MADELENE CAROLINE IRIS HUNTER
On the first day of spring, March 20, 2021, at St Amant’s River Road Place in Winnipeg, Maddy passed away as a result of non-COVID respiratory complications at the age of 20 years. She is survived by her parents Melva and Kelly (Maggie); brother Alex; grandparents Carol and Carmen Hunter; Auntie Kim, and Auntie Pam (Ken); and Uncle Greg (Gayle). She was predeceased by grandparents Iris and Ray Hercina of Birch River.
Maddy was born in Winnipeg on October 3, 2000 on her mom’s birthday at almost 9 lbs. A few months after her birth, Maddy developed severe seizures and was hospitalized. Thus, began a life-long journey of challenges that Maddy faced with inspiring courage and amazing resilience.
Maddy attended Oakenwald Elementary until the end of Grade three. Her class mates loved to push her in her wheelchair. Maddy enjoyed being teased by her big brother, listening to music, swimming, camping, sleeping in a tent, canoeing, riding in her bike trailer, hiking in her jogging stroller, and she especially loved her trip to Disney World and meeting Mickey and Minnie. In 2009 she moved to St. Amant, continuing her education, while meeting her many medical needs.
Maddy was always able to bring out the best in people. As one of her elementary school teachers put it- we are not here to teach Maddy – but rather she is here to teach us about unconditional love, compassion, and standing up for others who cannot stand up for themselves.
Special thanks to the parents of St. Amant and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba who provided us with understanding and support, for it truly takes a community to raise a child with special needs. Many, many thanks to the numerous home care, medical and especially the St. Amant staff who helped support her over the years. Maddy had a presence about her that touched many hearts and she will be missed.
Donations can be made in Maddy’s memory to the St. Amant Foundation or the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba.
There will be a cremation and private service. Internment will take place at St. Vital Cemetery.
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