockey teams, her expertise was in demand around the city. She ran clinics for Canadian Professional Hockey Schools, St. John Ravenscourt, AA Hawks, Twins and Suns and various high school teams, but always loved the littlest skaters. Not only was Mom a gifted skater, she also excelled at track and field specifically long jump, hurdles and the 60 yard dash. She also was an accomplished fastball player and won city and provincial titles - both as a player and a coach and was named MVP in the provincial playdowns. As well, Mom was instrumental in the early beginnings of Ringette in Fort Garry. She loved coaching and her players loved her with one of them calling her every year on Mother's Day to wish her a Happy Mother's Day. She was the second Mom' to many kids in the neighbourhood as she always had an open door and something freshly baked. Many children felt welcome, safe, important, and listened to at Mrs. A's house. A memorial service will be held at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, but if friend's desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (Terry Fox Run) or the Winnipeg Humane Society in Mom's memory would be greatly appreciated. We are so proud to be the children of such an amazing, strong, loving, independent woman. We will carry her love with us forever. Mom the rink has been flooded and Nana and Grampa are waiting with your skates. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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