Bonnie Joan Marilyn Wray
31 July , 1932 – 17 January , 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Bonnie Wray at the age of 86 at the Grace Hospital on Thursday, January 17th with her family by her side.
Bonnie was born July 31, 1932 in Simcoe, Ontario to Lorne and Marion McCorquodale.
Bonnie moved to Winnipeg as a young girl and later became employed for many years at the Royal Bank of Canada.
In 1951 she met the love of her life, Lawrence(Lawrie) Wray and they were married in 1954 till his passing in 1983.
When the children were small, Bonnie enjoyed spending her summers with her sisters and their children at her parent's cabin at Victoria Beach building lasting memories. In the early 70's, Lawrie and Bonnie purchased their own family cabin at Ena Lake, Ontario where to this day, life long memories are made. Summer 2019 will not be the same without her! Bonnie loved her cabin, her dogs and most of all, her family.
She leaves behind her sons, Jeff(Suzanne)-Millarville, AB, Grant-Wpg and Rick(Michelle)-Dufresne, grandchildren Amanda Wray(Ricky Sladek)-WPG, Katie Rushworth(Andrew)-Calgary, Bryan Wray-Millarville, AB, Lornell Wray(Daniel Reimer)-WPG, Courtney Leinen(Carl)-Fargo, ND, Cameron & Lucas Wray-Dufresne & great granddaughter Jessica Stringer-WPG, sisters Carol Russell-WPG & Dawn Lykken(Glenn)-Grand Forks, ND and numerous nieces and nephews across Canada, the US and 1 nephew in Paris, France. We can't forget her many grand fur babies who will miss Grandma's belly rubs and snuggles.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, parents, daughter-in-law Shawna Wray, brother-in-law Ron Russell and in-laws Burt & Pat Kooyman. Also greeting her, with their tails wagging were Scamp, Buttons and grandpuppy Simon.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway Avenue.
Interment to follow the luncheon at the St. Vital Cemetery, 236 River Rd. WPG.
The family would like to send a huge thank you to all staff at the Grace Hospital and Meadowood Manor for all your care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dementia and Alzheimer's Association of Manitoba in mom's name.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, 23 January , 2019
Bonnie Joan Marilyn Wray
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23 January 2019
Dear Rick, Grant, and Jeff
My first memory of your Mother is of her and your father as a young couple, laughing and sharing cocktails with the Browns, Woodcocks, Davies, and my parents, at our house on Mulvey Ave. I was very young but had snuck out of my room to watch them party. Luckily, I didn't get caught. Isn't it wonderful that high school friends were able to maintain a close relationship for as many years as they did.
My next vivid memory is of hearing that your parents had bought the cottage at Ena. I was thrilled because that meant more kids to play with. Even if they were boys!
Since then my memories of Bonnie at the lake are more than space permits recalling but to name a few...her and mom spending afternoons lounging on the deck soaking up the sun; us all playing board games in the evenings until the generator ran out of gas; and picking blueberries for hours on Blueberry Mountain. Then in later years...seeing her smiling face as you loaded her into the boat at the dam or her waving to us from a distance as you ferried her across the lake to your cottage.
I'm sure she appreciated everything you guys did to make her last several visits to Ena happen despite the challenges her deteriorating health presented.
Although I couldn't be at the funeral to pay my respects in person, I've been thinking of you all since I heard of Bonnie's passing. Unfortunately, I understand the depth of the grief you are experiencing since its only been a year almost to the day since my Father died (January 15th, 2018).
May they rest in peace and be remembered forever.
Susan, Brian, Lisa Kooyman
21 January 2019
We were so sad to hear that Auntie Bonnie passed away. She had an amazing life surrounded by people she loved and who loved her. Her kindness and wonderful laugh will be held in our hearts. Our thoughts are with you
21 January 2019
To the whole family of Bonnie Wray, I am so sorry for your loss. Got to know Bonnie over the last 65 years as she was the older sister to my dear friend Dawn. With two older sisters, Bonnie and Carol, and her wonderful parents, Dawn was under constant surveillance. Having lost her dear Lawrie so young, Bonnie did an incredible job raising her wonderful boys, Rick, Jeff and Grant. Rest In Peace dear girl, you have earned it.
20 January 2019
Laurie and Bonnie were my god parents and I was very proud to call them that. I haven't seen Auntie Bonnie for a few years now but I would think of her often. Rest in peace sweet lady, I continue to think of you often and fondly.