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ROGERS BLUE: With family by her side, Meredith Ann Rogers Blue passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Meredith was born November 1, 1944 and grew up in London, Ontario. Ballet was important to her in the early years, as well as Scottish Country Dancing. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Meredith and her husband Art thoroughly enjoyed the medical practice they established in Carberry, caring for the community and surrounding area, and involvement in aboriginal communities, for several years. She also assisted in surgery in Neepawa and she loved delivering babies which always brought a special joy. Meredith loved her garden, horses, song birds, butterflies, writing and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed the outdoors and National Parks. Meredith will be lovingly remembered by her husband, children, grandchildren, brother and sister, who live in Boise, ID, Grande Prairie, AB, Angusville, MB, Brandon, Winnipeg, and London, Ontario. A private service was attended by her family and loved ones on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Brandon. Donations in memory of Meredith may be made towards land preservation organizations in the Carberry or London, Ontario areas.
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SLIMMON: Kathy Slimmon (Sheardown) of Shoal Lake, Manitoba passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Hamiota Health Centre at the age of 67 years. Kathy is survived by her husband Dearle of Shoal Lake; 2 daughters: Wanda (Vince) Brooks of Claresholm, Alberta and Dawn Slimmon (Blaine Stewart) of Maryfield, Saskatchewan; 4 grandchildren: Skyler and Kali Brooks and Brayden and Riley Stewart; brother, Dennis Sheardown of Hamiota and Meredith Fawcett of Vancouver, B.C. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. from the Westminster United Church, Shoal Lake with Rev. Jamie Bradshaw officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamiota Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson is in care of arrangements. 1-204-759-2160.
MUIR: Peacefully, during the night of Friday, July 15, 2016, James William Muir passed away in Brandon, Manitoba. Born June 3, 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the eldest son of Doreen and Lorne Muir, Jim was raised and educated in Dauphin, Manitoba. He has been a resident of Brandon since 1980. You could not wish to meet a more friendly and cheerful person. Jim will forever be remembered by his brothers John (Carole) and Larry; his step-brother Rick Kilmury (Debbie); his mother and step-father, Doreen and Doug Bottley, his numerous daily social workers, house mates and especially his favourite case worker, Cathy Shoemaker. The staff and workers at Ventures will also fondly remember Jim, where he attended and received gratifying pleasure three days a week. Also remembering Jim's kindness and caring attitude in life will be his uncle Roy (Phyllis) McMillan and family in Calgary, his aunt Lolly and her family, also in Alberta, his cousins Turchie and Norm Mathe and family in Dauphin, MB. The Memorial Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm, next to his grandmother Evelyn McMillan. Any donations would be welcomed at Ventures, 700 Frederick Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5L5.
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MUTTER: Elva Jean Mutter of Brandon, beloved mother of Helen and Maxine, and grandmother of Katherine, peacefully passed away with her family by her side, on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the age of 95. A Funeral Service to Honour Elva’s Life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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MUTTER: Elva Jean Mutter of Brandon, beloved mother of Helen and Maxine, and grandmother of Katherine, peacefully passed away with her family by her side, on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at the age of 95. A Funeral Service to Honour Elva’s Life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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JONES: Melvin Raymond, 77 years old, beloved husband of Florence Jones, father of Kathleen, Elizabeth, Darren and Kari, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Friday, August 5, 2016. In keep with Melvin’s wish there will be no funeral service. In memory of Melvin, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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FRANKLIN: Alvin Clifford Franklin, age 90 years, formerly of the North Brandon district, passed away at his residence, Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home on Monday, February 1, 2016. Alvin was born April 15, 1925 in Forrest, Manitoba. He was one of four children born to Herbert and Ethel Franklin, and lived most of his life in the R.M. of Elton. He married Marie Blythe in 1953, and together they had three children: Doug, Joe and Darlene. While raising a family, they farmed in the R.M. of Elton District (St. George's District) for many years. In later years, Alvin drove school bus for the Rolling River School Division. Alvin is survived by sons Doug, Joe and Joe's good friend Linda Roseveare. He was predeceased by his wife Marie (June 2009); daughter Darlene Fuhr (March 2010); also siblings Clarence, Howard and Norma. The family will honour Alvin in a private graveside ceremony at the St. George's Cemetery. Rev. Lydia Glawson will officiate.
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HAMM: Donna Marie Hamm (née Misanchuk); August 10, 1963-July 29, 2016. Donna passed away with family by her side on Friday, July 29th, 2016. She was welcomed to Heaven and met at the Gates by her Mom and Dad and many other special people who love her. Donna will be remembered as a woman who loved her family. As someone who found good in all people, and loved wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Her open door policy made anyone who came into her life feel at home and accepted exactly as they came. Donna touched and inspired many people in her life, both personally and through her business, Caring Companions. She will be missed by all who knew her kind heart but especially by her husband Kelly; son Kyle; daughter Amanda; grandchildren Sawyer and Fraser and her faithful dog, Simon. She will also be deeply missed by her siblings: Marilyn, Lori, Greg and their spouses; her extended family and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Donna’s Life was held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Central United Church with Colleen Gareau officiating. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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BELL: Islay Noreen Bell, beloved sister and aunt, died peacefully at Fairview Home in Brandon on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 94 years. A Celebration of Islay’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Islay may be made to The Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8.
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ANDERSON: Elizabeth (Bessie) of the Forrest District and in recent years, Brandon, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 97, following a long and well-lived life. Bessie was born in Teulon, Manitoba on January 21, 1919 to Frank and Bella Wood. Along with seven siblings, she learned strength, resilience and generosity as survival skills in the Depression Era; which would greatly benefit her family throughout her life and theirs. After a five-year teaching career, she married Frank Anderson, the Agricultural Representative in Teulon in the summer of 1942. Bessie was predeceased by her husband in 2002. She is survived by daughters: Shirley (Michael), Bonnie (Gerry), Margaret and son, Bill (Fran, deceased). She is also survived by six grandchildren: Peter Cameron, Emma Cameron, Rachael Zelman, Sarah Zelman, Sean Anderson, Vaughn Anderson and three great-grandchildren: Liam, Aidan and Amy Anderson. She was a great influence on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You can find her offspring in China, Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The descendants of Bessie Anderson are gardening, preserving food, hanging clothes on the line, knitting and playing sports. A Celebration of Bessie’s Life will take place at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday August 10th, 2016, with Reverend Barbara Jardine officiating. Donations in memory of Bessie may be made to the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba for Restoration of the Dome, 115- 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4E7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Room for Renewal,” 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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BENDER: With deep sorrow the family wishes to announce Ann Bender (nee Mains), 78, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend, peacefully passed away on July 30th, 2016 in Surrey, B.C. Preceded in death by her husband Gordon Bender in August 2011. Ann is survived by her sons Craig Bender and wife Cindy; Scott Bender and wife Tracey, grandchildren Katie and Jenson; sisters Linda Hutton and Karen Mains; and many nieces and nephews with whom she had an extremely close relationship. Ann was born in Winnipeg, raised in Brandon and attended St. Michaels Academy. Ann along with her sisters and parents Evelyn and John shared many fun and memorable times at Clear Lake at their cabin. Ann met Gordon and the two were married in 1959. A few years later they were blessed with the arrival of their two boys, Craig and Scott. Once the boys were a bit older, Ann accepted a provincial government job at the department of Culture, Heritage and Recreation and stayed there until her retirement. Ann loved the work, and more importantly, she loved the people she worked with. Ann cherished the friends she met throughout her life keeping in touch with many; from her school mates, bowling buddies, Ashgrove gang and coworkers, to the more recent friends she met after moving into Monterrey Estates. She enjoyed the potlucks, the happy hours and many coffee times with all of you. The Bender cabin at Thomas Lake was a great place for family and friends to gather. Ann loved to have her friends, her son's friends, and all the relatives drop by to spend time with the two of them at the cabin. It was like the meeting place we all hope for, where everyone wants be on a hot summer day. She spoke fondly of those memorable days at the lake! Ann enjoyed travelling with Gordon, her boys and many friends and extended family on trips to Hawaii, California or simply to Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The pop up camper did not last long in the Bender family! Travelling made for many of Ann’s fondest memories and upon retirement, Ann and Gordon spent the winters in Palm Springs where they enjoyed the warm weather for many years. In 2010, they moved to White Rock, B.C. to be closer to their grandchildren Katie and Jenson. Their time together in B.C. was not long unfortunately, as Gordon passed away soon after moving. Ann and Gordon had a lot of fun and laughs together and now are reunited and planning their next adventure! A private service for family will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice.
GORDON: Peacefully, with family by his side Bob Gordon, at the age of 83 of Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada, passed away on July 29, 2016. Bob was a life-time farmer, cattle breeder and owner of Kinnaber Cattle Co., Souris, Manitoba and a beef cattle sire-selector for Alta Genetics of Balzac, Alberta. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce and five children: Lois (Blair) McRae; Shirley Kaufman (B.C. Derrow); Sheila (Kevin) Jensen, B. Lynn Gordon and Bruce (Kindra) Gordon and 10 grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Central United Church 327- 8 th Street Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a time of lunch and fellowship at the Church. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Bob Gordon Memorial Fund with proceeds going to youth and agriculture endeavours Box 605 Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at 
MARNOCH-MacDONALD: Berryl, of Carberry, MB passed away July 31, 2016 at the Minnedosa Health Centre. Beryl was born in Sidney, MB on November 2, 1922. Her memory is cherished by her daughter Bette Birss, husband Reid and their children Julia and Reid Jr., son Dave Marnock wife Eleanor and their son Ryan wife Camille; stepchildren Randy and Grace MacDonald, Randall Birss, Sheldon Birss wife Michele their son Drew and their daughter Rebecca, Bonnie Yakubchak, and great grandchildren Alexis, Brody, Brinley and Nathan. Passing before her were brothers Murray and Neville Stephenson, husband Dave Marnoch, partner Sheldon Birss and husband Murdo MacDonald. Beryl enjoyed life fully until her passing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She made friends wherever she went, at work (Minnedosa town office) Eastern Star and all the communities that she resided in (Brandon, Carberry, and Minnedosa.) She loved to bake for others, golf with friends, play cards until past midnight, and especially spend time at Clear Lake with her OC neighbors. Just before passing she spent time with her dear friends and family at her favorite place Clear Lake. She will be missed by all. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Knox-Zion Presbyterian Church, 211 Main St., Carberry, MB. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, CancerCare MB, M.S. Society or MB Down Syndrome Society. White’s Funeral Home, Carberry in care of arrangements.
CATHCART: Ruby Agnes Cathcart (nee Buchanan) was born in the Birnie, MB area on July 7, 1917 and passed away peacefully at the Gladstone Third Crossing Manor on August 1, 2016. Ruby was the third of seven children of Robert and Sarah Buchanan. On February 10, 1938, Ruby and Calvert Cathcart were married at Arden, MB. Calvert was a shovel operator for CNR so he was away for long stretches of time. They had five children and moved many times. Ruby’s house was always full of foster children, grandchildren, numerous family members, and university students. Besides caring for everyone under her roof, she managed to work at church dinners, garden, and help with activities of grandchildren. When Calvert retired, they travelled by train and camped with family members. Ruby, Barb, and an assortment of grandchildren made many trips by train. Ruby was constantly knitting mitts, baby bonnets, afghans, and baking the famous Grandma cookies. Ruby was predeceased by her husband, Calvert Cathcart, her siblings: Freda Reed, Lucy Bare, Laura Fleger, Merle Archer, Wib Buchanan, her grandchildren: Kathy Boyd-Nicholson, and Jamie Boyd, great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Bligh, and son-in-law Hugh Boyd. Ruby is survived by her children: Donna Boyd of Ponoka, Alberta, Elaine (Ron) Lougheed of Brandon, MB. Lawrence (Gail) Cathcart of Neepawa, MB, Sandra Pow (RJ McCauley) of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Barbara (Arnold) Coutts of Plumas, MB. and brother, Bob Buchanan of Winnipeg, MB. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Plumas United Church at 1:00 pm with Wendy Denbow officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements.
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