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EVERITT: Edith “Ede” Everitt of Newdale Manitoba, passed away at the Southwood Care Centre, Calgary, AB on March 6, 2013. She was born Edith Mary Elizabeth Tebb in Gerald, Saskatchewan, on February 14, 1920, the 7th of 14 children. Ede married Roy Kenneth Everitt, October 4, 1941 and the young couple spent the balance of the War in Kingston, Ontario: Roy in the army; Ede employing her sewing skills making parachutes, uniforms and other equipment. After the War, they returned to the Everitt family farm in Newdale, Manitoba, where Ede became part of the farming community, sharing Roy’s passion for the land and helping run the farm while raising four daughters. Ede learned the art of sewing from her mother at a young age; skills and talents she later bestowed in her daughters. She was renown for crafting her own wardrobe, clothing for family members, and her quilts – many which became cherished gifts to family and friends. Ede was an avid reader; loved poetry and had a passion for travel that took she and Roy to the Caribbean, Europe, Egypt, Latin America and throughout North America. In 1999, after Roy's death, Ede moved to Calgary Alberta to be near her daughters. Ede is predeceased by her husband, parents, seven brothers, and six sisters. She is survived by daughters Carole Wilson (Woodstock ON), Donna Hazelton (Digby NS), Sharon Milner (Calgary AB), and Brenda Everitt (Calgary AB), eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Funeral service was held at the Strathclair United Church, Strathclair, MB, on March 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with the interment following in the Strathclair Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Minnedosa Funeral Services, Minnedosa, MB. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
DONALD: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of husband, father and grandfather, Robert Alexander Donald. Robbie died peacefully at the Riverview Health Center in Winnipeg on the morning of March 8, 2013. Robbie is survived by his wife Marlyn of 58 years, sons Rick (Edie), Garth (Judie) and Jerry (Jody); and grandchildren Tammy, Cody, Debbie, Rob, Grace and Eric. Robbie is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, brother Ivan and numerous nieces and nephews. Robbie was born in Reston, Manitoba, on October 2, 1934 to Jim and Elsie Donald. Robbie started his education at Prairie Rose School and later attended Reston Elementary School. After Grade 8, Robbie helped his parents on their farm in the Summer and spent some Winters working in Winnipeg. Marlyn and Robbie were married in April of 1954. Their marriage was the one and only ceremony held at the Hillview United Church in the Hillview District. In October 1956, Robbie and Marlyn bought the farm of George and Dorothy Guthrie. The homestead portion of the farm was on the east half of 36-7-28 and remains in the Donald family today. During their farming career, Robbie and Marlyn bought and sold serveral parcels of land to suit production. Their last crop was seeded in 1993 and their three sons came home to help with the final harvest. In Apri l of 1994 an equipment sale was held and Robbie and Marlyn retired from farming that Spring. Robbie and Marlyn enjoyed thirty two Winters in Arizona and eventually purchased a mobile home in Apache Junction. In 2005, Robbie and Marlyn purchased a condominium in Winnipeg and have enjoyed friends and family with a lovely view of Winnipeg from the 20th floor. Robbie was Chairman of the Manitoba Pool Elevator Board in Reston for twelve years and secretary for four years. He was a delegate for the Pool convention in Winnipeg for several years and served on the Resolution Committee. Robbie was in charge of the Pipestone-Albert Agricultural Society concession booth for many years, Chairman of the Reston Rink for three years, served one term on the Reston Co-op board at the time of the organization’s dissolution, served one term on the United Appeal Board, was a member of the Reston Lions Club and was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Reston Cemetery Board for sixteen years. Robbie and Marlyn achieved much in their time together. Throughout his life Robbie worked hard to accomplish his goals and did so to improve life for his wife, family and community. Family was very important to Robbie and he enjoyed many gatherings and celebrations with them. He will be remembered and missed as a loving and devoted husband and an inspirational and caring father and grandfather. Robbie himself stated in his last days that he had enjoyed a “ wonderful life.” As Robbie has instructed his remains have been cremated. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held later this Spring/Summer. For those who wish, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E0V9 or to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Suite 200, 6 Donald St, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6.
DEMERIA: It is with sadness the family of Melvin A. “Mel” Demeria announce his peaceful passing on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Mel will be lovingly remembered by his wife Claudia of 56 years; children Denise (Scott) Ingram, Marlene (Allan) Richels and Brent; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister Irene Watson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private family ceremony will take place at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Mel may be made to a charity of choice.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ANDERSEN: The family of Andrew (Andy) Andersen is saddened to announce his peaceful passing at the age of 89 years on March 6, 2013 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Andy was born on September 24, 1923 on the family farm at Moline, Manitoba. He was the second youngest of seven children so there was never a dull moment in his childhood. He attended school at a small one-room schoolhouse across the lake at their farm. At the age of 16, Andy and his brother Hans took over the farm due to their father’s poor health. Even at this young age the boys drove 6-horse teams, stooked grain and generally just continued on with all the farm duties. When Hans joined the army and went to war, Andy took over the farm on his own. His parents had continued to live on the farm and it was at this time when Andy was on his own that his father began calling him “Boss.” Andy and Roya were married on October 10, 1951 and from this day on they farmed together and raised a family. A son, Len, was born two years later and then four years after a daughter, Kathy, joined the family. One of Andy’s goals was to have a herd of a hundred head of cattle and he was able to accomplish this feat. On a joint haying venture, Andy and his brother-in-law, Floyd, found they enjoyed working together and they continued this partnership until retirement. Andy loved farm life, both working the land and working with the livestock but in 1979, he had to have open heart surgery and was forced to sell his cattle. He continued on for a few more years but in 1981, it was decided that they would sell the farm and Andy went into retirement for the first time. Andy and Roya had thirty years together on the farm, but they now looked forward to a new adventure. This led them to #8 Grant Boulevard in Brandon where they were fortunate to find Barrie and Bettie Wood as their neighbours. Andy joined Barrie at his Power Vac business in 1983 and what a great time they had working together.In 1997, Andy retired for the second time when he and Roya moved to the four-plexes on Parkdale Drive. Little did he know that his third career would begin as the caretaker for three of the six four-plexes. There was never a problem he couldn’t fix. He did anything from fixing a sink to being a taxi driver which was beyond his list of duties, but that wouldn’t stop him from helping anyone. At the age of 87, in 2011, Andy finally retired for the last time. He continued in good health and enjoyed his daily coffee outings with Roya where he would share in conversation with the many people they had come to know. Despite two strokes, he continued on doing quite well until he entered the hospital on Thursday, February 28 and then on Wednesday, March 6, he peacefully left us. Lovingly remembered by surviving family: wife of 61 years, Roya; children: Len (Elanra) and Kathy (Dave); grandchildren: Michelle (Carl), Andrew (Pam) and Laura; great grandchildren, who were the light of his life: Brandon, Samantha, Danika, Avery, Sydney. He will also be missed by sisters-in-law Joyce and Elaine; brother-in-law Grant as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Andrew and Hansine; mother-in-law Florrie; brothers and sisters: Joan (Lachie) McInnes, Kathleen (Harold) Westwood, Olga (George) Nichols, John (Mary), Hans (Martha) and Albert; brothers-in-law Floyd and Keith; sisters-in-law Doreen and Edna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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MacKAY: Allan Dale MacKay of Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Born on June 21, 1919 on the family homestead near Fillmore, SK to Elizabeth (née MacLean) and David MacKay, the youngest of five children, his father died when Allan was two years old. Growing up in the prairies during the Great Depression without a father was very difficult and, after completing grade 12 at the age of 17, he left home. Hitch-hiking through Manitoba and Ontario searching for employment, he told stories of washing his socks in streams and sleeping in chicken coops. He finally ended up in Vancouver and worked in factories until he was successful in enlisting in the RCAF in 1941. He was posted to Brandon in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, where he met his future wife, Grace Goldstone, who volunteered at the Kinsmen Club canteen. He received training in Winnipeg, Ontario and Gaspe’ where he flew anti-submarine surveillance as a Wireless Air Gunner. Posted overseas in 1942, he flew with the 407th Squadron as a W/O mainly out of Chivenor, England, but also out of Northern Ireland and Scotland. He patrolled the Atlantic and Bay of Biscay as a WAG on a Wellington bomber, searching for U-boats. One night his crew had to bail out in dense fog when running out of fuel with no idea where they were. He hurt his leg and when he knocked on the door of a cottage, he was met by a farmer with a shotgun. Fortunately he was in England! All of his fellow crew members survived and were the only members of the 407th to qualify for the “Caterpiller Club” referring to the silk parachutes. Returning to Canada in 1944, he was married to Grace on June 10th on the Fillmore homestead. His next posting was at Pat Bay on Vancouver Island, where he served as a Flying Officer in a Lockheed Ventura, flying anti-submarine missions on the West Coast. He was one of only a few airmen with both Atlantic and Pacific star medals. He also had instructor responsibilities at Pat Bay. On April 21, 1945 their only child, Judith Anne, was born in Victoria. Allan always cherished and doted on his beautiful and loving Judy. After a brief time in Vancouver, because Grace wanted to be near her large family, they moved to Brandon where he worked and lived (except for one year in Portage la Prairie) for the rest of his life. He operated service and sales garages in partnership with several different partners until 1966 when he decided to sell for Chrysler Dealerships including Binkley Motors and Brandon Chrysler Dodge. He retired from full time car sales in 1994 at age 75 when Grace’s health needed his full attention. He had won numerous Chrysler sales awards while at Brandon Chrysler Dodge, including “Meridian” awards recognizing one of the top sales producers in Canada, as well as trips to Bermuda, Florida and Wisconsin. Allan was an avid curler and golfer and was a member of the Riverview Curling Club and several golf clubs. He especially loved golfing with his grandsons Dan and Cory whom he doted on and of whom he was always so proud. He and Grace were avid bingo players and enjoyed many trips to North Dakota and Las Vegas to play slot machines. He was a great reader and he had the “girls” at the library trained to phone him when new western novels arrived, until his eyesight deteriorated a few years ago. He was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 and he and Grace, who were wonderful dancers, often attended the dances there and at the Twin Pines Motel. Allan served for many years as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Air Training Museum, selling souvenirs and conducting tours (often for classes of school children) and entertaining visitors with tales of his own wartime experiences. He was presented with a Volunteer Appreciation Certificate from the City of Brandon in May 2007 for his efforts at the museum. Allan was predeceased by his wife Grace on January 21, 2002, sister Gladys in 1908, father David in 1921, sister Bessie in 1940, mother Elizabeth Forde in 1984, brother Linus in 1986, brother MacKenzie (Mac) in 1986 and his wonderful daughter Judy on June 3, 2009. He is survived by Tina Pauch, his beloved lady who has been with him since June 2007 and has been there to love and take such good care of him as his health had steadily declined. Only through her care and companionship was it possible for Allan to remain in the comfort of his own home for the past several years. Allan and Tina were able to enjoy frequent outings to the Legion for meat draws and dances. Tina shared his love of dancing. They were included in many dinners, parties and barbecues at Dan and Naty’s home, where many of the guests called them “Grandpa” and “Grandma.” They especially enjoyed the attention and hugs and kisses from his great grandchildren. Allan leaves behind to cherish his memory his grandson Dan (Naty) Delbridge and their children Nathaniel and Angelina; grandson Cory (Christina) Delbridge and their children Matthew and Alicia and son-in-law Ken Delbridge. Also several of Grace’s siblings; Kay (Mel) Wolfe, Stewart (Claire) Goldstone, Pat Cruse, Thelma Young and Gail Goldstone. There are 30 nephews and nieces of the MacKay and Goldstone families who will remember his humour and generosity. He made so many friends through his work and even in the last few years, people would approach him and talk to him about buying cars from him many years ago. It was through a search for information by Tina’s son, Robert, on a 1957 Dodge Royale, that Allan had sold to Tina and her husband, that they met again after 50 years. The family wishes to thank Dr. L. Groves for the many years of compassionate care and the nurses at the Brandon Clinic. Also Dr. G. Edward, Dr. L. Moller and the staff at the BRHC 4th floor and the Palliative Care Unit. Heartfelt thanks also to Veterans Affairs Canada and BRHA Home Care Program which have provided tremendous support to Allan and Tina over the past several years. A Memorial Service to celebrate Allan’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, March 23, 3013 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Allan may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-First Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or a charity of their choice.
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McGREGOR: Bob McGregor, beloved husband of Margaret died on March 13, 2013 at the Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 80. A memorial Reception will be held at the Lions Community Hall in Waskada, Manitoba on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Private interment will be held at the Waskada Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society; 415 1st Street Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Messages of condolence may be made at Smith Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 747-2088.
McMILLAN: Freda Theresa age 83 – it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Freda on February 22, 2013. Freda was born December 24th 1929 in Strathclair, Manitoba to John and Theresa (Wahl) Hogg. Freda is predeceased by two husbands Ray Murray and Donald McMillan, four brothers and six sisters. She is survived by her oldest brother John and youngest sister Bernice, three children Sharon Watts (Victoria BC), David Murray (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Calvin Murray (Halifax, NS), seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A graveside service will take place on the July 4th at 1030, Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon.For online condolences visit
MINARY: Donna Christina, December 26, 1936-March 1, 2013. Donna passed away peacefully in Brandon at Fairview Personal Care Home at the age of 76. Donna grew up in Ninette Manitoba. She was the eldest of four children and was predeceased by her parents Nicholas (1973) and Julia (1994) Andon and brother Wayne Andon. Her sisters are Penny (Reginald) Pirchford of Winnipeg and Nancy (Bruce) Stemken of Winnipeg. Donna spent her youth in Ninette working at the restaurant which her parents ran for many years. She had a great love of life and had many friends throughout her entire life. She truly enjoyed the company of others. Donna married Robert Wilfred (Wilf) Minary on April 16, 1959 at the Burbank Church near Nesbitt, Manitoba. Donna and Wilf had three children and nine grandchildren. Mom will be dearly missed by eldest son Darwyn and Cindy (Jared, Adam, Cody and Kendra) of Souris, daughter Darla and Steve Shillington (Brandon and Brianna) of Carnduff, Saskatchewan, and youngest son Bradley and Lana (Brett, Reid and Kyle) of Gillam, Manitoba. The family would like to thank the many family, friends who have shown their support during this trying time. Special thanks to the staff of Fairview Personal Care Home who cared so much for Donna. A memorial service will take place in the spring, announcements will precede the service.
MINARY: Robert Wilfred, June 22 1934-February 26, 2013. Wilf passed away peacefully in Souris at the Personal Care Home at the age of 78 years. Dad will be dearly missed by his three children and nine grandchildren. Eldest son Darwyn and Cindy (Jared, Adam, Cody and Kendra) of Souris, daughter Darla and Steve Shillington (Brandon and Brianna) of Carnduff, Saskatchewan, and youngest son Bradley and Lana (Brett, Reid and Kyle) of Gillam, Manitoba. Wilf was the youngest of five children and was predeceased by his parents William Bruce (1967) and Blanche (1976) Minary. His siblings are; brothers Allison (Doreen) and Bruce (Marg) Minary of Brandon; sisters Nadine Hayes of Souris and Joy Reid of Brandon. Wilf grew up on the family farm in the Nesbitt area and like most of the young men of that area he played baseball and hockey. His most treasured time was playing ball with his brothers and the other younger men in that area for the Riverside and Oakland baseball teams. It was during that time that he met and married Donna Andon from Ninette, Manitoba. Wilf and Donna were married April 16, 1959 at the Burbank Church near Nesbitt, Manitoba. It was during that time that Wilf left the farming occupation and became a baker. He lived, baked, and raised his family in Ninette, Killarney and Souris. For nearly thirty-five years Wilf baked throughout southwestern Manitoba eventually retiring in Souris. Although Wilf lived off the farm most of his adult life he still maintained a great love of nature and animals. He was an avid gardener and truly enjoyed the company of pets. The family would like to thank the many family, friends who have shown their support during this trying time. Special thanks to the staff of the Souris Hospital and Personal Care Home who cared so much for Wilf. On March 1st, 2013 family and friends gathered at Darwyn and Cindy’s in Souris to honor Wilf. A graveside memorial service will take place at Minnewawa Cemetery in the spring.
PARKER: Viola Doris Parker (née Anderson). Vi Parker passed away peacefully in her home at Fairview Home in Brandon, Friday, March 8, 2013 at the age of 77, with her family by her side. Dearly loved and supported by family, she never forgot those she loved. Born in South Indian Lake, MB in 1936, she was the second oldest of nine children. She is predeceased by her brother Bill, sisters Harriet and Alice, son Jackie and her husband Corky. At the age of 15, she moved to The Pas to go to school where she also worked until she met and married her husband, Corky Parker at the age of 18. She lived most of her married life in The Pas and later lived in Brandon until her passing. She had six children – Edith Coutu (David), Kathleen Bruederlin (Bruno), Kim Parker (Kathy), Jackie (deceased), Kelly Parker, and Arla Parker (Guy). Her pride and joy were her six grandchildren Claire and Aimee Coutu, Heather and Sarah Bruederlin, Caitlin Parker, and Devon Lipscombe. She lived a full life with the people she loved, the things she liked to do, as well as her travelling. She never sat still for long and was always busy with something. She was generous with her time and caring. She loved nothing more than having her friends and family stop in for a visit. Right until the end she made everyone feel like they counted despite her own limitations. She loved to travel to Argentina, Venezuela, Hawaii, all across Northern Canada and Western Canada to name just a few places. It was the north that she loved best of all though, spending many summers travelling throughout. She was deeply loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her and will be sadly missed. A lovely service celebrating her life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon with Reverend Craig Miller presiding on March 14, 2013 and interment was held at South Indian Lake on March 16, 2013. We would like to give a generous thank you to all the staff at Fairview Home, her doctors, as well, as the staff at the hospital for their many kindnesses. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
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SEDGWICK: Jean Irene Sedgwick (nee Tkachuk), beloved wife of Milton, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Jean and Milton were married in their home in 1973. The family consists of Jean’s son Sheldon Kokorudz, and Milt and Jean’s children; daughter Michelle and son Raymond and step daughters Heather, Denise and Dawn. Jean became a great cook in many restaurants and her own home. She worked as a cook at the Brandon Mental Hospital and the Brandon Regional Hospital. She looked after out-patients in her own home for 24 years. Jean also worked with the community options where she thought the world of her clients. She loved her card games, but most of all she loved the time she had with her grandchildren. Jean got sick in 1992 with a heart condition, but it seemed to not stop her. She was a very strong person. Jean leaves to mourn her loving husband Milton; son Sheldon Kokorudz (Heather Oliver); daughter Michelle (Cory) Sedgwick; son Raymond (Laurie) Segdwick; step-daughters Heather Sedgwick (Lyle), Denise (Carlo) Chiminello and Dawn Sedgwick; grandchildren: Cody, Josh, Bailey, Logan; step-grandchildren: Chad, Thomas and Marissa and many friends and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Annie Tkachuk in 1979 and Peter Tkachuk in 1981. The Funeral Ceremony took place at Memories Chapel on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk officiated. Cantor was Stella Fedeniuk. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
SHOTBOLT: After a courageous battle with cancer, Hope Elaine Shotbolt (née Bilowus), loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, March 9th, 2013. Hope was born on December 24, 1955 in Swan River, MB to Ruth and the late John Bilowus. During her school years, Hope was very fond of participating in school choirs and plays and she enjoyed sports - gymnastics, figure skating, volleyball, curling and softball. Bowling was one of her favourite sports, taking many memorable trips to tournaments with the “Youth” & “Pepsi” bowlers, coached by her late Dad, John Bilowus. She carried on her bowling into her later years. She was an avid fan for her favourite football team - the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In her youth, she joined St. Andrew’s United Church in Swan River and later transferred to Trinity United Church in Brandon. She took part in the youth groups of the church and also a 4-H sewing club. Hope worked after school and summers in her dad’s stationary shop. Hope received her education in Swan River-Class of ’75 and continued at Red River Community College. Upon completion there, she worked for Cartwright Stationers in Winnipeg. Later on, settling in Brandon, she worked at Eaton’s Department store in Ladies’ Wear until the store closed. The most important things in Hope’s life were her family and her home. Hope is survived by her husband Gary, her son Nicholas, her son and daughter-in-law Chris and Samantha Wiebe and two granddaughters, Emma and Rylee Wiebe, her step-son Ray (Ange) Shotbolt and step-granddaughters Anessa, Rianna and Jenaya Shotbolt, all of Brandon. Step-daughter Jacqueline Shotbolt of Fort McMurray. Her sister Debra (Doug) Swanson and niece Brittany of Thunder Bay. Her mother, Ruth Bilowus (Belton) of Brandon. Her mother -in-law, Frankie Shotbolt of Winnipeg. Sisters-in-law Leslie Owens and Linda (Al) Jorgenson and families of Winnipeg. Also many cousins and treasured friends. Hope was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Charlie and Ella Belton, her father John Bilowus and father-in-law Ray Shotbolt. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. If one wishes, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Brandon RHA Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
When I come to the end of the roadAnd the sun has set for me,I want no rites in a gloom filled roomWhy cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little, but not too long,And not with your head bowed low.Remember the love that we once shared.Miss me, but let me go.For this is a journey we all must takeAnd each must go alone.It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,A step on the road to Home.So when you are lonely and sick at heart,Go to the friends we know,And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,Miss me, but let me go.
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WILSON: Betty Wilson of Brandon, formerly of Erickson, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Erickson Health Centre at the age of 75 years. Betty is survived by her daughter Myrna (Bob) Smith of Nipawin, SK, son Murray Erickson of Austin, TX, grandchildren: Becky Verishine, Sacha (Marc) Johnson, Shane (Kate Ney) Smith, Austin Erickson, three great grandchildren, brother Barry (Audrey) Cutter of Nanton, AB, sisters: May Scott of Chilliwack, BC, and Wilma Braun of Erickson, MB. At Betty’s request there will be no formal funeral service. A family graveside service will be held in Erickson in the spring followed by a public reception for fellowship and sharing of memories in Brandon. Date and time will be announced at a later date.
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Betty often said “Take time to smell the roses”. Betty’s request was that you give a rose to a loved one in memory of her. Rae’s Funeral Service of Erickson is in care of arrangements.
MINK: Terrence Leroy. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son Terrence. Terrence passed away in Brandon on March 11, 2013. Terrence was born on September 2, 1994 at the Brandon General Hospital. Terrence will be remembered as a loving person to all who knew him. Terrence spent most of most of his life in Brandon. He attended Betty Gibson Riverview, Riverheights and Neelin High School. Terrence enjoyed spending time with his cousins, playing video games and just hanging out. Terrence was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Joshua, Sarah Mink. His aunt Harriet, George and Maggie Mink. His paternal grandfather Riley Easter, his uncles, Jackie Easter, Leslie Easter, Elmer Easter and his cousin Trevor Easter. Terrence leaves behind his parents Winni Mink and Chester Easter. His sisters Charmaine, Tannis and his brother Ozzie, his nephews, Bronson, Jade, Jace and Jacoby. His paternal grandmother Vivian Easter and many aunts, uncles, cousins, too numerous to mention. Pallbearers will be Tyler, Brandon, Tyrel, Bronson, Elmer, Mathew, Dean, and Jordon. All in attendance will be honorary pallbearers. Funeral services will be held at Brockie Donovan, 332 8th St. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Joy Ruddock. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
HARRIS: Anne Margaret Harris (nee Vergonet). August 1, 1919- March 12, 2013. Anne, a 93 year old WWII veteran, passed peacefully in her sleep at Mountain View Manor in Ladner, BC. where she had resided since July 2009. Dearly loved and supported by her husband Darrel Leroy, son Darrel Raymond, daughters Margaret and Lyndamae, granddaughter Lee Anne, daughter-in-law Jean, friends Anke, Gloria and Donna, Anne survived 10 years with dementia…but never forgot the names and faces of those she loved so unconditionally. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919, Anne was the eldest of 8 children. She was predeceased by her brother John, and sisters Lynne, Margaret and Cornelia. Sisters Trudy, Frances and Joan live in BC. Anne enlisted in the army in 1941 and worked in the pay office. While there she made two discoveries. The first being that it was more fun to give the orders than to receive them. The second was meeting Darrel Leroy Harris who fell in love with her at first sight. They were married in 1943 and had 3 children by 1952. The family moved back and forth between Manitoba and Alberta living in Winnipeg, Magrath, Binscarth, Rivers, Taber and back to Rivers. In 1997 Anne and Darrel moved to Ladner B.C. While her children were at home, Anne continued her own music training on piano and organ and taught hundreds of students on both instruments until she was 77. For over 20 years she was the organist for the United Church. When the family nest was empty, Anne taught music at Brooks School then turned her passion for reading into a mammoth project - starting a library in the Town of Rivers. Doors to the Prairie Crocus Regional Library first opened on 1971 and have remained open ever since. Anne’s other passions were canning and craft work. The cold cupboard was always gleaming with colourful jars of preserves, fruits and soups. Many lovely embroidered pictures were framed, hundreds upon hundreds of mittens were knitted and sent to needy families, prize-winning quilts were stitched by hand, rugs and cushions hooked, aprons, pot holders and furniture covers were sewn, rag dolls were crocheted and on and on. Her hands remained steady and sure; she continued knitting until 4 weeks before her death. Some of her other claims to fame include riding an elephant in Thailand when she was 70, riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on her 80th birthday and winning the heart of her husband several times over. Anne’s family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ken Lai as well as to the many caring and compassionate staff at Heritage House, Kinsmen and Mountain View Manor. In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
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