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SHURVELL: Garry Wayne Shurvell of Brandon, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on August 15, 2014 at the Palliative Care Unit, at the age of 78. Wayne was born at Birtle, MB on June 11, 1936 to Terry and Helen Shurvell. During his early years, he lived in Isabella, Beulah, and then moved to Harding in 1945. At the age of 16, he contracted polio and spent a year in a Winnipeg hospital. He showed determination and bravery during his year of therapy which included exercise, water therapy, and relearning to walk with crutches and a leg brace. After his release from hospital, Wayne completed his high school education and then went on to obtain his drafting certificate. He began his drafting career at a mine in Lynne Lake where he spent a few years until moving to work at Rivers Airbase. Besides drafting and an interest in the stock market, Wayne enjoyed farming and spent over 20 years farming with his dad in the Harding area. When Rivers Airbase closed, he transferred to Winnipeg with the Department of National Defence where he met Linda. They were married on December 22, 1978. Linda and Wayne transferred to CFB Shilo in 1980. They built a home in Brandon and started their family in 1986. There are many fond memories of the time spent at the cabin at Cherry Point celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or socializing with friends which usually included a potluck supper. In later years he enjoyed an occasional visit to the casino with Linda and his Aunt Doreen. He enjoyed the socializing more than the gambling which was never very profitable. Everyone needs a best friend and Wayne and Elwood English had a friendship that stood the test of time. Few people are blessed with a gift that lasts a lifetime, but Wayne had Elwood by his side from the time he was a young boy right up until the moment he said good-bye. His special times were spent in the company of his grandson Gage with “Pops” teaching Gage to play ball and ride his bike. Wayne was known as a caring and giving person, he would always put the needs of others first. Whether it was helping out with a nail and hammer, fixing your truck or tractor or drawing up plans for your dream home, you could count on a great visit while he was helping you. Wayne is survived by Linda, his wife of 35 years, son Garry, daughter Danielle and grandson Gage, along with sister Lana (Brian) Butchart and their children, Monica and Ryan. He was predeceased by his parents Terry and Helen. Wayne’s interment took place at Greenwood Cemetery on August 23, 2014. Donations in memory of Wayne may be made to Greenwood Cemetery, c/o Box 23, Kenton, MB or BRHC Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, R7A 2B3.
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WEBBER: It is with great sadness but with grateful thanksgiving we announce the passing of Claribel Webber at her residence, Hillcrest Place, on her 98th birthday. She died the way she lived, with grace, strength and the comfort of her faith. Mom leaves a legacy as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Claribel was born on August 19th, 1916 in Fort William, Ontario. The second eldest of four children, she was a natural loving and caring sister to her siblings. She continued in this manner throughout her life and was often referred to as a “sweet lovely lady.” Claribel was predeceased by her loving husband Harry, parents Lloyd and Lena Penman and brothers John and Mervin. She loved the outdoors, birds and our family dogs all held a special place in her heart. Mom was a lifelong member of Central United Church and the Eastern Star. She would move from Fort William, Ontario to Brandon soon after as her father, a CPR railroader, was transferred there. She lived over 60 years in her two residences on 2nd Street and later in Hobbs Manor. Mom worked early on in her life at Eaton’s, then helped her father-in-law Walter “Cap” and husband Harry at Webber Printing. But Claribel was mainly a mom who loved her boys and often gave motherly attention to all her sons’ friends as well. She loved music and often put up with John’s band practices and Don’s drumming in her basement. Mom was fortunate to travel with Harry, her sons, her mother and mother-in-law for short vacations to Bismarck, ND to the old Patterson Hotel. She also enjoyed trips with Dad to the USA, Hawaii, and Mexico. After Dad passed away, Mom still was able to travel extensively. Her favorite spot though was the North Shore on Clear Lake. We had many birthday parties there. Mom was known to have many late night games of gin rummy in which she often seemed to “win.”  She was known to have the odd encounter with bears, which she had no apparent fear of. Inspired and enriched by her life are her sons, Don (Bev) Webber and John (Barb) Webber of Brandon. Also to treasure her memory are her grandchildren Steve (Jenn), Kyla, Michael, Matt, and Talia, as well as great-grandchildren Serah, Isabella, Benjamin, and Olivia. She is survived by her loving sister Hazel of Toronto and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Claribel’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, September 2nd at 2:30 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. A private family interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. A warm and sincere thank you to the staff of Hillcrest Place for their compassionate care of our much loved mother and grandmother. A special thank you also to Lorraine Dennis who attended to help Mom at lunch over the last 8 months.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Claribel’s memory to Central United Building fund at 327-8th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3X5.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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LONEY: Harvey, beloved partner of Shirley Lowe, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. By Harvey’s request please dress casual/denim. In memory of Harvey, donations may be made to the Hartney Golf Course or to Cancer Care Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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ROBINSON: With much sadness, the family announces the passing of Melvin Robinson, beloved husband of Margaret, on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Mel was born at Napinka, MB on September 13, 1923 and farmed north of Melita prior to moving to Brandon. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of Brandon, one sister Ruby Wilson of Comox, BC and one nephew Jim Wilcox of Comox, and two great nephews, Brian (Chloe) of Comox and Allen (Tanis) of Kenora, ON, and great niece Carol Anne Wilcox of Winnipeg. Also surviving are cousins Ken (Joyce) Gordon, Brandon and Marvin Gordon and wife of Winnipeg. Mel was a Life Member of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin where he entered his steam engine and tractor which he constructed along with other machinery which he excelled at for many years. He and Margaret were long time members of the Brandon Circle Eights Square Dance Club and attended a great many Jamborees across the country. Mel would always help anyone in need and was a very friendly, kind man. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Kim Lewarne, Funeral Celebrant, officiating.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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MATHISON: Jean Ann Mathison (nee Jamieson) passed away on July 28th, 2014 just short of her 97th birthday. Her husband Duncan predeceased her in 1973. Jean was born on August 26th, 1917 to Clementine and Dr. Joshua Jamieson. She leaves her children, Peggy Framingham and special friend Merrill Brown, Bill (Cheryl) Mathison, Ronald (Heather) Mathison, Phyllis Kane and Bill Pepler and David (Beth) Mathison. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and her brother Phil (Nancy) Macmillan. Jean was a kind and loving person and in turn was loved by many. Jean loved her family, loved nature, loved to laugh and enjoyed her independence for as long as she could manage. She was inspirational in her integrity and quiet presence. She will be missed greatly. Jean and her family want the nurses and health care professionals at Hamiota Personal Care Home (Birch) to know how much they appreciated their kindness and care. A graveside service will be held on the 6th of September 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Hamiota Cemetery to celebrate Jean. Reception to follow at the Hamiota Community Centre. Donations may be made in Jean's memory to Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.  
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca
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GURR: Nancy Gurr (Gardiner) nee Pittendreigh. Nancy passed away peacefully in Virden on August 23, 2014. Nancy was born on the family farm near Rapid City on May 18, 1926 to Christina and Andrew Pittendreigh. She will be fondly remembered by her children Skip Gardiner (Debbie), Donna Siemens (Fred), Lynda McDonald, Grant Gardiner (Val), Garry Gardiner (Marya), step-sons Ron Gurr (Bev) and Ken Gurr (Liz) and her 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Alvin Gurr and grandchild Lloyd Gurr, 4 sisters, Maggie J. “Daisy” Bergen, Helen “Isabel” Rinn, Norah Leoppky and Kathleen J. Johnston. She is survived by her brother Donald Pittendreigh. Nancy spent over 20 years teaching in Fort La Bosse school division. She was instrumental in founding the Association for Community Living in Virden. Nancy was an avid gardener, seamstress, curler and golfer. She loved to camp, fish and travel. In her later years she enjoyed playing bridge, making quilts for her family and painting. She was an active member of the Virden Art Club, the Retired Teachers Association and St. Paul’s United Church UCW. One of her greatest pleasures in life was actively following and relishing in the many achievements of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Internment took place at Arrow River cemetery and funeral services were at St. Paul’s United Church on August 27, 2014. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please make any donations in Nancy’s name to the charity of your choice.
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GERRING: The family of Donald George Gerring sadly announces his passing on August 13, 2014 at the age of 72 at Minnedosa Hospital. Don was predeceased by his beloved wife Wendy and his brothers Robert and Brian. Don leaves to mourn his son Todd (Faye) and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughter Terry (Garth) and his grandchildren, and his son Tyler (Christine) and grandchild. A private family interment service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
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GOOD: Helen Melrose Good (nee Fraser) died peacefully with her family at her side in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at the age of 97. She was born on a farm just north of Souris on October 3rd, 1916 to William and Lillian Fraser. Helen leaves behind her two children, Bill (Deb) and Barb (Ken), six grandchildren, Barry (Laura) Craig, Derek (Stephanie) Chris (Denika) Lindsay (Jonathan) Glenn and six great-grandchildren, Braeden, Josh, Cash, Emersyn, Beckhem, and Kennedy. Helen was the eldest of eight siblings. She is survived by her brothers, Ross and Jack, her sister Jean, her sister-in-laws Ellen and Janice, Good in-laws, Jim, Vivian and Phylis and many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by an infant son, Guy Benjamin, in 1947, and by her loving husband, Bill, in 1996. Helen was born in the middle of the First World War and grew up during the difficult times of the depression. She worked hard on her family farm delivering milk, while also taking care of her younger siblings. She was the matriarch of the Fraser family. She met Bill at an Air Force dance at the Souris base during the Second World War. They married on June 18th, 1945 at the end of the war and set off in search of work. Helen and Bill made various stops before returning to Souris in 1954 to settle on their own farm. Helen lived a full and blessed life. She enjoyed staying highly involved with her family and friends, even in her final days. She was an active member in the community of Souris as a member of the UCW, Souris Curling Club, and as a hard-working employee of various local businesses in her younger years. She was also an extremely dedicated farm wife and could often be found driving the grain truck and taking meals out to the field. She loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers. Helen was a very good cook and baker, always making homemade specialties to share with her family. She will be remembered for her wonderful homemade buns right out of the oven. Helen loved to keep up-to-date with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often travelled to cheer on her family in various sporting and musical events. She was always worrying about her grandchildren, and was always there to provide them with advice, support, and encouragement whenever they needed it. Helen and Bill enjoyed travelling together during their retirement. They had many marvelous bus tours to the USA. They also loved spending time with their dear friends, the Unraus. The foursome got together often for a visit on the weekends. In her final years, Helen enjoyed living at the Personal Care Home and attending many of the events put on there. She never missed a musical performance or an ice-cream sundae! Helen will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but she will never be forgotten. During her lifetime, Helen passed on all of her values, stories, and wonderful memories to her family and they will continue to think of her with the highest regard.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss)
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FORSYTH: Muriel Jean. After a long life well lived, Muriel Jean Forsyth passed away July 26, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 87 years of age. Jean was born August 10, 2014 in Hamiota, the eldest daughter of Henry and Mary Davidson. She grew up on a farm in the Decker area and started her education at Ethel School and then finished her high school in Hamiota. Jean went on to Normal School in Winnipeg and upon completion taught at Buckleville and then Ewart (Cromer District). There she met James Forsyth and they were wed in January of 1947. They moved to Brandon and had a full life together for over 62 years. Mom’s life was devoted to nurturing, caring for and loving others. She toiled countless hours in the gardens, then canning and preserving the bounty, baking, mending, and all the other jobs that needed to be done to raise a large family. Mom enjoyed her later years working on her beautiful quilts, reading, doing crosswords and playing Scrabble/UpWords, especially with her good friend and life long neighbor Joyce Mellin. Mom always liked to keep busy and be productive and these last few years Mom’s spare time was filled with her knitting hundreds of pairs of mittens that she donated annually to the Christmas Cheer Board. She didn’t like to think of anyone heading out on a winter day with cold hands. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends over a cup of tea, a cookie and nice visit, catching up on all the happenings. Mom will be profoundly missed and loving remembered by her daughters Irene (Grant) Willis, Marg Forsyth, and Linda (Glen) Bailey and sons Bob (Donna), Brian (Helen) and Brad (Elaine) Forsyth. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Strachan of Miniota and brother-in-law Jim Clavelle of Calgary and sisters-in-law Luella (Jim) Outhwaite and Mary Forsyth and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was Grandma to Sherry Antonation, Karen (Jason) Ballingall, Braden (Iliana) Forsyth, Brandi (Chris) Brown, Brett Forsyth, Ashley (Devin) Forsyth, Andrew Bailey Robert (Laranda) Bailey, Marlee (Corey) Beaupre and Erica Forsyth. Jean was Great-Grandma to Hannah and Marc, Shane and Ryan, Jaylen and Alexa, and Caleb and Emery. She spent many, many wonderful hours with them-teaching them to play cards and board games, going to their sporting/musical/school events, then onto graduations and weddings. She never missed an occasion if she could help it and her absence at these family gatherings will be deeply felt. Mom was predeceased by Dad in 2009, her parents Henry and Mary, her two brothers Jack and Clark Davidson and sister Noreen (Rene) Clavelle. A graveside service and interment took place July 31st, 2014 at the Veteran Section of the Brandon Cemetery with Kurt Ardron officiating. The Forsyth family would like to thank everyone who helped and showed Mom kindness over these past few years. We all truly appreciated the fellowship and support at the time of her passing, along with the flowers, food gifts and donations given on behalf of our Mom.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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CLARK: Phyllis (née Bartlett), widow of the late Harold Clark and mother to Larry, Wesley and Dwane Clark, passed away August 10, 2014 after a struggle with cancer at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Phyllis was one of seven children born to William and Dolly Bartlett on the family homestead in the Humesville district north east of Forrest, Manitoba. She received her education at the community school and went on to pursue a career in healthcare. Phyllis cut her career short in order to return home and care for her ailing mother, who a short while later, passed away at the early age of 51. It was during this time that she met our Dad, Harold, and they were married in 1949. They started a family beginning with the birth of Larry, followed by Wesley and Dwane. For years Mom had a very busy lifestyle raising three active boys and running the home based office. She was active with U.C.T., Eastern Star Lodge and Royal Purple and became very involved in the Brandon community. Throughout her life, she also found time for friends and neighbours, in particular, her bridge ladies. Phyllis and Harold enjoyed many winters down south at their place in Indio, California and made many long term friends. Brandosa Beach, where she spent many happy summers, was also important to Mom. Her deck was a gathering point she enjoyed - even in her last month. Happy hours on the “Queen’s” deck among all the beautiful flowers that she grew were enjoyed by all who attended. When Dad became ill, they took up residence at Monterey Estates for a number of years and after Dad passed, Mom moved to Lions Manor becoming involved in many activities offered. She lived an independent lifestyle right up to the last weeks of her life. Mom was predeceased by her parents William and Dolly Bartlett, stepmother Clara, brothers Cyril, Everett (Scotty), sister Alice Slator, twin infant sisters, granddaughter Lindsay, husband Harold, eight brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, and just recently, brother Douglas on August 6, 2014. She is survived and greatly missed by her son Larry and wife Suzanne, granddaughter Julie; her son Wesley and wife Brenda, grandson Kevin, granddaughter Krista Ferguson (Eric), step grandchildren Lee and Josh McKay; son Dwane and wife Janet, granddaughter Kelsey, grandson David, great grandchildren Jack and Liara Ferguson. Brother-in-law Charlie Clark, sisters-in-law Betty McFarland, Ruth Harris, Dorothy Clark, Ruth Bartlett, nephew Harold Slator and families, many cousins and special people in her life, Irene and Brian, Myrna and Wilf. The family thanks you all for the kind messages and show of support. The service to celebrate Phyllis’ life was held at Central United Church on August 18, 2014 with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment followed at the Humesville Cemetery. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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BOUTILIER: Donna Gertrude of Brandon, Manitoba died peacefully in the palliative care ward at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 24, 2014. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 28, 1952 to Andy and Edna Eckert. Donna grew up in a large military family with seven brothers and sisters. Moving from base to base, around the country and overseas, their last posting was C.F.B. Shilo, Manitoba. While attending PEPS high school, she met her husband, Dan (Boots) Boutilier, and was married on October 30, 1971. Boots then joined the military and they started a family, having two sons, Dan and Rick. She raised her boys before starting her career in the kitchens of 4 Wing Cold Lake and C.F.B. Shilo. She retired in 2012, after 22 years of service, to have more time to be with her aging mother. For the last two years, she made daily visits to see her mom at Hillcrest, and appreciated the wonderful staff there. Throughout her lifetime, she touched many hearts with her generosity and caring. She enjoyed being creative with arts and crafts, solving puzzles, playing bingo and gambling. She was an amazing cook and had many requests for her dishes. Donna loved to garden and to be outdoors - sunflowers and lilacs were her favourites. Donna is survived by her sons Dan and Rick, brothers and sisters; Rick (Joanne), Terry (Don), Linda (Jim), Carol (Rob), Don (Deanna), David, Susan (Joe), and many nieces and nephews and her beautiful mother, Edna. We would like to thank Dr. Corine Minders and all the awesome, kind, caring staff at the Assiniboine Centre for comforting Donna. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, August 28, 2014 with Kim Lewarne, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's memory to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, MB, R7B 2B8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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BARTLETT: Douglas, of Creston, B.C., formerly of Elton Municipality, passed away peacefully on August 6th, 2014 at Creston Community Hospital at 90 years of age after a lengthy battle with cancer. Doug was born to William and Dolly Bartlett (née Shelvey) at the family homestead north east of Forrest, Manitoba (Humesville District ) in December 1923. It was in this district that he received his schooling and worked on the family farm. In 1950, Doug and neighbourhood friend, Lloyd Franklin, went west to find work with C.P. Rail. His first home was in Sandon, B.C., but this was lost when a dam failed washing away the town site. He then moved to Creston, B.C., purchased another home and settled in. Doug worked with the section crews and soon became a section foreman, maintaining and repairing track winter and summer. He was an honest, hardworking individual who could be counted on to get the job done regardless of its difficulty. He also found time to pursue sports with baseball in the summer and curling in the winter, becoming a popular member of the community of which he resided in for the rest of his life. Not forgetting his roots, Doug would return to Manitoba annually to reconnect with family and friends. He was very popular with his nephews and his visits were looked upon with much anticipation. Doug was predeceased by his parents William and Dolly, stepmother Clara, brothers Cyril, Everett (Scotty), sister Alice Slator and twin newborn sisters.At the time of his passing, Doug was survived and sadly missed by his sister Phyllis Clark, nephews Harold Slator, Larry, Wesley, Dwane Clark and families, and a host of cousins, second cousins and many friends locally and in the Creston area. Graveside service and interment took place at the family plot in Humesville Cemetery on Friday, August 15, 2014 with Arlene Robertson officiating. Thank you to those in attendance. Donations in memory of Doug may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St., Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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SIOUX: Christopher Sioux passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 34 years. A traditional memorial feast will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. followed by funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery.
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LONEY: Harvey, beloved partner of Shirley Lowe, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. By Harvey’s request please dress casual/denim. In memory of Harvey, donations may be made to the Hartney Golf Course or to Cancer Care Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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