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LONEY: Harvey, beloved partner of Shirley Lowe, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. By Harvey’s request please dress casual/denim. In memory of Harvey, donations may be made to the Hartney Golf Course or to Cancer Care Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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ROBINSON: With much sadness, the family announces the passing of Melvin Robinson, beloved husband of Margaret, on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Mel was born at Napinka, MB on September 13, 1923 and farmed north of Melita prior to moving to Brandon. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of Brandon, one sister Ruby Wilson of Comox, BC and one nephew Jim Wilcox of Comox, and two great nephews, Brian (Chloe) of Comox and Allen (Tanis) of Kenora, ON, and great niece Carol Anne Wilcox of Winnipeg. Also surviving are cousins Ken (Joyce) Gordon, Brandon and Marvin Gordon and wife of Winnipeg. Mel was a Life Member of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin where he entered his steam engine and tractor which he constructed along with other machinery which he excelled at for many years. He and Margaret were long time members of the Brandon Circle Eights Square Dance Club and attended a great many Jamborees across the country. Mel would always help anyone in need and was a very friendly, kind man. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Kim Lewarne, Funeral Celebrant, officiating.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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MATHISON: Jean Ann Mathison (nee Jamieson) passed away on July 28th, 2014 just short of her 97th birthday. Her husband Duncan predeceased her in 1973. Jean was born on August 26th, 1917 to Clementine and Dr. Joshua Jamieson. She leaves her children, Peggy Framingham and special friend Merrill Brown, Bill (Cheryl) Mathison, Ronald (Heather) Mathison, Phyllis Kane and Bill Pepler and David (Beth) Mathison. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and her brother Phil (Nancy) Macmillan. Jean was a kind and loving person and in turn was loved by many. Jean loved her family, loved nature, loved to laugh and enjoyed her independence for as long as she could manage. She was inspirational in her integrity and quiet presence. She will be missed greatly. Jean and her family want the nurses and health care professionals at Hamiota Personal Care Home (Birch) to know how much they appreciated their kindness and care. A graveside service will be held on the 6th of September 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Hamiota Cemetery to celebrate Jean. Reception to follow at the Hamiota Community Centre. Donations may be made in Jean's memory to Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.  
Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca
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GURR: Nancy Gurr (Gardiner) nee Pittendreigh. Nancy passed away peacefully in Virden on August 23, 2014. Nancy was born on the family farm near Rapid City on May 18, 1926 to Christina and Andrew Pittendreigh. She will be fondly remembered by her children Skip Gardiner (Debbie), Donna Siemens (Fred), Lynda McDonald, Grant Gardiner (Val), Garry Gardiner (Marya), step-sons Ron Gurr (Bev) and Ken Gurr (Liz) and her 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Alvin Gurr and grandchild Lloyd Gurr, 4 sisters, Maggie J. “Daisy” Bergen, Helen “Isabel” Rinn, Norah Leoppky and Kathleen J. Johnston. She is survived by her brother Donald Pittendreigh. Nancy spent over 20 years teaching in Fort La Bosse school division. She was instrumental in founding the Association for Community Living in Virden. Nancy was an avid gardener, seamstress, curler and golfer. She loved to camp, fish and travel. In her later years she enjoyed playing bridge, making quilts for her family and painting. She was an active member of the Virden Art Club, the Retired Teachers Association and St. Paul’s United Church UCW. One of her greatest pleasures in life was actively following and relishing in the many achievements of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Internment took place at Arrow River cemetery and funeral services were at St. Paul’s United Church on August 27, 2014. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please make any donations in Nancy’s name to the charity of your choice.
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GERRING: The family of Donald George Gerring sadly announces his passing on August 13, 2014 at the age of 72 at Minnedosa Hospital. Don was predeceased by his beloved wife Wendy and his brothers Robert and Brian. Don leaves to mourn his son Todd (Faye) and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughter Terry (Garth) and his grandchildren, and his son Tyler (Christine) and grandchild. A private family interment service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
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GOOD: Helen Melrose Good (nee Fraser) died peacefully with her family at her side in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at the age of 97. She was born on a farm just north of Souris on October 3rd, 1916 to William and Lillian Fraser. Helen leaves behind her two children, Bill (Deb) and Barb (Ken), six grandchildren, Barry (Laura) Craig, Derek (Stephanie) Chris (Denika) Lindsay (Jonathan) Glenn and six great-grandchildren, Braeden, Josh, Cash, Emersyn, Beckhem, and Kennedy. Helen was the eldest of eight siblings. She is survived by her brothers, Ross and Jack, her sister Jean, her sister-in-laws Ellen and Janice, Good in-laws, Jim, Vivian and Phylis and many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by an infant son, Guy Benjamin, in 1947, and by her loving husband, Bill, in 1996. Helen was born in the middle of the First World War and grew up during the difficult times of the depression. She worked hard on her family farm delivering milk, while also taking care of her younger siblings. She was the matriarch of the Fraser family. She met Bill at an Air Force dance at the Souris base during the Second World War. They married on June 18th, 1945 at the end of the war and set off in search of work. Helen and Bill made various stops before returning to Souris in 1954 to settle on their own farm. Helen lived a full and blessed life. She enjoyed staying highly involved with her family and friends, even in her final days. She was an active member in the community of Souris as a member of the UCW, Souris Curling Club, and as a hard-working employee of various local businesses in her younger years. She was also an extremely dedicated farm wife and could often be found driving the grain truck and taking meals out to the field. She loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers. Helen was a very good cook and baker, always making homemade specialties to share with her family. She will be remembered for her wonderful homemade buns right out of the oven. Helen loved to keep up-to-date with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often travelled to cheer on her family in various sporting and musical events. She was always worrying about her grandchildren, and was always there to provide them with advice, support, and encouragement whenever they needed it. Helen and Bill enjoyed travelling together during their retirement. They had many marvelous bus tours to the USA. They also loved spending time with their dear friends, the Unraus. The foursome got together often for a visit on the weekends. In her final years, Helen enjoyed living at the Personal Care Home and attending many of the events put on there. She never missed a musical performance or an ice-cream sundae! Helen will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but she will never be forgotten. During her lifetime, Helen passed on all of her values, stories, and wonderful memories to her family and they will continue to think of her with the highest regard.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss)
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FORSYTH: Muriel Jean. After a long life well lived, Muriel Jean Forsyth passed away July 26, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 87 years of age. Jean was born August 10, 2014 in Hamiota, the eldest daughter of Henry and Mary Davidson. She grew up on a farm in the Decker area and started her education at Ethel School and then finished her high school in Hamiota. Jean went on to Normal School in Winnipeg and upon completion taught at Buckleville and then Ewart (Cromer District). There she met James Forsyth and they were wed in January of 1947. They moved to Brandon and had a full life together for over 62 years. Mom’s life was devoted to nurturing, caring for and loving others. She toiled countless hours in the gardens, then canning and preserving the bounty, baking, mending, and all the other jobs that needed to be done to raise a large family. Mom enjoyed her later years working on her beautiful quilts, reading, doing crosswords and playing Scrabble/UpWords, especially with her good friend and life long neighbor Joyce Mellin. Mom always liked to keep busy and be productive and these last few years Mom’s spare time was filled with her knitting hundreds of pairs of mittens that she donated annually to the Christmas Cheer Board. She didn’t like to think of anyone heading out on a winter day with cold hands. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends over a cup of tea, a cookie and nice visit, catching up on all the happenings. Mom will be profoundly missed and loving remembered by her daughters Irene (Grant) Willis, Marg Forsyth, and Linda (Glen) Bailey and sons Bob (Donna), Brian (Helen) and Brad (Elaine) Forsyth. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Strachan of Miniota and brother-in-law Jim Clavelle of Calgary and sisters-in-law Luella (Jim) Outhwaite and Mary Forsyth and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was Grandma to Sherry Antonation, Karen (Jason) Ballingall, Braden (Iliana) Forsyth, Brandi (Chris) Brown, Brett Forsyth, Ashley (Devin) Forsyth, Andrew Bailey Robert (Laranda) Bailey, Marlee (Corey) Beaupre and Erica Forsyth. Jean was Great-Grandma to Hannah and Marc, Shane and Ryan, Jaylen and Alexa, and Caleb and Emery. She spent many, many wonderful hours with them-teaching them to play cards and board games, going to their sporting/musical/school events, then onto graduations and weddings. She never missed an occasion if she could help it and her absence at these family gatherings will be deeply felt. Mom was predeceased by Dad in 2009, her parents Henry and Mary, her two brothers Jack and Clark Davidson and sister Noreen (Rene) Clavelle. A graveside service and interment took place July 31st, 2014 at the Veteran Section of the Brandon Cemetery with Kurt Ardron officiating. The Forsyth family would like to thank everyone who helped and showed Mom kindness over these past few years. We all truly appreciated the fellowship and support at the time of her passing, along with the flowers, food gifts and donations given on behalf of our Mom.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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CLARK: Phyllis (née Bartlett), widow of the late Harold Clark and mother to Larry, Wesley and Dwane Clark, passed away August 10, 2014 after a struggle with cancer at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Phyllis was one of seven children born to William and Dolly Bartlett on the family homestead in the Humesville district north east of Forrest, Manitoba. She received her education at the community school and went on to pursue a career in healthcare. Phyllis cut her career short in order to return home and care for her ailing mother, who a short while later, passed away at the early age of 51. It was during this time that she met our Dad, Harold, and they were married in 1949. They started a family beginning with the birth of Larry, followed by Wesley and Dwane. For years Mom had a very busy lifestyle raising three active boys and running the home based office. She was active with U.C.T., Eastern Star Lodge and Royal Purple and became very involved in the Brandon community. Throughout her life, she also found time for friends and neighbours, in particular, her bridge ladies. Phyllis and Harold enjoyed many winters down south at their place in Indio, California and made many long term friends. Brandosa Beach, where she spent many happy summers, was also important to Mom. Her deck was a gathering point she enjoyed - even in her last month. Happy hours on the “Queen’s” deck among all the beautiful flowers that she grew were enjoyed by all who attended. When Dad became ill, they took up residence at Monterey Estates for a number of years and after Dad passed, Mom moved to Lions Manor becoming involved in many activities offered. She lived an independent lifestyle right up to the last weeks of her life. Mom was predeceased by her parents William and Dolly Bartlett, stepmother Clara, brothers Cyril, Everett (Scotty), sister Alice Slator, twin infant sisters, granddaughter Lindsay, husband Harold, eight brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, and just recently, brother Douglas on August 6, 2014. She is survived and greatly missed by her son Larry and wife Suzanne, granddaughter Julie; her son Wesley and wife Brenda, grandson Kevin, granddaughter Krista Ferguson (Eric), step grandchildren Lee and Josh McKay; son Dwane and wife Janet, granddaughter Kelsey, grandson David, great grandchildren Jack and Liara Ferguson. Brother-in-law Charlie Clark, sisters-in-law Betty McFarland, Ruth Harris, Dorothy Clark, Ruth Bartlett, nephew Harold Slator and families, many cousins and special people in her life, Irene and Brian, Myrna and Wilf. The family thanks you all for the kind messages and show of support. The service to celebrate Phyllis’ life was held at Central United Church on August 18, 2014 with Arlene Robertson officiating. Interment followed at the Humesville Cemetery. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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BOUTILIER: Donna Gertrude of Brandon, Manitoba died peacefully in the palliative care ward at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 24, 2014. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 28, 1952 to Andy and Edna Eckert. Donna grew up in a large military family with seven brothers and sisters. Moving from base to base, around the country and overseas, their last posting was C.F.B. Shilo, Manitoba. While attending PEPS high school, she met her husband, Dan (Boots) Boutilier, and was married on October 30, 1971. Boots then joined the military and they started a family, having two sons, Dan and Rick. She raised her boys before starting her career in the kitchens of 4 Wing Cold Lake and C.F.B. Shilo. She retired in 2012, after 22 years of service, to have more time to be with her aging mother. For the last two years, she made daily visits to see her mom at Hillcrest, and appreciated the wonderful staff there. Throughout her lifetime, she touched many hearts with her generosity and caring. She enjoyed being creative with arts and crafts, solving puzzles, playing bingo and gambling. She was an amazing cook and had many requests for her dishes. Donna loved to garden and to be outdoors - sunflowers and lilacs were her favourites. Donna is survived by her sons Dan and Rick, brothers and sisters; Rick (Joanne), Terry (Don), Linda (Jim), Carol (Rob), Don (Deanna), David, Susan (Joe), and many nieces and nephews and her beautiful mother, Edna. We would like to thank Dr. Corine Minders and all the awesome, kind, caring staff at the Assiniboine Centre for comforting Donna. A graveside service was held at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, August 28, 2014 with Kim Lewarne, Funeral Celebrant, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's memory to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, 930-26th Street, Brandon, MB, R7B 2B8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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BARTLETT: Douglas, of Creston, B.C., formerly of Elton Municipality, passed away peacefully on August 6th, 2014 at Creston Community Hospital at 90 years of age after a lengthy battle with cancer. Doug was born to William and Dolly Bartlett (née Shelvey) at the family homestead north east of Forrest, Manitoba (Humesville District ) in December 1923. It was in this district that he received his schooling and worked on the family farm. In 1950, Doug and neighbourhood friend, Lloyd Franklin, went west to find work with C.P. Rail. His first home was in Sandon, B.C., but this was lost when a dam failed washing away the town site. He then moved to Creston, B.C., purchased another home and settled in. Doug worked with the section crews and soon became a section foreman, maintaining and repairing track winter and summer. He was an honest, hardworking individual who could be counted on to get the job done regardless of its difficulty. He also found time to pursue sports with baseball in the summer and curling in the winter, becoming a popular member of the community of which he resided in for the rest of his life. Not forgetting his roots, Doug would return to Manitoba annually to reconnect with family and friends. He was very popular with his nephews and his visits were looked upon with much anticipation. Doug was predeceased by his parents William and Dolly, stepmother Clara, brothers Cyril, Everett (Scotty), sister Alice Slator and twin newborn sisters.At the time of his passing, Doug was survived and sadly missed by his sister Phyllis Clark, nephews Harold Slator, Larry, Wesley, Dwane Clark and families, and a host of cousins, second cousins and many friends locally and in the Creston area. Graveside service and interment took place at the family plot in Humesville Cemetery on Friday, August 15, 2014 with Arlene Robertson officiating. Thank you to those in attendance. Donations in memory of Doug may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st St., Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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SIOUX: Christopher Sioux passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 34 years. A traditional memorial feast will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. followed by funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery.
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LONEY: Harvey, beloved partner of Shirley Lowe, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. By Harvey’s request please dress casual/denim. In memory of Harvey, donations may be made to the Hartney Golf Course or to Cancer Care Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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HOLDEN: Gordon (Duffy) Holden age 95, beloved husband of the late Bernice Holden, died on August 28, 2014 at the Delwynda Court Personal Care Home, Deloraine, Manitoba. Public graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Del-Win Cemetery Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Gordon may be made to Delwynda Court Handi Van Fund, Box 447, Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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COOK: Barbara Ann Cook of Clanwilliam, Manitoba passed away on August 19, 2014 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 50 years. Barbara Ann Johnston was born on February 7, 1964 at the Erickson District Hospital. She attended Erickson Elementary and graduated from Erickson Collegiate. Barb also attended Assiniboine College and graduated from the Business/Accounting Program in 1984. She was confirmed in the Erickson Lutheran Church. Curling was also a big part of her life. Barb worked at a number of jobs before opening up her children’s store, “Little Boutique”, in Erickson. She met and then married Ken Cook in April 1988 and they settled on Ken’s uncle’s farm near Clanwilliam. Their son, Brendan, was born in February 1989. After working a few years at Riding Mountain National Park, she went into partnership and opened a Dollar Store in Minnedosa. Later she bought out her partners and became the sole owner of the Minnedosa Dollar Store which she operated for 19 years. She loved people, evident in what lengths she would go to find what her customers needed. Barb was involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, on the Minnedosa Credit Union Board, and the Clanwilliam Hall Board. She volunteered her time and talents to many events: the curling club and bonspiels, safe grad, and any cause she could participate in some way – definitely a community supporter. This led her into a catering business known as ‘Cookins Catering’. She loved to cook for, and feed people. Barb was well known in the community, she loved children, helped the elderly, and always had a smile, kind words and a listening ear. Her family loved and adored her, especially grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As one niece said, “It was always an adventure going to Aunty Barb’s house”. These are some of the kind words that have been said of Barb on Facebook: willingness to help, beauty, grace, kindness, wonderful smile, awesome, caring, humorous, cheerful, fun loving, ray of sunshine, uplifting, earth angel. We agree, and as someone said, you’ve “earned your wings”. Barb was predeceased by her father Wendell Johnston and son Brad Cook. She is survived by her husband Ken Cook, one son Brendan Cook, and one daughter Nicole Cook and husband Mike Kotak, and grandchildren Bryden, Dallas, and Aleha. Also surviving are her mom Mavis Johnston, sisters Diane Yakiwchuk (Fred) and Wendy Northey and several adoring nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service was held on August 25th, 2014 at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Interment took place in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were everyone in attendance. Donations, if so desired, can be made in Barb’s memory to the Minnedosa Palliative Care Service. Minnedosa Funeral Service was in care of arrangements.
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