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Alice "Helen" (Finlay) Meggison

July 31, 1920 ~ April 8, 2021 (age 100)

Obituary

In Loving Memory of
Helen Meggison
(nee Finlay)
age 100
lovingly remembered by her children
 Larry (Nola), Elizabeth (Luc), and 
Danny (Heather) as well as their families. Helen was predeceased by her husband 
Jim in 1962.


Died
April 8, 2021
Bren-Del-Win Lodge
Deloraine, Manitoba


A private family graveside service will take place at Goodlands 
Cemetery at a later date.

Donations in memory of Helen may be made 
to the Goodlands Cemetery Fund c/o Brenda Waskada Municipality Box 40 Waskada, MB 
R0M 2E0 or to a charity of ones choice.

 

Alice Helen (Finlay) Meggison 1920-2021
We are saddened to announce the passing of Helen Meggison Thursday April 8, 2021 at
Bren-Del-Win Lodge, Deloraine Mb.
Helen, aka Mama, was born July 31,1920 on the Milt Finlay family farm NW 19-1-23
on the western slopes of the Turtle Mountains. When Helen was very young, her
mother, Bertha (Sweetman Souster) Finlay, needed to be hospitalized. A young Scottish
woman, Betty Sutherland, came to be the housekeeper and caregiver for Helen’s father
Milt, brother Roy and herself. Betty became a mother to the children and looked after
them like they were her own. Helen’s childhood was like most of her generation. She
attended Croydon school up to grade nine and then attended Goodlands school, boarding
with Mr and Mrs Fox.
 In 1939, she married Jim Meggison from Waterloo school district. They lived on the
Meggison family farm, raising three children – Larry, Elizabeth and Danny. Mama
worked hard on the farm. Besides household chores, there were cows to be milked,
chickens/turkeys to be fed, and she always had a large garden. She especially enjoyed
picking wild fruit in the bush. But there were lots of good times too. Mama often told
stories of getting together with neighbors and cousins to go to a dance somewhere or a
picnic or a Sunday afternoon at Flossie lake. Mama had a great love of the farm and
was always interested in the activities of the season.
 In 1962 after our dad passed away, she remained on the farm until 1972. She then
moved to Goodlands after Betty’s sudden death to take care of her father until his
passing in 1976. She remained in her “house by the side of the road” until 2017. With
Mama’s lifelong love of animals, especially cats, she always had a cat or new kitten who
became her housecat and companion. Due to her declining health she moved into room
#6 at Bren-Del-Win Lodge in Deloraine.
 Mama was a dedicated church member being involved in many church activities. She
liked to organize social events for the New Horizons and could be counted on to provide
cookies for any town meetings. Her other interests included knitting Mary Maxim
sweaters, and mitts and sweaters for new babies. During the war she contributed by
sending care packages to her brother Roy and others serving overseas at that time.
Mama loved to bake and we all were recipients of buns, pies, cakes, cookies and butter
tarts. She was an active member of the Goodlands Quilters.
 Mama liked to go for a drive in the countryside and end up at a family member’s home
to visit. She did go further from home on a yearly visit to Quebec to see Luc, Elizabeth
and boys. Also there were trips to Ont, B.C., Alta and Hawaii. But most of all she
enjoyed having someone drop in for a cup of tea and a visit.
 Mama will be greatly missed by Larry and Nola and their family-Lorie (Rob), Faye,
Brad (Tori), Steve (Coral), Sharon (Billie). Elizabeth and Luc and their family Mathieu(Courtney), Michel(Mimi), Simon(Alexia). Dan and Heather and their family Jim(Teresa), Jay, Sonja(Dallas) Great grandchildren – Dallas, Holly, Molly, Dylan, 
Alex, Zoe, Sheena (Tyler), Katie, George (Selena), Jillia, Sarah, Liam, Brett (Maeghan)
Wes(Julie), Tara (Brennan), Josie, Taylar, Darius, Madison, Kelsey, Emerson
 According to Mama’s wishes a private graveside service was held on Wednesday, April
21 at Goodlands cemetery.

 

Whoever you are, be noble,
 Whatever you do, do well,
 Whenever you speak, speak kindly,
 Make joy wherever you dwell.

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