MARGARET GRACE WARKENTIN (NEE REIMER)
1940 – 2022
All people die, but not all people live. Grace lived! Dedicated wife, mother of three, and friend of many. She left this world suddenly on Thursday November 3, 2022 at the age of 82.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Wilf, three children, Randy (Karla), Bonnie (Paddy), Tami (Andy), five grandchildren, Brodie (Rachel), CJ (Lindsay) Marie (Jeremy), David, and Andrew (Yetunde) and four beautiful great-grandchildren (with more on the way) who will be inundated with tales of “Gramma” as they grow. There are many sisters and brothers, sisters-in-law and extended family who will miss Grace.
She was born on February 26, 1940 to Maria and Peter D. Reimer, the 8th of 11 children. Grace met Wilf when she was in Grade 9 and he was in Grade 12. Wilf proposed when Grace was 16 and they married just after Grace’s 18th birthday. They would have been married for 65 years in May 2023. Grace was genuine to a fault, she had the heart of a lion and used her extensive vocabulary to provide words of encouragement, wisdom, occasionally sarcasm or to demonstrate her prowess at Scrabble. She loved to write poetry and received awards for some of her writing. After Grace’s stroke in 2019, Wilf cared for her and they found new happiness together. Grace recovered from her stroke sufficiently to still beat the contestants on her favourite TV shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. As recently as 4 days prior to her death, she was overheard wondering why the contestants on Wheel of Fortune could not solve the puzzle when it was so obvious to her. In addition to words, Grace had a long love affair with golf and downhill skiing. She travelled where she wanted to travel and mostly convinced Wilf to accompany her. Grace gave back to the community, often quietly and always with a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings she had received in her life. She learned about service as a child growing up in Steinbach, Manitoba. Her father, also a merchant, taught her about business and about charity. Her mother always had a room or meal available to anyone in need. Many of you remember Grace as the proprietor of Grace’s Clothes Cupboard, and the Diva of Corn and Apple Festival Fashion shows in Morden. She loved fashion and nothing gave her more joy than seeing the smiles as her customers left the store. Grace continued with fashion long after her store was closed when she became the President of Morden’s Caring and Sharing charity. She continued to feed and dress the less advantaged in the community. In addition to feeding the hungry, Grace ensured high school girls had prom dresses, that no one was without a warm coat and she even opened a “shoe store” where she invited those who could not afford new shoes to select new footwear. We still do not know where she procured all of those shoes! Grace believed that everything in her life led her to Caring and Sharing charity work. She wrote: “This was my calling. As Winston Churchill said: ‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.’ Now, I make my avocation, my vocation. Hunger Awareness is a focus that is real. I have gained more satisfaction and a keen insight into the sadder reality of struggling families and those learning to survive in a new country. ‘Freely you have received, freely give.’ (Matthew 10:8)”
Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Westside Community Church.
If you choose, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Grace’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, BTHC Expansion Fund. The family would like to thank the emergency services in Morden and the medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their quick responses and exceptional care. A special thanks to Grace’s family doctor, Dr. Kevin Convery. As children of Grace, we would like to thank our Dad for the incredible care he lovingly and faithfully provided Mom in her final years.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements