In Memory of

Gudrun

"Marilyn"

Brown

Obituary for Gudrun "Marilyn" Brown

Gudrun Marilyn Brown (Sigvaldason)
May 18, 1940-November 25, 2023

Marilyn was born in Riverton, Manitoba to Rosman Arelius (Ali) and Anna Sigvaldason. She was the youngest of 9 siblings (now deceased: Dorothy, Alan, Margaret, Sylvia, Franklin, Kae, Lorraine, Dori) who grew up in a loving and bustling home. Their house was always open to friends and relatives for coffee, treats and lively conversations. She exceled in school and participated in both music and sports activities.

At 18 years old, Marilyn met the love of her life, Dalton Brown in Gimli, Manitoba at a dance in the pavilion. Dalton wasn’t much of a dancer but he wanted to dance with her the rest of his life. They married July 25th, 1959 in her parent’s front yard surrounded by family and friends. They lived briefly in Winnipeg, and then moved to Nova Scotia for 9 years, returning to Winnipeg for the remainder of their lives.

They had 2 children, Sandra (Ken) and Shawn (Roxanne) who brought them many precious grandchildren. (Christopher, Matthew, Jordan, Sarah, Alysha, Rebecca, Erika, Rachael and Ciara). Their world has revolved around spending time with all of their grandchildren, attending sporting events, music concerts and various celebrations. Amma is remembered for many things but her ability to buy the perfect gift and wrap it so professionally is at the top of the list. Her Christmas baking, special pies and gardening both at the lake and at home would also be on top of the list.

Before marriage, Marilyn worked at Hydro and MTS. Once Sandra and Shawn were older she returned to the workforce, starting at Eaton’s and then later the TD Bank. Banking became an important part of her identity. She worked her way up the ladder as a clerk, teller, IT trainer, assistant manager and finally as a commercial loans officer at the main branch. She took many courses along the way but was just naturally proficient in the finance world. She reluctantly retired in her mid 50’s due to health challenges with her back and osteoarthritis.
Prior to struggles with her back, Marilyn was an avid curler. She and Dalton spent many years curling with the St. Vital Legion. She followed curling on TV as well, and knew all about the players, as if they were good friends. They spent many years as part of the community at the Legion, playing in dart and shuffle board leagues, socializing and having a blast. New Years’ Eve was always a big event. They would dress up and dance the night away. She loved to dance and he still tried to keep up.

Camping in Mama and Daddy’s (Amma and Afi’s) yard in Riverton with her siblings and all their children was a highlight in the early years of their marriage. Siblings from across Canada would gather for several weeks in the summer to eat, play, sing, swim and enjoy each other. Later, Lorraine and Dalton and Marilyn with Dori and Shirley each bought adjacent properties on Lake Winnipeg. Family gatherings continued until recent years. The “Lake” was a special place for all the grandchildren. So many of their wonderful growing up memories are from days spent at the lake.

Marilyn will be remembered as an intelligent, elegant and family oriented woman. She felt certain that she was going to be reunited with her beloved son Shawn, her parents, siblings and other loved ones who had passed before her.

Witnessing her surrounded by her husband, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren was a sight to behold. The nursing staff said they could feel the love in the room. Her grandchildren told her they loved her and that she was a good Amma. Some of her granddaughters sang to her towards the end. The lyrics “two arms around me, heaven to ground me, four wheels to get me there, enough love to share, and a sweet, sweet, sweet song. At the end of the day, Lord, I pray, I have a life that’s good “were a perfect way to let her know that she indeed had had a life that was good.

When a beautiful hummingbird, dragonfly or blue bird visits us in the summertime we will think of you.

Many thanks to the warm, kind and patient staff members at the Concordia Hospital.

A graveside ceremony and burial of ashes will be held in the spring at the St. Vital Cemetery.