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McKEE: Agnes passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 11, 2012 just a few days short of her 104th birthday. Agnes lived in Neepawa until she moved to Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon to be closer to her family. Agnes is survived by her daughter Louise, grandchildren Caroline, Heather, John, Karen and Trevor, and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, daughter Lorraine, son Keith, sons-in-law David and Gordon and daughter-in-law Marjorie. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Valleyview Care Centre for the love and kindness they gave Nana for the l3 years she resided there.
MANSFIELD; Jessie Dickinson: Jessie passed away peacefully at her residence in Fairview Personal Care Home on Saturday March 10, 2012 with family by her side. Jessie was born September 2, 1917 to Mabel and Bill Ewing. Her father died when she was three years old and her sister, Lillian, was one year old. Left with two small children to take care of, her mother began housekeeping in the area and met the man who was to be the girls’ stepfather, Jim Stamford. Over the years, the family grew to two boys and four more girls and Jessie was very proud to be the oldest of eight all her life. She attended Two Creeks School and then moved to Brandon to finish High School. She then went in training to be a nurse, but due to a back injury she did not graduate, however, while training she did meet her future husband, Edward Mansfield of the Moore Park area in the R.M. of Odanah. Ed and Jessie were married on August 2nd 1941 and moved to the family farm along with Ed’s mother and father. As all farm wives, Jessie canned fruit and vegetables, baked bread and buns and many pies. During their time on the farm they raised their family of two boys and one girl. Jessie was always able to add a couple of plates at dinnertime for anyone who came to their home at mealtime. Jessie also quilted with the local ladies and learned how to knit and crochet making a number of Afghans for different organizations and her family. They made many lasting friends in those years, even to travelling to points west and to the east coast, camping along the way. Camping was something she enjoyed very much and after they would pull into a campground, Jessie would soon be out visiting with her new neighbors. In 1963, they sold their farm and moved to Brandon. Jessie decided to take three young working men from the Moore Park district and board them, spoiling them with hearty meals and motherly advice. Jessie then began a new career when they bought the Western Shop on 6th Street in Brandon. She became the bookkeeper, a profession she performed until her retirement when she passed on her pen to Les. When Ed retired, he gave the order book to Lyle. They then enjoyed many trips, some by bus to Florida and California and the camping trips, meeting many new people and seeing our beautiful country. Mom will be sadly missed by her husband Ed, daughter Donna (Clare) Coxe, sons Lyle (Connie) Mansfield and Les (Donalee) Mansfield, all of Brandon, MB. Grandchildren Sara (Jeremy) Kerr, of Winnipeg, MB and Dustin (Danielle) Mansfield of Bedford, NS. Also a very special great granddaughter Hailey-Jade Kerr who brought her much enjoyment in recent months. Also surviving are sisters Lillian Bowles of Miniota, Mabel Boyce of Carievail, SK and Enid Lawrence of Brandon. Brothers Fred (Eileen) Stamford of Miniota, MB and Ted (Pat) Stamford of Regina, SK as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Ann Cameron and Irene Wood, brothers-in-law Fred Bowles, Bob Boyce, Ken Wood and Ross Lawrence. A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Douglas United Church, Box 24, Douglas, MB, R0K 0R0.
The most beautiful eyes she did possessSparkling with love and cheerfulnessHer smile conveyed her own sunshineAnd now its brightness is in mine
Author Unknown
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JASON: Henry Jason, beloved husband of Julia and dear father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away in Brandon on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Prayers will be said at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated atthe Church on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:00 am. Celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen. A private interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in Henry's memory to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Residence - Western Manitoba Cancer Centre, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
IRONSIDE: Donna "Darlene" Ironside passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 8, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Darlene, the youngest daughter of Margaret and Albert Nicholl, was born on June 15, 1946 in Minnedosa, MB. Darlene received her schooling at Basswood School. She married John Evans in 1966 and was blessed with two daughters, Donna and Debbie. In 1981, Darlene married Ronald Ironside of Rapid City and was honoured to become step-mother to Sandra, Bruce and Gordon. Darlene began her working career as a Dietary Aid at Minnedosa Personal Care Home and later joined the staff of Fairview Home in Brandon in this capacity and later continuing her education to become a Health Care Aide at Fairview. Darlene also worked as a Health Care Aide for Home Care. Darlene loved doing cross stitch, knitting, crochet and crafts, which she gladly shared with her family. She found great enjoyment during coffee time with the "girls". Darlene was predeceased by her husband Ron in 1988, father Albert Nicholl in 1997, mother Margaret Nicholl in 2004, and special friend David Cleave in 1998. She is survived by her daughters Donna (Wallace) Anderson of Rapid City, MB and Debbie (Michael) Barwick of Eckville, AB; grandchildren Michelle, Nichole and Isabella Anderson and Kaila, David, Jerrit and Jayden Barwick; great- grandchildren Jordan Anderson Hillis, Taylor and Zachary Cumberland and Brody Smith. Stepchildren: Sandra (Dale) Wallace, Bruce (Heather) Ironside and Gordon Ironside, their children Ben, Derek and Melanie Wallace, Alexis and Lindsay Ironside and Crystal and Diane Ironside. She is also survived by her sister Marjorie Nicholl of Red Deer, AB, nieceKimberley (Dan) Brazinha and their children Tatiana and Diego of Penticton, BC. A special thank you to Betty for your care and support. Funeral Service was held at Memories Chapel on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 with Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. She was laid to rest in Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Darlene may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society - Manitoba Division, 415 - 1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
GRIFFIN: Margaret Griffin (nee Ingram). Born in Regina in 1920, Margaret and her family lived in Moose Jaw before coming to Brandon. She graduated from Brandon College as a Laboratory Technician. After working at the Mental Hospital for 2 years, she joined the army and was posted in Toronto and Montreal during the war. Returning to Brandon, she met Richard Griffin and married in 1947 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. They worked and raised a family in Ontario. Her sister, Dorothy Ingram, died in January 2011. Margaret passed away one year later. She will be forever missed by her husband Richard, her children, Susan, Brian and Gary and her grandchildren.
CHAMBERS: Marilyn Gail Chambers (Courtice) age 65, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Marilyn Gail was born on October 26, 1946 to Bill and Ella Courtice (Kerbis) in Glenboro, Manitoba, the eldest of three children. Gail grew up in the Wawanesa area, where some of her fondest memories were. After school, she moved to Brandon to take a hairdressing course and worked for a while as a hair stylist. In the early 70's, her career took a different path, when she took a secretarial/business course. She started working at Wilton Trucking for awhile and then at the Prairie Pantry on the North Hill. Over the years, she managed the "Mac's Convenience Store" on First street. Her last 8-10 years she worked at Maple Leaf in the Sanitation department, was involved as a Shop Steward and taught at the UFWC office. Her greatest hobby and love was the enjoyment she got out of her dogs. From Morty the Lab, to a Weimaraner named Harley to a Heinz 57 named Benji. She was involved at the "Crocus Kennel Club" and quite often took one of her dogs to the hospital to do a round of visiting with the patients. Gail was a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a sister-in-law, a cousin, and an aunt. We'll miss her smile, her jokes and all of her stories, and fighting over the turkeydrumstick at Thanksgiving. "A page in our book of memories, is gently turnedtoday". Gail was predeceased by her father Bill (Doc) Courtice in 1987 andher nephew Terrence Courtice in 2005. Gail leaves behind her mother EllaCourtice of Brandon, children Jeff (Amber) Chambers of Brandon, Erin (Matt) Upton of Denver, Colorado, grandchildren Aiden, Mya, Benjamin and Emily. Brother Bill (Gay) Courtice of Brandon, Fred (Ramona) Courtice of Mission, B.C. Nieces; Heather and Dara, and a nephew Lance. There are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. If friends or family wish, donations in memory of Gail may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3. For Gail's final wishes, there will be no services held.
"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,following the path God laid for me.I took his hand when I heard his call,I turned my back and left it all."Expressions of sympathy may be made at
Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BROOKS: Florence Catherine (Kay) passed away March 3, 2012 at the Hamiota District Health Centre. Kay was a role model to all who knew her. She led by example in the way she cared, loved and showed respect to everyone. She was the solid root from which her family grew and were nurtured. She will be deeply missed by her children Earl (Lorraine), Sheila Harper (Mel), Audrey, Dale (Jackie), grandchildren Herb, Kim, Tanis (Toland), Melanie (Riley), Travis (Marisa) and Ryan; great grandchildren Dawson, Colt, Trinity, Connor, Austin, Brandon, Sawyer, Ethan and Avery, her sister Jean Doern and brother Bill Collie (Joan) and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Franklin, parents Robert and Florence Collie, sisters Ann (Jim Liddle), Grace (Ralph Henderson), and brother-in-law Doug Doern. Kay was born May 19, 1916, the second of five children. After finishing school she worked in Brandon for five years before coming to Hamiota in 1942 to cook at the hospital for $35.00 a month. On March 4, 1944 Kay married Franklin and they farmed until 1979 when they retired to Hamiota. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Kay served her community in many ways. She belonged to Grace Rebekah Lodge #35 for over 60 years and in 1981 she was chosen Rebekah of the Year for Manitoba. The United Church was an important part of Mom’s life, she was Sunday School Superintendent for 23 years and belonged to the U.C.W. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the Hamiota Agricultural Society for many years. After her family left home she took up curling and golfing. Kay was Honorary Life Member of the Hamiota Ladies’ Curling Club and curled actively until the age of 92. She was instrumental in the formation of the Golden Gals Playdowns. The celebration of Kay’s life was held at Hamiota United Church on March 7, 2012 conducted by Rev. Rachel Robinson. The interment took place at Hamiota Cemetery prior to the service. Donations in Kay’s memory can be made to: Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund; Hamiota District Sports Complex, Box 100; or Hamiota Golf Course, Hamiota, Mb. R0M 0T0. Funeral arrangements were with Campbell Funeral Home in Hamiota.
Loving and true in all her ways,Upright and just to the end of her days,Sincere and true in heart and mind,A beautiful memory left behind.
BJARNASON: July 6, 1906 – March 7, 2012. Kathleen Bjarnason, daughter of Bridget and Edward Keats, mother of Ken Bjarnason (Mildred) and Lorraine Rae. Predeceased by her husband, Kjartan Bjarnason, and son-in-law, Dr. Don Rae; passed away on March 7, 2012. The matriarch of a five generation family, she was a loving “Uma” to six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Kathleen grew up on a farm in Ashville, Manitoba, married and lived in Brandon; moving to Portage la Prairie when Kjartan retired from the CPR. A creative woman, she excelled in needlework, cooking and especially enjoyed playing bridge and entertaining. Music played a significant role in her life from the time she was five years old and she was lifted on to the Christmas concert stage to sing solos, to her teen years when she played the piano along with her siblings for the old time dances in the country school. For over eighty years, she provided music for family and friends’ sing-a-longs. She amazed everyone with her whistling too – who knew that birds could whistle Strauss waltzes! As a senior, in Portage al Prairie, she had fun being a member of the Prior Senior Centre’s harmonica band. As recently as February 2012, at Beacon Hill Villa in Victoria (where she spent the last eight months), she requested: “let’s get some people for a sing-song”. With eyes sparkling, she and granddaughter, Andrea, sang: “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” with enthusiasm. There will be a Celebration of Kathleen’s Life in Portage la Prairie later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kathleen Bjarnason’s bursary for music students at the Community Foundation of Portage and District, P.O. Box 1153, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3J9.
HARRISON: The death of Joseph Frederick "Joe" Harrison, beloved husband of Margaret and step-father of Darwin, Donna, Patricia and Beverley, occurred Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. with viewing prior to the service. Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Joe to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 - 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LEWIS: Mary Loretta Lewis passed away peacefully on March 13, 2012, surrounded by her family. She had waged a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 7, 1931 in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. She was predeceased by her husband Nathan William Lewis, and her sister, Mary Margaret Thompson. She is survived by her five children, Kate (Henry), Ken (Julie), Bonny (Jeff), Brenda and David (Cindy), and her six grandchildren, Dallas, Austin, Matthew, Meghan, Ryann and Ty. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
LAURSEN: Torben Laursen of Virden, Manitoba, husband of Gloria and father of Craig and Jim passed away at Virden Health Centre, Virden, Sunday; March 11, 2012 at the age of 69 years. Arrangements will be private, by family request. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, the Kidney Foundation or to the charity of your choice in memory of Torben. 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 arrangements.
HUNTER: Terry James Hunter; of Shoal Lake, MB; passed away at the Moosomin Union Hospital, Mossomin, SK on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 59 years of age. Terry was predeceased by his parents Jim and Eleanor Hunter and son Riley. Terry is survived by his brothers and sisters: Randy (Susan), Laurie (Ken), Jack, Candice (Ross), Melvin and their families; mother-in-law Gerry (“Mother Hubbard”); daughter Corrie (Turk) and their children Summer, Jake, Jess, and Matt; son Chris (Gloria); granddaughter Justice; son Justin, daughter Morgan; daughter Whitney; granddaughters Kenzie and Jacie; his best friend and loving wife Laurie and their loyal hound Buddy. At Terry’s request there will be no services. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Terry’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th St., Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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www.campbellfuneralhome.caCampbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
HUNT: Olive May Hunt; beloved wife of the late Stan Hunt and mother of Richard, Ken (Barb), Chris (Elaine), Charlene (Bill) Schafer, Gwenda Skayman (Kelvin Tiller); passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB at 92 years of age. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Hamiota United Church at 11:00am. A family interment service will be held at 10:00am at the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Olive’s memory to Birch Lodge PCH, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
FINDLAY: The family of Robert (Bob) Stanley Findlay is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our husband and father after a courageous battle with cancer at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB on Tuesday; March 13, 2012. Bob was predeceased by his father Robert, his mother Margaret, his brothers Tony and David, as well as his nephew Danny-Lee. Mourning his loss: his loving wife of 38 years, Renee; children: Jason (Amelie), Stephen, Laura (Jason), Cynthia (Roland) and Heather (Nathan); grandchildren: Justice, Ayva, Avery and Owain; siblings: Francis (Bob), Jan (Rob), Timothy (Suzanne) and sister-in-law Jackie. Bob was born on August 2, 1945 in South Seaford, Sussex, England, the 2nd of 5 children of Robert and Margaret. He came to Canada at the age of 8 to live in Edmonton, Alberta before the family moved to CFB Shilo, MB. In 1967, Bob moved to Oak Lake to work at the Co-op, where he met the love of his life, Renee, whom he married in 1973. Together with his wife, Bob took an active role in the upbringing of their five children. In 1972, Bob received his electrical degree. He worked as a journeyman electrician before taking work with the Department of Defense at CFB Shilo in 1980. In 1985, he took on the position of Maintenance Supervisor for the Fort La Bosse School Division and retired as Supervisor of Operations in 2008. Well known for his sense of humour, Bob was always ready to joke and laugh and was gifted at making people feel at ease. He would not miss a chance to play cards or games, nor would he turn down an opportunity to extend his construction expertise to family and friends. He had a generous spirit and loved to spoil his family, most of all his grandchildren. He had a strong faith and was active in the Catholic Church. Prayers will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Virden, Manitoba, Friday; March 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held for Bob Saturday; March 17, 2012 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Virden, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Oak Lake Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Oak Lake Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Services at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre at 150 MacTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 in memory of Bob.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
TURNER: Richard “Dick” Turner, passed away at the Carberry Hospital on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the age of 79 years with loving family by his side. Dick was born on November 3, 1932 in the R.M of Clanwilliam. He worked for many years in the plumbing trade, owning Summit Mechanical in Brandon. He retired from business to pursue his dream of raising purebred polled Hereford cattle in Alexander, MB. He retired a short while to Brandosa Beach then to Plumas, MB for 11 years before settling in Carberry in October 2008. Dick was predeceased by his father William, mother Rose, brother Francis and sister Betty. He is survived by his loving wife Jane; step-son Rick (Tammy) and grandsons Tyler, Matthew and Christopher as well as son Blaine and family; daughter Cheryl and family; daughter Maureen and family and daughter Glenda and family of a previous marriage; older brother Gordon and younger brother Robert. Out of respect for Dick’s wishes, cremation has taken place with no Service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assiniboine ARHA, Box 2000, Carberry, MB R0K 0H0.Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of
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