Peacefully, and surrounded by her family, Marie-Paule Woodrow passed away on October 27, 2018 at the age of 78.
Marie was born in Amiens, France on December 23, 1939 and immigrated to Canada in 1949. She lived with her mother Jeanne and stepfather Fernand Parenty on their farm in Otterburne, MB. Marie attended high school at Saint Joseph’s Academy in Winnipeg and later enrolled at Tache nursing school. After graduating she worked at St. Rose, St. Pierre, St. Boniface and the Grace hospitals. When a back injury ended her nursing career she returned to Red River College to re-train as an administrative assistant later working at the Shriner’s Hospital and then the Federal Public Service, from which she retired in 2005. Marie married Paul Palace in March 1964, and together they had a son, Vince, in 1965. Marie and Paul separated in 1972 and a few years after she began to spend more time with Allen Woodrow, a long-time friend. Marie and Allen joined their households in 1978 and were married in 1994. They were married for 24 years and Allen died just 6 days before Marie. She was also predeceased by her father Pierre who died shortly after the Second World War, her mother Jeanne (Griffoin), stepfather Fernand Parenty, and sister Annette. Memories of Marie will be gratefully cherished by Vince and his wife Lisa, her grandchildren Danny, Leah and Brooke, brother Jean-Pierre Parenty and his wife Michelle, and Marie’s favourite niece, Pamela Parenty.
Marie was a sweet, caring and gentle soul who loved her family deeply. She cared for Danny and Leah daily when they were young and adored Brooke, following her dancing career closely. While she struggled financially throughout her life, Marie always found opportunities to share with others less fortunate, sponsoring children abroad and sending gifts to her many pen pals and family during the holidays and throughout the year. From a very early age, she loved animals and volunteered at, and regularly made donations to, the Winnipeg Humane Society. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Humane Society in Marie’s honour.
In keeping with her request, no funeral will be held. Instead a private family celebration of life will be arranged in December.
Rest now in peace, mother, grandmother, big sister, favourite aunt and sweet gentle soul.
E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS
680 Archibald Street