Maynie Nellie Winters
1 August, 1916 – 20 June, 2020
Mrs. Maynie Nellie Winters (nee MacMillan) 01 Aug 1916 - 20 June 2020 was incredibly kind, humble and generous. She was also gentle, forgiving and above all selfless. Everything she did, she did to improve the lives of all those around her. And it worked. As soon as you had the privilege to meet her, your heart was uplifted, your mind calmed and your presence warmly welcomed. For nearly 104 years, her strength and love for life drew those fortunate enough to know her ever closer. Small wonder. Her gentle voice opened hearts to the power of hope and love. Her perseverance and positive nature left us with nothing but adoration and admiration, for she was love made visible. She always listened patiently with an open heart, and when she looked at you with her smiling blue eyes, you knew she truly cared about you and the way you felt. As much as she was sincere she was equally quick witted, and her sharp mind was like spring rain to a garden. And she loved to garden. She broke her hip at 92, and by the next season she was back out on her hands and knees pulling out weeds and planting tulips. We are all the bounty of her garden of love. It is said that getting old is not for the faint of heart, at 42 days shy of 104, she made it look easy. One of the most loving and caring people; she will be missed, but her incredible kindness lives on in all the people whose lives she touched and changed with her unfailing love.
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Maynie Nellie Winters
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29 June 2020
We only knew Maynie in the last years of her life but what a delight she was to meet up with and chat. Particularly about her family history. Her grandson John loved her very much and it was lovely to see the interaction between them We are only in Canada for 3weeks every 3 years but we have luckily coincided several times with her birthday and I had the pleasure of sitting next to on her103rd in Van Duesen when she patiently explained to me who everyone was and how they were related. Our trips to Canada will not be the same without her being there but rest in peace Maynie I know how you deserve to be safe with our Lord
25 June 2020
Whenever I dropped by to visit Maynie, I knew there would be that beautiful smile to brighten my day!
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” W.S.
We would get into the sherry and chocolate biscuits and discuss the latest books we were reading. Maynie was a voracious reader, and always ahead of me! Books went back and forth between Shawnoaks and East 37th Avenue for many years --- sometimes the same book more than once or twice!
I knew that I would always leave uplifted and informed by my special friend.
These words, set to music by Richard Strauss late in his life, will always remind me of Maynie’s peaceful passing:
"Now that the day has made me so tired, my dearest longings shall be accepted kindly by the starry night like a weary child.
Hands, cease your activity, head, forget all of your thoughts; all my senses now will sink into slumber.
And my soul, unobserved, will float about on untrammelled wings in the enchanted circle of the night, living a thousandfold more deeply."
(Translation from German to English copyright © by Emily Ezust)
Maynie, so kind and caring, rest in peace.