Mairi P. Bender (Sherburne)

Mairi P. Bender (Sherburne)

Passed on July 9, 2021

August 13, 1955 – July 9, 2021     It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Mairi Bender announces her peaceful passing on July 9, 2021, at the age of 65; at home, with her girls by her side, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Mum was such an important person to so many people. She will be forever loved and remembered by her girls: Stacey (Tyler), Katie (Andrea), Kim (Brad), and Jen (Trapp); her siblings: Carol (Wayne), Barb, Nancy, and John; her grandchildren Kevin and Casey; and her grand-pups: Walle, Bronco, Phoenix, Aspen and Lux; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Rick and Ida Sherburne, and her sister Anne.

Mum was born and raised in Ajax, ON, along with her 5 siblings. She lived in Ontario for her youth, until transferring to the University of Winnipeg to finish her post-secondary education. Not long after, she met her husband of 17 years, Rick, and after a few years of marriage, they started their family. After separating in 2000, they continued to co-parent their daughters Stacey and Katie. She purchased another home in North Kildonan and lived the remainder of her life there.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially dining out and getting season tickets for the theatre with her usual group: Maria, Jackie, Tim, Joy, Karen, Kathy and Linda. She also had quite the green thumb, and loved having, tending, and visiting gardens, with Assiniboine Park being a favourite spot. She also loved to travel and made it to a few North American destinations on her list in her lifetime. She loved to read, colour, and always had a sudoku book on the go, with a fresh cup of tea for every activity, but especially for watching her British TV shows.

A special thank you to Dr. Chowdhury and Robert of Cancer Care; the staff at Health Sciences Centre, including Dr. Zarrabian and Dr. Johnson, and orthopaedics unit GD2 nursing staff, especially charge nurses Joe and Lindsey; as well as HSC Palliative and Home Care departments, especially Aleisha. You all went above and beyond for us, and it was truly appreciated. Also, to Dr. Graham for your guidance for Mum over the years, and especially through this difficult time – you were definitely a source of comfort for her. And to Comforts of Home Care for your efficiency and amazing staff, especially Kimberly, Ashley, and Jackson. We honestly don’t know what we would have done without you. Thanks to all the friends, family, and loved ones who pitched in and supported us any way they could through these last few months, especially Katie and Nicole Murphy, Katelyn Chuckrey, and the teaching staff at Birds Hill School. Thank you to Maria, Jackie, Alice and Tauba for reminiscing with her in the final days – your friendships meant so much to her. Also, to Father David Black and funeral director Ken Loehmer for being there as soon as we needed you – you both brought great comfort in tough moments.

Her openness, incredibly large heart, and ability to tease gently and sarcastically made her very easy to talk to, and a first choice for many to come to vent to, when they had a problem, or needed a shoulder to cry on. She will truly be forever missed.

Because there was so much love in Mairi’s life, we will be holding two Celebration of Life events. The first will take place later in August at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, with a gathering afterwards. The second will take place next summer in Ontario with details to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local dog/pet rescue, in her name.


(By an Unknown Author, modified to read “mother” instead of grandmother)

We had a wonderful mother, One who never really grew old; Her smile was made of sunshine, And her heart was solid gold; Her eyes were as bright as shining stars, And in her cheeks fair roses you see. We had a wonderful mother, And that’s the way it will always be. But take heed, because She’s still keeping an eye on all of us So let’s make sure She will like what she sees


My condolences to the family, I had the pleasure of working with Mairi at a few different points in our careers, from Taxpayer Services to Team Leading then to working in Office Audit. She was very a smart woman and nothing beat her quick wit and humour. Mairi always had a smile for everyone and I know she will be missed.

Tracy Theriault

It’s still so hard to believe Mairi is gone. My deepest condolences to her girls. May you find comfort in knowing your Mom had a group of friends who cared for her. We had such a great visit at our last lunch together. 🙏

Jackie Shaw & Tim Warkentine

Great woman. Loved her kids more than anything. Her eyes lit up when they took her for a drive in her convertible. Corie Street will miss such a loyal viewer. Pouring tea for her today. Condolences to her family. She was a brilliant light and fun to be around.


I am so sad to learn of Mairi’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends. May your loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. I’ll treasure the many wonderful memories I have of working with Mairi throughout our careers at the Winnipeg Taxation Centre; sharing many laughs with her quick wit. With heartfelt sympathy,

Linda Skiba

My deepest condolences in the loss of your Mom. I worked with Mairi at the WTC many years ago. She was a true spitfire of a woman! Her sense of humor was glorious and her intellect, brilliant. We recently reconnected on FB and she still made me roar! I had the utmost respect for your Mom; always. I wish you peace and strength knowing her love surrounds you forever.

Debbie Isaacs

How can she be gone? So sad! I will miss her and I feel so bad for all of you for your great loss!

Karen Convery

Rest in peace Mairi. My condolences to the family. Joy Langrell

Joy langrell

Taken too soon.

Maria Peters

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