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Date of Passing: Jan 30, 2023

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With broken hearts, we announce the passing of our dear daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and friend, Melanie, on January 30, 2023.
Melanie will be lovingly remembered and missed by her parents, Lisa and Ken, her brother Brendin, Nana Mooney, Grandma Legge, her aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. She will be reunited with her Papa Mooney and Grandpa Legge.
Melanie grew up in St. James, where she attended Lincoln Middle School and Sturgeon Heights Collegiate. Melanie was the ultimate water baby. Her love of water started at an early age. She would spend countless hours diving for loonies in her grandparent's pool. Once enrolled in swim lessons, she advanced through the levels so quickly that we had to find another option. That is when she became a competitive swimmer with the St. James Seals and later the Manta swim club. After graduating, Melanie passed on her love for swimming by becoming a lifeguard and teaching kids how to swim. Mel was famous for hiding little notes around the house, and they would bring a smile to your face when you found one. Melanie was a kind, caring person with a heart of gold. She loved the summer, being by the water, working out and spending time with her dogs.
Melanie struggled with addiction and mental health issues. She never wanted to be defined only by her addiction and mistakes. She was a good-humoured, intelligent girl who fell into its grip. She would light up the room with her smile and stunning blue eyes, even while struggling with her demons. You were so hard on yourself, constantly worrying, comparing yourself to others, and thinking you were not good enough. We wish you could have recognized the beauty and strength that everyone else saw.
You will forever be our princess. Rest in peace, beautiful girl. We hope you finally find the peace you so desperately searched for.
A private celebration of Melanie's life will take place at a later date.

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Publish Date: Feb 11, 2023


It is with deep sadness and heartbreak the family of Melanie announce her unexpected passing Monday, January 30, 2023 at the age of 27.
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Publish Date: Feb 4, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023, Feb 11, 2023

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with Melanie for a number of years as an instructor/Guard. My favourite memory with her was when we were working the morning shifts together. I will always remember how we would watch the sun rise every morning. It’s crazy how a moment so simple and small could hold so much value. I believe this is a testament to just how special of a person she really was. I offer my deepest condolences to her Friends and Family. - Posted by: Erick Donald (Friend and Co-Worker) on: Feb 26, 2023

  • There is absolutely nothing I can say to ease any ache, pain or grief of this loss. Sincerest condolences to all of you. - Posted by: Toni K (Family Acquaintance/Friend) on: Feb 24, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to Lisa, Ken and Brendin. Mel and I were best friends throughout high school and went to grad together. She (and her family) were the only other people my late dog would let take care of her when I went away! Mel was always such a fun person to be around. She cared deeply for those she loved, and always had a beautiful smile on her face. This is a devastating loss to understand, and I hope the family can find comfort knowing Mel is no longer facing her demons. - Posted by: Julie Kulik (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2023

  • I’m so very very sorry. - Posted by: Wendy Winslow (Just a Grandma of a beautiful, blue-eyed grand daughter. ) on: Feb 19, 2023

  • Lisa, My condolence to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Donna M (Co-Worker) on: Feb 16, 2023

  • Melanie, a beautiful young woman. I hope she knows how, even a virtual stranger, can care deeply. I pray now Melanie, you find peace and rest well. Your presence on this earth will be missed by so many. - Posted by: Heather (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2023

  • Melanie was my first friend when I was shit scared to move up into Sylvie's group in Manta. I’ll always remember how she was the first person to talk to me and made me feel welcome. We later then Reconnected when we both became lifeguards for the city. We both spent our breaks tanning outside at KP pool sharing tanning oil lol. Mel was always so softly spoken, quiet, shy but super friendly. My condolences to her family💗 - Posted by: Ashley Bodnarchuk (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2023

  • Ken, Lisa and family. Please accept my most sincere condolences in the passing of your beloved Melanie. My heart breaks. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: MarilynWardell (Family friend) on: Feb 14, 2023

  • Sincere condolences Lisa, Ken, Brendin and family. I have you in my thoughts and prayers and hope you you all are managing as best you can. Daniel - Posted by: Daniel Gougeon (Friend ) on: Feb 13, 2023

  • Mel, We became close over the last few months. You helped me tremendously by just sitting there and listening, letting me cry on your shoulder. You were always so uplifting and always knew how to make me smile and laugh. Oh what I would do to give you one last hug. I’ll miss you xo -Cass - Posted by: Cassie Proshen (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2023

  • Crushing. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Trent Simpson (Family friend ) on: Feb 11, 2023

  • Rest easy birthday twin - Posted by: Megan (Friend) on: Feb 10, 2023

  • My condolences to Melanie's family and friends. Melanie was a caring, kind-hearted, intelligent, good humoured, genuine, and empathetic person. She was always quick to ask how you or your loved ones were doing with absolute sincerity. She cared deeply about those around her and always wanted the best for everyone in her life. Melanie spread a lot of joy and happiness and will always be remember for her kindness, selflessness, and great personality. It was an honour to have been able to call Melanie my friend. Gone but never forgotten, and always in my heart. Until we meet again, Melanie. - Posted by: Jared (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • My condolences to the family. I'm sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Susan creasy (Friend of family ) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • Goodbye Mel. Until we meet again. - Posted by: Drew (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

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