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Born: Jun 27, 1934

Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2022

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(nee DAVIES)

June 27, 1934 - March 21, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that Marilyn's family announces her passing on March 21, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Drain in December 2016.
Left to treasure her memory are her daughters, Rebecca and Melanie (James).
Marilyn was proud of her three University Degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Pedagogy) and worked as a teacher for many years. She taught many different courses but her passion was always teaching High School History (Political Sciences). She also taught a course called Travel (considered to be a History course) in which students learned about a specific country and then travelled to that country. She retired from teaching in 1998 from the Lord Selkirk School Division. Marilyn had many passions during her life. In her early life she was a Skip on a curling team which brought her great joy. She loved her daughters with all her heart, loved swimming in her backyard pool, loved going to Winnipeg Jets games and Winnipeg Goldeyes games, she loved all her numerous pets and she loved travelling around the world.
The family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood Lodge in Stonewall, Manitoba for their care and compassion during her illness.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
A private family memorial will be held in the near future.
Special thank you to Jamie, our mom loves you so much.

Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • Melanie, I read about your incredible mother in the Free Press; what a beautiful tribute to a very special woman! I know we haven't seen each other in years, but as soon as I saw the lovely photo of you and your Mom, I remembered you telling me about how important your family is to you. Although I never met your mother, it's clear that she had a profound effect on so many people in her life and I now see from where your lovely smile originates! I hope that you can reflect on and enjoy treasured memories with your mother whenever you miss her presence and earthly love. You taught me about skin care and makeup as a teenager, so I thank your mother for your ability to connect with young people, as she did. As a teacher now, I am moved by the incredible joy and life lessons Marilyn brought to countless students!! May she rest in peace. Take care, Melanie! - Posted by: Erica Pflug (Friend of Melanie) on: Aug 15, 2023

  • I read MARILYN‘s story in The Free Press Passages section. First off my belated condolences. My grandmother was Edna Drain, Hourie, Roe. Our daughter is doing research into the Hourie & Drain families living in and around Portage la Prairie. Would you be willing to get together to discuss the Drain side of the family? - Posted by: Kevin Hourie (Relative) on: Apr 08, 2023

  • Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom and my former history teacher. She had intelligence, dignity and a respectful classroom presence that in part contributed to my desire to teach. My 35 year career in education was due in part to her influence. May your memories comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. - Posted by: Mary (Former student (class of ‘75)) on: Apr 04, 2023

  • Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom and my former history teacher. She had intelligence, dignity and a respectful classroom presence that in part contributed to my desire to teach. My 35 year career in education was due in part to her influence. May your memories comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. - Posted by: Mary (Former student (class of ‘75)) on: Apr 04, 2023

  • Condolences on the passing of your mom. She was a great teacher, who I remember as firm and fair. Looking back now, she was so brave to take so many high school kids on great adventures. Very good memories of the group that travelled together as part of her class. She made a difference in many lives. - Posted by: Colleen T (Student) on: Apr 02, 2023

  • I remember Marilyn when she was our teacher and her name was then "Miss Davies" and she taught Phys Ed at Nelson Mac. She was so serious, and very pretty, and I think it was when she first started teaching and we were all fighting for position. I just remember when a classmate of ours had a relative pass away and Miss Drain took her under her wing and helped her through a very difficult time with tenderness and sympathy. She was so kind to Sandy and I'm sure the girl never forgot the kindness and caring. Miss Davies was special from that moment on in my eyes and I always admired her compassion to her students. Please know we as her former students send our deepest sympathies. God Bless - Posted by: Linda (Broeska) Lane (Student) on: Apr 14, 2022

  • HELLO DEAR GIRLS - So sorry to read of Marilyn's passing. Your Mom & I were friends in Gr 9 as I had moved to McAdam Ave then. In Gr 10 she went to St John Tech & I stayed in West Kildonan Collegiate. So we lost touch altho we did occasionally see one another at times. I thought I would let you know that I have pictures of your Mom & you would be welcome to have them, They are pretty grainey from being so old but I would mail them to you if you want them. So far I have found only 2 but if I find any more I will mail them to you too. She had a neighbour she went to school with that I correspond with still & I let him know that his school friend had passed away. My thoughts & condolences are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Irene Cox nee Jamieson (Old friend from McAdam Ave) on: Apr 04, 2022

  • Dear Rebecca and Melanie, We know the important and loving role your mother played in both your lives, nurturing you as children, and supporting you through life's challenges as adults. Sadness has been bestowed upon you with her illness and her passing. It is bittersweet when you know she is gone but also that it is the end of any suffering, for all involved. May she rest in peace, and may her memories warm your hearts with love when you are missing her. Love, Cathy & June - Posted by: Cathy Hutcheson & June Schram (Cousins) on: Apr 01, 2022

  • My deep condolences on the loss of your mother. She was an amazing educator and influenced many of her students to strive for excellence. Although my degree was in Music Education, I minored in History and Political Science at Brandon University. During my 40+ year career as a Band Director, I had several opportunities to teach History. I would like to think some of her influence was there in my lessons. - Posted by: Donald Horbas (Former Student (1970s)) on: Mar 31, 2022

  • I'm so sorry to hear the loss that you girls have suffered with your mom. I can totally relate. I never knew your mom nor did she ever teach me. But I know she must have been an amazing woman because she raised two amazing girls and her beautiful kind funny caring generous my thoughts and prayers are with you both. Hugs💞💔 - Posted by: Jeri Zoppa (Friends) on: Mar 30, 2022

  • Rebecca, Melanie - So sorry to hear of your Mom, Aunt Marilyn’s passing. I remember spending some time in your back yard pool. I have lots of good memories with all my cousins. She’s up there now with Uncle Robert having a glass of wine…heavenly wine! Wayde Drain, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba - Posted by: Wayde Drain (cousin ) on: Mar 29, 2022

  • My deep condolences on the loss of your mom. Melanie, I went with you amd your dad through your mom's class on the trip to the Soviet Union in 1987. She was an amazing woman in my eyes. Later when I worked for a time at Gaffers as a server, your mom and dad would come in from time to time on long, leisurely dinner dates, where they would share a bottle of wine and savour each course. They enjoyed each other's company so much, it was adorable. I have very warm memories of them both, as I'm sure you have many. She (they) will be warmly remembered. - Posted by: Trish Hallson (Student) on: Mar 28, 2022

  • Dear Melanie and Rebecca, I was very sorry to learn of you mom’s passing. Please know my thoughts are with you both at this time. I have many wonderful memories of spending time at your home with your parents. Your mom was a kind and generous person. Sending you love during your time of sorrow. Lorna - Posted by: Lorna Klose (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • I was fortunate to go to Europe with both of your parents in 1979.They were wonderful. I remember being on the train to Hungary. So much laughter. Good people. - Posted by: Karen (Travel student) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Melanie and Family, Please accept our sympathy on the passing of your Mom. Although we haven’t seen each other in a while, your love for your Mom was evident. You and your family are in our prayers. - Posted by: Lynn and Kelly Gillson (Friends) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Mrs. Drain was my favourite high school teacher. I loved her political studies/history class! Learned tons, she was brilliant. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Lorna Doolan (Student) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Mrs Drain was my history teacher. Her class was my favourite and I ended up coming back to high school after graduation for an extra year just so I could go to Russia with her. She was a wonderful person. May her memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Kedma cantor (Student) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • My deepest condolences Rebecca and Melanie on the passing of your mom. I was taught by your mom in High School and was part of her travel class to China in 1989. I still talk about that experience to travel to such a destination at such a young age. She was a tremendous teacher and was so full of knowledge of different parts of the world which I always admired. She also instilled in me the love of travelling which has changed my life. Every trip I make to a different part of our world I think of your mom. Your mom was an inspiration to many- May all of your memories help you through your loss. ❤️ Jana (Unik) Tycholis - Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Jana (Unik) Tycholis (Student-Travel class 1989) on: Mar 26, 2022

  • I am sorry about your loss Mel and Rebecca. Your Mom was such a giving, kind and caring person. My time living with your family was full of love and great memories. I will never forget her accepting and caring for me like one of her own. Love you all sending big hugs and kisses from out east. Lisa - Posted by: Lisa DeBaets (Friend) on: Mar 26, 2022

  • Deepest sympathy to the Family. Your Mom was a beautiful special lady. - Posted by: Carol Scholz (Friend) on: Mar 26, 2022

  • My heartfelt condolences Rebecca and Melanie … to say her Travel class influenced life choices of young students is an underestimate …her class, along with Mr. Baderl was life-influencing as it took me to the USSR in 1980 and it has become my career since. She defended that class from many in administration who wanted it to end. She was passionate about what it was teaching her students. I particularly enjoyed my visits with your Mom after she retired and had told her how her class changed me. She will be missed but not forgotten. Andrew Smith, New Delhi - Posted by: Andrew Smith (Student in her Travel Class 1980) on: Mar 26, 2022

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