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ALICE LITTLE (nee BOULDEN) November 4, 1929 - July 23, 2012 We announce, with deep regret, the passing of Alice Little at the age of 82 years on July 23, 2012. Predeceased by her parents, the late Winnipeg Fire Chief Donald Alexander Boulden and his wife Isabella (née Grant), her infant sister Elizabeth Lucile, her beloved younger brother, Grant Alexander Boulden in 1998, and Ralph, her husband of over 50 years, in 2005. She is survived by her elder son, Hon. Justice Donald Little, his wife Barbara, five grandchildren: Nancy, Ainsley, Christopher, Jacqueline, Monica, and two great-grandchildren; and her younger son, retired R.C.M.P. officer Grant Little, wife Rayel, and granddaughter, Reena. She will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada, the USA and the UK and many friends. Born in Winnipeg on November 4, 1929, Alice was proud to remind us that her birth year was also notable for the recognition in law of women as persons. She grew up in Winnipeg and attended Grosvenor School, Robert H. Smith School, and Kelvin High School. At age 16, she entered United College and graduated in 1949 with a B.A. (French and Latin). Although she won many awards her most prized was the Théâtre Pin for three years of French plays. She often said she then performed for 33 years in public education, and finally, during her long and challenging bout with cancer, went for the Oscar! At 19, Alice became the teaching principal of a two-room rural school at Hilton, Manitoba. On December 1, 1951, she married Donald Ralph Little and in 1952 they moved to Hartney, Manitoba where she taught French, and their marriage was blessed with the birth of their sons, Donald Mark and David Grant. In 1987, when Ralph retired and they moved to Winnipeg, she taught English at Ecole Norberry and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé in St. Vital until 1990. Alice contributed to her chosen profession by serving on provincial curriculum committees for Basic French, piloting programs, and providing professional development across our province. She received the Encyclopedia Britannica Award from The Canadian College of Teachers in 1983 for outstanding teaching in Canada's two official languages. Alice's love of travel led her to visit every Canadian province and most of the USA. She travelled six times to Europe, studied in France in 1974 and guided her sons on the Champs Elysées in Paris to appreciate her love for everything French , and enjoyed the wonderful service on cruise ships in the Caribbean and to Alaska. She modeled life-long learning by studying Spanish in retirement (practicing it in Cuba) and becoming computer-literate to fill our e-mail boxes regularly. In retirement Alice defined community service. She was a volunteer with Block Parents, Teen Touch, the Fringe Festival, the Pan-Am Games, and a public speaking judge in schools and for Toastmistresses International. She became interested in the work of the Winnipeg Inner City Missions guided by her former pupil, Rev. Margaret Mullin. She was interested in teaching students in geriatric nursing, and helping the elderly through the Manitoba Society of Seniors and supported the first W.R.H.A. Patient Safety Council. She helped Osborne House as speaker, consultant, and trainer, persistently lobbied for education and health, worked tirelessly for the NDP, and was presented the Pioneer Award by Premier Doer in February 2008. She enjoyed her more recent work for Judy Wasylycia-Leis in 2010, navigating her scooter to campaign headquarters rain or shine, while, as she said, watching out for buses and bullets, panhandlers and potholes! Finally, Alice's letters to the editor, and interviews on television and radio, provided a voice for many who needed help. She made a difference and she will be missed. Until recently, she enjoyed good health ( ten days of sick leave in 33 years of teaching! ), and always exuded super-abundant energy, a way with words, a fighting spirit, a sense of humour, and resilience. Alice readily welcomed each stage of her life, from a walkathon to a walker. This spring, she sailed in the Caribbean and visited Grant, Rayel, and Reena in Alberta, and she and her flag-adorned scooter featured in Osborne Village as recently as this past Canada Day. Alice loved and was loved and she knew it. During her recent and final illness she boasted not of courage, wisdom or faith, but rather showed perspective, humour, and appreciation for all who cared for her, including the day before her passing when she arrived at hospital. She took her lumps , let the chips fall where they may, and lived her life fully and authentically. Alice wanted to extend special thanks to many helpers, counselors, former pupils, professionals at CancerCare, especially devoted friends Carolyn Little, Terry, Jeff, Judy, Karen, Leanna, Val, Vicki, Janet, Lillian, Edna, Katharine, Donna, Krista, Pam, Randy, and Darcy, and all of the wonderful workers who assisted her to remain in her home until the day before her passing. Family and friends will celebrate Alice's life at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, July 30, 2012, at the E. J. Coutu Funeral Home, 680 Archibald Street, in Winnipeg. Interment will occur at Elmwood Cemetery that afternoon. Donations in Alice's memory may be made to: Osborne House, Box 397, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6; the Inner City Missions, Box 2444, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7; or the Winnipeg Fire Museum, 56 Maple Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0Y8. An on-line condolence book is available at www.ejcoutu.com to celebrate, as recorded on her grave marker in Elmwood Cemetery, this lass unparallel'd. Adieu chère Alice. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street (204) 253-5086
Publish Date: Jul 28, 2012
ALICE LITTLE (nee BOULDEN) November 4, 1929 - July 23, 2012 We are very sad to announce that Alice Little died at the age of 82 years on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Winnipeg, MB. Funeral service will be held at the Coutu Funeral Home, 680 Archibald Street, on Monday, July 30, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. The family invites those who knew Alice to sign an online book of condolences at ejcoutu.com. A complete obituary will appear in the Saturday newspaper. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. (204) 253-5086
Publish Date: Jul 25, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 28, 2012
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