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Justina (Jessie) Melquist (nee Loewen)

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On July 14, 2017 @ 4:15 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

1923 ~ 2017


Jessie passed away peacefully with family by her side on July 13, 2017 at the age of 93

Mom was born December 23, 1923 in Grigorievka, Ukraine, a small Mennonite village.  She was the daughter of Elizabeth (Liese) and Gerhard Loewen.  She immigrated to Canada with her parents and two older sisters in 1925.  Her family farmed in Winkler, Manitoba until 1934 when her parents with a family that had grown to nine children moved to a farm in Grunthal, Manitoba.  Mom finished grade 8 in Grunthal and had to leave school to work on the farm.  She was determined to finish school and become a teacher so she took correspondence and evening courses and eventually finishing grade 11 at Isaac Newton High School in Winnipeg.  She then took a year off to work as a Permit Teacher at a one room school in Lister East Manitoba to earn money to keep going to school.  Mom graduated from Steinbach High School in 1948 and got her second permit teaching job at Riverland School outside of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba.  While living in the teacher’s cottage next to the school she met our dad Albert Melquist.  Mom left Riverland after teaching one year to attend Tuxedo Normal School and graduated in the spring of 1950.  In the fall of 1950 she returned to teach at Riverland School and resumed her friendship with our dad.

Mom and Dad were married in August 1951.  They lived in their house next to Riverland School where they raised their three jewels, Ruby, Pearl, and Coral.  Mom loved living in the country, gardening, picking berries and spending time with her family.  Later when her girls were grown and had families of their own she loved when her grandchildren came and visited.

Mom’s hands were never idle.  In the winter when she couldn’t get outside she would make quilts and put together “Memory Books” to give away to family and friends.  She had an amazing memory and was the historian in the family.  She knew everyone’s birthday and anniversary.  She loved to record events in her journals.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years Albert Melquist and her dear daughter Pearl Melquist. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Ruby and Coral (Jeff), her grandchildren, Patricia (Lewis), Colin (Teresa), Elizabeth (Jordan) and James.  She was a proud grandparent to five great grandchildren. She will be missed by her surviving sisters, Mary, Helen (Frank), and Sara, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides from the Palliative Care Program for their kind and compassionate care that enabled Mom to stay in her home the last few months.  Thank you to the staff of U5 at Victoria Hospital for the special care given to mom.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

A celebration of Mom’s life will take place on Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m.  at Sobering Funeral Chapel in Beausejour, Manitoba.  A private internment will take place at Riverland Cemetery, Lac du Bonnet.

God has you in his arms

And we have you in our hearts

We love you Mom


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Condolence from Alvina Thompson on August 11th, 2017 2:21 pm

My deepest condolences to your family. Aunt Jesse was a force of nature. She will be sorely missed by anyone who knew her.

Condolence from Leona Thornton on August 13th, 2017 11:16 am

My heartfelt condolences to all Of Jessie’s family. She will always be remebered by me as my mom’s freind and the stories of them growing up. She was a lovely lady who had a great faith. I was fortunate enough to have met her later on in life when my mother waited with great anticipation for her visits. God bless you all.

Condolence from Kathy and Grant Wood on August 28th, 2017 10:41 pm

May you rest in peace dear Jessie. You were so kind to our family, you made us feel like your own. You left a lot of memories with us. Our condolences to Coral and Ruby and their families. Will be thinking of you all. Love.
Kathy and Grant

Condolence from Sara Epp on September 2nd, 2017 12:49 pm

I would like to share with you that I found comforting::
“You strove to live alone, to talk and walk around but as the illness was relentless,
You were forced to give up ground. God saw you getting tired. When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped His arms around you and whispered “Come to Me”.
And when we saw you sleeping so peaceful from the pain, we could not wish you back
to suffer that again. You do not deserve to suffer more, so He set you down to rest.
To God’s Garden you are surely bound to sit with all the best” author unknown.

She was my second mom as older sister.
Shared with love to all the family. Aunt Sara Epp

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