SENGES, Miriam Lynn (Stoddart)
December 31, 1962 - May 22, 2019
Miriam went home to be with the Lord in the early morning hours on May 22, 2019 surrounded by her family. Miriam was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, battled through kidney cancer in 2013, bladder cancer in 2014 and lung cancer in 2015. After every course of treatment, she bounced back and was able to continue to serve her family like nothing had happened. She was a strong woman who could light up a room and who believed that she could beat cancer, and almost did. In October 2018, Miriam received a diagnosis of Scleroderma, but ultimately the cancer returned and took her life much too soon. Miriam was an amazing woman who had a very deep faith. The most important things in her life were her faith, her family, and her friends. During the course of her journey, she particularly loved sitting on her deck enjoying her beautiful backyard, which she considered her sanctuary.
Miriam was born in New Westminster, B.C. to Gordon and Marina Stoddart. The family moved around a lot, but eventually settled in South Vancouver where she graduated from Killarney High School in 1980. Shortly after graduation, Miriam, alongside her father and brother, founded their own sporting goods sales agency. This company was one of her proudest achievements and is now in it’s third generation. She married the love her life, Randy in 1982. Randy joined the family business in 1984 and the two enjoyed working together side by side in business and in life. They were blessed with three beautiful children and enjoyed many years of family holidays to the Oregon Coast, Palm Springs, and to their favourite destination, Ko Olina, Hawaii. All three of Miriam’s kids played high level and college sports, which Miriam found great joy in attending. She established many great friendships with fellow parents and athletes along the way and was well loved by many in the sports communities. Miriam’s entrepreneurial spirit never left her, as even in the midst of her journey she helped her youngest daughter, Victoria, establish her stationery and design company in 2015. Miriam’s background in sales was a great asset, as she assisted Victoria in bringing her stationery into retail stores across Canada. The two thoroughly enjoyed working together, and Victoria will miss her mother’s wisdom, advice, and talents greatly. Miriam’s desire to become a grandmother was fulfilled 14 months ago when she became an Omi to Emma Lynn Hamilton and most recently was able to share in the joy of welcoming her second granddaughter, Ivory Meta Elizabeth Senges.
Miriam is pre-deceased by her father, Gordon Stoddart. She is survived by her dear husband Randy of 37 years, her children Matthew (Alison), Stephanie (Andrew), Victoria and her two granddaughters Emma and Ivory, her mother, Marina Stoddart and siblings Dave (Kathy) and Pam (Mike), along with many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held to honour Miriam on Monday, June 3rd at Bethany Baptist Church 22680 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, B.C. The service will begin at 11:00am with a reception and refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scleroderma Association of B.C. in Miriam’s name. Over the years, Miriam and her family have been heavily involved in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. In the past year, Miriam’s diagnosis of Scleroderma greatly impacted her overall wellbeing and as a widely unknown disease, it is her family’s wish to educate people and assist in the research for a cure.