MARCH: Mary March (nee Knight). With her family at her side, Mary March passed away at her family home in Winnipeg on Thursday, November 26, 2020. She was 98 years "young" and died of natural causes. She will be laid to rest at a future date, when COVID and weather permit, in her hometown of Dunblane, Saskatchewan. Mom always said that "all good people come from Saskatchewan ". She was predeceased by her husband George and her eldest son Jordy in 1988; her father Clarence and mother Irene; her brother Buster and sister in law Gwen; and brother in law Russell Murray. She had a warm and fun disposition – like her mother - and will be missed by her children John, Terry and his wife Susan and Linda; her siblings Dolly Murray and Bob Knight (Lucy); and her numerous nieces and nephews (Knight's, Forrest 's, Murray's and Karpo's) that considered her the family matriarch after her mother's passing in 1984. She was fondly known as "Auntie Sis" because as the eldest she was called "Sis" by her siblings. She was many things over her lifetime - a wartime bride who had her first child while her husband was overseas fighting; a devoted wife, mother and homemaker as her family grew; a liberated woman who held her own opinions and sought out new roles and challenges once her children moved out; evolving yet again to a world traveller after her husband passed. Mom was a people person – like her Aunt Laura Newman who was her school teacher at Brilliant Star School. They both believed that "people are inherently good". She belonged to many groups and was well known for her sunny disposition and keen interest in others. She belonged to Friendship Forces and travelled to Japan and China, New Zealand and Georgia, USA staying with local families to fully experience their world and promote understanding. She was involved in the International Toastmistress Club holding many leadership positions and helping establish the first business women's club in Winnipeg. She had a creative spirit – and was very involved in the Horticultural Society long before landscaping was popular. Her yard was beautiful and inspired many conversations with local walkers and bred other gardeners in her neighbourhood. She took up painting and was good enough that we're proud to display her works in our homes. She always dressed with pride and a flair. She loved animal prints, a nice shoe, and of course accessories to pull it all together. Her home was decorated seasonally – with the help of her son John - to celebrate the various holidays. Mom was community minded – petitioning for school buses and fighting developments that threatened the use of neighbourhood parks and walking paths for family leisure activities. She was part of the founding members and Board of Directors of a local Seniors Active Living Centre that eventually grew to 1500+ members. She was a very proud Canadian and flew a flag at her front door and promoted large businesses - including The Bay and Eaton's - to do the same in an era when it wasn't done. Her presence will be missed but her influence will live on in all that she taught us and accomplished. __________________________________________________
Published in The Outlook from Dec. 10, 2020 to Jan. 9, 2021.