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MAUREEN GAIL PENNER (published on September 29, 2011)

MAUREEN GAIL PENNER (nee IVEY) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Surrounded by her family, Maureen passed away peacefully at Health Sciences Centre on September 26, 2011. Maureen was born April 17, 1938, in Carman Hospital, to Mary and Wilfred Ivey of Elm Creek. Throughout her childhood, Maureen lived and loved to work around the farm. When Maureen started school, she stayed in town with her Nana and Poppa Maas, delivering the milk with her Poppa, this was the start of much working and volunteering, in her life. At the age of 14 she was relegated to drive the grain truck for her dad, and although she hit the combine once nothing would deter her from helping out. Mum left the farm at age 16 to start her first job at the Bank of Montreal, in Winnipeg at Portage and Main. She stayed with her Aunt Iona and Ivan Dowler. Times were tough, and this brought Maureen back to Elm Creek to look after her parents' home, this is when Mum met the love of her life, Johnny Penner. Maureen and Johnny where married on October 27, 1956. John worked at Co-op Oil and Maureen at Skinner's Red and White and then at the Co-op Locker Plant in Elm Creek. They were blessed with two children: Rick and then Robbin two years later. Mum was devoted to her family, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and gardening, mastering all with the outmost care and excellence, no task was too large or small. She spent countless hours volunteering for many organizations and working at many places. Just to name a few, Syl's Drive Inn, Sanders Drug Store, Johnston Farm Supplies, Newman Hand Agencies, Carman Golf Course, and the Carman Legion. She contributed much time to the Carman Health Auxiliary and spent hours cutting and sewing gowns and covers for the O.R. bundles at Carman Hospital. There was volunteering with the U.C.W. and baking and serving at many lunches for funerals. Mum had a strong exterior but the softest of hearts and with that a heart to serve those around her and her community. She just was not afraid to try any job and it was always done with the superior quality that she required. Maureen balanced her life with the many hours spent in Mum and Dad's beautiful yard, she had the touch and care to create natures beauty. Planting yet more bulbs, roses, lilies, tulips and yes make sure there was feed out for all those birds that called their yard home. To her four grandchildren, she gave hugs and kisses and leaves them with special memories that they will cherish. There was repairing and shortening pants and jeans, sending baking home with them and replenishing the supply of salsa. Maureen was predeceased by her father, Wilfred Ivey and mother, Mary Ivey (Maas), and one brother-in-law Ernie Neufeld. She leaves to mourn her devoted husband, John; son Rick (Deb) Penner, grandsons Tyler, Chris and friend Janine of Carman; daughter Rob (Dennis) Watson, granddaughters Carley of Toronto, Chelsea and friend Dana of Winnipeg; sisters Sherry Neufeld and Jacqueline (Don) Hopkins of Winnipeg and their families. A celebration of Maureen's life will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Carman United Church, with interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, in Carman. A public viewing will be held that morning at 10:30 a.m. at Doyle's Funeral Chapel. If friends so desire, donations can be made to Health Sciences Centre, Pulmonary Ward (GH6), 700 William Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z3 or to Boundary Trails Health Centre, Box 2006 Stn. Main, Winkler, MB R6W 1H8. Doyle's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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