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FORD, MURIEL PHYLLIS (nee COBB) Muriel died peacefully, in the presence of family, at Michael Garron Hospital, on June 10, 2021, age 94. Muriel was predeceased by her parents Charles and Elizabeth Cobb, her siblings Charles Francis Cobb, Bessie Anderson and her niece Nansi Nikiforuk (Anderson). In addition to many close and loyal friends, Muriel will be missed by her nephews Jon Cobb (Karen), Bruce Cobb (Karen) and Bill Anderson (Nancy) and all of the Cobb, Anderson and Nikiforuk families. Muriel was born and lived most of her life in Toronto, but with fond memories of her brief experiences living in rural Ontario and Bowen Island, BC. As a successful visual artist, Muriel was juried into The Society of Canadian Artists. She was a respected member of Haiku Canada and her poems won numerous global awards over a period of more than 20 years. Muriel also worked as a legal secretary, primarily to help support her artistic endeavours. Muriel was ahead of her time with her longstanding interest and belief in the benefits and healing power of meditation and Reiki, which she continued to practice her entire life. Muriel will be remembered as a caring and thoughtful person who was unselfish while following her passions with commitment and enthusiasm. Muriel was resilient, positive and optimistic in dealing with the many medical challenges she faced during her life and with her friends and family, to the very end, she maintained her unique wit and love of nature, both of which are reflected in her Haiku poetry. In Muriel's memory, donations may be made to the First Unitarian Congregation at 175 St Clair Ave. W., Toronto, ON M4V 1P7. A celebration of life will be held later in the summer when COVID-19 restrictions are further relaxed. how green the sunlight inside the almost half-empty wine bottle

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Published in Toronto Star on Jun. 17, 2021.
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