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MARY JEAN MUSIL (published on September 21, 2011)

MARY JEAN MUSIL (nee IRWIN) On September 18, 2011, Mary Musil passed away peacefully at the Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, BC. Mary was born on October 11, 1928 in Winnipeg, MB. She will be lovingly remembered by her son, David, her sister Anne Schlieper of Ottawa and nephews, Paul and Mark (Anna) Schlieper (sons Ryan and Luke), and also cousins Clare Haskin, Joan Colwell, and Maureen McMillan (Mel), and numerous other close friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her ex-husband, Don Musil, and parents Jean and Joe Irwin, buried in Stonewall, MB. Mrs. Musil was a school teacher for 27 years. She taught in various town and country schools, as well as 12 years in Oakenwald School, Fort Garry and eight years in Fontenac School, in Winnipeg. She was mainly a primary teacher, including kindergarten. Mary did volunteer work in many different capacities: librarian's assistant, typist and office clerk, receptionist, nurse's aide, resource and kindergarten helper, day-care helper, and Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Musil spent her early years in Woodlands, MB, where she enjoyed the outdoor life, especially horseback riding. She received her education up to Grade VI from her mother (who was a teacher), and Grades VII to X from Correspondence Course. Later she attended Stonewall Collegiate, Normal School, and the University of Manitoba, and took various language, business, and teaching courses. Her greatest job lay in bringing up her son, David. Mary and David spent a lot of time together, and especially enjoyed a trip to Southern Ireland in 1975. Mary's favourite hobbies were painting, reading, and knitting. She also enjoyed curling and dancing. After retirement, she looked after ex-husband Don Musil for many years after he went blind. She moved to Port Coquitlam, BC on August 2, 2000 and remained there until her passing. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 - 72 Ave., Surrey, BC, phone: (604) 596-7196. It will be a graveside service and Rev. John Mash will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the charity of your choice.

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