Marion Shearer Schultz
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Marion Shearer Schultz, wife of Donald
Schultz, on Monday November 6, 2023, after a short illness. Marion was born in Winnipeg 96
years ago, on September 30,1927, to John McMaster Smith and Louise Diamond King.
Marion had a loving heart which left a beacon of light for all that knew her. Despite the
difficulties with her illness, her sharp sense of humour never left her to the end.
Church life was a big part of Marion’s day to day life growing up. It began with being baptized in
St. James United Church in 1929 at the age of two and when the family moved to Sturgeon
Creek, Sturgeon Creek United became Marion’s second home. She was part of the junior choir,
C.G.I.T., Sunday school, concerts at Christmas, and many other church activities.
In 1951 Marion married Alexander Scott, unfortunately he passed in 1962 from complications
with MS. There were many tough years raising three young children on her own, but in Marion’s
own words “I know I couldn’t have had the strength if God had not been sitting on my shoulder.”
In 1980 Marion married Don Schultz and moved to Fort Richmond, where they became
members of Trinity United Church. Once again Marion became involved in the church, acting as
a greeter and usher, helping with Young Parents’ Group where her love for children especially
babies shone through. She was also a keen member of the Outreach Committee, where she
became involved with the gardening group.
Marion had worked for Powell Equipment, Furnaceman Heating, had second job as part-time
cashier’s position at Century Arena (where she meet Don) and before retirement CNR. Mom
was generous with her time after retirement; volunteering for the Winnipeg school division,
teaching babysitting courses and helping children with reading difficulties.
Marion and Don delighted in travelling, making many trips to Hawaii, and Mexico. They also
visited the Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia,
Alaska, Yukon, Italy, and Scotland.
Family, family gatherings and friends were important to her, and she was remarkable at
remembering everyone’s birthday. Her ‘Girls Club’, which started with a group of girlfriends from
the church’s young people’s group and continued through her adult life, was an important
support system to her. She loved her time at Louise Lake, ON., where she was usually the first
in swimming, loved happy hour on the deck in a lounger, and loved a good game of gin rummy
where she always relished beating her son-in-law, Carl.
She was active and cherished her time going to aquacise which she especially enjoyed for 30+
years. She was also an avid cross-country skier both in the city and at the ski cabin near Mt.
Agassiz which she and Don started 1978 and then walking in her later years. Don and Marion
also participated in Scottish Country dancing for about three years, until their feet and legs gave
up. Marion was enthusiastic about her Blue Bombers; if she could not watch the game on tv or
be there in person, she was cheering them on listening to the radio.
In what little spare time Marion had, she could be found baking up a storm, Snickerdoodles,
monster cookies and fudgy brownies were a favorite of many or with a knitting project in hand.
She was a consummate knitter, all her adult life, members of her family received many
sweaters, scarves, mitts, and toques and the occasional doll. If she was not knitting for her
family, it was for the Christmas Cheer Board, dressing dolls or making children’s sweaters,
toques, and mitts.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years Donald Schultz, brother Ian Smith, daughters Anne
Barg (Carl), and Sandra Scott, daughter-in-law Donna Butterworth, stepdaughter Sandra
Donato (Domenic), stepson Murray Schultz (Rhonda), and her grandchildren, Ashleigh Amaral
(Chris), Jamie Hazell, Stefan Donato (Jennifer), Kevin Barg (Lesley), Kyle Barg, Lorilee Kanski,
nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and her many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her son Grant Scott, her first husband Alexander Scott, sister Isabelle
Saunders, brother David Smith, and granddaughter Dawn Doroschuck.
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2024, @ 2:00 held at Trinity United Church. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside Ave., Winnipeg, MB. R3T
4Y1, or to a charity of your choice.