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Born: Jan 12, 1934

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2022

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Born: Jan 12, 1934
Date of Passing: July 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mavis Elizabeth Coutts (nee Johnston) on July 14, 2022, in her 88th year. Mavis was predeceased by her loving husband J. Gordon Coutts in 2017. Her parents Hanz Hugh and Elizabeth Jane Johnston, her sister Susan Janine Moore and brother Richard Brian "Spike" Johnston.
Mavis is survived and will be greatly missed by her son Mike, daughter Brenda (Ray), her granddaughters Keri, Stacey, Kristin, and their mother Pat. Also, her great-grandchildren Ashleigh, Alexis, Rachel, Ian, and Lincoln.
Mavis was born in Meaford, Ontario and it's where, while she been filling in driving a taxi, that she met Gordon her soon to be love of her life who was on leave from Camp Borden. Not long after she made the trip to Selkirk, Manitoba to marry Gordon and were able to spend 59 wonderful years together. Gordon always called her Mame. They lived in various places in their early years of marriage from Killarney, Kenora, Saskatoon and finally settling in St. Norbert for close to 54 years. Mom and Dad enjoyed many a happy hour in summer on their decks with long time neighbours and friends. Their door was always open for a visit.
Mom loved baking which came from working at her family's bakery in Meaford, this was very helpful when she worked at the Pavilion of Scotland baking scones and Welsh cakes. She spent many years being a "nanny" for two families and they became very dear to her and kept in touch as much as possible throughout her life. Mom and Dad enjoyed many activities such as curling, bowling, camping with the Winnipeg Wandering Wheels trailer club. They also took part with the Scottish Country Dancers and spent many days taking us to highland dance or bagpipe practices, completions. Mavis made many long-time friends though Dad's involvement in the Fort Garry Horse and Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Mavis was a loving, caring person who would always lend a helping hand and could always be counted on in an emergency. She was dad's primary caregiver for many years when his health took on challenges. She was straightforward, blunt and you always knew where she stood. Some would even describe her as feisty.
We wish to thank the wonderful caring staff at Golden West Centennial Lodge for their exceptional care and support they provided Mavis and us during her stay with them.
In keeping with Mavis' wishes a funeral will not be held. A private interment will follow on August 9. We encourage all to donate to the Salvation Army, Heart and Stoke or Canadian Cancer Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I met Mavis and Gord through my mom, Elinore, (passed) and the Winnipeg Wandering Wheels Trailer Club. They were a wonderful couple. I still have some favourite recipes and a few photos. Marvis always had a pup, always had a joke and food to share, and always willing to lend a hand. She will be missed and remembered fondly. We had get times together. Lesley Aremu and Richard Smith - Posted by: Lesley Aremu (friend) on: Aug 01, 2022

  • Extending my heartfelt sympathy on Mavis' passing. I met Mavis more than 20 years ago as a volunteer with the Cancer Society's April door to door campaign. A dear soul I always enjoyed our annual visits at her family home. Sorry for your loss. 'If there every comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.' Winnie the Pooh Lynda Ruban Canadian Cancer Society (retired) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society (retired)) on: Jul 25, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Mavis's family and friends. Mavis felt like part of our family. When our children were young and Carol was back to work, Mavis was there to meet Megan and David after school. She put a sparkle in our lives. She was an inspiration. Thank you, Mavis, for sharing a life well-lived with me and my family. - Posted by: Paul Barritt-Flatt (family ) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • It is with great sadness that I digest the news of Mavis’ passing, but with great joy that I remember her. Mavis took care of me when I was a boy in Winnipeg, regularly spending afternoons with me at our home in Fort Garry. She read with me, played games, trivia questions, taught me how to tell time, made my favorite Ritz crackers and Imperial cheese, and made sure I was able to get to gymnastics and soccer practices. Mavis was up front, energetic, and always very caring about all of our family. I still remember the awkwardness of when she’d ask me how my “love life” was going growing up :)! In later years, she was always interested in how things were going, and I was delighted - on the eve of marrying my wife - to let her know I had finally found the one. She seemed very happy to hear it, and it was important for me to share it with her as someone dear to me. Love you and miss you Mavis! - Posted by: David Barritt-Flatt (Family Friend) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • Mavis loved our children in so many ways - She protected them with all of her powerful being. I remember Mavis on the street beside our house flagging down anyone who was careless enough to speed past those she loved. She and Gord were a great gift to our lives. It was a privilege and joy to know Mavis and to experience her humanity and strength. Rest In Peace Mavis. You deserve the very best. - Posted by: Bill Martin (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2022

  • Macaroni and cheese Wednesdays, her voice ringing through the neighbourhood calling Brenda and Mike to dinner or time to come in when the street lights came on, reports of all the goings on with all the neighbours, happy hours with mom, so many memories. I even remember Mavis taking all of us to watch the taping of a tv game show (seatbelts a non issue at the time). One of the last happy hours at mom's I asked her about how she met Mr C., since I realized I had never heard the story, and we sure took a trip down memory lane. Mavis will be missed. - Posted by: Cindy Wright (Family friend) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • I will always remember the first time my husband answered the phone and on the other end was Aunt Mavis and she instead of saying hello she responded by saying "Looking Good". It became a common response when we saw her number pop up on our screen. After my Dad passed away she called me often just to check in with me and we had many great conversations. I am so glad a few years ago I spent Thanksgiving weekend visiting and reminising about her life with my Mom growing up in Meaford. May her memory be for a blessing. Love Kathy and Mike - Posted by: Kathryn Moore (Niece, God Daughter) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • I remember always feeling safe with Mavis. She welcomed us into her family. I don't remember how many years she made me pancakes for lunch, but I am sure it was many. It took me years to figure out our Santa phone calls were from Gordon! Mavis was lovely and loving and we were so very fortunate to have her as a part of our family for so many years. My sincere condolences to all the Coutts. Love always, Sarah - Posted by: Sarah Martin (Family friend) on: Jul 23, 2022

  • My condolences to Mavis’s family, I will be thinking of you all on August 9,2022 I haven’t seen Mavis for quite a long time, I remember them coming to Ontario to see her brother and myself and go camping, we had a great time. Please remember all the good times and thanks Brenda for the information. Love you all Aunt Lynda - Posted by: Lynda Johnston (Sister in law ) on: Jul 23, 2022

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