Mary McTavish was the only daughter born at Cardale Mb. to Thomas James McTavish and Anna Maude McTavish (Walkey). She enjoyed her childhood with her four older brothers Ches, Norman, Lorne and Wid. Mary loved and was good at sports especially track and field, swimming at Sandy Lake and later at Clear Lake, she always wanted to dip her toes into any body of water she came across. She was a proficient swimmer and taught all of her kids and grandkids to enjoy the water. She completed her schooling at Cardale Grade 11 and always enjoyed learning, she had a curiosity about the world around her, the birds and flowers, all creatures great and small. Mom was social, enjoyed meeting people and stopping for a chat.She was a member of the Horticultural Society and loved her wildflower garden.
Mom met a dashing young man at a local dance named Bill Webb and before long they were married on August 16th 1951 at Cardale. They would have been married 69years. Mary was the last of the Cardale McTavishs. During their married life Mom and Dad had many adventures together, travelling across Canada and later parts of the States in their various campers, most built or modified by Dad like the school bus conversion.They loved to camp and fish at Lake Audy and travelled to many Manitoba lakes , five kids in tow!It was a fun time for the family, Mom had a cheerful and fun-loving nature and a wonderful laugh. Mom had a love of music, she had a sweet singing voice and especially loved singing hymns, ”In the Garden” was a favorite. She was a lifetime member of Minnedosa United Church, UCW, and always found comfort and strength in her faith. She also liked watching movies, something to “make you laugh”. She worked alongside Dad and we kids when they ran the Lyric Theatre, you could hear her infectious laughter and giggles from the back of the theatre, we will miss that smile and good humor. Mom lived in her own home until it was no longer possible and moved into the Minnedosa Personal Care Home in January of this year, where she joined Dad, the love of her life. They were content being together, holding hands doting on each other and dining together. The last week of her life she especially wanted to be close to “her Bill”. Not surprisingly, Dad lost his will to live and passed away one week later on August 7th. God Bless Them Both.
Mary is survived by her children and families. Cathie (Bob)Gwyer, Patti (Bob)McFee, Joyce (Russ)Phillips, Marlene Webb, Keith (Jack)Webb. She took joy in her grandsons Scott(Lynn)Gwyer, Peter(Erin)Gwyer, Jeff(Tracy)Phillips, John(Kelsey)Phillips and Rob(Elana)McFee. Mom always loved babies and children and considered her great grandkids a blessing: Nolan and Wyatt Phillips, twins Evan and Ella Gwyer and Ellen. Also survived by Win McTavish, nieces and nephews and numerous Webb family “connection”. Mom, you brought happiness and a ray of sunshine into our lives and we will remember you always.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
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