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MILLARD: The family of Doreen Millard sadly announces her passing, July 22, 2014. Doreen Gertrude Millard, nee Gill was born Feb 11, 1931 at her parent’s farm, the daughter of Arthur and Bessie Gill in the Pettapiece district near Rivers. She attended school in Medina. Doreen belonged to a family of seven children, Ruth, Doug, Shirley, Murray, Marjorie and Stan. When Doreen was eleven years old her mother passed away from a blood clot. Doreen and sister Shirley took over household duties at the age of 10 and 11. Thanks to wonderful neighbors the Shorts, Doreen and Shirley learned how to can fruits and vegetables. They had no hydro or freezer so the only way to preserve food was to can it. After grade ten her Dad asked her to quit school and look after the home front. Two years later Doreen went to work at the bank in Rivers. Upon completion of business college, Doreen was employed by T Eaton’s company where she was secretary to the manager. She spent four years at Eaton’s before she married Russell Millard of Waskada. They were married on June 20, 1953. Doreen leaves to mourn three children Barb, (Dennis), Blaine, (Yvonne) and Bill (Jodie) and her grandchildren Margo, Bruce (Kayla), Myles (Rachael), Todd (Sally), Kaitlin (Dan), Kyla (Adam), Kellie (Chad), and Maisie Rose (Mackenzie). Great-grandchildren are Emerson, Cora, Maggie and Levi. She was predeceased by her soul mate Russell, daughter Bonnie, grandson Billie, daughter-in-law Debbie. Doreen was unable to be alone at her home in Brandon as dementia took a toll on her. She moved into Fairview home and onto Killarney Bayside personal care home where she resided for the rest of her years. A graveside service was held in Waskada Cemetery on August 7 at 3:30 pm. Reception in Goodlands. Donations can be made to the Waskada Cemetery or the Alzheimer Society. Smith’s Funeral Home, 204-747-2088. www.wheatlandfs.com
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FLEWITT: There is a smile and a positive, fun loving personality missing from the community of Minto and a large circle of friends. On July 18 Ina Marlene Flewitt (nee Gladstone) celebrated the 70th birthday she had been so looking forward to and passed away peacefully with her family holding her hands later that same day. She was born the middle of three sisters to Ab and Vernie Gladstone in Boissevain. Her younger years were spent camping, visiting cousins on a farm digging potatoes, and skating on sloughs in the winter. She was the boy in the family and always went to hockey games with her Dad. Marlene learned baton – going to the Peace Garden music camp for instruction and later teaching in Boissevain and Cartwright. She would take the bus to Cartwright and back the same day – smoking a pack of cigarettes so her parents wouldn’t know (you could smoke on the bus in those days)! Marlene led the 4-H parade in 1962 and she met the love of her life over an orange crush drink and she and Lynn became lifelong friends and buddies. After school she followed Lynn to Fort St. John and worked for Niagara Finance as a payroll clerk. When they returned home the following year she continued in the same role with the Highways Dept. in Boissevain and Brandon. Marlene and Lynn were married on July 2nd 1966 and after an extended honeymoon Jeff was born in 1970 and Dana in 1974 and life got busy. By that time there was an established fertilizer and farm business and she looked after meals for 8-10 men, did books, and canned 100 quarts of beans every year! They bought a lot at Pelican Lake and she enjoyed the water sports with the kids and the camping environment that she had grown up with. In the late 80’s and 90’s she was the Activity Director at Westview Lodge in Boissevain and those were very rewarding years for her. The resident’s well-being and social activities were the first priority on her agenda. Activities like taking the residents to the farm for harvest where the ladies made buns and the men rode in the grain truck to taking the entire lodge to Camp Koinonia for an afternoon. She had many fond and rewarding memories of her time there and she was the best damn Activity Director they ever had (in our opinion)! Marlene and Lynn moved into Minto in 2000 and more time was spent travelling to both destinations as well as to see grandkids. She loved playing street hockey with the boys in Winnipeg and doing crafts with the “little kids” in Lethbridge. She loved them all dearly and enjoyed her time so much with them. Travelling was an important part of her life with Lynn and they were lucky enough to see a lot of places together. They did ski trips with Jeff and Dana through the school years, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, climbed Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala, boogie boarded in the Dominican Republic, and went on Caribbean cruises. She also accompanied Dana to Austrailia in 2010 for a wedding which was a special trip for her. She and Lynn spent several winters in Florida as well. Last year was a special travel year for the two of them. They took the old car and camper 5 weeks west to Victoria and then 5 weeks east to Niagara Falls and Ottawa. It was then on to Hawaii for two weeks in November and Florida again in January. Niagara Falls and Hawaii were on Marlene’s “Bucket List” and she got to check them off! She valued the community of Minto and gave freely of her time. She curled, made skating costumes, served on the rink and hall committees, organized lunches when the new hall was being built and did 4-H, sports, and school trips with the kids. In 2010 she decided that Minto should not be left out of the provincial “homecoming” celebrations and organized a very successful event.Marlene was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2000 and at that time was given 3-5 years to live. She beat the odds through her determination, positive attitude and playful disposition. She always had a smile and refused to dwell on herself or the disease. A friend had a quote “She was dealt a lemon with this disease but she squeezed the juice and all of the pulp out of it”. She lived it to the fullest! Marlene will continue to be cherished by husband Lynn, children and grandchildren Jeff Leanne Jackson and Caleb, Dana Francois Kenya and Luca, sisters Eva (Murray) Hole, Donna Harper (Mark Morgan), sister-in-law Betty Oakden, brothers-in-law Scott Flewitt, Ed (Jenny) Flewitt, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many, many friends. “You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give” and Marlene gave it all – to community, friends, children, grandchildren, and husband. We will cherish the memories of her and her smile so much. Donations may be made in memory of Marlene to the Minto and Area Community Fund, P.O. Box 53, Minto MB, R0K 1M0. Arrangements with Wheatland Funeral Service, Killarney MB. 204-523 7791.
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CAMERON: Victoria Irene Cameron (Brogden). It is with great sadness that the family of Vicky Cameron announces her sudden passing on August 10, 2014 in Matlock, MB.  It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Nan, sister, auntie, cousin, sister-in-law and friend. Vicky was predeceased by her Mom and Dad, Mother in-law, brother Ron Brogden, and Vicky's husband Donald who passed away in January 2014. We are comforted to know that Vicky was happy as happy can be, and will now join Donald whom she loved for 38 years through all of life’s ups and downs.  Vicky’s life began in Kimberly, B.C. July 29th, 1958. She grew up with her brothers and sisters, her Mom and later just her Dad. She was in her twenties when a young man Donald came to sweep her off her feet.  They dated, with her dad’s permission, and later married in December 1977. They moved to Calgary, AB with their son Paul in tow. Stuart was born in 1978 and Duncan in 1980. All three boys were named after beloved family members. Vicky shared many stories and fond memories from her childhood with her boys. Vicky and Don were very much family people. Together with their boys, they moved to Brandon, MB. This is where Vicky quickly became a close part of Don’s family. Vicky was liked and loved by everyone she met; she was kind and welcoming and she befriended everyone. Vicky and her family spent a lot of time camping, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors with their many friends and family. As life started to settle and the boys grew up, Vicky worked full-time and managed all the house work. Everything was always done; she never missed a deadline. Her sons kept her busy with cadets and sports?and she always made sure the boys’ needs were met. Rarely did Vicky and Don go anywhere without their kids. Vicky cherished relationships; this is one of the reasons why she was such a great host. Their door was always open, food was always prepared and she never made anyone feel out of place. The whole family loved coming to Auntie Vicky and Uncle Don’s.  When her boys were a little older and attending junior high and high school, Vicky did her best to take care of her family while making time for a couple of family trips back to Kimberly, BC, many trips to Winnipeg, and all over the place for kid’s sporting events. In 1996, the family moved to Selkirk, MB for Donald’s work; this is where they bought their first home. Friends and family were sad to see Vicky, Don and the boys go, but moving to Selkirk is what enabled them to give their kids the best life they could.  Vicky and Don worked full time to provide a good life for their kids. Life was good and everyone was doing well; she watched her boys grow into men. Soon Vicky would be surrounded by all her sons and their children.  Her grandbabies were her pride and joy; she felt they were the best part of her life.  In 2005, health and life caught up with the family but not even that would keep Vicky down. Nothing could stop her kind and caring heart. Vicky and Don lived life in the moment and did not waste any time wishing things were different. As time passed, Don’s health declined and she continued to be the rock of the family; she always made time for others. After her husband’s passing early in 2014, she mourned wholeheartedly and it was her deepest sadness. She kept moving on and found comfort in her sons and their families. Her grandbabies always brought out her amazing smile; a smile that could light up a room. Vicky was such a kind soul, kindred spirit, life of the party, great mom, lovely sister, favourite auntie, and a sister to the women in her life.  Vicky was able to make the move to Matlock, MB, so she could be closer to Paul and his family. They were able to support her and helped her transition to life in Matlock. This is where she spent her last days; with no worries and close to her babies, just the way she would have wanted.  She was happy and overjoyed, and only looking forward to more of the same. Tragically, her time was cut short but her impact will be felt forever. 
We love you with all our hearts, Mom. - Paul, Stuart, and Duncan. We will do you proud. 
Vicky is survived by her sons Paul (Christina), Stuart (Tiory) and Duncan (Cheryl). Vicky will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Samantha, Tiegan, Madison, Kendra- Leigh, Mikyla and Sadie, who will learn from all of us how loving she was. She insisted they call her Nan as she felt she was too young to be a grandmother. Vicky is survived by her sisters and brothers;  Greg (Debbie) - Bobbie, Michael;  Heather (Randy) - Murray, Mark;   Penny (Rick) - Lisa, Kyle;  Sandy;  James – Christopher, Travis, Connor;  Ron's children  Ron, Richard.    Sheila Macklin is Godmother to all three boys. She will be greatly missed by her in-laws; Victor (Ella) - Cherielyn, Jonathan; Stewart (Kathy) - Sarah, Tom; Faye - Brian,Charlene; Fern (Pete) - Lisa; Amy (Glen) – Jon, Lauren, Nigel, Marley, Mason. She will be missed by many more nieces, nephews & cousins, along with friends from Kimberly, Calgary, Brandon and Selkirk. A celebration of life will be held at a private family function on Saturday August 16, 2014.  As per Vicky’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service; her ashes will be taken to British Columbia on a later date so that she may rest with her parents. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to the Humane Society (“My cats are my kids too!”), or charity of choice. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk, MB in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhom.com 
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BOYKO: The death of John Boyko, beloved husband of Bernice, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BINDA: It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Frank Binda at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the age of 75 years. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife Judy, daughter Donna (Alec) MacGranachan and their children Brendan and Shayne, and son Danny (Cathy) and their children Izabella and Carter. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne, officiating. Funeral Mass will take place at a later date at the Notre Dame du Lac Roman Catholic Church in Lac du Bonnet, MB with interment to follow. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to The Cardiovascular Research Fund (Asper Centre), C1026-409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 2A6. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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AMIOTTE: Leonard Russell Amiotte passed away peacefully with his family at his side Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Leonard was born January 12, 1940 at Keeseekowenin Reserve to Charity (Bone) and William Amiotte. Since 1963, he resided in Brandon, MB, his early employment including the Brandon Friendship Centre and Birtle Indian Residential School. He later found employment at McKenzie Seeds, from which he retired after twenty five years. Leonard enjoyed many activities throughout his life, such as slow pitch, bowling, dancing and Bingo. In recent years, he really enjoyed the role of grandfather to Kianna and Brea. Leonard was buried Wednesday August 6, 2014 at Keeseekowenin First Nation. He will be fondly remembered and truly missed by numerous family and friends.
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VAN LAAR: Sara Belle (née Flett), October 18, 1951 - Shoal Lake, MB - August 9, 2014 - Calgary, AB. Sara Belle, beloved wife of Paul Van Laar, passed away peacefully after a long and brave battle. She will be dearly missed, and lovingly remembered by her husband Paul, children Marga Sue and Danny. She is further survived, and will be very much missed by her sisters and brothers, Patsy (Anthony), Bruce (Christine), Jackie, Denise and Rick, their children, and cousins Beverly, Fay, Morley, Brenda, Vonda and Maxine. Sara grew up on the Keeseekoowenin reserve, and early on ventured out to become a Psychiatric and Registered nurse. After meeting Paul, she lived and worked in Northern Alberta, BC, and Calgary. A planned temporary move to Scotland became an 18 year stay, after which Canada was again the home country. She made many friends along the way, always helping out and offering people advice. Her skills in clothing design and sewing were second to none. The funeral service will be held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, Brandon, MB on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Dan Pope officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery followed by a small lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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NEWTON: Olive Alberta Newton (nee Orpin); beloved wife of the late Earl Newton; mother of Bert, Marion (Vic), Larry (Lorraine), Dale (Linda), Murray (Karen), Eunice (Jim), Linda (Jack), and the late Dianne; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 92 years of age. A service to celebrate Olive’s life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00am with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Olive’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B – 457 9th St, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2; or to Lilac Residence Lounge, c/o Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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LUND: Emma Margaret Lund, beloved wife of the late Bernard Lund of Elkhorn, Manitoba passed away at Elkwood Manor, Elkhorn, Monday; August 11, 2014 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held from Trinity United Church, Elkhorn, Saturday; August 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Marianne Olfrey officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Elkwood Manor Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund or to Elkhorn Royal Canadian Legion in memory of Emma.
E-mail messages of condolenceor sign the on-line Book of Condolences at carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
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CLARK: Phyllis Violet Clark of Brandon, beloved mother of Larry (Suzanne), Wes (Brenda) and Dwane (Janet), passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the age of 88 years. A service to celebrate Phyllis’ life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment will follow 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 follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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VAN LAAR: Sara Belle (née Flett), October 18, 1951 - Shoal Lake, MB - August 9, 2014 - Calgary, AB. Sara Belle, beloved wife of Paul Van Laar, passed away peacefully after a long and brave battle. She will be dearly missed, and lovingly remembered by her husband Paul, children Marga Sue and Danny. She is further survived, and will be very much missed by her sisters and brothers, Patsy (Anthony), Bruce (Christine), Jackie, Denise and Rick, their children, and cousins Beverly, Fay, Morley, Brenda, Vonda and Maxine. Sara grew up on the Keeseekoowenin reserve, and early on ventured out to become a Psychiatric and Registered nurse. After meeting Paul, she lived and worked in Northern Alberta, BC, and Calgary. A planned temporary move to Scotland became an 18 year stay, after which Canada was again the home country. She made many friends along the way, always helping out and offering people advice. Her skills in clothing design and sewing were second to none. The funeral service will be held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, Brandon, MB on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Dan Pope officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery followed by a small lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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STITT: Mildred Mabel Stitt (née Tiller), beloved wife of Harold Stitt, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2014 at the Erickson Personal Care Home. Mildred is survived by her sons, Ron of Erickson, and Terry (Jo-Anne) of Dauphin; daughter, Lea Ann(Al Koop) of Winnipeg and daughter in law Emily Stitt of Lethbridge. Mildred will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Leslie (Stephanie) Stitt of Lethbridge, Lindsay (Scott) Kannwischer of Winnipeg, Lars Koop of Winnipeg, Larissa Koop of Winnipeg, Lyle Koop of Winnipeg and great grandson Riley Kannwischer of Winnipeg. Mildred is pre deceased by her eldest son Bill(Emily) of Lethbridge, parents Harry and Thyra Tiller, sisters Lorna (Ed)Turner, Laura (Al) Schmidt, Ellen (Ernie) Johnston, and brothers Harry (Gladys) Tiller, Russell (Kaye) Tiller. Mildred is survived by numerous nephews and nieces. Viewing for family and friends will be on Friday, August 15 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Rae's Funeral Chapel in Erickson. The Funeral service will take place Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Erickson Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at the Scandinavia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Erickson Personal Care Home.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of the arrangements. (204)636-7727.
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GEEKIE: John (Jack) Geekie of Strathclair passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre, at the age of 83 years. John is survived by 2 daughters: Susan (Reg) Moffatt of Strathclair and Roberta Cornwall (Craig Harrison) of Shoal Lake and son Jim (Judy) Geekie of Strathclair. Also surviving are five grandchildren. A graveside funeral service will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Bend Cemetery, Strathclair. Bonnie Zimmer will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of their choice.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
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CLARK: Phyllis Violet Clark of Brandon, beloved mother of Larry (Suzanne), Wes (Brenda) and Dwayne (Janet), passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the age of 88 years. A service to celebrate Phyllis’ life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment will follow 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. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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