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JEAN MARIE MALLETTE
September 28, 1934 - October 8, 2023
Marie passed on October 8, 2023 at the age of 89 at Seven Oaks Hospital.
Marie was predeceased by her parents Bill and Isla Cruickshank, her brother Glenn, and her loving husband, George. She is survived by her four daughters Donna (Doug), Judie, Kelly, Mikki, and her 5 grandchildren Christopher, Brett, Kayla, Allison (Chad) and Sarah.
Born in Birtle, Manitoba, her family moved to Winnipeg to the Norwood area, where she eventually met her husband George. Marie began the pursuit of her love for figure skating by teaching at the Fort Garry Community Club, and helped organize many Winter Carnivals. She went on to teach figure and power skating in St. Vital and Lorette.
George and Marie were actively involved with snowmobile racing in its early years. Marie was crowned the winner of the Canadian Powderpuff Championships in Beausejour, Manitoba. They enjoyed many weekends at racing events all over the province.
Brereton Lake held a special place in her heart. The girls have many memories of summers spent swimming and water skiing. George and Marie also spent time at Bird River and had many hijinx with Marge and Gil Bruce at Dogtooth Lake. They finally retired to Betula Lake where they spent many happy years.
Marie’s favourite lifelong pastimes were newspaper crosswords, reading and knitting. She always had a book on the go and a bag full of wool. Her daughters reminisce about all the Mary Maxim sweaters Mom knit for them. In later years, she turned to socks, with everyone proudly having many pairs of colourful “Gramma socks”. Marie also spent many hours knitting articles for charity, and was honoured with her group of friends by a local MLA in the Manitoba Legislature.
Other memories of Marie include her many volunteer hours at St. Amant Center, taking kids swimming. She also spent many tireless hours in the canteen at the Lorette Sports Centre . Mom always took immense pride in having a clean home and a beautiful yard. She loved her dogs Muffy, Buddy, Sam, Tammy, Shaz, Bear, and little Dudley. She treasured her time with good friend Mary Anne Vieville at Fancy Her Fashions. Her daughters fondly remember their favourite birthday dinner Marie’s special spaghetti and meatballs. She was a friend to many, including a lifelong friendship with her neighbour from Barton Ave, Irene Rossman, Joan Mitosinka from Lorette, Marilyn from Betula Lake, and Carol Schmidt. She loved her excursions with the Betula Lake Red Hats!
In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution in Marie’s memory to any animal shelter or charity of your choice.
There will be no funeral service held. The family encourages the sharing of stories, memories and condolences by using the comment section on this tribute page.
Thank you to the 5th Floor nurses at Seven Oaks Hospital and the Homecare nurses for their wonderful care.
“Those we love do not leave us;
They walk alongside us everyday .
Unseen, unheard, but always near.”
We miss you Mom and will always love you.
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