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MEGGISON: 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 Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta 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.

As published in Brandon Sun on Apr 27, 2021

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