Maria Gerrard of Portage la Prairie with her family and friends by her side, passed away at home on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 71 years.
Maria was born September 12, 1948 in New Mills, England where she spent her youth. In 1980 she moved with her husband and two sons to Canada where they farmed in the Interlake and Holland, MB areas. In 1985 Maria and her family moved to Portage la Prairie which became their permanent home.
Maria is survived by her sons Sam (Joanie) Gerrard and Nathan (Kim) Gerrard; grandchildren Cassie, Grady, Brody and Cooper all of Portage la Prairie; sister Lola Fernandez and brothers John Fernandez and Tim Lockett of England. She was predeceased by her husband Brian in 2014.
The family would like to thank Maria’s closest friends who cared for her over the years, improving her quality of life and becoming her extended family. Colleen Hofer became like a daughter to Maria providing her comfort and cared for her until her passing.
Keeping with her wishes, a private family interment will take place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Maria’s memory to the MS Society of Canada 100-1465 Buffalo Place, Winnipeg MB R3T 1L8.
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.