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Mariette Sunderland

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January 3, 1945 - March 18, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mariette Sunderland (née Guichon), announce her peaceful passing on Monday March 18th, 2024 at the age of 79. 

She was predeceased by her parents Aimé and Alice Guichon, both her siblings, Pauline Sourrisseau, Roger Guichon as well as her grandson Declan Erickson.  Despite her battle with her mental health, Mariette's compassionate heart touched the lives of all who knew her.

Mariette was born on January 3rd, 1945 at St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her four children; Jenny Erickson (Mark), Jamie Sunderland, Lisa Reyes (Rodrigo “G”), Cheryl Masesar (Dennis) as well as her seven grandchildren Declan, Janessa, Tyson, Alyssa, Helena, Gabrel and Talia, many relatives and friends. 

Mariette took immense pride in her appearance, always ensuring her clothes and hair were impeccably styled. Her signature touch of lipstick and nail polish that she applied throughout our youth was a great indication of the pride she took in her appearance as she wouldn’t be seen without either. Known for her unique habit of wrapping her hair in toilet paper before bed to maintain her hairstyle, mom's dedication to her appearance was a reflection of her joyful spirit and the pride she took in maintaining a strong sense of personal integrity. 

A lover of children, Mariette found joy in baking, crafting, and spending quality time with her grandchildren, she embraced life without a driver's license, navigating her world on her beloved bicycle as well as the public transit which gave her some independence. Her green thumb was evident in the beautiful flower beds she tended with care each summer. Mariette was a woman of high standards, particularly when it came to her attire. She had a distinct sense of style and wasn't afraid to insist that things be done her way, especially when it came to her wardrobe.

Country music was the soundtrack of Mariette's life, with Don Williams and Daniel O'Donnell serving as her favourite companions. Their melodies filled her heart with warmth and comfort, creating a backdrop for the cherished moments she shared with her family. Family was Mariette's cornerstone, the source of her greatest joy and fulfillment. She tirelessly worked to bring everyone together, cherishing each moment spent in their company.

Notes were mom's way of leaving her mark on the world around her, her words could be found adorning every corner of her home.  She always had her “paperwork” to do, so many papers. Her faith was a guiding light in her life, and prayer was her steadfast companion through every triumph and trial.

Mom possessed a remarkable ability to see the goodness in others and treated everyone with kindness and respect, her generous nature extended to all, despite her own modest means. She was someone who was conscientious about her own standards and also empathetic and generous towards others. She would consistently seek to uplift and recognize the positive qualities in people around her, demonstrating kindness and appreciation through both words and actions. Whether engaging in her favourite pastimes of bingo and card games with her children or engaging in lively conversations, Mariette's vibrant energy and loud voice despite her petite form, her “powerhouse” voice filled every room. She was known to have a bit of a “rubber neck” when playing cards, otherwise known as cheating or as her dad would say she would take too long as she would not stop talking. We looked forward to our many conversations for which she did 90% of the talking, we would laugh knowing that if we were the lucky one to answer her call we would receive at least another five within a short period of time. Conversations with her in her later years often involved the following, “please don’t interrupt me or I will forget what I was saying”. Little did she know we never had a chance to ever interrupt her as she didn’t give us the opportunity to get a word in. We will miss those calls more than we ever thought we would admit to. Above all, Mariette was a champion for others, fiercely standing up for what she believed in. She believed her purpose on earth was to help others, and her legacy of kindness and advocacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

Though mom was a true homebody, finding solace in the familiarity of her own bed, she made exceptions for the sake of her loved ones. Despite her reluctance to travel, she joined us on a few adventures, making memories that we will forever cherish.

In honouring Mariette's memory, let us remember her unwavering standards, her love for family, her faith, and her quiet strength. Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit lives on in the love she shared and the memories she created. Rest in peace, dear mom. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will endure in our hearts forever.

Mariette Sunderland leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and compassion. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. 

We wish to thank the staff at Foyer Valade /Action Marguarite St.Vital for their caring and compassion during Mariette's final days.

In accordance with Mariette's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. 

Mariette’s family kindly requests that all of 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, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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