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ROZIERE: Norman Roziere (Rozie) passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre with his family by his side on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the age of 66 years. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Norman may be made to the Brandon Area Community Foundation, Norman Roziere Scholarship Fund for Manitoba Emergency Services College students. Donations may be sent to DPO Box 22096, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y9, or made online at www.bacf.ca. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WILLMS: On Monday, July 4, 2016, Harry Peter Willms, age 83 years, of Brandon, formerly of Forrest, beloved husband of Mary and father to Cathy Macialek and Greg, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. A time of visitation will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with a time of devotion at 7:15 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church, 1525-26th Street. Pastor Gerry Harms will officiate. A reception will follow at the Church. The interment service will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Sparling Cemetery. Donations in memory of Harry may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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MONTGOMERY: Marybelle June Montgomery passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the age of 78 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband John; sons Kevin Montgomery and Kurt (Kathy) Montgomery; grandchildren Katarina and Josh. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so wish, donations in memory of Marybelle may be made 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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BONE: Brenda Jean “Wiyaka Tokahe Win”. It is with great sadness that our Ina, Gramma, Sister and Aunt made her journey to the Spirit World on June 29, 2016 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. She was born January 3, 1950 and leaves to mourn her daughters, Anna, Roberta (Jason), Jennifer (Rick), Andrea and Melissa. Also her siblings, Robert Sioux, Amelia Sioux, George Sioux (Bonnie), Andrew Sioux, Frank Sioux (Emmy), Tony Sioux (Candace), Kathy Sioux, Hunka sister, Glenys Elk. Her beloved grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also her Aunt Lena Cote, Uncles Art McKay and Joe Mireau. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Bone, parents John and Elizabeth Sioux, sisters Loretta Sioux, Janet Bunn, brothers Joseph Sioux and Rick Elk. Services for our dear mother will be on July 4, 2016 at Brockie Donovan Chapel at 7:00 pm. On July 5, 2016 she will be brought to her home at 10:00 am then proceed to Sioux Valley Veterans Hall for traditional services. Wopida Tanka for the prayers and words of encouragement during this difficult time. Special Thank You to BRHC – ICU Staff and Rachelle Wilk.
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MAYES: Mr. Harold Mayes passed away at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the age of 94. Harold was born on September 23, 1921 on the Mayes Homestead in Lyleton. He farmed the land with his father until he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce in 1941. He trained as an airframe mechanic over the years of 1941-42 and eventually trained as an air gunner in 1944. He never saw active service before his discharge in 1945. In Harold’s later years he enjoyed going to the air force museum in Brandon. Once discharged, Harold returned to Lyleton and bought S 17-2-28 from his uncle Bob in 1947. Harold met Loretta Darling at the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture Association in July of 1950. At that time Harold was working in Winnipeg and Loretta was attending normal school thus making it easy for them to see a lot of each other. Harold and Loretta were married in July 1952. Harold continued to work the farm with his son Wes until he retired in 1982. Harold and Loretta retired to Melita and Harold remained in there until 2014. Harold was always active in the community. He was a member of the Pool Elevator, Lyleton and Melita Curling Clubs, Melita Royal Canadian Legion and a volunteer ambulance driver when they moved to Melita. Harold loved playing cards. He always participated in card events while living on the farm and after moving to Melita he played at the pool hall and then at the Melita Legion. During Harold’s retirement, Harold and Loretta started travelling. They visited Churchill, the Maritimes, NWT, BC, ON and spent parts of the winter in Arizona. He was predeceased by his loving wife Loretta in 2006; two brothers: Clarence and Elwyn. Harold is survived by his three children: Wes Mayes, Kim (Doug) Bayes and Cheryl (Mark Barnes) Meyer; three grandchildren: Corey Bayes, Tessa Meyer and Maranda Meyer; two siblings: Louella (Hugh) Tamblyn and Ronnie (Diane) Mayes; numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at the Pierson Cemetery, Pierson, MB on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with (rev.) Heather Sandilands officiating. Lunch and visiting followed at the Lyleton Community Hall, Lyleton, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Harold may be given to the Dinsdale Personal Care Home, 510-6th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3N9.Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB. (204) 522-3361, Neil Redpath and Kurt Ardron – Funeral Directors.
To send messages of condolence to the family please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
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KELLY: Peacefully, on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, with family by his side, Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Kelly passed away at his residence, Fairview Home. Born December 28th, 1940 in Erickson, Manitoba, Ken was the 4th of nine children born to Howard and Doris Kelly. He grew up in Crawford Park, MB and attended school there until grade eight. His first employment was with Archer Stables and at that time he met Florence Stiles; they were married September 3rd, 1960. He worked for Commonwealth Construction as a Foreman from 1960 to 1964. In 1965, Ken moved to Brandon. He started Stiles and Kelly Transfer with his partner and brother-in-law, Dennis Stiles in 1969. Ken retired in 2001 and moved to the Shilo area in 2002 with his partner, Margaret Dyrkacz. Active in many sports, Ken coached as well as played hockey, baseball and curling but rodeo was his passion. He worked tirelessly to grow and promote the sport of rodeo. During his rodeo career Ken held many positions including president, board member and rodeo judge of the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association, Manitoba Team Roping Association, and the Shilo Rodeo Club. Ken received many awards including Cowboy of the Year, two gold cards and a lifetime membership. He also received numerous championships for both himself and his horses. Some of Ken’s proudest moments in rodeo included roping with and competing against his sons and grandsons. The most important thing in Ken’s life was his family both immediate and extended. His love spilled over to children and animals. Regardless of who walked through the door to visit, there was never a dull moment with his humour and quick wit. Ken is survived by his partner Margaret Dyrkacz; his four children Howard, Susan (Mike), Dennis, Brenda (Darryl) and their mother Florence Kelly; his grandchildren Kelsey (Scott), Michelle, Miranda (Ben), Cody, Katie, Clinton and Ben; his great grandchildren Lyndsey and Sawyer; his brothers Harvey, Keith, Geordie, Barry, and his sister Margaret and their families. Ken was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Doris Kelly; brother Les and sisters Marlene and Bev. The Ceremony to Celebrate Ken’s Life took place at Central United Church on Friday, June 24, 2016. Mr. Mike Waddell officiated. Eulogy was written and read by Clinton Kelly and Howard Kelly was the Urn Bearer. Donations in memory of Ken may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2.
Cowboy Prayer
Heavenly Father, we pause at this time, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us.We ask, Lord, that you will be with us and guide in the arena of life.
We as cowboys do not ask for special favors.We don’t ask to draw around the chute fighting horse, the steer that won't lay, or to never break the barrier.We don't even ask for all daylight runs.
We do ask Lord, that you will help us live our lives in such a manner, that when we make that last inevitable ride,to the country up there, where the grass grows lush, green, and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear, and deep, that you'll take us by the hand and say -“Welcome to Heaven cowboy, your entry fees are paid.”
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com
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JONES: On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Richard Conrad "Dick" Jones, passed away at his residence, Fairview Home. Born January 1, 1931 in Moline, Manitoba, Dick spent his childhood in Rapid City, then moved to the farm at Moline during his teens. He remained there until 1968 when he married Alexe (nee Haslen). Dick farmed for many years, and worked at the Brandon Mental Health Centre from 1969 - 1996. During his retirement years, summers were spent at Glen Lea Golf Course, planting flowers and trimming trees. He was a member of the U.C.T.; board member of Riverview Curling Club; and also a life time member of the same. He started curling at a young age, winning many prizes and trophies, played hard ball and fast ball throughout the years, coached, and took up golf at age 50, all of which he thoroughly enjoyed. Dick is survived by his wife Alexe; daughter Patti (Glen) Gasnarek; son Jamie (Jackie) Jones and five grandchildren: Trae (Whitney), Shaya (Bradon), Tessa (Luke), Matthew, Andrew. Also surviving are two brother and sister- in-laws and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. A graveside service was held at the Rapid City Cemetery on Friday, June 24, 2016. Pallbearers were Doug Anderson, Glen Gasnarek, Terry Haslen, John Howden, Dave Murray and Ken Omilanow. A memorial service was held at St. George's Anglican Church on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The Rev. Jim Brown officiated. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Dick may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, Unit 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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JENSEN: It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Agnes Jensen announces her passing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the age of 77 years at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 49 years, George, and her three children: Norman, Bryan (Mary) and Annemarie (Brian) Watson. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Christian, Brendon, Peter, Gwen and Erik. Born in 1939 and raised in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Elizabeth attended the University of Winnipeg after high school and received her degree in Education. In a career which spanned more than 30 years, she taught junior high and high school in many locations, including Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto as she and her husband George explored the country. In 1976, she and George returned to the prairies to raise a young family and she spent the bulk of her career teaching high school math and computer sciences at the Portage Collegiate in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Elizabeth’s greatest passion was always her family. In her final years, nothing brought joy to her as richly as spending time with her beloved grandchildren. The happiness and light in her eyes during these visits will always be among our favorite memories when we think of this wonderful women, wife, mother and grandmother. The Ceremony to Celebrate Elizabeth's Life will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, Brandon, Manitoba. Joe Ball will officiate. Her husband will be hosting friends and family at their home after the service. Donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the Scleroderma Society of Canada at 105-386 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R6 or through www.scleroderma.ca.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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DESROCHERS: Passed away at the Baldur Health Centre on Thursday June 9, 2016 at the age of 62 years, Allan Murray Desrochers, of Baldur, MB. Murray leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Donna (nee English), son Dylan (Tannys) of Carievale Sask., grandchildren Zoey and Aislynn, brothers Dan Desrochers of Winnipeg and Ron Desrochers of Baldur, sisters Sheila Desrochers of Winnipeg, Arlene Desrochers of Baldur and Laurie (Allan) Cuthbert of Glenora MB, brother-in-law Joe (Lillian) English of Canwood, SK, sister-in-law Marlene Fanning of Taylor, B.C. as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended relatives. Murray was predeceased by his parents Edward and Marlin Desrochers, a sister Annette Argue, infant brother Duane and by brother-in-law Dean Fanning. A Celebration of Murray's life will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB. Following the service a reception will be held at the Baldur Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome. Memorial donations can be made in Murray's memory to the Baldur Palliative Care, Box 128, Baldur, MB, R0K 0B0.
On line condolences can be made by visiting www.willmorchapel.com.
Jamieson's Funeral Services of Glenboro-Holland in care of arrangements.
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DELEAU: Louise Clara Deleau (nee Swanson). With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Louise Deleau after a long and courageous battle with COPD, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with family at her side, at Douglas Campbell Lodge in Portage la Prairie, MB, at the age of 80 years. Louise was predeceased by her parents Seymour Swanson (1977) and Effie Swanson (nee Nixon) (1978). Left to treasure her memory her loving husband of 64 years Aime Wilfred Deleau of Portage la Prairie; daughter Joyce Deleau (Vince) and son Richard Deleau (Natalie); grandchildren Lise Painchaud (Stefan) of Winnipeg and David Mulaire (Carmel) of Portage la Prairie; great-grandchildren Eric, Aubrey and Avery Painchaud and Fiona and Kelson Mulaire along with her very special aunt, Elva McDonald of Cartwright, MB. Louise was born in Deloraine July 26, 1935, and lived in Boissevain & Killarney before moving to McConnell where she lived and went to school. She moved to Souris after graduating to work in the telephone office. She met Aime in July 1952 and they married November 19, 1952. Louise and Aime lived in Souris, Ste. Rose du Lac, Davidson, SK, Morden, Roblin, Birtle, Virden and settled in Portage la Prairie in 1977 where they operated the Cinema Centre. They spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona where they made countless friends. She loved decorating every home she lived in; loved cooking, baking, playing the piano and knitting blankets and sweaters for her whole family. She was so proud of us all and we are all so very proud to call her wife, mother, grama and great grama. We are so grateful to all the great staff at the ETU at Portage General Hospital where she was for 15 months as well as the staff who made her last home at Douglas Campbell Lodge so comfortable. She was truly blessed to have so many caring, compassionate people who cared about her. There will be a celebration of her life on Monday, July 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel, 56 Royal Road South in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Columbarium at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Louise’s memory to the Douglas Campbell Lodge Foundation, c/o Portage District General Hospital, 150-9th St.SE, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3T6. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021
mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com
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BOYD: Darryl Gregg Boyd of Hamiota, MB, beloved father of Sasha and Justin; grandfather of Jayda and Brynlee; son of Jack and Margaret Boyd, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB on June 16, 2016 at 63 years of age. All are welcome to celebrate Darryl’s life at a graveside service at the Hamiota Cemetery, Hamiota, MB on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Hamiota Community Centre. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Darryl’s memory to the Manitoba Lung Association, Box 20029, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y8 or to charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolencecan be shared atwww.campbellfuneralhome.ca
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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ANDERSON: Lauren Darice Anderson passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016 at the Hamiota District Health Centre after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born on August 20, 1957 in Hamiota, MB; the second child and only daughter of Marilyn and the late Lloyd Anderson. Lauren’s school years began in 1963 as she attended Oakner School through the 4th grade and then completed grades 5-12 in Hamiota. She then went on to the U of M in 1975 and graduated with her B.Ed. in 1979. After a year of teaching in Hartney, MB she chose to resume her former career in Brandon in the accounting department at McKenzie Seeds. There she worked faithfully for the next 29 years, right up to the time of her original cancer diagnosis in 2009. Throughout her life Lauren excelled in ladies’ hockey and fastball, both of which she absolutely loved to play. As well, she selflessly volunteered countless hours of time to keep score at all levels of baseball; from kids’ minor league baseball right up to the MSBL. In June 2009, her life then took a dramatic turn. After her initial brain surgery at that time, she endured several rounds of treatment over the course of the next six years. In stark contrast to her previously active life-style, Lauren was virtually bedridden from September of 2015 right up to the time of her passing. Left to mourn Lauren’s passing are her mother Marilyn of Hamiota and brothers Kelvin (Brenda) of Calgary, AB; Marshall of Brantford, ON; and Derek (Kim) of Calgary, AB. Lauren is also survived by nieces and nephews Aaron (Ben) Gratton, Brett, Lindsay, Nathan, Amanda Anderson; great nieces and nephew Charlotte, Julianna and Kohen Gratton; all of Calgary, AB. Lauren was predeceased by her father Lloyd in October of 2015. A service to celebrate Lauren’s life was held at Hamiota United Church Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Doug Martindale officiating. Preceding the service was the interment at Scotia Cemetery, Hamiota Municipality at 9:30 a.m. Following the service was a time of fellowship and refreshments in Chumah Hall. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Lauren’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to Hamiota United Church Memorial Fund, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, were in care of arrangements.
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MORRISEAU: Cole Morrisseau “Circling Star” 1998-2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cole Frank Morrisseau on June 24, 2016 at the age of 17. Cole was predeceased by his grandfather Earl Morrisseau and his uncle Reginald Morrisseau SR. He leaves to mourn his passing mother Amanda and his dad Darren BetteRidge; daughter Jomasia (mother Jedsia) his two brothers Blaze (Hailey); Earl Morrisseau; sisters Chelsey (Richard), Chantry (Travis), Chaylee (Trent); grandmother Josephine Morrisseau and papa Irvin Moar; grandma and grandpa Dave and Betty BetteRidge.; numerous aunties and uncles of the Morrisseau and BetteRidge families, along with many many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Cole has gone to the spirit world to meet the Malcolm and Campbell family. Great Grandparents Catherine and John Robert Malcolm and Esther and McGloire Campbell; his grandparents John A. Campbell and Agnes Beaulieu; baby Clayton Bruce Campbell Jr.; uncles Kelvin and Michael and aunty Baby Patsy. Cole leaves to mourn his father Clayton Campbell (Tania); siblings McGlare, Catherine, Terri, Tania, Mitchell and Lane; numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as many extended family members and friends. The Family would like to thank all the support and kindness that came from the surrounding communities near and far. A special thank you goes out to the community members of O-Chi-Chak- Ko-Sipi First Nation, paramedics and RCMP of Ste. Rose du Lac, MB along with the members of STARS helicopter air ambulance service. Pallbearers were Randy Morrisseau, Trenton (TJ) Moar, Cordell (Cory) Moar, Gerald (BeeBop) Lundie, Reginald (Sonny) Morrisseau Jr., Tristan Eastman, Bailey McDonald, Brayden Moar. Honourary Pallbearers were Brett Lundie, Blaze Morrisseau, Earl Morrisseau, Dravin Eastman, Sachale (Zazu) Moar, Seth (Skinny) Moar, Brett Moar, Joey Morrisseau, Bryden Moar, Bryan Eastman 3rd, Jayden Eastman, Syrus (Pekki) Moar, Terrence Houle, Alfred Moar Jr., Braden Campbell, Brandon Moar, Craig Moar, Jeff Moar, Stuart McIvor, Wayne McKay Jr., Hunter Eastman. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 from Crane River Roman Catholic Church in, Crane River, MB with Rev. Nepolian Suvakin officiating. Interment will follow in Crane River Reserve Cemetery. Sneath-Strilchuk Dauphin Chapel 204-638-4110. www.sneathstrilchuk.com
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WRIGHT: The family of Phyllis Ethel Wright (née Jones) would like to share, with sadness, the news of her passing on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Melita Health Centre. She was in her 85th year. She was predeceased by her first husband, Garfield Wright, and her second husband, Art Eilers; her parents, Stanley and Winnifred Jones; parents-in-law, Thomas and Sara Wright; brothers, Walter and Cliff; brothers-in-law, Raymond and Jack Wright and Larry Salvail; sisters-in-law, Lydia Jones, Eva Wright, and Gladys Wright; sons-in-law, Lee Nantel and Terry Carels; and nephew, Tom Salvail. Phyllis is survived by her three daughters, Deborah Wright Nantel, Louise Carels and grandchildren, Carmen (David) and great-granddaughter, Danika, Stephen (Kate), and Brett (Shari); and Lesa (Ben) Guy and grandchildren, Devon and Edward. She is also survived by her sons, Doug, and Bill (Syndy) and grandchildren, Natalie and Graham. She also leaves behind sister-in-law, Isabel Salvail, and many, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Phyllis was born on November 28, 1931 at Glen Ewen, SK., where she lived on a nearby farm. She told in later years stories of life during the Great Depression: of learning that Santa couldn’t come one year, because the chimney was broken; storing butter down the water well to keep it from spoiling; playing in the dumb waiter of her family’s old farmhouse, with her brothers; riding the old work mare to school; and her astonishment at seeing COLOUR! on the movie screen of The Wizard of Oz. Phyllis’ family moved to Alexander, MB, and later to Brandon, where she attended St. Michael’s Academy. In Brandon, while working as a receptionist at City Hall, she met Garfield Wright; they married in 1950 (at age 18) and moved to a farmhouse outside of Waskada, MB. On their grain and dairy farm, Phyllis would invest more than her share of labour, by milking cows and driving the grain truck while raising children and maintaining a home that lacked most modern amenities. (She referred to it, in later years and with a smile, as “the birdcage.”) She gave birth to Deborah (1951), Louise (1954), Bill (1956), Doug (1961), and Lesa (1970), and as her family grew, she started vast subsistence gardens that fed the family and provided items for trade with others. She did volunteer work within the community whenever asked, understanding that “it held everything together.” There was little time or energy for hobbies, but she was known to enjoy women’s magazines, bowling, knitting, the daytime soap Another World, and Friday-night rum and cokes. Christmases in the Wright family were made possible by Phyllis, who somehow set aside money to ensure that everyone got at least one present, and who somehow did all the shopping, wrapping, and decorating, and baked and cooked a spread that made the holidays memorable. Her mincemeat tarts and peanut butter/marshmallow squares were unmatched. Phyllis and Garfield moved down the road to a new farmhouse in 1965, where she engaged in chicken and egg farming, again for subsistence and trade. She “put her foot down” and demanded that the new house have running water and an indoor toilet. As her children grew and left home, she continued to work on the farm and in the house, while trying to improve her life: in the early 1980s, she kicked a 35-year smoking habit, through her own willpower. She also lost over 30 pounds of weight, and maintained friendships, by attending weekly Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meetings. She rode a stationary bicycle and continued to bowl, and especially on her cherished weekends at Lake Killarney, Oak Lake, and Lake Metigoshe, she went for walks and went swimming. (Her specialty was the dog paddle: she hated getting water in her ears.) Though homebound in her early married years, she would later travel to Jamaica and Italy, and across western Canada on the VIA Rail train. Phyllis and Garfield retired, and moved to Melita in 1990. She enjoyed the freedom that came with living in town, and the convenience of easy shopping, errands, and coffee dates. With Garfield’s passing in 1999, she worked to stay sociable, by undertaking volunteer work at the Personal Care Home and the thrift store. It was while volunteering at the Care Home that she met Art Eilers, whom she married in 2002. Until his passing in 2009, they travelled extensively by truck and bus, sharing in adventures, companionship, and a marriage of love and deep mutual respect.Phyllis’ final years were quiet, and as her mobility decreased, she turned to knitting, jigsaw puzzles, TV, houseplant cuttings, magazines, and still, Friday-night rum and cokes. She was hesitant to show feelings, but admitted that she enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren, and small trips to Brandon and Winnipeg to visit them. Throughout life, she did her best with what was given and the expectations imposed upon her. She fought sadness, disappointment, and loneliness, eventually to find love, happiness, and comfort, and pride in her extended family. A memorial service honoring Phyllis will be held at Victoria United Church, Melita on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Nathan Young will officiate. A private family interment will follow at the Waskada Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melita Fire Department, Box 748, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0, or to the Melita & Area Handi-Van, Box 613, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0, the latter of which gave her freedom of mobility in her later years. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
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