Classifieds / Obituaries
GRAY: Margaret Adda Francis Gray passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on December 8, 2010. Margaret was born July 30, 1914 at the Cochrane farm in the Tarbolton District, RM of Daly. Margaret graduated from Normal School in Brandon, and taught at Harrow and Clinton Schools. It was at Harrow School that she met Lawrence Gray and they were married in 1940, settling into farming on the Homestead at 31-10-20 in the RM of Whitehead. Margaret involved herself in a multitude of groups and organizations over her lifetime and gave tirelessly to all of them, but the love of her life was her family. Summers were spent gardening and growing beautiful flowers around the house. The garden served to be a valuable resource providing food for the family throughout the year. Margaret encouraged all three of her sons to participate in the 4-H garden club, where she was a leader for many years. This desire to plant things and see them grow is continuing in the lives of some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Life on the farm for Margaret involved lots of hard work preparing meals for the family including seasonal hired help. The whole family enjoyed the wonderful meals. Often the dessert included a delicious Saskatoon pie made from the wild berries that she and the rest of the family had picked from the farm. Margaret had a desire to see her children learn how to play musical instruments. Violin and piano lessons were taken in Brandon. This meant that the twelve mile trip to Brandon was made hundreds of times. Hockey and baseball games also added to the time spent travelling back and forth with Margaret doing most of the driving. During the last few years of her life, Margaret enjoyed scrapbooking with the ladies in her family. The result was a beautiful scrapbook containing a significant amount of family history. Much of the book involves her great grandchildren. Though not a completed work, she continued to add pictures and comments even in her ninety sixth year. Christmas time was always special for Margaret as she enjoyed the visits with family. A family tradition developed over the years where they would all come together on Christmas Eve at the farm. Again, Margaret would prepare a beautiful meal and afterwards the farmhouse would be filled with the music of the violins even lasting late into the night. Life became especially difficult for Margaret during Lawrences lengthy battle with Alzheimers disease. She worked tirelessly to provide for his needs and make his life comfortable until she was no longer able. While Lawrence lived in Assiniboine Centre and Fairview Home, Margaret continued to spend many hours at his side. Margaret was predeceased by her Father Cameron Cochrane, Mother Sarah Jane Smith, sister Helen Milne and brothers Bill and Sanford Cochrane and her husband Lawrence. Surviving are her three sons, Cameron (Kenzie), Bill (Trudy) and Warren (Marilyne); seven grandchildren: Elizabeth, Marla (Ron) Winters, Jennifer (Bruce) Newitt, Melanie (Blaine) Turner, Curtis (Shauna), Kelly (Christina), Timothy (Heather); eleven great grandchildren: Ayssa Newitt, Anson and Avila Gray, Alison and Jordyn Gray, Breanne, Tyler and Brett Turner; and Brandon, Shelby and Emma Gray. A funeral service was held at the Bible Baptist Church on Monday, December 13, 2010 with Pastor John Reaves officiating. Pallbearers were: Ron Winters, Bruce Newitt, Kelly Gray, Timothy Gray, Curtis Gray and Blaine Turner. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the Fairview Home, 1351, 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6.
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FREEMAN: Douglas Craig Freeman, beloved husband of Agnes Freeman of Virden, Manitoba, passed away at Virden District Health Centre on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the age of 89 years. Funeral services will be held from St. Marys Anglican Church, Virden at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20th with Fr. Don Bernhardt officiating. Interment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to St. Marys Parish Hall Fund or to the charity of your choice in memory of Doug.
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FARLEY: Terry Roy. Terry died Thursday, December 9, 2010, age 62, at his residence Fairview Home, Brandon. Lovingly remembered by his three sisters: Fay Gillespie (Kirk), Selkirk; Carol Gillette (Bill) Chilliwack; Lois Farley (Yianni Skorletos), Winnipeg. He was a special uncle/ great-uncle to Joy Gillespie (Dave Noordman), Danielle; Darcy Gillespie (Dana Kirkness), Emma and Justin; Sharon Staples (Gord), Jordyn; Gail Price (Todd McNaughton), Hannah and Alice; Andrea Gillette; Lea and Giorgia Skorletos. Predeceased by his parents Ruth and Roy Farley, brother Jim, infant sister Laurine, grand-parents, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Born December 12, 1947 in Brandon. Attended school at Glanton, Turiff and Elton Collegiate. After graduation Terry worked: Brockie Donovans and Sandersons Funeral Homes; porter at Brandon General; Bayes Farm Equipment and farming with our Dad. Left farming due to health issues and became administrator, Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin for 20 years, the perfect job for him. Preserving prairie agricultural heritage for future generations was very important to Terry. He played school football, baseball, curling and hockey; Old-Timers hockey; snow-skiing; snowmobiling; waterskiing, active member Minnedosa Mallards Ski Club; scuba diving and had his private pilots license. Terry was involved in many associations: Forrest 4-H Beef Club, Ducks Unlimited, Tourism Manitoba Board, Association of Manitoba Museums, Austin Lions and Chamber of Commerce. He loved people, loved a good story and was a relentless tease! Terry suffered a stroke in 1999 at age 51 and overnight life as he knew changed forever. He was at the Assiniboine Centre then moved to Fairview where he resided until his death. The last few years were difficult ones for Terry and all who loved him. The family wishes to thank all the friends and relatives who visited over the years, the staff of Fairview for their excellent care and concern for Terry. We appreciate your friendship and support.
BETKER: Joyce Isabel Betker(nee Cole). We are extremely sad to announce the passing of Joyce Betker on November 12, 2010 at the Souris District Hospital in Souris, Manitoba. Born in 1925 at Wolseley, Saskatchewan, she was predeceased by her parents, Stan and Girlie Cole, her sister Donna and her beloved husband Otto. She is survived by her sister Marnie (Don), her sister Maxine, her second love Norval More, her son Terry (Claire), son Sheldon (Carla) and daughter Sandra; by her grandchildren Kate (Craig), Gavin, Kyla, Stephanie, Jay, Amy, Lena, Emily and Zoe; by her great-grandchildren Cole and Connor; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce took her Registered Nurses training in Winnipeg, returning home to nurse in Wolseley. She met Otto Betker and they were married on April 19, 1949. They farmed on the Betker farm at Lemberg, Saskatchewan for a year and then moved to the Hill homestead farm at Hilton, Manitoba for three years. They moved to the current family farm at Souris in 1952 where they lived until they retired to Souris in 1986. Joyce loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren, spending countless hours with them in all kinds of activities and interests, resulting in many cherished memories. Her great grandchildren were an added treasure. Joyce loved the farm and everything about it. She enjoyed the outdoors, sports, reading, playing cards (especially bridge), dances and socializing and good times in general. She could bake the best pie ever! She volunteered in various community organizations, most significantly later in the life at the Souris Drop-In Center where she met Norval, finding happiness that she believed would never be hers again. The family would like to thank the Doctors, nurses and hospital workers for their kindness and for their loving and extremely capable care. The family would also like to thank all the friends and family who visited with her during her relatively short stay in the hospital. If so inclined, please make donations to the Souris Health District Foundation, Box 311, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
CONROY: Elizabeth Conroy, age 69, beloved wife of Tom Conroy, died on December 15, 2010 at Evergreen Place, Boissevain, Manitoba. Mass will be held on Monday, December 20, 2010 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Boissevain, Manitoba, 2:00 p.m. donations may be made to Evergreen P.C.H. Boissevain, Manitoba. Family Interment at Old Deloraine Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.wheatlnd.com
MacDEARMID: Mr. George Duncan MacDearmid, beloved husband of Luella and dear father of Georganne (Denis) Bisson, Ken (Jo-Ann) Holder and Brian (Michelle) Holder, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. A Celebration of Georges life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Marys Anglican Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8 or the Diabetes Association, 727B 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or to a charity of ones choice.
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SMITH: Doris Aileen Smith (Termuende). April 28th, 1921 - December 8th, 2010. Doris was born April 28th, 1921 in Russell, Manitoba. The fourth of five children, she grew up in Kenton, Manitoba where her parents ran a grocery store and boarding house during the 1930's. In her twenties, Doris began working for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, first in Kenton, then New Westminster, B.C., Kelowna B.C. (1949) and Nelson B.C. In 1952 she married Art Smith and they started their family, Alison in 1955 and David in 1958. Art was transferred to Nelson in 1964 as manager of W.H. Malkin Co. The family moved to four mile where Doris lived for the next forty six years. Doris was an avid sportsperson, both as a participant and organizer. She curled most of her life winning numerous trophies as well as enjoying golf and tennis.Doris had a strong curiosity towards life. She started and ran a daycare in the early 70's while renovating an old farmhouse. She was voted top volunteer for the B.C. Winter Games held in Nelson in 1989. She ran the Smith House B&B during the 1990's and made trips to Germany, Spain, Thailand, Portugal and other places. A gardener to the end Doris passed away Wednesday, December 8th after a short illness. Doris was predeceased by son Mark Charles (1953), husband Art (2008), brother Ted and sisters Edmee and Louise. She is survived by brother Bob Termuende, daughter Alison (Mark), son David (Janet) and grandchildren Geoff, Hannah, Adraon and Trilby. Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held in the spring. The family has appreciated the support and kindness of the Nelson community. We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Walker, Dr. McKechnie, Cathy Large, Cora Fowler and Bev McMillan. Anyone wishing to, may send a donation to Kootenay Lake Hospital, 3 View Street, Nelson, B.C. V1L 2V1. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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MURRAY: Mary Murray, age 85, died December 14th, 2010, Wawanesa Health Centre, Wawanesa, Manitoba. Funeral Service Saturday, December 18th, 2010, at Ninette United Church Ninette, Manitoba, 1:00 p.m. Interment Ninette Cemetery, Ninette, Manitoba. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society. Killarney Funeral home in care of arranagements www.wheatlnd.com
PYNENBURG: Denise Joanne Pynenburg. Denise passed away December 10, 2010 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba. She is survived by daughter, Kelly, of Brandon, who lovingly cared for her Mom (and cat, Pepper) over the past two and a half months and was by her side when her struggle with cancer ended on Friday evening. Denise leaves behind her parents, Joyce and Ed Madden, older brother, Greg Madden (Angela and sons, Owen, Garth and Dirk) and older sister, Deborah O'Neil (Jim and children Erin and Michael). Denise was predeceased by former husband, Andre (Augie) Pynenburg of Stony Mountain; also survived by many members of the Pynenburg family. Denise was born in Hamilton, Ontario before moving to Winnipeg as ateenager. She graduated high school in Stonewall and was married in Stony Mountain in 1972. She lived and worked in Teulon for a number of years before moving to Brandon to be closer to her daughter, Kelly. Denise enjoyed her years working for Behlen Industries in Brandon. She made friends wherever she went. We will remain forever touched by her presence in this lifetime. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Moller, Dr.Rank and the wonderful and caring staff at Assiniboine Centre, Palliative Care, Brandon. A Celebration of Denise's Life will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North, Brandon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Cancer Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 will be greatly appreciated.
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WALKER; Clara. The family announces the passing of their loving mother, Clara, widow of the late George Walker; dear mother of Ron (Elsie), Arlo, Collin (Vicky), Evelyn (Bob), Arlyn (Abe), Brenda (Tom), Robert (Lorraine), Karl (Brenda), Paula (Ron), who passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, December 11, 2010. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at Memories Chapel on Friday, December 17, 2010 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Grand Valley Community Church, 1620 Braecrest Drive on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Tim Clark will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow. Friends who wish may make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7, Canadian Diabetes Association, Office B, 727 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Western MB Cancer Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3, or to a Charity of Choice.
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ALEXANDER: Francis James Alexander, beloved brother of Joyce (Allan) Heaman of Virden and of Bernice (Cliff) Heaman of Hamiota passed away at his farm home at Lenore, Manitoba Monday; December 6, 2010 in his 78th year. The funeral service will be held from G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Jason Hodson officiating. Interment will follow in Breadalbane Cemetery, Lenore, Manitoba. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Francis.
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MUNRO: Clifford Nelson Munro of Brandon, beloved husband of Sadie Munro, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the age of 97 years. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services (204) 727-0694.
KISSOCK: Peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2010, Adalene "Dean" Kissock passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Memorial Service will be held at Memories Chapel on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Barbara Jardine officiating. Complete obituary information will follow. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Dean may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Unit 5B, 457 9th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 1K2.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FARLEY: The death of Terry Roy Farley, age 62 years, occurred at his residence, Fairview Home on Thursday, December 9, 2010. A celebration of Terry's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 - 18th Street North on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Barbara Jardine will officiate. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 - 8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or Canadian Diabetes Association, Office B, 727-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
WYLIE: Norma Augustine Wylie was born August 22, 1918, the first child of Charlie and Hannah Wylie in Alsask, Saskatchewan, but spending much of her childhood in Hannah, Alberta. From her earliest years Norma knew that she wanted to be a nurse or missionary, and at the age of 19, entered the nursing program at Saskatoon City Hospital graduating in 1941. This was soon followed by obtaining a teaching certificate from the University of Toronto. When she made her career choice she had no idea that her profession would take her to England for two years as a nursing sister in the Canadian army in WW II. This experience had a profound impact on her, caring for boys her own age who were dying. She returned to work in a veterans' hospital in Calgary for four years but she longed to apply her education to teach nursing. Her first of many 'firsts', Norma took up the challenge of being the first Inservice Educator for nursing staff at the Vancouver General Hospital, before attending the University of British Columbia to receive her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Devoted to teaching at the bedside, Norma came to embrace a global vision for service which eventually involved her in the United Nations World Health Organization. Her placement in Singapore and later Malaysia reinforced her sense of vocation. She grew to greatly love the peoples of the east. During these years she took time out to get her Masters of Science in Nursing, University of California specializing in psychiatric nursing. By 1967 she said goodbye to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and returned to Canada to accept the offer to come to Hamilton, Ontario and open up the new and innovative McMaster University Medical Centre as its first Director of Nursing. She arrived the same day as the architect and shared in shaping a unique and outstanding medical centre designed around the needs of the patient and their family. Six years later, once the hospital was fully operational, Norma resigned and spent time at the now famous St. Christopher's Hospice, London, England. She had been intrigued with the writings of Dr. Cecily Saunders, considered the founder of the modern hospice movement in the western world, and used this time to grow under her leadership. This led to her becoming an Associate Professor of Nursing at Dalhousie University and a Clinical Specialist in Thanatology at the Victoria Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here she worked with the hospital chaplain to provide clinical teaching and support on the oncology ward to students of all disciplines. In time Norma, along with interdisciplinary team members, launched the first hospice program in the Maritimes. At the age of 60, she was wooed to the University of Springfield, Illinois, in their unique Medical Humanities faculty, School of Medicine, to become the first nurse to be hired as a full Professor with tenure in a school of medicine in the United States and no doubt in Canada as well. Her first book, 'The Nurse's Role in Medical Education" was published; and with retirement at the age of 70, SIU conferred on her the honor of a Professor Emerita. But retirement barely slowed her down. Between workshops, publishing her second book, "Walking With the Dying", Norma returned to China where she taught for a month with an interpreter. Before leaving, they made her an honorary professor at Sun Yat-Sen University. She arrived in Brandon, 2001, at the age of 83 as a Stanley Knowles visiting Professor in Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Studies, Brandon University. Within two years she returned to accept an Honorary Doctorate in Education from BU, and soon returned to make her home in Canada once more, here in Brandon. As her health declined she made a major donation of her Asian artifacts to BU, Department of Fine Arts. Norma died peacefully November 21, 2010 in Fairview Home surrounded by faithful friends, especially Carol and John English & family who were friends for 40 years. She was 92. Norma was predeceased brother Jack, and is fondly remembered by brother Jim, and eight nieces and nephews. She will always remain a special person to her five godchildren, Dr. Tom Bailey, Victoria, B.C., Serene and Sheila Tan, Vancouver, B.C., Sarah Sobry, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and Ethan English of Brandon, MB. As her friends have said, "Norma was a great lady who left an indelible mark on so many lives." Her legacy will long live on! Funeral Service was held at St. George's Anglican Church, Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, November 27, 2010. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Markham, Ontario. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Dr. Norma Wylie may be made to the Fairview Home Foundation, 1351 - 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6 or to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
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