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MURRAY: Mr. John Murray of Lyleton, passed away at the Virden Health Centre on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife Joan of Lyleton; daughter Brenda (Greg) Riddell of Pierson; son Norman (Linda) Murray of Virden; six grandsons: Daniel (Becky) & Peyton Riddell, David Riddell (Tiffany Vilcu), Garrett Riddell (Brittany Vanbeselaere), Brent Murray (Nicole Davidson), Shane Murray (Veronique Lagace), and Blair Murray; seven sisters- in-law: Mona Murray of Melita, Toots Turnbull of Napa, AB., Mary (Rodney) Cairns of Oak Lake, Bonnie (Ed) Bartlett of Brandon, Sandra (Don) Higgins of Lyleton, Sue (Phil) Lesy of Deloraine, and Joan Shears of Ft. St. John, BC.; two brothers-in-law: Ken (Pat) Shears of Hudson Hope, BC., and Jack (Elaine) Shears of Ft. St. John, BC.; niece Diane (Darryl) Elliott of Cromer; three nephews: Gary (Wynne) Murray of Melita, Barry (Trudy) Murray of Melita, and Rick (Connie) Murray of Brandon; also numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents Vern & Lu Murray, brother Dave Murray and two brothers-in-law: Jim Shears and Lloyd Turnbull. The Funeral Service will be held at the Lyleton United Church, Lyleton, MB. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm. (Reverend) Heather Sandilands will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations may be given to the The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba CE501, 840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB. R3A 1S1, Sense of Home —Murray House- Brandon, BRHC Foundation—Sense of Home Campaign 150 McTavish Ave. E. Brandon, MB. R7A 2B3, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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McKINNON: Rixon McKinnon, beloved husband of Jane of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on June 9, 2012 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 79 years. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Minnedosa Heritage Village. Messages of condolences may be sent to minnfs@mts.netMinnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
MENZIES: Margaret Annie Menzies passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 91 years. A funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MAYES: Mrs. Leona Mayes formerly of Pierson, MB., passed away at the Bren Del Win Lodge, Deloraine, MB. on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 80. She is survived by her two daughters: Wendy (Ron) White of Lyleton and Vicki (Carlon) Wells of Brandon; five grandchildren: Myles (Claudia Romero) & Makayla & Noah White of Winnipeg, Brooks (Jen) and Sawyer White of Pierson, April (Neal) vanSteenis of Calgary, Tyler (Alissa) and Taya & Kalina McKinna of Regina, and Lance McKinna (Jen Blahy) of Brandon; sister Devona Treffry of Portage and brother Foster Fournie of Melita. Leona was predeceased by her husband Elwyn Mayes, parents Gordon & Eleanor Fournie. A Private Family Graveside will take place at the Pierson Cemetery, Pierson, MB. on Friday, June 15, 2012. (reverend) Heather Sandilands will officiate. Donations may be given to the Pierson Cemetery Fund Box 100 Pierson, MB. R0M 1S0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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HUSKA: Edward Alexander Huska passed away on Friday June 8, 2012 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Edward is survived by his loving wife Lillian, son Harold and daughter Heather Nelson. Ed was born on September 20, 1930 in Pine River, Manitoba. In accordance with his wishes a family graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rideau Park Personal Care Home, 525 Victoria Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 6S9.
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HAYWARD: The peaceful passing of Gwenneth "Gwen" Hayward occurred at her residence Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Monday, June 11, 2012. Funeral arrangements are pending with Memories Chapel, 727-0330.
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BAILEY: Esther Bailey (née Wray) of Brandon, beloved mother of Lorrie (Colin) Snelgrove and Darlene (Del) Duncan, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the age of 97 years. The Funeral Service to celebrate Esther’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. A private family interment will be held prior to the service. Rev. Harvey Hurren will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Esther may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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WEBB: The death of Marguerite "Fay" Webb, beloved wife of Jack occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Fay was born September 30, 1935 in the Rural Municipality of Wallace, the youngest daughter of eight children born to James and Helena Boyce. She was employed for many years as a seamstress for Yeager's Furs. Spending time entertaining family and friends both at home and out at the cottage were both loved by Fay. She is survived by her husband Jack of 56 years; daughters Cindy (Clarence) Mott, Penny (Bruce) Kenney, Tamie (Jeff) Taylor; grandchildren Teri and Joshua Braun, Stephen and John Kenney, Lacey (Aaron) Douglas, Tricia Bone; great-grandchildren Mia Braun and Ayden Bone-Amann; sister Winn Elliott; brother Garry Boyce and families. She was predeceased by her parents; sister Loretta Berry; brothers Ken, Ron, Alan and Ross. A private family graveside ceremony will be held at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Fay may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon R7A 2B3 or to a charity of one's choice.
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WEIR: Wilbert Dennis Weir, February 2, 1960-May 27, 2012 Suddenly, with his “3 girls” by his side, Wil passed from this life on Sunday, May 27. He was born February 2 in Russell, MB. He was the third of five children born to Harold and Edna (Nernberg) Weir of Inglis, MB. His first year of schooling took place at a one room rural school called Freefield near Inglis, MB. He attended school in Inglis for the remainder of his elementary education followed by Russell for high school. Upon graduation, he began employment with Clements Ltd. in the accounting department in Russell. From there, he commenced his career with the Royal Bank. First in Russell and then in various other Manitoba locations. He served RBC in the far north at Churchill and in the south at Melita and many other rural towns in between. He started the new century by moving to Virden and serving as Loans Officer in the Virden Credit Union. He held the position of Manager of Lending Services at Sunrise Credit Union, Virden Branch at the time of his passing. He was very involved with the community. He served on the Aud Theatre Board. He was very involved in High School Rodeo, helped coach baseball, and served on the Virden Employment Skills board. He lent his talents to the St. Paul’s United Church finance and planned gift committees. He shared his rich bass voice with The Heard – a male choir from Oak Lake, and the St. Paul’s Choir. He very much enjoyed being part of St. Paul’s candlelight service at the Christmas season. He married Denise Trott of Minnedosa on July 24, 1993. Daughter Chelsey joined the family in 1995 and Nicole in 1997. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Edna Weir, brother Garhart, and nephew Peter Weir. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife Denise, daughters Chelsey and Nicole of Virden, brother Clifford (Pat) Weir of Kimberley, BC, sisters, Lorraine Weir of Winnipeg, Karen (Michael) Trush of Dauphin, father and mother-in-law, Bill and Doreen Trott of Minnedosa, brother-in-law Claire Trott of Minnedosa, sister-in-law Eileen Trott of Brandon, nephew Bradley Weir, as well as aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. The funeral service was conducted from the Rec. Centre in Virden on Thursday, May 31. Rev. Janice Van Aertselaer officiated assisted by Paster Jason Zinko. Pallbearers were Garry Williamson, Darius Bomback, Gene Pielechaty, Brad Nernberg, Ross Coombs, and Glen Grieve. Ushers were Mark Wilton, Mark Birch, Tim Penner, and Jade Cabel. Music was provided by Sherridan Reimer and Shelby Rampton. Choir leaders were Dianne Leifson and Karyn Morrow-Penner. The choir was composed of members from the choirs of Oak Lake (Notable Women and The Heard), St. Paul’s United Church, and Virden Collegiate Institute. G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel of Virden were in charge of arrangements.
We hear your voice as the leaves sigh.We see your smile in the sunset sky.
SMITH: Herbert Joseph (Joe) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, surrounded by family, on May 26, 2012. He was born in 1929 in Boissevain, MB to Herbert and Eva Smith, the eldest of 11 children. His family moved to Brandon when he was very young where he started working in the construction industry at age 14. Joe spent many years with E.C. Higgens & Sons, and eventually became self-employed, operating under the name H.J. Smith & Sons, with his two sons. He took pride in having a very strong work ethic all his life and continued to work for family and friends in spite of declining health even after retirement. Joe married Grace Udey of Carberry in 1947 and cherished the memories of helping on the Udey family farm. Joe and Grace lived mostly in the East End of Brandon, where together they raised six children and cared for many others as foster parents. Grace passed away in 1980 and Joe married Loraine (Kooting) Porterfield in 1981. They enjoyed travelling and visiting friends and relatives and somehow found time to do some fishing and gardening. They made many trips to the West Coast before Loraine’s passing in 2011. Joe was predeceased by his parents; first wife Grace; wife Loraine; sister Margaret Yarmiy; brother Lloyd; and sister-in-law Judy Smith. Joe will be lovingly remembered by his children: Joy (Ted) Asham; Betty (Harold) Nelson; Donald (Wendy) Smith; Richard (Rose) Smith; Kimberley Byczkowski; Wendy (Terry) Smith; and Loraine’s children Doug Porterfield and Patricia Raviolas. Joe was a very special Grandpa to 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He will also be dearly missed by his sisters: Elsie (Morris) Blocka; Kay (Angus) Jaska; Jean (Charlie) Farrow; Dottie (Danny) Gayowsky; Marie (Barry) Millwater; and brothers: Donald; Murray (Nettie); Bob (Sharon); brother-in-law Jack Yarmiy; sister-in-law Dot Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is survived by many extended family members in the Udey and Kooting families. Joe had a large family and held a special place in the heart of each and every one. A graveside memorial service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on May 31, 2012 with Pastor Craig Gibbs officiating.
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SHEWCHUK: Pearl Shewchuk of Sandy Lake passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012, the Sandy Lake Personal Care Home at the age of 94 years. Pearl was predeceased by her husband Michael Shewchuk. She is survived by her son Wes (Liz) Shewchuk of Brandon and daughter Bev (Dennis) Duncan of Winnipeg. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ozerna. Prayers will be said at the church Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Fr. Emil Kardasinec will officiate. If friends so desire donations may be made to Sandy Lake Personal Care Home, Palliative Care, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ozerna or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. 759-2160
HERNDON: Terry – February 14, 1943 – June 2, 2012. After a brief but strong and courageous battle with Cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry at Riverdale Health Services on June 2, 2012 with his family at his side. Terry was born in Winnipeg, MB. As a youth, his deep love of nature took him to Minaki, ON where he enjoyed many hours of hunting and fishing, as well as working as a fishing guide. After graduation, Terry began his career with the Canadian National Railway and it was shortly after this that he met and married the love of his life, Sharon. Terry’s life proudly focused on the love of his family, friends, and many interests such as music, golf, amateur radio, and photography. He was a Charter member of the Rivers & District Lions Club, President of the Rivers Golf & Country Club for a 2 year term, a member of the Rivers Legion for over 35 years, as well as a member of the Brandon Amateur Radio Club. After a few years into their retirement, Terry and Sharon decided to leave the winters behind and travel to the warmth of Arizona, finally settling in their own vacation home in Donna, TX where many fond memories were formed. Terry is survived by his wife Sharon of 49 years, his daughter Renee (Rick), grandchildren Aaron, Kyle, Brendan and Elizabeth, sister Victoria (Vaughn) in Harrow, Ontario, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his daughter Leslee in July 2010, his parents Victor and Theresa, in-laws John and Emma, and nephews Paul and Todd. We will never forget the miraculous love and support that Terry and his family received from the “angels” at the Riverdale Palliative Care Unit, and the overwhelming support from our dearest and closest friends. To everyone, we thank you for not just what you did which was wonderful, but for the warmth and caring that you put into it. You’re all very special people. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Rev. Glenna Beauchamp for her comforting words and concern. Terry was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be missed very much. His sense of humor and love for life will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverdale Palliative Care Unit, Box 428, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or a charity of one’s choice. A family graveside service and celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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COX: Hazel Mary Cox, age 94, passed away peacefully at the Souris and District Personal Care Home on May 19, 2012. Hazel was born October 24, 1917 to Jack and Maggie Gillespie in the Glenvale District. She received Grade 1-9 at the Glenvale School. At the age of 16 she went out to work as a helper in private homes. She married James Venning (Bud) Philp on May 27, 1937 in Souris and they farmed together in the Beresford District until his death in April 1970. She married George Cox March 20, 1976 and they farmed until they retired to Souris. Hazel was a hard worker, inside, outside and in the community. She was an avid curler and took an active role in all community events; worked with the Sunday School as secretary-treasurer, served on the local school board and was a lifetime member of the U.C.W. She is survived by her daughter Frances (Lorne) Radcliffe, son Dennis (Betty) Philp and daughter Sharon (Ray) White as well as grandchildren Terry (Melanie) Radcliffe, Wendy (Bruce Kingdon) Radcliffe, Twyla (Jodi) Anderson, Jason (Leonie) Philp, Tim (Arloe Scott) Philp ; Ross (Annelore) White, Brian (Jewel) White and great grandchildren Connor, Tegan, Alison, Bryton, William, Jodi Jr., Madison, Hannah and Coral. Also step grandchildren Susan, Erin, Steven and their families; nephews Ivan Stewart, Donald (Kim) Gillespie, Gordon (Donna) Gillespie and nieces Cheryl Weisner and Joanne (Rick) Rinholm. Hazel was predeceased by her husbands Bud (1970) and George (2008); an infant son John Kenneth (1947) and her parents Jack and Maggie Gillespie, her sisters Irene Wright, Edna (Tom) Stewart, Edith Gillespie and her brother, William (Esther) Gillespie, daughter-in-law Shirley Philp, nephews Gordon Stewart and Barry Philp and nieces Maureen Wright and Karen Philp. She will be missed by all of us but she has left us all with a legacy to live up to each day. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 25 in St. Paul’s United Church in Souris wit Rev. W. Rankin officiating, followed by internment at the SourisGlenwood Cemetery. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
COMMER: Julie Commer found her peace on June 4, 2012 at her home at Fairview Personal Care Home. Julie was born November 14, 1921 in Brandon, MB to Annie and Andrew Kopochinski. Julie was educated at Fleming School and Earl Oxford School where she quickly made several close friends. While on walks in her neighbourhood, Julie caught the eye of a special man, whom she would go onto marry. On January 25, 1945, Julie married her true love, Felix (Hap). Hap and Julie enjoyed many activities together including bowling, card parties, travelling, and dancing. Julie loved nothing more than getting dressed up to go dancing or just a night out on the town. Julie often spoke of her time working at Perth's Cleaners, along with doing housekeeping duties for family and friends. Her strong attention to detail was shown in her immaculate house, even with her five rambunctious children running through, along with their equally rowdy friends. Everyone was welcome at the Commer home. As Julie's children grew older, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was always a good time at Grandma's house, whether it was playing with toys in her basement or outside, helping her in the garden, watering her peonies, listening to her records, helping her bake, playing Chinese Checkers and cards, or just sitting down to visit. Each of her grandchildren knew and loved the words to "You are My Sunshine" as she frequently sang it to each one of them. "Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete" (Marcy DeMaree). Everyone knew when going to visit Julie, to go hungry. As soon as you arrived, there would be plates of cheezies, candy, cookies, cheese, crackers, and pickles. And of course, it was all "good for you"! Julie was loved by many family and friends. To everyone she met, she was described as the "sweet" lady, as well as the lady who looked 20 years younger than her real age. Julie goes on to meet again her parents Annie and Andrew; brothers John and Joe; and sister Mary Grandis. Sisters Jean Mazier, Helen Cornett, and Rose Kozoriz will remember all the great and loving times. Her unconditional love will live on through daughters Carol (Larry)Grudinski, Sandy Commer, Mary-Ann (Doug) Baron; sons Richard (Marg) and Tom (Darlene). Grandchildren who adored and loved her are Stacey Commer, Michelle (Jason) Lloyd, Carrie Baron, Jennifer Baron, Geoff (Teresa Keach) Grudinski, Angela (Shaun) Cameron, Belinda (Scott Carpenter) Commer, and Tony (Ashley) Commer. A special place in her heart was held for her great-grandchildren, McKenna and Jacy Lloyd, Bree-Anna and Nathan Henderson, Riley Cameron, Andrew Grudinski, and Aiden Commer. Several nieces and nephews will also miss their Aunt Julie. Prayers were said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, June 7, 2012 led by Deacon John MacKenzie. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, June 8, 2012 also at the Church with Rev. Fr. James Ahaneku celebrant. Committal followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Carpenter, Shaun Cameron, Dan Mazier, David Mazier, Les Loewen, and Dave Sukaroff. Iffriends so desire, donations in memory of Julie may be made to Fairview Home, 1351 - 13th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 4S6. Julie's family would like to thank the Brandon General Hospital and Fairview Personal Care Home for all their support and care.
No longer can we hold your hand,Or see your smile so true.We'll miss your hugs, your kiss, your laugh,And the funny things you'd do.You shared your affection, your love,You adoringly shared your life,As a loving mother, a sister,A dear grandmother, and devoted wife.Although today we have heavy hearts,And our mournful tears will flow,We smile grandly on the insideFor the special woman we know.So though you're no longer with us,We will only say 'take care',For just as you, we'll earn our wings,Then hold your hand up there."You always had a smile to shareTime to give and time to care.A loving nature, kind and true,Is the way we'll remember you."
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CAREFOOT: Gladys Isabel Carefoot (Henderson) Gladys Isabel Carefoot of Virden, Manitoba, beloved wife of the late William (Bill) Talmage Carefoot, passed away peacefully at her home in Virden, Sunday, June 3, 2012 in her 91st year. Gladys was born in Miniota, Manitoba on September 17, 1921 to James (Jim) and Mina Henderson, the youngest of four daughters. Her father was a station agent and telegrapher for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Gladys had many fond memories of herself and her three sisters growing up in Miniota and living above the CPR station and she never lost her love of trains and hearing their whistles. Gladys demonstrated her musical talents with the piano from a young age. She was the Sunday School organist at Miniota from the age of 10 and shared organist duties with her sister Jean until graduating high school and leaving home in 1939. Gladys attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music from 1939 to 1940, studying piano and theory. She earned her Associate (ATCM) degree in piano and theory as a solo performer and teacher. Gladys studied for her Licentiate (LRCM) piano degree but could not take the exam after World War II began when examiners could not be sent out from England to evaluate her professional concert performance. She moved to Shoal Lake, Manitoba to be with her parents and taught music there from 1940 to 1943. Gladys was the organist of St. Paul’s Church, Shoal Lake for three years as well as teaching Sunday School. After moving to Brandon, she became the organist at St. Mary’s Anglican Church from 1944 to 1946. Gladys was the organist at St. Paul’s United Church, Virden, from 1947 to 1949 and then again from 1964 to 1973 and organist and choir director at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Virden from 1977 to 1983. She also served as assistant organist at St. Paul’s United during the years her children were small. Gladys played for more than 70 Christmas Candlelight services during her lifetime. Gladys continued her passion for music and the arts after moving to Virden in 1946. She was involved in the Virden and Arts Music Festival until the late 1970s, serving on the syllabus committee, as president and secretary at various times and for various terms and was the official accompanist for 29 years. Together with Bernice McDonald, she organized “The Naturals” choir in 1974 and gave concerts for a number of years, donating the proceeds to community projects. Gladys was the accompanist for the school festival and Christmas concert choirs and for the Virden Collegiate Choir under the direction of Sandra Poole in the 1980s. She was the accompanist for the “Broadway the Audway” group and for a St. Paul’s quartet. One of her favourite performances was the production of “We’ll Meet Again” which included her husband Bill and allowed her to play while her nephew Bob Andrew and his wife Marjorie performed dance numbers from the 1940s. One of her greatest passions and loves was the Aud Theatre. Along with many like-minded citizens, she and Bill were part of the original “Save the Aud” campaign and steering committee in 1982 to prevent the demolition of the Virden Aud. She was Secretary of the Restoration Committee and when the Theatre Board was formed at the time of the re-opening, became Secretary in 1983, combining it with the treasurer’s duties the following year. Gladys was a Life Member of the Theatre Board and served as a board member for almost 30 years until her retirement in 2011. One of the recent highlights for her was attending the 100th anniversary of the Virden Aud Theatre in February 2012. Along with the other original member of the steering committee, Jim Moffatt, the “Aud Couple” celebrated the complete restoration and continued success of the Aud with a variety of dignitaries, friends and other guests. In addition to her long career as a musician and music teacher, Gladys kept busy in the workforce, as a homemaker, mother and volunteer. She worked part time as a volunteer in the Shoal Lake Ration Board office during World War II. She spent the summer of 1943 as secretary in the Shoal Lake Ag Rep office. Following her move to Brandon, she worked at the Brandon Musical Supply from November 1943 to May 1944 when she transferred to Wright & Wightman Jewellers. In September 1946, Gladys moved to Virden to work for her brother-in-law, Vern Andrew, in Andrew Agencies and she also did the books for the newly formed Virden Credit Union. After marrying Bill Carefoot in 1949, she taught piano from 1952 to 1962. She and Bill lived and worked on the farm in the Pacific District until October 1972 when the family moved to Virden. She then worked part time at the Fort la Bosse School Division secretary-treasurer’s office until forced to retire in June 1970 due to ill health. Gladys worked at the Empire-Advance newspaper from 1971 to 1979 and then for the Virden Library until 1981 and as Senior Librarian from 1982 until her retirement in 1986. She also wrote many articles for the Brandon Sun and Winnipeg newspapers. She was a member of the South Circle Community Club while on the farm and worked in one of St. Paul’s UCW units and the Health Auxiliary of Virden. She was a member of the lawn bowling club in the 1970s and began golfing while wintering in Arizona and was a member of the Virden Golf Club. Gladys loved history. She compiled the Virden Festival history in 1982 and the St. Mary’s Anglican Church history in 1986. She assembled the Legion history for the local branch prepared for its 60th anniversary. She was the keeper of many family stories from all four branches. She began compiling the history of the Carefoot’s, Henderson’s, O’Hara’s and McLean’s after she got her first computer in the 1980s, dutifully recording each new birth and marriage. That family history now includes more than 2,500 names and stretches back to the 1700’s. Gladys was a past nominee for the Woman of Distinction Award. In 2011 she was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services by the Lions Club International Foundation. After 22 years at 202 Kent Street in Virden, Gladys and Bill moved to Kin Place when it opened in April 1998. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Bill, March 20, 1999; parents, J.J. (Jim) Henderson on July 1, 1949 and Mina Henderson, March 15, 1977; sisters, Jean Lelond, November 25, 1961, Marion, May 19, 1988 and Irene Andrew, November 9, 2004; brothers-in-law Vern Andrew in April 1961, Roy Lelond, January 1962; and very special nephew, Bob Andrew, December 2003. Gladys is survived by three children, Colleen Armstrong (Richard), Georgetown, Ontario; Jim (Janice), Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; David (Lianne), Oakbank, Manitoba; grandsons, Christopher (Hannah) Armstrong; Michael Armstrong and Natalie Semeekina; Munroe and Dawson Shume; and a number of special nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends gathered at Virden Legion Hall on Friday; June 8, 2012 for refreshments and remembering Gladys. Interment took place in Virden Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Virden Auditorium Restoration Committee, St. Mary’s Anglican Church (Virden) Parish Centre, or to the charity of your choice in memory of Gladys.E-mail messages of condolence or sign the on-line Book of Condolences at www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of the arrangements.
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