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Tubman Funeral Home

416 Main Street, Kipling, SK

OBITUARY

Marjorie Genevieve Toppings

October 6, 1934May 19, 2020

With sadness, we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Marjorie Toppings on May 19, 2020 in Kipling. Predeceased by her husband David in 2000, she is fondly remembered and deeply missed by her children: Richard (Nancy), Mark (Fior), Leanne (Jim), and Dan (Julie); nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was born on the farm near Kipling, to parents Harold and Vera Hartnell, sixth child in a family of twelve. The whole family worked hard from a young age, evident in Marjorie’s work ethic and her unfailing devotion to family. Marjorie was predeceased by her brother Dennis in 1969, sisters: Audrey in 1972, Evelyn in 2003 and Molly in 2015. She is survived by sisters: Marion Tanner, Sylvia Mutcheson, Kay (Garry) Rudd, and Rosemary Pitchell, and brothers: Bernard, Bob and Bill (Joy) Hartnell.

After finishing high school in Kipling, Marjorie moved to Regina where she was employed by the Royal Bank. A year later, she and David married and settled on the farm east of Kipling, where they lived for ten years. When David’s parents retired to Kipling, Marjorie and David moved the family over to their farm. In 1967, they built a new house and turned the old home into a museum which housed their many antiques collected over the years. Marjorie was an equal partner in the work of the farm, skillfully driving the grain truck at harvest, moving machinery and running meals to the field. After David’s death, she continued to farm the land with Richard until 2015. Marjorie eventually moved in to Kipling, where she remained in her home until a few weeks before her passing.

Marjorie contributed mightily to her community, as a member of the Kipling & District Lions Club, the Inchkeith Women’s Institute, Kipling Figure Skating Club, Kipling Ladies Curling Club, and enjoyed “forty-niners” curling into her 86th year. She was her family’s biggest fan, spending countless hours cheering them on in baseball, hockey, volleyball, figure skating, music and more. Marjorie worked tirelessly in her garden and managed to preserve every bit of produce from her bounteous garden. Her homemade bread and buns were a favourite with her grandchildren. In her last year, she crocheted an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren, Christmas gifts we all treasure.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Lansdowne United Church Cemetery near Kipling. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Marjorie’s memory to the Kipling and District Health Foundation, P.O. Box 989, Kipling S0G 2S0.

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Shawna Douglas

May 27, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Auntie Marj's passing. My heartfelt condolences to my Toppings cousins and their families. I have many great memories of the many family gatherings and celebrations on the Toppings farm. Aunt Marj had strong family values and extended her love and kindness to us all. Her bright smile and laughter will always be my memory.
May you find comfort, strength and peace in sharing your memories and love in this difficult time .

Jim & Pat Tanner

May 27, 2020

Sending heartfelt condolences to Aunt Marjorie's family.
There are many great memories of times spent with her .
We will miss her smile at family visits. Aunt Marj was always interested about our farm and gardens.

Patricia and Jim Tanner

Sandra Nelson

May 26, 2020

Murray and I wish extend our deepest condolences to the Toppings family. I remember being at the big family reunion at the farm which Aunt Marjorie and Uncle Dave hosted. It was wonderful that we were able to see all our cousins, aunts and uncles. Richard and I went to school together and we named our daughter after Leanne. Aunt Marjorie will be truly missed.

Robert Cornick

May 26, 2020

I wish to send my condolences to the Toppings family!

I remember attending a party at Dave and Marjorie’s that went very late and then the next morning everyone came to my parents farm to shingle the barn. Amazingly every line of shingles was perfectly straight!

I have many happy memories of spending time at their farm as a kid!

Robert Cornick and family

Andy Mah

May 26, 2020

Wendy and I and especially our kids will miss Grandma T, the visits to the farm, and the fun she brought to all gatherings. She was also so welcoming and generous with her time for all. She will always be remembered as a strong person who contributed so much to the community.

Andy, Wendy, Andrew, Emily and Nathaniel Mah

Ron Rudd

May 23, 2020

To My Toppings Cousins,

We are very sorry to hear the sad news of Auntie Marj's passing. She was a very special person and we will all miss her dearly.

The news has brought back a flood of memories of family reunions at the farm, Jim and Leanne's wedding and the party before, during and after, Uncle Dave's sense of humour and of course his unique gift for dancing. Best of all, what I will always remember is how Auntie Marj always treated us with kindness and made us feel special.

We are thinking of you and sending our love.

Ron, Leigh-Ann and family

Wanda Cunningham

May 23, 2020

Deepest Condolences on the passing of your mother, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
May you find peace in the memories you cherish.

The Cunningham family
June Cunningham
Bill and Lori Cunningham
Bonnie and Barry Daku
Wanda Cunningham

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