GAIL ANNABEL MORRIS
July 16, 1949 – March 2, 2021
Gail Annabel Morris (née Oehm) peacefully passed away on March 2, 2021 in her home, surrounded by her loving family, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Gail was born July 16, 1949 in Stratford, Ontario. Gail was a beloved wife and best friend of David Walter Morris. Devoted mother of Walt (Cassandra) Morris and Wade (Lucy) Morris. Dear daughter of the late Annabel (née Grace) and Mervyn Oehm and daughter-in-law of the late Ray and Dorothy Morris. Loving grandmother to Brendan, Jared, Rachel, Ryan, Nicolae, and Ivan. Gail is survived by sister Gloria Weitzel, brother-in-law Harvey Marshall, brothers and sisters-in-law Dennis and Barb Morris and Terry and Barb Morris. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Gail was predeceased by older brothers, sister, and sister-in-law Floyd and Ida Smythe, Owen Smythe, and Gwen Marshall. Also predeceased by brother-in-law Bob Weitzel, Steve Morris, and Jim Morris.
Gail met the love of her life Dave, and they married in 1965. They just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on January 8th. Together they raised two sons Walt and Wade. Gail was a dedicated wife and mother she treasured and embraced every moment with them. Family was everything to Gail. Some of her fondest memories were watching her sons play hockey, and family trips to Sand Lake, ON. Later in life, Gail and Dave enjoyed travelling together to warmer climates like Florida and Mexico.
Gail loved to work. There was never a job too large or too small that she would not tackle. She would get it done to perfection. Her leadership qualities were undeniable and have been passed down to her two boys. She was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She spent over twenty years working at Dominion Chain and then took on a new role which fit Gail to a tee. She used her charisma and gift of talking to people becoming a Real Estate Broker in Stratford, ON.
In 2011 Gail and Dave moved to Winnipeg, MB to be closer to their eldest son Walt and to enjoy retirement. Wade and his family have since followed to Winnipeg for the family to be all together. Gail quickly realized retirement was not in her vocabulary. She was the epitome of hard working, her will and passion to work led her to be involved in many roles within Walt’s businesses. Dave’s support and partnership allowed her to shine in everything she wanted to do.
Gail had an infectious personality and always made a lasting impression on everyone she met. Making friends with whoever she touched. She had strong values, teaching her family to always treat people with respect, kindness, and that integrity is everything.
Gail was a wonderful cook. She loved baking and canning, especially with her Mom Annabel. Gail enjoyed her time at Lake of the Woods with her family, fishing, playing crib, relaxing, and most of all enjoying delicious meals, and her favorite beverage on the dock watching the sunset. Most of all she loved and adored her husband Dave. They truly experienced love at first sight and did everything in life with each other.
She lived on her own terms and was happy to leave when God called her into His eternal care. Gail will be forever remembered for her beautiful smile, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace, and unconditional love. She was, and always will be, one of a kind. Gail will always be remembered, and never forgotten.
The family would like to thank all of the health care professionals from Cancer Care Manitoba and the Palliative Care Program who comforted and cared for Gail in her final months.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held in Stratford, ON at a later date (TBD), when it is safe to gather. In the meantime, Gail’s family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by Gail’s family.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
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