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On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Muriel Nancy Stuart (nee Maslanka) passed away at Regina Wascana Rehab Centre at the age of 83 years. Muriel was predeceased by her husband Edward Stuart; parents Nick and Anna Maslanka of Winnipeg; and an infant sister Mary. Muriel is survived by her sons David (Kathleen) of Ocean Isle Beach N.C. USA, Terence (Lynne) of Regina, SK; grandchildren Maitland Blackwell Jr. of Regina, SK, Rachelle Stuart of New York, NY, Erinn Stuart of Glenview IL, Sean (Jennifer) Stuart of Plant City, FL; great grandchildren Gabrielle, Connor, Grace, Sarah, Nathan, Gavin, Olivia and Rachel; brothers John, Tony and Merlin Maslanka; sisters Jessie Karas, Stephie Wachal and Elsie Unick, all of Winnipeg, MB; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and numerous friends. Muriel was raised on a small farm just north east of Winnipeg. After completing her education (a two room school house) she moved into Winnipeg and got a job at the Western Packing Co. of Canada, a meat packing plant. There, a young man caught her eye, Ed Stuart. To get his attention she locked him in the meat freezer. The deed was done. They married in 1949 and remained married until his death in 2004, 55 years and two sons. Shortly after their marriage Ed reenlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and she became a military wife. Thus began her life of travel. Winnipeg, Calgary, Germany, Victoria and finally Regina where Ed retired from the army and Muriel put down lifelong roots and again became active in her faith. Muriel in many ways was a woman ahead of her time. She found that after her sons had started school just keeping house did not fill her day, so she took part time work as a store clerk. This was something she would do in most of their postings, though always prioritizing her children. When the men went to Cyprus for 6 months she and the Colonel's wife organized and took the local Cub Pack on a Cub Camp, commandeering two privates to drive the bus and cook. If Ed was away in the summer Muriel would throw her two boys in the car and off they would go to Winnipeg, to the small farm where she was raised. Muriel retired from The Bay in Regina in 1988. After retirement, Family, Faith, Friends and Travel continued to be her priorities. She took cruises and trips with Ed. After he passed she went to Belize to spread her faith. She went to Jordan to visit family where Dave organized a clandestine meeting with "a brother" so she could go to a secret meeting of the Jehovah's Witnesses, then onto Egypt to see the Pyramids and a ride on a camel. She also visited Jerusalem where Christ walked. Mom, you are loved. You are missed. You are an inspiration. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to
Regina Funeral Home - Regina
4001 East Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK SK S4V 3A3
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2014