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SUMNER: William Roy (Bill) Sumner of Neepawa passed away November 19th, 2014 at the Neepawa Health Center at the age of 78 years William was born Jan. 25th, 1936,the oldest son and the fourth of eight children born to John and Ida Sumner. He was raised in the Mentmore District attending school in Brookdale. He left school early to farm due to his fathers illness. He farmed co-operatively with his brothers Robert and Elviss for 40 + years. He later farmed under Sumpointe acres with son-in-law and daughter Stephane and Kerrilee Lapointe. In 1963 William married Elizabeth Owens of Forrest, a teacher at Glenburney School, Moore Park. The next years were consumed with enjoyment as William continued to build the farming operation and Elizabeth continued teaching. He was predeceased by parents John & Ida (Ishenberg) Sumner, Sisters; Marie Wilson, Edythe Harstine and an infant brother. Brothers-in-law David Wilson, Don Harstine, Frank Kuharski and William deBalinhard. Surviving are his wife of 51 years Elizabeth (Owens), Son Kevan William Sumner, wife Tanya, grandsons William and Aedan of Brandon, Daughter Kerrilee Lapointe, husband Stephane, grandsons Tarek, Kane and Kyson, Brothers Robert (Deanna) Sumner, Elviss (Connie) Sumner of Neepawa; Sisters Louise Kuharski, Winnipeg, Norma deBalinhard, Nelson B.C., and Marcy (Bruce) Jackson of Saskatoon, SK +19 nieces and nephews and numerous great nephews and nieces. Bill farmed all his life in the Mentmore district living first on SE 10-14-16 and later on NE 15-14-16 (Creekside Acres) in the R.M. of Langford. He is always interested in sports particularly curling and made many lasting friendships. He was a progressive farmer, and a good caretaker of the soil. But most of all he was a caring and empathetic husband, father and grandfather always putting everyone else first. Rest in peace Bill, your 12 year valiant battle with prostate and bone cancer is over. Funeral service was held Saturday November 22, 2004 at the Neepawa United Church at 2:00 pm. Burial in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa. Kristen Wood and Rita Friesen officiated with all those in attendance considered honourary pallbearers. Whites Funeral Home in charge of Arrangements.
The Fallen Limb ( Author unknown)A limb has fallen from our family treeI hear a voice that saysGrieve not for meRemember the best timesThe laughter, the song.The good life I lived while I was strongContinue my heritage, Im counting on you. Keep on smilingThe sun will shine through My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly I was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your lives, dont worry about falls. I will miss you all dearly, so keep up your chinUntil the fine day comes were together again.
RODGERS: Maureen Ann, formerly of Rapid City, MB, widow of Brandon teacher Frank Rodgers, passed away on Thursday after a short illness in St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, aged 81 years. Maureen was well known to Brandon audiences for her acting in numerous theatrical productions in the 1980s, and 1990s and to many local school children for her role curating the B. J. Hales Museum of Natural History at Brandon University. She was born in Warrington, Cheshire, England, and emigrated to Brandon with her husband and children in 1968. She is survived by her brother, Peter Edmands (Doreen Bitner), sisters Pauline (Bernard) Kerwin, Susan Potter, and Karen (Derek) Mapp, her sons Paul (Kyoko Nishimoto) and James (Jennifer Freund), and her three granddaughters, Candice, Caitlin and Cianna. A private funeral will be held in Winnipeg and a public memorial service will be organized later in Brandon.
MURPHY:Cecil (Ted), beloved husband of the late Louise Murphy, father of Jane, Patrick, Susan, Timothy, Christopher and Sean, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the age of 85 years. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Marys Catholic Church, Souris, on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Souris& Glenwood Cemetery. Prayer service will be held at St. Marys Catholic Church on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In memory of Ted, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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McFARLANE: Evelyn Yvonne Hedwig McFarlane, age 75 years, passed away at the Valleyview Care Centre on Monday, November 17, 2014. Evelyn was born in Plauen, Germany on January 20, 1939. Evelyn is survived by her husband Bruce of fifty-two years; children Steven (Heather) of Calgary, Alberta, Martin (Penny) of Kingston, Ontario and Kirsten of Brandon. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Nicholas, Tyler, Tolian, Jade, Finn and Éowynn. A private service will take place. Donations in memory of Evelyn may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
McNARRY:Leon Robert (L.R.). Sept. 5, 1916, Ellice Munic., MB - Nov. 18, 2014 Calgary, AB. Leon Robert (L.R.) McNarry of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the age of 98 years. Bob received his B.Sc (Honours) in 1950 and his M. Sc. in 1956. Bob was a Manitoba farm boy who served during WWII in the RCAF. After the war, from 1950 to 1979, he worked as a research scientist at the National Research Council in Ottawa. Bob is survived by his children, Mary Margaret McNarry, John Robert (Jan) McNarry, David Barclay McNarry and Daniel Gordon (Barb) McNarry; grandchildren, Alan John McNarry, Brian Andrew (Nikki) McNarry, Justin Mellin, Meagan Laura Jean McNarry, and Sarah Irene McNarry. He was predeceased by his loving wife Mavis Laura Jean McNarry (nee Reid); and by his siblings Edgar Garnet McNarry, Ruth (Alan) Meldrum and Mary Kathleen (Ed) Wilson. A Celebration of Bobs Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thank you to Canyon Meadows staff and residents, Alberta Health Services Homecare staff, and the doctors and nurses at Rockyview General Hospital. In living memory of L.R. McNarry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Hollowa Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
MATHESON: Elsie Christina Matheson (nee Henderson) of Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the age of 80 years, beloved wife of Dave Matheson of Souris, Manitoba. She also leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Bev (Jay) Hitchen of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Val Matheson of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Cindy Matheson of Belleville, Ontario along with four grandchildren Steve (Amy) Hitchen and Koby Hitchen of Edmonton, Alberta, Breanna (Tomas) Kulczycki, and Brayden Hall of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Elsie is survived by her sister, Alice Zimmerman of Manor, Saskatchewan. age 94 years, and her sister-in-law, Margaret Matheson of Souris, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Elsie was pre-deceased by her Mother Annie Henderson of Manor, Saskatchewan in 1979, and six siblings Verna, Wilfred, Hazel, Laurence, Audrey, and Johnny.Elsie was born on the family farm near Manor, Saskatchewan on January 20, 1934, the youngest of eight children. She moved to Brandon, Manitoba at age sixteen. On August 17, 1957, she married the love of her life, David Matheson of Souris, and together spent the next 50 years living in Souris. Even after health reasons dictated that Elsie live in Brandon, and David in Victoria Park Lodge in Souris, in their hearts, they were not separated. Elsie will be remembered for her caring and compassionate heart, her avid interest in all sports, her sense of humor, and her zest for life. She was a great cook and baker, and when her health allowed, loved nothing more than to cook and entertain, providing hospitality to friends and family. Music and dancing were a passion for Elsie from an early age. Being able to play by ear, the accordion, piano, organ, and harmonica, brought Elsie much joy and solace throughout her life. Family was always important to Elsie, and she was never as excited as she was when her grandchildren were born. She was so proud of each and every one of them, and loved them each for themselves. A memorial service in celebration of Elsies life was held at Kowalchuks Funeral Chapel in Souris with Reverend Mark Murray officiating, on Saturday, November 8, 2014. A time of fellowship and refreshments followed at St. Pauls United Church auditorium. A private family interment took place at the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Rideau Park for their care and kindness to mom in recent years. In memory of Elsie, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association or to a charity of your choice.
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JOYNT: Agnes "Evelyn" Joynt (nee Bradley), age 99 years, beloved wife of the late Richie Joynt, passed away peacefully and surrounded by love with family by her side on November 15, 2014 at Hillcrest Personal Care Home. Evelyn was born in Brandon on March 17, 1915, daughter of William Walter and Hannah Mabel (nee Routledge) Bradley. She resided at "Mule Town", the family farm in the RM of Daly, which was where dozens of Mules were cared for that were used for their family business to build railways. From there, her family moved to "The Ranch", a homestead where they resided briefly near Provincial Road 250 in the RM of Daly. Finally, in 1929, Evelyn and her family moved to LL NW33-10-22 in the RM of Daly, which would be her home until 2010. After a fall which broke her hip at age 95, Evelyn moved to the Hillcrest Personal Care Home, where she resided until her passing. Evelyn received her education while attending Mayne School and Spring Valley School, both located in the RM of Daly. On November 19, 1949, Evelyn married her love, Richie Joynt at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon. They were blessed with a son, Gerry. During the years at the farm, Evelyn cared for her mother until her passing in 1974. Two of Evelyn's brothers, Elgin and Jack, also resided on the farm and worked together to farm the land and grow their cattle herd. She was a member of the Concorde Order of the Easter Star from Alexander, United Church Women's group from Griswold and the Griswold Curling Club. Evelyn's greatest accomplishments in life was raising her son, then spending much time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending all her time with her family. You would never go to Evelyn's house without being treated to some goodies or a fabulous home-cooked meal. Evelyn loved to bake and cook. No one, family or friends, would ever leave her house without a full stomach and a smile on their face after a wonderful visit. She spent many years running with Gerry to his hockey games as he was growing up. Later, as her granddaughters got old enough, Evelyn ran thousands of miles in her old brown Ford pick-up truck to get them to Ringette games. Evelyn was always at their games, eventually being called Grandma by everyone on the Ringette teams. She also got to attend her great-grandchildren's hockey games, not as often as she probably wanted to, but still enjoyed cheering them on in the game she loved. Over the years, daughter-in-law, Shirley, spent time every day visiting and helping Evelyn, which enabled her to live in her own home until she was 95 years of age. It was the care of Shirley which kept a smile on Evelyn's face as she grew older and lived alone. These visits meant the world to Evelyn and to her entire family. Evelyn also had a green thumb and enjoyed many seasons of gardening, growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. She always took pride in picking the beautiful gladiolas she would grow, displaying them proudly in her home or giving them to friends who came to visit. Another enjoyment that Evelyn had later in her life was bingo. Evelyn traveled to bingo when she could, and later as it was harder for her to get out, she played TV bingo. Evelyn is survived by her son Gerry (Shirley), grandchildren Shawna (Tom) Jordan, Suzanne (Kary) Kirkup, Angela Joynt, Mindy (Scott) Jamieson, Richie (Teri) Joynt and Tracy Joynt, great-grandchildren Lincoln Jordan, Karissa Kirkup, Tyler Kirkup, Hudson Jamieson and another great-grandchild that was ready to bless her in the next couple of weeks. Evelyn is also survived by her brother- in-law, Norrie (Georgina) Joynt, niece Norma Bradley, nephew Butch (Jan) Bradley, along with many other nieces and nephews. Evelyn also has a life-long friend, Josie Kiyewakan, who spent many hours together over the years and whom Evelyn loved like a sister. Evelyn was predeceased by her late husband, Richie Joynt, brother's Elgin Bradley, Cliff (Alice) Bradley, Jack Bradley, great-granddaughter Jessica Jamieson, niece Glenda Bradley and nephew Billie Bradley. A private family graveside service to celebrate Evelyn's life was held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Griswold Cemetery. Rev. Craig Miller officiated. Pallbearers were Angela Joynt, Mindy Jamieson, Richie Joynt, Tracy Joynt, Karissa Kirkup and Tyler Kirkup. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Evelyn's name to the Family Advisory Council - Hillcrest Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 2B8.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
GILL: It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Thelma Gill, beloved wife of the late Cyril Gill, of 58 years, our dear Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Great-Great-Grandma on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Shoal Lake Personal Care Home with family by her side, at the age of 92 years. Left to cherish her memory are her children Shirley (Orville), Betty (John), John (Donna) and Dave (Norma), 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Strathclair, Manitoba August 11, 1922 to parents Florence and Bill Kirkby and middle child of two brothers Jim and George. Mom attended Green Bluff one room school. As a young woman she worked as a telephone operator for several years before marrying Dad on June 22, 1944. Together they farmed in Strathclair area for 30 years. Mom was a stay at home mom and a true homemaker. She worked very hard keeping the household running smoothly, tending to a large garden, making the meals and having them ready for not only her family but for the hired man as well. Yorkshire pudding, homemade breads, pies plus quarts and quarts of raspberries, saskatoons and other preserves were some of Moms specialties. She took great pride in her baking for the Strathclair Fair winning many prizes. Mom had a crafty interest in decorating, sewing, crocheting and was very talented at creating unique costumes for her children. Mom and Dad moved to Strathclair in 1974. She took great pride in her flowers and her yard and definitely having a green thumb for geraniums and violets in particular. Once they moved to town the tradition of Friday spaghetti and meatballs for lunch at Grandma and Grandpas started, often accompanied by custard with apple sauce or rice pudding for dessert. Moms greatest pride and joy came from her family and she loved attending weddings, graduations, sports, 4-H, etc. This kept her very busy over the years and created very special memories for all. Mom was very community oriented. She was a loyal member of the Strathclair United Church, life member of the Strathclair Ladies Curling Club, Carlton Lodge Board, the Hall Committee, and organized and delivered Meals on Wheels. Mom was a very thoughtful and caring person not only to family but to neighbors and friends as well. She loved to stay connected thorough phone calls, cards and visits. She loved celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and special events. Mom and dad had a full life together for 58 years. They enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Europe, USA, Alaska and many parts of Canada over the years. After retiring, golfing, camping, and fishing often with family, were some of their favorite summer activities. When going in their truck camper became too difficult, they adapted by staying in cabins at Clear Lake to get their camping and lake fix. In the winter they were both avid curlers and also followed her familys love of the sport. Mom and Dad also attended some provincial, national and world curling events. Later in life, she enjoyed following the events on TV. Mom always made the best of any situation. Her move to the Shoal Lake PCH 8 1/2 years ago was not an easy one. But true to her nature she made the best of it. She took part in the activities, outings in the handivan, helping to decorate, knitting and folding towels. She enjoyed dancing in her younger years so she really enjoyed the musical programs at the home. She had a special interest in the canaries at the PCH. She was very committed tending to them every day, feeding them, and every night covering the cage. Mom lived a very full life experiencing many changes throughout her lifetime.
We have all been very fortunate and blessed to have you in our lives. You were always there when we needed you. Your cheery smile will be forever etched in our memories. We love you so dearly. God Bless you Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma. Great-Great-Grandma and friend. We will miss you and will be thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers.The funeral service was held October 31, 2014 from Strathclair United Church with Rev. Jamie Bradshaw officiating. Interment followed in Strathclair Municipal Cemetery. Pallbearers were five grandsons and 1 great-grandson. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Strathclair United Church Memorial Fund or a charity of ones choice. Raes Funeral Service was in care of arrangements.
REID: Eileen, beloved wife of the late Rilance Reid, mother of Garry, Gail, Ken and Scott, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the age of 90 years. A funeral service will be held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Eileen, donations may be made to the Souris Hillcrest Museum or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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CARTER: Cora Blanche Carter passed away peacefully at The Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney on Nov 13, 2014 at the age of 95 years. She was born on January 8, 1919 in the Lyons Hall District, the fourth daughter of Jim and Margaret Davidson. She married Jack Carter in 1942 and they had two children, Maureen and Bill. Blanche was widowed in 1948 and it was at this time that she moved from the farm into Killarney, where she raised her children. In 1960 she moved to Winnipeg, obtained her Health Care Aide Diploma and worked in various nursing homes. In 2002, Blanche returned to Killarney. In 2007 she became a resident of Bayside Personal Care Home where she resided, until her death. She is survived by her son William (Judy) Carter, five grandchildren; Garry, Sharon, Beverly, Scott and Darren; seven great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; four nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Jack, daughter Maureen and sisters; Florence, Janet and Laura. Her hobbies included piano playing, sewing, reading and going for long walks when she lived in Winnipeg. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, taking them to the fair and Disney movies. The funeral ceremony was held at Wheatland Chapel in Killarney on November 17, 2014. Interment followed at Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Blanche may be made to The Bayside Personal Care Home, Box 5000, Killarney, MB, R0K 1G0
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BARCELLONA: Maddalena. It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Maddalena Barcellona of East Selkirk, MB. At the age of 77 years on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Survived by children: Adele (Ron), Salvatore (Rhonda), Enza (Tex), Michael; grandchildren, Cindy Terrence Maddy, Leah, Chelsea, Kara; great grandchildren Kaylyn, Blake, Vincenzo, Max and many beloved brothers, sisters and relatives from her home county Sicily Italy. Predeceased by her husband Guiseppe Barcellona, her parents Salvatore and Vincenza Capizzi. Born July 27, 1937 in Trabia, Sicily. Maddalena moved to Canada in 1967, living in Brandon, MB until 1993, then residing in East Selkirk, MB. Mom was an incredibly gifted woman who had a tremendous passion for cooking and gardening. She was always kind and generous to everyone she met. Lena also had an amazing sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. Prayers will be on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Gibarts Funeral Home and the funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church at 269 Jemina St., Selkirk, MB. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to CancerCare of Manitoba. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Lindenschmidt and the nurses of Selkirk General Hospital. Gilbarts Funeral Home in Selkirk in care of arrangement, 309 Eveline Ave., Selkirk, MB.
BAILEY: Linda Louise passed away too soon at the farm in Oak Lake on Thursday September 25 at the age of 53 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 27 years, Glen Bailey, as well as sons Robert (Laranda Odell) and Andrew. She was born in Brandon, MB on September 9, 1961 to James and Jean Forsyth. She was a sister to Margaret Forsyth and Irene Willis (Grant Willis). As well to her brothers Bob (Donna), Brian (Helen) and Brad (Elaine). Her granddaughter, Emery Hillman, and unofficial grandson Caleb Hillman, became her joys the last few years taking them places and always shopping. Linda always loved traveling and took many trips with the family and friends. Involved in the community with the Oak Lake newspaper, Ag Society and school she was always willing to give a hand. Work the last few years took her from Regal in Brandon to the Kenton Co-op making friends and acquaintances along the way. Linda was always reading or watching shows like Jeopardy, and was often working on a quilt or crossword. Linda was an avid cook and the Food Channel was often on the television. A celebration of life was held in the Oak Lake community hall on October 3, 2014. The family can not thank all the friends and family enough for all the support since she left us so suddenly. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in her honor.
ZATYLNY: Scott was born on August 14, 1980. He died tragically in a motor vehicle accident on November 9, 2014. He leaves his parents Larry and Marie, sister Marsha (Pat) Merrick, nieces Kaitlyn & Kyra, his Baba Anne Zatylny as well as uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents Art & Stella Nylen and Dan Zatylny. Scott grew up on the family farm near Sandy Lake, attended school at Sandy Lake and Erickson. Scott was baptized and confirmed in the Erickson Lutheran Church and was a singer in the "Cherub Choir". He was very active and outgoing with a great sense of humour and made friends easily. His working life took him to the oilfields (including Saudi Arabia) where he was always quick to catch onto the new job and had a keen interest in how things worked and how to fix them when they didn't. The farm was always part of Scott's life working at home with his parents and also in Alberta. In the past few years Scott was a huge part in the building of his parents new home. He was also showing a keen interest in organic farming and researching how to grow and nourish plants and vegetables. Participation in activities as a young man included boating, snowmobiling, golfing (in flipflops), baseball, basketball, snowboarding, horseback riding, hunting, Countryfest and Ukrainian dancing. Scott enjoyed many family gatherings and vacations and was always in the middle of the action. There was always laughter and enthusiasm to get things happening. His nieces were always happy when Uncle Scott came over to play. Scott was a charismatic individual and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Scott's perspective on life: "If we all did what we're capable of, we would truly amaze ourselves." -Unknown
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"Healthy soil can have more effect on the health of our people and planet than all the medical institutions and practitioners in the entire world put together." -Dr. Carey A. ReamsScott's funeral service was held at the Erickson Legion Hall, Erickson, MB and was laid to rest at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery on November 14, 2014. Donations in Scott's memory may be made to Bethel Lutheran Historical Society Inc. or a charity of your choice. Raes Funeral Service of Erickson was in care of the arrangements.
HAMMOND, Muriel Edna - Peacefully, on July 5, 2014, with her family present, Edna (Jones) Hammond, wife of the late Melvin Hammond, passed away at her residence in Fairview Home, at the age of 90 years. Edna was born January 23, 1924, on the family farm near Brookdale, Manitoba, the fourth child of Joseph and Gwendolyn (Newport) Jones, and sister to Audrey (Nick Nassachuk), Gwen (George Briggs), Reg (Grace), Lew (Gladys), Frank (Peggy) and Thelma (Harold Grasby). After Grade 11, Edna helped at home for a year and then taught on permit for a year at Coxworth School, where she met Mel. She returned to Brookdale to complete Grade 12 and then went on to graduate from Winnipeg Normal School (teachers college) in 1946. She taught at a series of rural schools before she and Mel married on November 21, 1951. They farmed together at Hathaway, a mile from Mels family home, midway between Deloraine and Hartney, for 35 years and raised three children: Karen (Bruce Masterman), Keith (Barbara Sobien) and Gwenda. Mel and Edna instilled in their children the value of family, who looked forward to spending Sunday dinner and every holiday together with aunts, uncles and cousins. As grandchildren began to arrive, Mel and Edna supported their lives and achievements attending sports events, recitals, graduations, and performances, from High River, Alberta, for Chelsea and Sarah Masterman, all around southern Manitoba for Alex (Janelle), Sydney and Kelly Hammond, and out to St. Andrews, New Brunswick for Matthew and Hannah Gauley. Edna was a long-time member of the Manitoba Womens Institute, in both Regent and Brandon, and was provincial president in 1984. She believed strongly in working to serve her community and her province through WI and was proud of the organizations achievements. Her participation in WI also provided her with continuous opportunities for learning and travel. Through WI, both she and Mel participated in courses and conferences that took them to Ottawa, Washington (D.C.), Newfoundland, Kansas and Ireland among other destinations. After their retirement to Brandon, they spent several winters in Arizona, and also travelled to Hawaii and Mexico. Edna was bookkeeper on the farm and, together, she and Mel made many improvements to their homestead, planting a windbreak, building a new house in 1968 and landscaping the yard to incorporate many flowers and trees in addition to a large vegetable garden. Their efforts earned them a Farm Improvement Award. Although they officially retired from the farm in 1986 and moved to Brandon, they continued to help Keith and Barb at the farm for many years to follow. Edna enjoyed curling and golfing. She was a wonderful cook, baker and gardener, and had a great sense of fun. She and Mel were also great dancers, attending dances with friends wherever they lived and travelled. They attended the United Church at Regent for many years until it closed and then they joined Deloraine United Church. After retiring to Brandon, they joined Central United Church. Edna was predeceased by her loving husband Mel in 2011 just days before their 60th wedding anniversary, her parents, her sisters Gwen and Audrey, and her brothers Lew and Frank. She leaves to mourn her three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, brother Reg, and sister Thelma, and many relatives and friends. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Fairview Home for the wonderful care they provided to both Edna and Mel during their residence there. A funeral service was held for Edna on July 11, 2014 at Central United Church in Brandon with her granddaughter, Rev. Chelsea Masterman officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Ednas memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5, or to the Manitoba Women's Institute MWI Forever Fund, at MWI, 1129 Queens Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1L9. To make a donation online visit www.mbwi.org/donate.
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