On February 28, 2022, Marjorie Hart passed away peacefully at the Swan River Valley Personal Care Home. She was 87 years of age.
Marjorie was born on February 21, 1935, in the RM of Swan River, the seventh of nine children born to William and Margaret Alford. She was an active girl who enjoyed sports, especially baseball. She also learned to sew — a foundation for the varied, beautiful handwork that she would create throughout her life.
Upon completing her high school education, she moved to Brandon where she earned a
teaching certificate at Brandon College. She worked as a teacher in Manitoba and Alberta. It was during her tenure at Floradale School that she met Otto Hart.
Marjorie and Otto were married on August 22, 1959. They lived on the home farm in the RM of Minitonas throughout their 45 years of marriage. Together, they reared three children and ran a successful farming operation. Marjorie kept meticulous books for the farm and played a vital role in the running of their business. Theirs was a busy home, often hosting gatherings with friends and family.
A stay-at-home mother, she was devoted to her family and took a quiet pride in her children. Mum was the disciplinarian, largely left to manage the three of us while Dad was away at auction sales. In her no-nonsense way, she set clear limits and we learned (sometimes with the help of the wooden spoon) that we shouldn’t cross them! But her rules, routines and guidance also gave her children a real sense of security. She would play “catch” by the hour with her boys and never missed a hockey game or a baseball tournament. She drove us to public skating, choir rehearsals, sports practices, 4-H meetings and more.
Later, that same care was showered on her grandchildren. They could count on Grandma Marj to cheer them on at hockey, basketball, soccer, and volleyball games, to attend all their dance recitals and 4-H calf/horse shows, and to even be there for a first choir concert in Montreal. They could also count on her competitive streak when playing cards or dominoes!
Mum’s world centred around her community and her family. Her kindness and generosity touched many. She taught Sunday school, served on the UCW and took a genuine interest in the people around her.
She will be missed by her children Randal (Crystal) Hart of Minitonas; Heather Hart of Montreal; and Colin (Heather) Hart of Minitonas, six grandchildren Cody (Janel) Hart, Kendal (Jaden) Stechyshyn, Amalja Taylor, Emma Hart, Ella Hart and Ava Hart, and four great-grandchildren Brixton and Bryelle Hart, Lynley and Meryk Stechyshyn, as well as her large, loving extended Alford and Hart families.
Marjorie is predeceased by her husband, Otto Hart, and brothers Harold, Roy, Gordon, and
Edwin Alford and sister Lillian Hitman.
In keeping with Marjorie's wishes,
A private family service will take place
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