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SNELL: April 22, 1920 July 24, 2011. Theodore Ted Sidney Snell was born on April 22, 1920 in Winnipeg to Percy and Phyllis Snell (nee Head-Rapson). Ted was the third child born, brother Gilbert and sister Hilda were older, while Phyllis was his younger sister. The family moved to a farm near Monominto east of Winnipeg in 1925. Hardships resulted in the family relocating in 1929 to Rhodes Siding where they settled on the vast and empty prairie near Ninga. Another move in 1935 to the Saunders District meant family outings to Killarney and Rolla, ND. Growing up,Ted attended school at Sanders School when not helping his dad working hard on the land. It was at this time that Ted and his father Percy broke cattle for draft animals and tried a three wheeled Case tractor until they acquired more horses. At 21 years of age Ted joined his brother Gilbert in enlisting in the Canadian Military during WWII. He served his country from 1941 to 1945 in various parts of England. Once, while driving a Sherman Tank in a convoy to transport trucks he was being directed by a driver who was standing in the cab of his truck. Upon recognizing him, Ted beeped the siren and startled a surprised Perry Coder of Killarney. After the war, Ted was able to purchase his own farm (Edmund Lillew homestead) through the Veterans Land Act. He worked the land with horses and then a John Deere tractor. Ted was intent on establishing a prosperous and productive farm. The main entertainment was dances and card parties during this time. It was at a pie social that he met his wife which resulted in over 60 years of marriage. On June 13, 1951 Ted married Verna Irene Sutton. Ted had four cows while Verna had one so they were in the milking business. The next year, they had five heifer calves, doubling the herd. Together they enjoyed farming and raised three children Clarke, Robert and Colleen on Willow Farm. Ted was employed by Turtle Mountain School District as a custodian from 1971 1979. They sold the farm in 1975 but retained 40 acres and kept a few cattle until they eventually moved to Killarney in 1983. Ted was a proud member of the Killarney Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Each year he joined the November 11 Remembrance Day service to honour those with whom he had served. Ted suffered poor health, having heart trouble in 1983 and 1990. He never let his health problems bring him down but was determined to work through them. He lived a healthy lifestyle by walking daily and enjoyed the camaraderie of taking part in the senior games and his coffee crew. Ted enjoyed golfing when he first retired. He also enjoyed his yard and garden, and often had some project on the go in his workshop whether it was bird houses or just keeping things in good repair. Ted is predeceased by his brother Gilbert and sister Phyllis Beebe. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of sixty years Verna, his son Clarke and Gwen (nee Bullion), grandson Murray, granddaughter Elizabeth and Jason Vanstone and great grandson Aiden; son Robert; daughter Colleen and Gerald Renaud, granddaughter Jacqueline and grandson Eric. He also leaves to mourn his sister Hilda Scrutton, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. We shall miss your great smile, outgoing attitude and chuckles. Funeral service was held on Friday July 29, 2011 at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Killarney, Manitoba. Killarney Funeral Home www.wheatlnd.com
SMITH: In a celebration of life, Blayne Campbell Smith was laid to rest on August 4th, 2011. He passed away at Deloraine Health Centre on July 30th, 2011. Blayne was born in Deloraine Manitoba, March 13th, 1934. He spent his entire life in the area devoted to the betterment of the Deloraine community. As well as serving as Councilor and Mayor for 15 years he was also involved on many local boards. Blayne was licensed as a Funeral Director in 1954. Following in his fathers footsteps, he became a second- generation Funeral Director at Smith Funeral Home. Blayne was a kind and gentle man, providing total commitment and compassion to the many families he served over the years. Dads life was not all work and no play: his greatest love was family. He truly was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grampa and brother. His greatest joys revolved around his families achievements and day-to-day activities. Dad delighted in hearing of his grandchildrens many activities as well as the highlights and goals reached by each of his three children and their families. The memories of Dad will easily surface when we see his children and grandchildren carrying on with their lives. Dad looked forward to cottage life and his many lake friends. In the fall, he loved to hunt with his buddies and these outings provided a special bond between Paul and Dad. He also looked forward to the summer get togethers that reunited his early childhood friends. In the course of his life, Dad never took for granted the everlasting value of the friendships provided to both he and Mom. His happy smile, his great wit and humour, and the love of a good time with friends and family will remain in our memories. Blayne is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Irene; daughter Alana (Rolf Langelotz) of Winnipeg; son Paul (Janice) of Killarney; daughter Kendal (Ronan Doherty) of Trinidad and four very special grandchildren; Payton, Anya, Geena and Wyatt. A sister, Lucille (Stan Lawrence) of Winnipeg; sisters-in-law Shirley Mitchell of Brandon and Marion Brigden of Napinka, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless good friends. Blayne was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Erma Smith of Deloraine; brothers-in-law Allan Gould of Napinka; Cliff Mitchell of Brandon and Bill Brigden of Napinka. A Memorial service took place on Thursday, August 4th at Deloraine United Church. Private Interment followed at Del Win Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Deloraine Health Centre for the care and kindness extended to our husband, Dad and Grampa. Friends who wish, may make a donation in memory of Dad to the Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0 or to the Deloraine Health Centre, Box 447, Deloraine Manitoba, R0M 0M0.By love and compassion Dad touched the hearts of many. Smith Funeral Home www.wheatlnd.com
PEARN: Grace Leone. Grace was born August 6, 1921 and died on July 10, 2011 in her 90th year at the Westman Nursing Home. She wasborn and raised around Elkhorn, Manitoba the oldest daughter of Wilfred and Frances Soder. After completing her high school education in Elkhorn, Grace moved to Morden Manitoba to take her Registered Nurses training. After completing her training she worked in Winnipeg and Virden. Grace married Erle on November 6, 1948, andthey lived on the Pearn farm in the RM of Woodworth in the Blair School District. They were blessed with three children- Keith, Murray & Lois. Grace worked hard on the farm, had a large garden, did lots of preserving and was an excellent cook and baker. Her children and grandchildren remember her for her buns, cookies, cakes, pies and matrimonial cake. Grace was a member of theBlair Busy Bees. In the fall of 1976, Grace and Erle moved to Virden to a new home that Erle built for them. After moving to Virden, Grace continued to garden and bake, but also became active in the Hospital Auxiliary and the UCW of St. Pauls United Church. She was recognized as a life-time member in each of these groups.Grace was predeceased by her husband Erle, her brother Milburn Soder, herbrothers-in-law Fred Sutherland, Cliff Stitt, Roy Pearn, Walter Pearn, George Scott, John Pearn, Ewen Pearn and sisters-in-law Leonie Soder, Pat Scott and Edna Pearn. Grace will be greatly missed by her children Keith (Leanne), Murray (Jill) and Lois (Dave Hunter); grandchildren Rodney (Jennifer), Scott (Teri), Cameron (Katie), Kevin (Lisa), Drew, Katrina (Mark Saseniuk), Lindsay Hunter and Stephanie Hunter, great-grandchildren Brittany, Carlee, Isabella, Ethan and Abby. Grace is survived by her brothers Robert, Murray, Gilbert, sisters Alice Stitt and Ferne Sutherland, sister-in-law Edith as well as many nieces and nephews. Graces funeral service was led by Rev. Jan Van Aertselaer on July 14, 2011 at St. Pauls United Church, interment was at Virden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Graces grandchildren Rodney, Scott, Cameron, Kevin, Drew, Katrina, Lindsay and Stephanie. G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. Donations in Graces memory may be made to Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to a charity of your choice. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Virden Hospital, Westman Nursing Home, and G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel and to Rev Jan Van Aertselaer for their kindness and professionalism at this difficult time. Many thanks as well to the St Pauls UCW for serving lunch and to the many friends and family who supported us in so many ways. God bless all of you.
Remember all the moments that grief cannot destroy
OSBORNE: Stanley Francis Osborne of Newdale, Manitoba passed away suddenly on July 25, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at the age of 82 years. Stan was born to Jack and Katie Osborne on August 25, 1928 at his aunts home in the Mount Calm District near Newdale. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Mount Calm and finished high school in Newdale. He worked in Oakburn for a short time and then came back to Newdale in 1952 to work for Merclin Motors as a mechanic. He went to work for S. H. Dayton Ltd John Deere dealership in 1961 as a mechanic and was promoted to service manager when they moved to Shoal Lake. He worked for them for 33 years until he retired in 1994. As well as working full time Stan also worked the family farm with his father and then with his sons Gerry, Pat and Blaine. Pat took over the farm but Stan still kept his hand in, working on the farm right up until he died. He married Marjorie Elaine Reid April 2, 1955 and they raised five children. Stan was predeceased by his father Jack, his mother Katie and his brother-in-law Wilfred Eastcott. Surviving are his wife Marj, sons, Gerry (Sandy), Pat and Blaine. Daughters, Cathy Cluett and Bev (Clayton) Currah and nine grandchildren, Brett (Tawney), Shane (Sara), Courtney (Sean), Jasmine, Stephanie, Mike (Nici), Josh (Lindsey), Kirsten (Rick) and Jared and four great-grandchildren, Ivey, Maddie, Ryan and Lila. Also surviving are his sister Jean Eastcott and brother-in-law Jerry Reid. The funeral service was held July 29, 2011 from Newdale United Church with Pastor Orland Usick officiating. Interment will be at a later date. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Minnedosa Funeral Service was in care of arrangements.
NICHOLLS: Doreen Nicholls, beloved mother of Cheryl (Howard) Love and Bill (Jane) Nicholls, passed away at Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the age of 83 years. A Celebration of Doreens life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doreen may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
MILNE McKEOWN: Frances passed peacefully to Eternity on August 8, 2011, with her loved ones by her side. Frances was born on November 26, 1916, in Brandon, Manitoba, to Francis and Margaret Roberts and received her education in Brandon. In April 1937, she married Alex Milne and one son, Donald Barrie, was born to that union. Alex passed away in 1980. In 1984, Fran married Dr. Eugene (Mac) McKeown of Hawaii, USA, with ceremony at First Baptist Church, Brandon. During Frans first marriage, she served as a foster mother, giving a healthier beginning to many small children. She was also employed in clerical work for various businesses and then became a clerk in the Health Department for the Government of Manitoba until her retirement in 1977. Fran enjoyed many sports: bowling, curling, golfing, roller skating, table tennis and dancing (and amazingly, she was able to continue dancing well into her 93rd year). Fran was also an avid knitter and had knit many afghans, as gifts for family and friends. On retirement, Fran and Alex benefitted from many winters away in Arizona and Hawaii. Following her second marriage, she and Mac shared travelling excursions to China, Alaska and various cruises. Mac passed away in 1994, and Fran continued to be active in the company of singles groups. Fran leaves to mourn her son, Donald Barrie Milne of Brandon, her granddaughter, Katherine Milne of Winnipeg, her sisters Anna Wall of Brandon and Shirley Mitchell of Edmonton, Alberta, brothers-in-law Clayton Elston of Kingston, Ontario and Walter Mitchell of Edmonton, Alberta and sister-in-law Eleanor Roberts of Calgary, Alberta. She also leaves her precious foster daughters Elizabeth Goodridge and Cathy Fast, as well as many nieces and nephews. Fran is predeceased by her former husbands and her daughter-in-law Eleanor Milne. She is also predeceased by her brother Jack Roberts, sister Florence Daniels and her husband Donald, sister Dorothy Elston and brother-in -law Walter Wall. Fran was a dedicated Christian and was always happy to declare her love for her Lord and Saviour. She became a member of the family of God at First Baptist Church in Brandon while in her teens. She was ever faithful in her Christian witness. A time of viewing and visitation will take place at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Orton Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fran may be made to First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3Y6.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
Out of the body, present with the Lord
McMILLAN: Sharon Anne. With great sadness Sharon entered into rest suddenly at her home on March 21, 2011. Sharon Anne Smith was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan on August 13, 1946, to proud parents Bill and Edna Smith. She was raised on a little farm near Coderre, Saskatchewan. In her later teens her parents decided to spread their wings and settle on a farm near Kipling, Saskatchewan. After graduation, Sharon decided to take a secretarial course in Regina, not yet settled she thought she would give Brandon, Manitoba a try. Here she would meet and marry the love of her life Bill McMillan. The couple began their new life together near Douglas, Manitoba where their two children were born. Lisa Janet born October 18, 1973 and Charles Henry born December 22, 1975. Business opportunity brought the family to Kenton, Manitoba in 1983, where they would call home. Sharon became quickly involved in the community giving her many years of service the Kenton Legion, Woodworth Fire Department, Kenton Lions Club, and the Kenton Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She would also develop many life long friends in which she cherished. Sharon leaves a legacy of hard work ethics to her family, friends, and community. She would work at the butcher shop all day and moonlight as a bartender at the local Legion. She also catered for many years serving 8 people to 800 people at one time. Her delicious roast beef dinners were well known for miles, no one ever went hungry with her around. In her spare time, she also ran a daycare, she is known lovingly as Nana to many local children. Sharon would work tiressly behind the scenes never wanting or needing any recognition. She was a genuine lady with a huge heart, always devoted to her family, friends and community. Sharon was predeceased by her father Bill Smith, and in-laws Bruce and Dorothy McMillan. To cherish her memory mother Edna Smith, loving husband Bill, daughter Lisa (Dennis), son Charlie, sister-in-law Valerie McMillan, grandchildren Jaden and Brett Hemrica, any many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
MASTER: The death of Edward C. Master beloved father of Jennifer Tarr, occurred at his residence in Brandon on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. The Venerable Paul Curtis will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Edward to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B - 457 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LESLIE: Lois Rosalind (nee Russell) passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 71 years. Mom will be sadly missed by: her husband of 34 years Torrence Buck Byers; sons, Dan (Debbie), Terry (Angela Angell) and daughter Linda (Bob) Thomson; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mom, through her partner, Buck also had an extended family of Bucks five children, their spouses and many more grand and great-grandchildren. Mom was born in Brandon, Manitoba on July 7,1940 to parents Ernest and Elsie Russell. Mom had six sisters, one brother and one step-brother. Mom lived in various locations during her life Estevan, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta; and MacGregor, Manitoba. It was always Moms plan to come back home to Brandon and she and Buck did so in 1995. Over the years Mom worked at a variety of locations Bing Jukes Drive-In, One and Ten Motel, Woolco and in the Utility Department at City Hall in Red Deer. She and Buck also had the opportunity to try their hand with farming while living in MacGregor. Mom enjoyed her dog, the cats and the baby calves and lambs. Mom was a great baseball player and her swimming skills were put to good use as a lifeguard in her younger years. She enjoyed 5-pin bowling and she and Buck did this for many years. She was a Big Sister and volunteered for several years with the Special Olympics. She was also the Treasurer for the Métis Elders Bingos here in Brandon. We would like to thank Dr. Gray and all the staff at the Emergency Department at the B.R.H.C. for their kindness and care shown to Mom and supportive understanding shown to us. Interment will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium (southeast corner) at Noon (12 oclock). A time of fellowship for friends and family will take place at the Central United Church Auditorium, 327 8th Street at 1:00 p.m. If folks wish, donations in Moms memory can be made to the Special Olympics of Manitoba, 304 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B-2Z6 or to a charity of their choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
IRVING: Eleanor May (née Scott) Irving, a longtime resident of Brandon, passed away July 31, 2011 at the Baldur Hospital Transitional Centre. Eleanor May Scott was born April 9, 1916 in Tribune Saskatchewan, the sixth of John and Sarah (née Barnard) Scott 's seven children. John and Sarah had emigrated from England in 1905 with their two oldest children. Following Eleanor's birth in 1916, the family moved to Weyburn where her father was employed as the course Golf Pro. When the family moved to Yorkton, he continued with this job. All of the family were taught the game of golf and most of them played all their lives. In November of 1946, Eleanor and her parents moved to Vancouver Island. Eleanor helped her father build a small cottage at Saseenos, near Sooke. It was hoped, a warmer climate might be better for Eleanor's invalid mother. Eleanor spent 15 years looking after her mother. This was before the days of lift chairs, electric beds and respite. She was the master of improvising and "making do." A letter of recommendation written by the nursing Superintendent in Victoria stated that Eleanor was very able to care for any nursing need. With the passing of her mother, Eleanor traveled to Saskatchewan and Manitoba to visit brothers and sisters. While visiting her sister in Brandon, she was introduced to Hubert Irving. They were married on August 16, 1952. Hubert built the house at 650 -14th Street where they lived until 1990. During the years of raising their family, Eleanor participated in the activities of church; choir, vacation bible school, COC's, Ladies Aid, Women's Missionary Society, as well as community volunteering with Meals on Wheels, and Christmas Cheer to name a few. Eleanor always loved to travel. Trips to visit family, seeing England , bus tours, going to Wendy's for a Junior Cheese burger and a coffee, riding Brandon Transit to the Mall. She was always ready to go places. Hubert's passing in 1991, after 39 years together, was a very difficult adjustment. Gradually her independence grew, but she never got over missing him by her side. Eleanor had mentioned often that she never thought she'd live to be a grandmother. There are six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She has many family and friends who have known her influence in 95 years. Her personal faith in Jesus Christ had always been evident in her life and on Sunday, July 31, 2011 she passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior. Eleanor was predeceased by her parents, brothers and sisters and her beloved husband, Hubert. She leaves to remember her daughter, Nancy (Harry), son Jim (Val), six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. A daughter, sister, auntie, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, co-worker, friend: we have each known the same woman in a different capacity . She will be remembered by us all. The Funeral Service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, on Thursday, August 4, 2011 with The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim officiating. The interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7, to the First Presbyterian Church, 339-12th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4M3 or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
FORSTER: Frederick James Forster slipped away peacefully at his home in Brandon on August 8, 2011 at 67 years of age. Fred was born in Melita, Manitoba on December 29, 1943, to Jean and Charlie Forster and was the youngest of four children. His school years were spent in Melita where Fred met his wife, Sharon (Elliott) whom he married on August 6, 1966. The couple moved to the family homestead in Waskada and Fred enjoyed farming the land for the next twelve years. During this time, they had a son, Michael and daughter, Tara and eventually relocated their family to Killarney Lake. Fred loved the house that he and Sharon had built on the lake and took every opportunity to enjoy its amenities. He loved to go boating, water skiing, golfing and tending to his beautiful yard and gardens. Fred always had a special place in his heart for the people he had met and the friendships he had made while his family resided in Killarney. He was very community minded and volunteered his service for ten years as a trustee for the Turtle Mountain School Division and more than fifteen years as a magistrate for the Province of Manitoba. During these years, Fred also worked for Moores Building Centre and Red Power and Equipment. When Miller Farm Equipment took over the local Case International, Fred had the opportunity to transfer to Brandon. So in 2009, he and Sharon joined their families in Brandon where they were able to be closer to their grandchildren. Fred absolutely adored his four granddaughters: Bailey, Sydney, Athalia and Layla. He devoted much of his time to attending special events for each of "His Girls." Grandpa sat through many piano festivals, dance recitals, plays and productions, as well as soccer games and Karate lessons and he loved every minute of it. Grandpa Fred was also a naturalist at heart and loved to spend time outdoors with his granddaughters. He enjoyed teaching them how to catch frogs and butterflies, taking them to collect interesting rocks and artifacts, and picking flowers and beautiful bouquets for each and every one of his girls. Grandpa spent countless hours taking his granddaughters for walks and bike rides and making the most of every moment he could with all of his girls. Grandpa also had a great love of animals and had two special dogs in his life: Jessie and Cody who both adored him as much as he loved them. Dad was a loving husband and an amazing father who was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever his family or friends were in need. He renovated and remodeled his childrens houses, built them many decks and fences and tilled their gardens with the strength and energy of ten men. He ultimately left an incredible piece of himself in every part of their lives. Dad also loved to travel with his family whether on four wheels or two! He had the spirit of an adventurer and enjoyed taking Sharon and the kids on numerous car and motorcycle trips through Sturgis, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, B.C. and Alberta. But it was the ultimate highlight of Dads life to have had the opportunity to take his family to Disneyland on two occasions. The memories that you made will never be forgotten Dad! Fred was predeceased by his parents, Lila Jean and Charles Forster and brother-in-law Melvin McComb. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; children Michael (Carolyn) Forster and Tara (Barry) Somerset; grandchildren Bailey, Sydney, Athalia and Layla; sisters Mary McComb and Donna (Bert) Lohner and brother George (Felisa) Forster, as well as many special nieces, nephews and cousins. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Freds memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
ASHBEE: Phyllis May Ashbee, beloved wife of Rev. Ronald Ashbee and dear mother to Phyllis, Beverley and Bill, passed away at Fairview Home on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. May was born in Prince Albert, SK September 27, 1919, the first of four girls born to Ned and Christie Irvine. She grew upon the farm, a section of land in the Halcro District southeast of Prince Albert. Very early in her childhood her father appointed May as his right hand man because she loved to help with the farm chores. At the age of six, she was too young to walk the distance to school by herself, so she began attending school at the age of 7 12 with her younger sister Esther. Her natural love of learning enabled her to catch up to her classmates very quickly. A year or two after finishing her schooling May took a position at the Prince Albert Sanatorium. May later worked in the Burns meat packing plant until she obtained a job as a teller in the Imperial Bank. Music was very dear to Mays heart. She loved to attend concerts at Brandon University with her daughter Phyllis or with the Price family, as well as performances by her grandchildren. May was introduced to Ron Ashbee at the Pentecostal Church in Prince Albert where he was assistant pastor. Both were in their early thirties when they met. They married on November 24, 1951 and after a brief honeymoon they moved to McBride, BC where Ron assisted his sister and brother -in-law in pasturing a small church. On May 9, 1953 their daughter Phyllis was born. That summer Ron accepted the invitation to pastor a small church in Spruce Lake, Saskatchewan and the family moved back to the prairies. Twins, Beverley and Billy were born on July 31, 1954. During the child-rearing years May demonstrated self- sacrifice for the well-being of her children. She was creative and thrifty on a modest pastors salary, sewing most of her childrens clothing. The family moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan and then to Winnipeg in 1964. May returned to working outside the home at the University of Manitoba Student Union building. In 1971, the family moved to Brandon where she worked at the new Canadian Tire store until retirement. Keen detective skills came in handy with her children or at work when people would try to steal goods from the store. May seemed to have eyes in the back of her head. She was always loved by the people in each church where Ron served as pastor. Being very hospitable, her home was always a welcome place for friends. She loved gardening and was a talented baker, renowned for her unforgettable apple pie and raisin cookies. Corresponding with family and friends was very important. May was proud of her husband and believed in and trusted her children. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved being around children and young people, even if their music was louder than she enjoyed! Ron and May 9 wonderful years together. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Bethel Christian Assembly on Monday, August 8, 2011. Pastor Mike Davis and Pastor Bill Ashbee officiated. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of May to the Circle Square Ranch, P.O. Box 99, Austin, Manitoba, R0H 0C0.
Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
APLIN: Alvin Al Austin of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, August 5th, 2011 at the age of 74 years, 11 months, just the way he always said he wanted to go. Al was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba August 27, 1936 to parents Jim James Aplin and Anne Mary Brausse. He received his education in Flin Flon and after high school took a Diesel Mechanics course at what was then MIT in Winnipeg. Upon completing his education, he worked various jobs always being drawn to mining towns including Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and Flin Flon, Manitoba where he earned his 2nd Class Power Engineer Ticket of which he was very proud. Al loved the North and in summers would spend countless hours fishing and scouting for good Moose hunting areas with his friends, covering over a hundred lakes a year. We are left with many stories and photos of his experiences of those memorable times. In 1958, he married Ruth Christina Hymers and they lived and worked in Flin Flon for 8 years before moving south to Brandon with their two children, Valerie and Lindsay in 1966. Cheryl was born in 1971 and their family was complete. His work experience included Pitts Construction at Shilo and Camp Hughes as Power Engineer, Dryden Chemical in Brandon, and with Government Services & Infrastructure with the Province of Manitoba starting in the Power House at BMHC in 1974 and retiring as Trades Pool Coordinator in 2001 after 26 years. During this time, he worked with Henry Newton on his off-hours doing whatever needed to be done in the Construction trade. Sadly, Ruth passed away in November of 1980 and Al was a single Dad. In 1987, he met and married Geraldine Gerrie Summers and together they were very active with the Brandon Wildlife Association, where he served as President for a few years and also did a term as Big Game Chairman on the Manitoba Wildlife Federation Executive. He, together with 8 other partners, purchased their beloved Gunn Creek Ranch hunting lodge where hundreds of happy memories were made. He and Gerrie were also active with the Brandon Gun Club, serving on their executive and participating in Trap Shoot Competitions all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario and North Dakota. It was then they began A&G Shooting Sports, and in addition to doing a popular mail order business made countless friends, travelling around to Gun Show Venues in and around the Province. Before retiring from The Provincial Government, he took up the sport of Golf at age 63. He became an avid golfer, leaving trapshooting behind and even after his stroke at age 70, could still hit a mean golf ball. He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Anne, his first wife Ruth; and Gerries mother in January of this year. His commanding presence will be sorely missed by his very loving wife Gerrie, his children Valerie (Brad Smith), Jessica (Kristian) and Michael; son Lindsay and children Tanner and Sara and their mother Cindy (Martin); daughter Cheryl (Grant Kukurudz), Mackenzie and Stella; Gerries children; Jeanne (Joe Horvath), Jayden (Hollie) Cole and Morgan (Adam); and Evan (Helene Malo), Pascal, Riel, Emilie, Tatyana, Carmen, Rachelle and Nadia. His only brother Robert Bob Aplin (Candace); Gerries sister and brother-in-law Grace and Jack Irwin, brother and sister-in-law Dale and Ruth Topping; nieces, nephews and many beloved cousins, extended families, treasured friends and coffee buddies. A service to celebrate Als life was held at St. Matthews Cathedral on August 9th, 2011 with the Venerable Paul Curtis officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or Charity of Choice.
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STUART: George Herbert. George Stuart passed away, peacefully, on June 21st at the Kin Place Personal Care Home in Oakbank, Manitoba. George was born on May 22nd, 1918 in Grimsby, Ontario to Sam and Margaret Stuart. He is predeceased by three brothers and a sister .. Bill, Ernest and Neil, and sister Evelyn. George moved to Manitoba in 1940 when he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, married his first wife Gwen in 1945 (who pre-deceased him in 1981) .. and had an exemplary career serving in many Manitoba communities including Souris, McCreary, Carberry, Minnedosa, Brandon, The Pas and Headingley .. retiring with the rank of Sergeant in 1966, to Brandon, Manitoba .. wherehe assumed the duties of Sheriff of the Western Manitoba Judicial District, shortly thereafter. George remarried in 1984 to Evelyn Charnock, then retired from the Sheriffs position in 1985 and enjoyed many wonderful years travelling the world with Eve, who predeceased him in 2008. George was a gentleman in the true sense of the word. He had a love for animals, especially cats, and a love for music especially the harmonica. George is survived by three sons, Jack and wife Dorothy in Calgary, Alberta; Bruce and wife Merrilee in Victoria, B.C. and Neil (Charnock) and wife Cathy in Oakbank, Manitoba. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, sisters- in-law Mae and Georgina and several nieces and nephews as well as many loving friends. Friends may join in a celebration of Georges life on Saturday, August 20th at the Royal Oak Inn in Brandon, 3130 Victoria Avenue at 11:00 am. The family would like to thank the staff at the KinplacePersonal Care Home for their wonderful care of George over the past three years. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish, donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society 2200 17th Street East, Brandon R7A 7M6 in Georges name. Condolences may be sent to Seasons Funeral Service, 576 Balsam Crescent, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0 or email email@example.com
KARAU: Fred Karau of Brandon, beloved husband of Shirley and dear father of Pam (Sean) Green and Yvonne (Wayne) Adolph and papa to Dante Green passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the age of 68 years. A Celebration of Freds life will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue, on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Edmund Mielke officiating. Interment will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fred may be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room 0NI160, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0V9 or to the Grace Lutheran Church, 3101 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3P3 Complete obituary information to follow.
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