Obituary for Tara MacKeil
In loving memory
On Friday July 7th 2017 Tara Lynn Marie Mackeil passed away peacefully from the Palliative care unit at St.Boniface hospital surrounded by loved ones. She has gone home to be with her beautiful angel Paige.
Tara was born on May 9th 1977 in Scarborough, Ontario to Connie (Wolstenholme) and Ivan Mackeil. From the moment Tara was born people gravitated to her. She had beautiful brown eyes that could melt hearts and a charismatic personality. Tara’s pride and joy were her three children, survived by Evan and Jade (Jasper) and Paige (Mackeil-Sidorchuk) who predeceased her in 2003. Tara was so proud of the young people Evan and Jade were becoming. She would beam with pride at all of their accomplishments in hockey, dance and academics. Tara loved being a mother more than anything. Live, Laugh, Love was Tara’s motto and she lived it daily. Tara’s love of children began early on and she spent many years working as an Early Childhood Educator. Those who knew Tara well would know that she had a magic touch with babies, some of us even called her the baby whisperer. Tara moved to Winnipeg shortly after she was born where she lived until her passing. Tara lived and went to school in the Transcona area and graduated from Red River College in 2012 from the Disability and Community Support Program.
Tara was a natural dancer and spent many of her early years taking lessons and performing. Tara had a zest for life and loved to be where the excitement was; never wanting to miss a social occasion. This is where she endeared herself to many people. Friends and relationships have always been extremely important to Tara and she made every effort to support those she loved. Tara cared deeply for people and this was evident in her relationships and career choices. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of Tara’s close friends. You have all been incredibly supportive and kind, especially in these past six years of Tara’s illness. Words cannot express how much you are appreciated.
Left here grateful and blessed for Tara’s life are her children Evan and Jade (Jasper) parents Connie (Wolstenholme) and Ivan Mackeil; brother Shane Mackeil, sister in-law Vanessa and nieces Amelia and January; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
The family would also like to acknowledge the compassionate team of doctors and nurses of Cancer Care, Health Science Centre’s Oncology department and Palliative Care Manitoba. We are also profoundly grateful to the nurses from St. Boniface’s Palliative Care Unit for the compassion and care you provided Tara in the last days of her life.