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MAW o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-04-16 published
MAW, Evelyn A. (PERKINS)
Passed away on April 11, 2008, 80 years old, of Farmington, Michigan. Evelyn is survived by William, her beloved husband of 55 years. Loving mother of Douglas and John (Denise). Cherished grandmother of Carly and Mitchell. Dear sister of Donald (Marjorie) PERKINS. A memorial service will be Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m. at Southfield Presbyterian Church, 21575 W. 10 Mile Rd. just E. of Lahser Road.), Southfield. Arrangements entrusted to Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington, (248-474-5200). Memorial tributes are suggested to American Cancer Society or Southfield Presbyterian Church. heeney-sundquist.com
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MAW o@ca.on.grey_county.artemesia.flesherton.the_flesherton_advance 2008-05-28 published
MAW, Evelyn (PERKINS)
Entered into rest in her 81st year, on Friday, April 11, 2008 in Farmington, Michigan. Evelyn (PERKINS) HAW is survived by William, her beloved husband of 55 years. Loving mother of Douglas and John (Denise). Cherished grandmother of Carly and Mitchell. Dear sister of Donald (Marjorie) PERKINS. A Memorial Service will be held at the McMillan and Jack Funeral Home, Dundalk on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 1 p.m. Interment of ashes in Dundalk Cemetery. Donations to Erskine Presbyterian Church or Dundalk Cemetery would be appreciated. Visitation on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.
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MAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-26 published
McVICAR, Marjorie
Peacefully at Watford Quality Care Centre on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 in her 90th year, Marjorie McVICAR of Watford. Marjorie is predeceased by her loving husband Donald McVICAR (1985.) Survived by children Rob (Sandy) McVICAR of Watford, Barb (Ray) BYGROVE of Watford and Ian (Ruth Ann) McVICAR of Watford. Grandchildren Robin McMICHAEL, Scott McVICAR, Lora KIRKHAM, Dawn BYGROVE, Katie MAW, Lindsay McVICAR, Nevin McVICAR and seven great-grandchildren. Survived by sister Maxine MacUDA of Watford. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Harper Funeral Home in Watford on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Funeral Service will take place from the chapel on Friday, June 27th at 1: 30 p.m. with Rev. Christine O'REILLY officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Caramel Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.harperfuneralhome.ca

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MAW o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-07-23 published
GRIFFITH, John Arthur " Art"
Passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 20, 2008. He will be greatly missed by his wife and best friend, Carolynne (MOORE) GRIFFITH, his son John and wife Ann Marie (McGugan) of Inwood, and his daughter Amanda (Mandy) GRIFFITH of Port Stanley. Cherished grandfather of Julia, Brett and Katie (Bug) GRIFFITH. He is survived by his sister Joan (GRIFFITH) MAW and her husband Maurice of Wyoming and his brother Barry GRIFFITH and his partner Janet ESKILDSEN of Inwood. Dear brother-in-law of Beatrice and Wayne LENNAN, Bert and Karen MOORE, and Don and Kay MOORE. Art was passionate about life and farming. He had a sunny optimistic outlook and enjoyed socializing. He loved his family and Friends. His passing leaves us with great sorrow. Friends will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia. A funeral service will be held at Saint Paul's United Church, Petrolia on Friday, July 25, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Mrs. Jessie DOBBYN officiating. Interment in Saunders Family Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations can be made by cheque to Saint Paul's United Church of Petrolia. Memories and condolences may be left on-line at www.needhamjay.com.

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MAW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-05 published
MAW, Charles Finley
Passed away suddenly at Mount Sinai Hospital on April 2nd, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth MAW. Dear brother-in-law to Mary MAW and Florence TILLEY. Adored uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Emily (ne FINLEY) and his brother James H. MAW. A longtime employee of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Charles also worked for the Bank of Isreal. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 11 o'clock in the chapel of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East). If desired, donations may be made to the Lung Association, Ontario, 573 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 4L3 or to the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto, 1001-522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1W7. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

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MAWSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-26 published
MILLIGAN, Heather (ne MAWSON)
Footprints How very softly, you tip-toed into our lives For a few short years, you stayed - but left Leaving footprints on our hearts, forever! Heather's family would like to thank all our Friends and neighbours for the kindnesses shown them, since the loss of our beloved daughter. Your cards, donations to the Diabetic Assoc., and flowers were so much appreciated. Heather died April 15, 2008 in Barrie, Ontario She joins her sister Brenda, and brothers Steven and Peter. Mom and Ken THAYER; Dad and Ethel MAWSON, and families.

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MAWSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-08 published
MAWSON, Maureen
(April 14, 1948-February 9, 2004)
Maureen, so many wonderful memories. We miss you.
With all our love, your family.

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MAWSON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-11 published
She found her calling in long-running Prince Edward Island musical Anne of Green Gables
For 30 years, the mezzo-soprano played Marilla Cuthbert at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island. The part 'set me free to be myself. That's exactly what happened'
By Allison LAWLOR, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S8
Halifax -- On Prince Edward Island, Elizabeth MAWSON's name is synonymous with Marilla Cuthbert, the stern spinster who raises the red-headed heroine in Lucy Maud Montgomery's legendary story, Anne of Green Gables.
The Toronto-born mezzo-soprano first arrived on the island in 1968 to take part in the Charlottetown Festival. Three years later, she landed the role of Marilla in the musical-theatre adaptation of the famous book. The part was hers for the next 30 years.
Ms. MAWSON's voice and elegant presence on stage became an anchor in the musical and provided the show with a certain continuity, as actors came and went over the years. She played opposite as many as 11 different young actresses in the role of Anne.
During the three decades she played Marilla, she fell in love with not only the role, but the island. "It's the most incredible thing in my life. And, actually, this is the biggest thing in my life. I feel that I'm really more myself [here]," she told Charlottetown's The Guardian in an interview in 2000. "You know, how you become another person when you are home and you have your children, your family, your bills to pay and everything else. But, on Prince Edward Island, I'm set free. Playing Marilla has set me free to be myself. That's exactly what happened."
Jack McAndrew, the festival's producer from 1968 to 1975, remembers trying out Ms. MAWSON for the role of Marilla. During the audition, she sang The Words, in which Marilla mourns the loss of her brother Matthew and laments her inability to express her emotions.
"She was the soaring, pure soprano," Mr. McAndrew said. "She gave the song a whole new meaning. It was incredibly touching."
Discussing her audition with then-festival artistic director Alan Lund, Mr. McAndrew said they decided that if they hired Ms. MAWSON she would change the nature of the show because of her strengths as a singer. At the time, she was replacing comedic actor Barbara Hamilton, who had premiered the role in Charlottetown. While they feared the show might lose some of its humour, they agreed that Ms. MAWSON should be hired.
Mr. McAndrew said their fears were never realized. "She put her own stamp on it," he said. "She just gave the role a touch of class."
Raised in Toronto, she was one of six children whose father ran a paint store on Yonge Street. Although her family was not particularly musical, she proved to possess a natural gift for song. In her teens, she began singing in public and performed in army concerts during the Second World War. In the mid-1940s, she took up singing in earnest and began studying with a music teacher in Toronto. It was there that she met a fellow student named Howard MAWSON. The couple later married and began singing together with the Eaton Operatic Society. For close to 50 years, they volunteered as soloists at St. Andrew's United Church in Toronto.
Within a few years of their meeting, Mr. MAWSON helped found the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Toronto branch, one of several hundred such groups around the world devoted to the study or performance of the 14 light comedic operas written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan between 1871 and 1896. Not unexpectedly, Ms. MAWSON appeared in several G&S productions in Toronto over the years.
In 1966, she played Martha in Faust and Flora in La Traviata with the Canadian Opera Company. She also performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Her roles there included Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore in 1960, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro in 1964 and 1965.
In 1968, Ms. MAWSON and her husband joined the Charlottetown Festival company. When she arrived in Prince Edward Island, she had already celebrated her 40th birthday and, having worked as a secretary in a government office to help pay the bills, looked forward to doing what she loved best. Her first role in Anne of Green Gables was that of Rachel Lynde, the village busybody.
Her husband took on a couple of supporting roles that season but never returned to the company. But Ms. MAWSON went back year after year.
Mr. McAndrew said Ms. MAWSON helped to give the production stability. "She became the anchor for Anne."
Off-stage, Ms. MAWSON loved to play bridge, organize picnics for her colleagues or spend lazy summer afternoons at the beach flying a kite. On the streets in Charlottetown, she could often be seen wearing a large-brimmed straw hat and skipping down the street. Almost every Sunday, she could be found singing as a guest soloist at any church that cared to ask.
"She just embraced life," said her friend Gracie Finley, who played Anne for several years.
Ms. MAWSON's Friends said that as a performer, she was the consummate professional who felt privileged to be a part of the musical. She lacked a huge ego, did not take herself too seriously and loved nothing more than to share stories with Friends.
"Until the day she died, she sang like a bird," said her friend and fellow cast member Glenda Landry. "Her voice floated on air."
Ms. Landry, who played the part of Diana Barry and shared a dressing room with Ms. MAWSON for a decade, said they shared many happy festival moments. "Every night before we went on, we would sing harmonies to warm up," she told The Guardian. "We would all hold hands during the overture."
Ms. MAWSON's affection for the long-running production embraced everyone. Every night during the season, she treated the stage crew to cookies or some other sweet.
Ms. Landry remembers the fun Ms. MAWSON and the female members of the cast had putting together a Ladies of Avonlea calendar as a fundraiser in the early 1990s. Dressed in corsets and long pantaloons, Ms. MAWSON showed no qualms in striking a sexy pose for the camera.
In 2000, however, she was suddenly forced to retire from the stage. She had returned to Charlottetown prepared to perform that season but realized that Alzheimer's disease had firmly taken hold. "She had a memory like a steel trap, but she was forgetting all her lines," Ms. Landry said.
Other members of the cast started to see the signs five years earlier, when Ms. MAWSON would occasionally say the wrong word during a performance. She continued to perform because others in the cast were always able to cover for her, and because the mistakes were so small the audience didn't notice.
Despite being unable to perform during the 2000 season, Ms. MAWSON chose to remain in Charlottetown and enjoy her last summer on the island. "Isn't it wonderful, how this beautiful, little show [Anne of Green Gables] has survived for so long in the hearts of so many people?" she told The Guardian in 2000. "I think it's because it touches the heart."
Elizabeth MAWSON was born February 14, 1927, in Toronto. She died February 16, 2008, at the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto. She was 81 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She is survived by sons Allan and Douglas, and sister Beryl FARR. She was predeceased by her husband in 2004. He also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

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