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Marie Linda Thomas
May 16, 1936 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
On Friday, October 13th, Marie Thomas passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-seven. Marie was more often called “Granny” and “Sweet Marie” by all those who were blessed to know her and love her. Marie’s purpose in life was to be a caregiver. She was “Mom” to her children whom she loved dearly, as well as countless foster and neighborhood children she cared for like a mother through the years. She leaves behind her son, Andrew (Andy) and daughter-in-law, Jessie; her “girl”, daughter, Valerie; and son, Michael (Mike) Jr. and daughter-in-law, Veronica, who miss her tremendously already. Marie was “Granny” to her granddaughters Ashley (fiancé, Brad), Katie, and Olivia; grandson, Michael “Mikey” the third, and her great-granddaughter, Zailey. Granny loved them more than anything in the world and they equally loved and adored her. The family finds peace in knowing that she is united and together forever with the love of her life and husband of sixty-three years, Michael “Grampa” Thomas, whom she has been lost without since his passing in January. Marie had many loved ones there to greet her in Heaven including her beloved son, Eric, her parents, and numerous other family and friends.
Marie was born on Zuk's Island near Sherridon, Manitoba. She lived most of her life in Northern Manitoba. Marie was a nurse when she met the love of her life, Michael Thomas Sr. She cared for him that day and every day afterward for the rest of their lives. They married in Grand Rapids, Manitoba and moved to Thompson, Manitoba where they built their home and raised their beautiful family. Granny’s generosity, sense of humor, and kind, caring nature earned her the nickname “Sweet Marie”. No matter where she lived through the years, the door to her home was always open to anyone and everyone and she made sure no one left without a good laugh, a full belly, and feeling loved. In Thompson, Marie spent many years caring for children, working at the Strand Theatre and later at the Awasis Agency of Northern Manitoba as a Social Worker until she retired. In her retirement years in Winnipeg, she enjoyed visiting her dear sister, Linda, playing Bingo, shopping at “Tiger Store” and bargain hunting at thrift shops, and going to the casino with “Grampa” or simply sitting on the bench in front of the house together with him. More than anything, she cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild telling stories, teaching them to cook and make bannock, and she was their biggest hockey, dance, and cheerleading fan. Marie valued the gift of time spent with family and friends, showed them how much she genuinely cared, and made everyone feel special. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Wake service will be held on Tuesday October 17,2023 from 6 p.m. till 12 midnight at Eternal Grace Funerals, 1111 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg. Funeral service will follow on Wednesday October 18,2023 at 11 a.m. also at the chapel. Interment Brookside Cemetery.
We’ll see you, “Granny”. Love you! Until we meet again.