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OSULLIVAN: Sir Patrick Joseph OSullivan, KCSG, 1920 2011. On Saturday, July 9, 2011 Patrick was called to join his dear wife, Edith in new life with his Creator. Pat was born on March 28, 1920 to Patrick and Marie Louise (Poirier) OSullivan and grew up on Percy Street. His Baptism was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to St. Augustines Church. He attended St. Augustines School and BCI. He was a Reservist and worked at the Armories, but due to health issues he was unable to enlist. Patricks entire career was at the CNR, where he was a loyal and respected employee. He married Edith Dorning in 1952 and they lived happily on Russell Street for over half a century. In recognition of his commitment to St. Augustines he was Knighted in 1970, by Pope Paul VI, as a Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory. Pat was active in the St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus and Serra Club. For all of his life, he was associated with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions whom he admired for their dedication to the people of Brandon. He counted among his closest friends the many Priests who served at St. Augustines over the years. In 2009, Pat moved to Rideau Park where he was truly happy thanks to his wonderful caregivers. Pat was predeceased by Edith; siblings Margaret, Mary (Peter) Sharkey, John, Gerard (Bernice), Anne (Michael) Hanniman and the Honorable Joseph OSullivan. He is survived by his sisters; Rita OSullivan of Brandon and Teresa Egan of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Adele OSullivan, fifteen nieces and nephews and their families. Also surviving from Ediths family are Margret (Ray) Brayshaw, Bernice Fagan and their families. Everyone turned to Pat for his wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and awe of the Lord. The family is grateful to all of Pats friends who enriched his life and to the staff of Rideau Park. Viewing and Prayers will be held at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church, 3274th Street, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustines Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be very much appreciated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Augustines Church, which aids the poor of Brandon, or St. Augustines Church, 327-4th Street. Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3H1.
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LELOND: Florence Gertrude (Wallace) beloved wife of the late Homer Lelond and mother of son Wallace (deceased 1992) and daughter Christine Medd of Killarney, Manitoba. Florence had five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Florence passed away at Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney, Manitoba on July 8, 2011 at the age of 97. Florence was born on February 9, 1914 in the Blaris School District near Isabella, Manitoba. She was the youngest of four girls. Florence married Homer Lelond on October 22, 1936 and they settled on a farm in the Crandall District where they mixed farm for 34 years. Florence and Homer retired in 1970 and rented their farm land. They continued to live on the farm and travelled to Texas each winter until Homer passed away in 1980. At this time Florence sold the farm and moved to Brandon and then in 1999 she moved to Killarney. Florence continued annual trips to Texas for another 26 years. Florence enjoyed crafts, knitting, cards, dancing, music, curling and watching the Blue Jays baseball on TV. In lieu of flowers, donations in Florences memory may be made to Bayside Personal Care Home, Killarney, Manitoba, ROK 1G0. A graveside service for family and friends will be at the Crandall Cemetery on July 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.wheatlnd.comKillarney Funeral Home Ltd. 523-7791. www.wheatlnd.com
LEBARRON: It is with great sadness that the family of Emma Mae LeBarron,announce the passing on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Dinsdale Personal Care Home. A private family service will take place. Complete obituary information will follow. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Emma may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FURTNEY: Mrs. Laura Jane Furtney of Melita, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kenneth Furtney, passed away at the Willowview Home, Reston, MB. on Friday, July 8, 2011 at the age of 95. A private family funeral service will be held at Redpath Funeral Home in Melita, Manitoba on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 with Rev. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment to follow at the Melita Cemetery. Friends and members of the community are then invited to join the family at a public reception at the Victoria United Church (C.E. Building) in Melita on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (522-3361). Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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THICKETT: Irene E. Thickett of Brandon passed away at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the age of 86 years. Irene was born at Russell, Manitoba. She spent her early years on the farm in Stratford district and attended the Stratford School. In 1945, she married Fred and they farmed in the Craigie district until 1974. After their move into the Town of Russell, Irene started working as a Dietary Aide at the Russell District Hospital. In 1997, she moved to Brandon and resided in the Odd Fellows Corner for 14 years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Fred in 1984, her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Julie Tennant. She is survived by her children: Donald (Gail) of Brandon, Beverly (Terry) Smith of Comox, Wilma (Shane) Bartelette of Winnipeg, brother and sister-in-law; Russell and Kay Tennant of Winnipeg, sister-in-law Kay Valley of Langenburg, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Irenes life was held on May 20 at the Braendle Bruce Chapel in Russell with Rev. Wayne Sanderson from Trinity United - Brandon officiating. Pallbearers were Dale Wondrasek, Ernie Thickett, Barrie Tennant, Dale Smith, Brad Smith and Doug Thickett. Interment was in the Russell Cemetery. Thank you to Braendle Bruce Funeral Services for their care and compassion, to The Rideau Park staff for their exceptional care and thank you to all who attended and shared in our memories.
PURKESS: Edith Carrie, beloved wife of Thomas Purkess of Brandon, Manitoba passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Personal Care Home July 4, 2011. Mom was born in Holland, Manitoba February 7, 1926 to George and Isabella Thompson-part of a family nine kids with six sisters and two brothers. Attending school in Holland and helping with the family farm, upon graduation Moms first job was as teacher at Southfield School near Sidney, Manitoba in 1944. She resided with the McGregor family who would later become her in-laws as she married Stanley McGregor in 1946. Edith and Stan purchased a farm in the Hilton District and together raised a family of five sons and one daughter. Mom worked side by side with Stan and the boys in the field-milking cows, and all of the daily farm chores. They were active in the community and with the Northfield Community Club. Mom also helped with driving the school bus, and worked off the farm at the Hwy. 2 and 18 Corner Esso as well as the Ninette Sanatorium. As owners of a privately owned school bus, Mom and Dad also spent many evenings transporting teams around the country to hockey or baseball events. In spring of 1975 they made plans to retire from farming and had just purchased a home in Brandon when Stan suddenly passed away. Mom moved to Brandon shortly after, and worked for Eatons and with Home Care. A devoted daughter she visited her ailing father in the nursing home every day without fail for the many years Grandpa was sick ensuring he was cared for and taking him for short excursions for ice cream. Edith married Tom January 25, 1985 and they enjoyed over 26 years of happiness. Edith and Tom loved to travel, and Mom visited many places including Alaska (twice), Florida, the Maritimes, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Hawaii along with many winters spent at Magic Valley, Texas, and summers at Elgin and Lake Metigoshe campgrounds. They moved to Lions Manor in 1999 and spent many happy years enjoying the social activities of the Manor particularly the many card game evenings. Mom loved to play cards-500, crib, whist or any other card game. Mom also loved to dance-square dancing first in Wawanesa and later in Brandon, and Mom and Tom would head out to any little town in western Manitoba where the country band The Fugitives were playing that night. Mom and Tom were honored to have The Fugitives play at their 20th wedding anniversary at the Central Community Center where they were very active members. Mom loved to take pictures, especially of her family, and you could never leave their Lions Manor apartment without her rushing out onto their 5th floor balcony no matter the weather to give you one last wave as you got into your vehicle. Edith was predeceased by her parents George and Isabella Thompson and husband Stanley McGregor. Lovingly remembered and missed by husband Tom Purkess, sons Keith (Dilys), George (Darlene), Richard, Glenn (Arlene), Brian and daughter Laurie, 13 Grandchildren and 12 great grand children who will all miss her hugs and waves, Sister Lil Williamson and sister-in-laws Doris Thompson, Ina Fagg, Mabel Hodgins, Elsie Schmidl, and Blanche McGregor. A graveside memorial service was held July 6th with internment at the Brandon cemetery with a time of sharing memories later at the George Brockie Fellowship Center. Donations in memory of Edith may be directed to the Alzheimers Society, the Manitoba Lung Association, or a charity of your choice.
POOLE: After complications following a surgery, Arnold Walter Poole of Minnedosa, MB died peacefully with his family by his side in Brandon on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Arnold was born in Neepawa on July 24, 1927. He was the youngest of four children of Walter and Elizabeth Poole of Springhill, Manitoba. He married Helen (nee Jardine) in 1950 and they had two children during their marriage. He married Jessie Smith in 1989 becoming the stepfather to four. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Elizabeth, his brother Elmer and his wife Jessie. Arnold is lovingly remembered by his family; son Ray (Heather) Poole, daughter Myrna (John) Nanson, eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. He is also cherished by his step family, Daphne (Ken) Scott, Karen (Jim) Klywak, Ross (Shawna Traill) Smith and Don (Jackie) Smith along with ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Doreen Monson and Celia Tufts, brother-in-law Laverne Tufts and numerous nieces and nephews. In his childhood, his mother took Celia and him to Ireland to see relatives. He loved it there but told us how he was extremely seasick on the passage across and he did not want to get back on that boat to come back. This may have explained of flying in later years. As a young man he travelled to California to work for his Aunt and Uncle in their diner. He worked in a hotel in Winnipeg during the time of liquor rationing. As a bellman, he really showed that early spark of ingenuity and entrepreneur spirit that made him such a successful businessman and farmer. In 1945 Arnolds father moved the family from Springhill district to farm five quarters in Oberon. In 1949 Elmer and Arnold took over running the farm operation in partnership. They farmed together until they sold in 1974. During their farming years, Elmer and Arnold were always willing to diversify and try new crops or techniques. They were inventors and innovators. In 1974, their last year of farming, they opted to grow rapeseed (now called canola) and sold the crop using futures, a relative new financial instrument at that time. After nail biting shorts, the price soared. The crop was a bumper crop. Their ship had come in and the farm equipment auction sale was the next year! The farm at Oberon became the Spruce Woods Hutterite Colony and was the start of a lifelong friendship with various Hutterians from Spruce Woods, Springhill and Cool Spring colonies. Arnold followed all of the latest farm technology developments with the help of his friends on the various colonies. For the first fifteen years after retiring from farming Arnold spent winters in Arizona and summers occupied in some form of work. He sold farm equipment for Lee Implements. He worked on the pipeline land restoration with Andy Aagard and helping various farming friends with seeding and harvest. After Jessie retired, they spent the best days of summer at the cottage at Clear Lake, winters in Arizona and later in Texas and any time in between at their home in Minnedosa. As with most farmers, Arnold and Elmer were avid curlers. One of the highlights for them was winning in Manitoba to go to Toronto to play in the Massey Ferguson for the national title in 1961. He traveled to Montreal World Expo in 1967 with friends. Innovations continued to be his interest all through his lifetime. In 1968 Arnold shot a deer with championship antlers, shooting it within a half mile of the homestead. The points score was unbeaten for many years and the rack was 66th in the Boone and Crockett. He never owned a computer but embraced technology in many other ways. He learned how to use a digital camera so he could continue to always have his latest set of photos to show you over a cup of coffee. He converted to being a cell phone user and tried out the GPS technology. He converted his records to cassettes only to now needed CDs. He just recently bought the machine to do just that. He tracked the space station and watched the night sky when unusual events were forecast. All his life he was an avid golfer participating in the Grey Owl and the Tamarack tournaments just to name a few. In his lifetime he had two Hole-in-one events. He continued to golf in the Seniors Legends league and could still shoot his age at the time of his passing. There were a few years when the weather cooperated between down south and Manitoba that he golfed every week of the year. Arnold was never far away from a deck of cards. He and Jessie enjoyed crib and bridge. He turned the odd card at the casinos in Las Vegas, Laughlin and others. Many games with many friends over a life time of good times . Up until his surgery, he was a regular for the morning card players at the Minnedosa Legion and might have even put the coffee on a time or two ..Arnold began driving Volkswagen diesel cars around 1980 and always enjoyed telling stories about the great fuel mileage. On more than one occasion he joked about stopping at a service station on a trip and having to take fuel out. Arnold loved to garden. His family benefited from monster onions and tomatoes by the pail. Jessie often lost good flower bed space to the tomato farm. He was still gardening last summer and only gave it up last fall. He was always helping one of the children or grandchildren with some form of house renovation, yard maintenance, weed control, tree trimming or whatever he thought they needed. Up until this past month, Arnold was a man full of laughter, love and stories. He could still chip it close to win the hole , or assemble the great crib to win the game. We will miss him greatly but having the memory his stories will keep him alive in their hearts.
MARTIN: Robert G. Bob Martin passed away peacefully on June 25th, 2011 with Shirley, his loving wife of 59 years, close by. Bob was born May 2nd, 1923 in Govan Saskatchewan where he, along with his three brothers Bruce, Alvin and Joe, were raised on the farm. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Nora and Oscar Martin, infant sister Eileen, and brother Bruce. Bob is survived by his wife Shirley, six sons, Larry (Heidi), Doug (Kari), Rob (Dori), Bill (Lorna), John (Elly) and Gord (Caroline) and fifteen grandchildren Robert (Joyanna), Carla (Ryan), Brian, John, Kristine, Andrew, Kelsey, Haley, Stacey (Mark), Lesley, Giulia, Madeleine, Emilie, Peter and Laura, and two great-grandchildren Liam, and Heidi and many extended family members. Following service in the Canadian Armed Forces WWII, and rising to the rank of Lieutenant in the reserves, Bob graduated in 1947 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. While at the U of S, he met a special lady whom he soon followed to Winnipeg and courted during the 1950 flood by boating down highway #75 to her summer residence at Cloverlodge Farm south of Morris, Manitoba. They were married in 1952 and subsequently began raising their family of boys (with two sets of twins). Bob started his career with the Country Guide publication and later with Manitoba Hydros rural electrification program. He was an entrepreneur who endured challenging economic times and prevailed through hard work and prudent business acumen. His first business venture was Bobs Esso in Winnipeg. He soon moved to Brandon where, with different partners, he owned and operated the International Harvester Dealership which grew and serviced the community for over 30 years. Aside from the IHC dealership and other business ventures, he was also a successful farmer, rancher and land developer. Bob and Shirley raised their sons at Brookwood Farms on the outskirts of Brandon, which is now known as Brookwood Park. Brandon was good to Bob and Shirley and their growing family, and they were fortunate to know many tremendous people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. With the support of Shirley, Bob was very involved in the community as President of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Brandon General Hospital Board, and was also the Brandon Industrial Commissioner. Bob joined the Rotary Club of Brandon and eventually becoming President. He later joined the Rotary Club of White Rock and remained active in Rotary for over 50 years. In 1981, Bob and Shirley retired and moved to White Rock B.C. where they continued to actively enjoy many of life's blessings with their growing family and the many wonderful friends that they met through Rotary and their community. One of Bob and Shirley's greatest joys was hosting family and friends from far and near and enriching the lives of many. They enjoyed their west coast garden and their holidays to Maui. Bob will forever be remembered for his dedication to his wife and family, his inspiration to his nieces and nephews, his honorable service to the community and wonderful hospitality that he so generously shared with all who knew him.The family wish to thank the staff at Deltaview Life Enrichment Centre for Bobs exceptional care. A Celebration of Life in Bob Martins honour will be held in the fall of this year. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Alzheimers Association.
MANSON: Mary Elizabeth (née Steel) June 23, 1929 to October 6, 2010. The death of Mary Manson occurred in Brandon on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Alexander (Sandy) Manson; her parents, Andy and Minnie Steel; her brothers, Andrew, Wesley and Barry; and her brother-in-law Lloyd Burgess. She leaves to mourn her passing: her children, Karen Colbourn, Hugh, Andrew, Arlene and Linda; her granddaughters Susie and Sarah Colbourn; and her sister Ellen Burgess. A memorial service will be held for Mary on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 943 7th Street. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Mary can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
KOKORUDZ: Carol Winnifred Kokorudz (née Pender), passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the age 71 years. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, grandmother and sister Carol Kokorudz. Leaving to cherish her memory are her husband of 46 years Ernie, children Todd (Diana), Shauna and Leanne (Chuck), beloved grandchildren Brendan, Ryan, Daralee and Kylie. Carol is also survived by brothers and sisters Joan (Chuck) Wardrope, Jim Pender, Norma Zagwyn (Mark), Judy Pender, Brian Pender and Linda Pender. She was predeceased by her parents Winnifred and Norman Pender and sister June Venn (Bob). Carol grew up in Toronto and was very involved with her brothers and sisters. She met and married Ernie in Toronto in 1964. They decided to take the city girl west and try farming in Decker, Manitoba. Carol was always up for a challenge and quickly maneuvered her way around the country way of life. Looking for their next adventure, Carol and Ernie decided to move their family to Brandon, where Carol owned and operated the Brandon Boarding Kennels. Her love for animals - of all kinds - made her the perfect person to care and love for the many pets that visited the kennels. Making Brandon her home, she was involved with several charities such as The Christmas Cheer Board and The Hearing Impaired Association. Carols greatest joy was being the number one fan of her grandchildren. Carol could be heard yelling the loudest at her grandsons hockey games, or replaying her favourite dance move or song from the latest play or dance recital. Carol loved nothing more than watching all her grandchildren in their many varied activities. She always took great interest in what her children and grandchildren were doing and was proud of all their accomplishments. Carol was definitely a force to be reckoned with when she took on a cause for family, friends or strangers. She always had an ear to lend when you needed someone to listen and an opinion to give if you wanted it or not. Her kindness for others, her love for her family and friends and that feisty spirit will be sadly missed. At Carols request cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation can be made in Carols memory to the Brandon-Westman Christmas Cheer Registry, P.O. Box 50003, Brandon, MB, R7A 7E4 or Westman Dream for Kids Foundation, Unit 2-37-11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4J2.
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FROST: Jennie Belinda "Linda" Rose (nee Olson), formerly of Winnipeg, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, July 4, 2011 surrounded by family. Linda was born in Selkirk, MB on June 23, 1930 but grew up in West Kildonan in Winnipeg. She married Fred Frost in 1950 and they raised a family of five, three boys and two girls where they enjoyed many summers at the family cottage in Beaconia. Mom and Dad celebrated 50 years of marital bliss before Dad's passing in 2000, and was an inspiration to us all. Her move to Brandon to be closer to her youngest grandchildren greatly increased the energy in her life. She worked at Eatons for 30 years and then at Bargain Harolds until her retirement in 1991. Mom & Dad enjoyed camping and weekend trips to the States plus one adventure to the Maritimes but her greatest pleasure was being surrounded by family. Dinners were a weekly event in the Frost family with frequent lunches added after Dad's passing. Evening poker games were a favorite pastime of Moms even if we won most of her stash. Linda Frost is survived by her children: Brian, Cheryl (Bruce), Donna (David), Len (Sharon), David (Janice) plus ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Fred; parents, Leonard and Gladys and brother, Len. Cremation has taken place and the family met for a private graveside service at Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery on Friday, July 8. Urn bearers were grandchildren, Curtis Lawson and Roberta Sweeney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CNIB, or the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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DUNFIELD: Jean Marion Dunfield of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre, Friday; July 1, 2011 at the age of 89 years. Jean is survived by her sons Wayne (Sandra) of Calgary, AB, Bob of Vancouver, BC and John (Linda) of Virden, MB as well as her granddaughters Kari (Gary) of Guelph, ON and Amy (Raffi) of Calgary, AB and great grandchildren Alexis and Cooper of Guelph and Isabella and Evan of Calgary. Also surviving is her sister-in-law Myrtle Wolfe of Winnipeg, MB as well as nephews, nieces and their families. Jean was predeceased by her husband Vernon, her parents Henry and Ida Oland, her brother-in-law Gordon Wolfe, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Charlie and Evelyn Stalker and Edgar and Anne Dunfield as well as her nieces Marguerite, Valerie and Mary-Ann. Arrangements are private. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Jean are encouraged to Virden & Area Palliative Care c/o P.O. Box 400 Virden, MB R0M 2C0 or Virden Cemetery Improvement Association c/o P.O. Box 1252 Virden, MB R0M 2C0.
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DONOVAN: Rev. Walter A. Donovan (1925-2011). Rev. Walter Donovan died suddenly and peacefully in his residence in Prince Albert on Tuesday July 5. He had been serving as the assistant to the minister at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church since May. Rev. Donovan had a long and fruitful life serving God in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, in public office, in community service, in poetry and in song. He will be remembered by congregations in Waywayseecappo, Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Mistawasis, Prince Albert, Elphinstone, Swift Current, Kipling, North Battleford and Saskatoon. From 1960 to 1998 he and his wife Gaye (1930-1998) worked together to serve their community with hospitality, healing and song. He was committed to public life, justice, inter-faith dialogue and the care of creation. He is survived by Lynne Donovan (Phil Norton), Cole and Luke, Kerry Donovan (Flavia Rossi), Hannah, Andrew Donovan and Anna-Marie Donovan (David Black), Trystan and Emma. Also survived by sister Ruth Sinclair and brothers Howard and Bob. Funeral to be held at First Presbyterian Church in Regina (2170 Albert St.), Wed July 13 at 11 am. Gifts in memoriam to Presbyterian World Service & Development, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, M3C 1J7.
CROSSON: Beverley Merle Crosson of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, July 8, 2011 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services.
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CUTFORTH: Ruth Dorothea (Roberts ) Cutforth. Mom was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on September 22, 1921 as the oldest living child of Herbert Arthur and Nellie Mary Roberts. She moved as a baby to Hartney, Manitoba and spent her childhood there. Her two sisters, Grenaline and Hazel, were close in age and also her best friends. Two younger brothers, Herbert and Howard, were born into the close-knit family several years later. They moved to Deloraine, Manitoba when Mom was in her mid teens. Although she spent her teenage years in a small prairie town during the dirty thirties, life was serene and happy for Mom. She loved to read and did well in school, which lead into a teaching career. She attended Normal School in Winnipeg for teacher training, then taught in one room school houses in southwest Manitoba, boarding with townsfolk. Mom met Dad (William Wallace Cutforth) while they were working together correcting high school exams in Winnipeg. They were married on December 24, 1949. Over the next ten years they lived in Swan River, Pine Falls, Selkirk and Brandon where Dad taught or worked as a high school principal, while Mom stayed home to look after the growing family (Herbert, Carol, Dauna and Brian, born from 1950 to 1957). In 1960, they settled in Brandon, and stayed for the next 42 years. After the children all entered elementary school, Mom took a few years to earn a BA at Brandon University, graduating in 1965. Then she taught high school at Elton Collegiate in Forrest, just north of Brandon, until retiring in 1981. When Dad passed away in 1996, Mom moved to Lions Manor in Brandon. In 2002 failing health precipitated a move from her beloved Brandon to Richmond, BC, where she was closer to family. Mom enjoyed curling and dancing and in her later years could challenge most people to a game of billiards. She developed lasting friendships everywhere she went. Mom, we will remember your beautiful alto singing voice shared over the years in church choirs, your delicious dinners, your unique laugh, your many knitted nic-nacs and especially your warm, loving personality. Ruth will be missed by her surviving family: son Herbert Wallace Cutforth (Alice Frost) and grandsons Christopher and Jeremy; daughter Carol Mary Cutforth (John Campbell) and grandson Aaron; daughter Dauna Ruth Cutforth (Peter Biggs) and grandchildren Adam, Zoe, and Simeon; son Brian William Cutforth (Gabrielle Kruper) and grandson David Steinmetz, sisters Gren and Hazel, sister-in-law Marie, and many nieces and nephews. Mom passed away peacefully at Richmond Hospital on April 21, 2011. A memorial service was held on April 30th in Richmond BC. On June 18th, interment was at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon, with memorial service at First Baptist Church. If friends desire, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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