MOXHAM, Marjorie Rose
Nov. 27, 1925 – Dec. 23, 2016
After several illnesses and hospital stays, we are saddened to announce her passing at age 91.
Marj was the youngest, by seven years, of five Cawood children, and was known by them as ‘the kid’. Her early experiences through the 1930’s farm in Fairlight SK obviously shaped her independent, adventuresome, and generally spunky spirit. She obtained her R.N. from Winnipeg General in 1947 and promptly started practicing in Houston Texas. She married Fred Moxham in Brandon MB in 1952. They raised two daughters in a loving home. Summer weekends and holidays usually meant camping in their 14 foot travel trailer.
After Fred’s passing in 1991, she learned to drive. While a good driver, his treasured Pontiac and later her practical Buick seemed destined to meet garage doorframes and parking posts with regularity. When she admitted at age 81, that her lawn mower and snow shovels were getting the better of her, she left Clark Drive and welcomed Legacy Estates in Red Deer. There, she lived independently, organized pot luck suppers and social events, kept up with politics, listened to the CBC, read The Walrus cover to cover, followed her Roughriders, Blue Jays, and watched curling on TV. She enjoyed many trips to visit her daughter and family in Florida.
She cheered for the underdog and equally chided the favorite, which, on occasion, neared embarrassment at her grandchildren’s sporting or school events. She was organized beyond reason. Everything had a box, a place, and definitely a label. And it all started with a list in a coiled binder. We’ll miss the ‘M.M.’ on her pecan cheese ball or cherry snack cake. You couldn’t elbow Marj away from a stack of dirty dishes. Seemed like she always had half a sink of Sunlight suds at the ready.
Marj cared about the environment, injustice, and suffering. She was a proud Canadian. Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders were favorite charities.
She is survived by two daughters, Janice Findlay (Jeff) and Lorraine Moxham Smith (Greg), grandchildren Ryan (Allison), Andrew, Anna (Cam Black) Findlay, Bryce (Megan) and Stephanie Hudey, and great grandson, Norman Black. She will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, with whom she kept up contact, as well as friends new and old.
The family thanks Dr. Rene Viljoen, as well as the doctors and nurses on Unit 23.
She was an active member of Knox United Church in Brandon for many years. In her prayers or a grace, she would refer to herself as a ‘faithful servant’. And that she truly was.
A memorial service will take place sometime this coming summer. Remains will be interred with her beloved husband in the Brandon Cemetery.