Marie Proulx
Marie Proulx

Obituary of Marie Alice Proulx

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Marie Alice Proulx (nee Jensen) at the age of 84. Marie was predeceased by her baby brother Edward Jensen, her mother Edith Ricard-Jensen, and her older brother Lewis Jensen. She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, Arthur Proulx, her children David Proulx (Cathy), Joanne Rempel (Clark), Kenneth Proulx (Karen), and Christine Blowers (Danny). Also survived by her grandchildren Torin Proulx (Steph) and Karly Proulx (Brett), brother Bruce Jensen (Laureen), sister Joan Harding, brother-in-law George Proulx and sister-in-law Pat Zmetana (John), as well as very special longtime friend Pat Balog. Last but not least, she is survived by her fur-baby Tessa. From her younger days, working at Eatons downtown, to later at Economart, Mom liked to stay busy and enjoyed time with her co-workers, both at work and outside, building long term friendships with many of them. Mom's main focus was her family, ensuring all her children grew up in a happy home and had a marvellous childhood, wherever we may have lived. When it was decided that the family should move from St.Boniface to Vancouver, Mom was on top of it, loading us all into the Dodge station wagon and off we went to New Westminster, BC, with a memorable stop at the Enchanted Forest. We were a family of five when we left for BC, but when we returned to St.Boniface, a few years later, we were now a family of six. Now back in Manitoba, we would spend many summers at our grandparents cottage, at Nutimik Lake, in the Whiteshell. Dad was working, but would come out every weekend, while Mom stayed out all summer with us kids, with no indoor plumbing, a wood stove, and water had to be carried by pail to the cottage. It couldn't have been easy for Mom, but her toughness came through again and we all remember wonderful summers at the cottage. Mom would get into mischief with her bestee Pat Balog, when we lived in Windsor Park, including certain “Zulu Warrior” halloween costumes, they created ,which would be totally politically incorrect now, but those were different times. A few years later it was time for another move, this time to Montreal. Undaunted, Mom accepted the challenge, and we were off by train to Montreal. Our stay in Montreal was relatively short, however, and we were back to Winnipeg a year later, where Mom and Dad would stay for good. Mom then became the typical “soccer mom”, shuttling us between horse shows, hockey practices and gymnastics. She was very skilled at knitting and could do amazing things with a sewing machine. Mom was a fantastic cook and Christmas dinners were legendary on Murdock Road. Mom loved angels and the Christmas tree always full of angels every year. In the early 80's, Mom's strength and courage would be tested multiple times with health issues. After battling and beating cancer, circumstances and complications would lead to Mom needing a new heart. Mom and Dad moved temporarily to London, ON, where Mom would receive her heart transplant in 1995. In her true warrior spirit, Mom would go on to be one of the London Health Sciences Center's longest heart transplant survivors, at 26 years. Not one to waste her new lease on life, Mom and Dad would embark on new adventures. They drove their motorhome on vacations in the US and to London, ON, for Mom's annual checkups. One particular US trip had Mom rescuing a puppy during a storm in North Dakota. They brought(smuggled) the puppy home and she grew up to be Mom's beloved Princess Ogie. Later, they had a seasonal spot for their fifth-wheel trailer at a small golf course near Steinbach, where they spent the summers golfing every day and puttering around in their golf cart. Time is unforgiving, however, and last few years had been a huge challenge for Mom, but you never heard her complain about her lot in life. Being the warrior she was, she wanted to go on her own terms, and accomplished that by holding on until all her children had a chance to say “I love you” and “Goodbye”, before peacefully slipping away. Valhalla is welcoming another Shield Maiden. The family would like to thank Dr. Permack and the many healthcare professionals that were involved in Mom's care over the years. Just too many to list, but Mom loved you all. A very special thank you to daughter-in-law Karen Proulx, who was very closely involved with looking out for Mom and keeping us all informed of updates in the last several months. Internment of the ashes in the family plot at the St. Vital Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Animal Shelter of your choice would be welcome.
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