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Date of Passing: Oct 20, 2012

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SANDRA JILL WETTON (nee GATES) With her loving family by her side, Jill passed away in the early hours of October 20, 2012. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Allan, daughter Michelle (Lyle), son Steve (Laura), mother Dorothy, brothers David (Val) and Allan (Debbie) Gates, sister Bev (Gary) Skyberg-Taylor, nieces and nephews, extended family, and countless friends. She will also be missed by Penny, her English springer spaniel who brought so much joy to her life. Jill was predeceased by her father, George Gates. Jill was born on February 3, 1952 in Winnipeg. Her creative side began as a child, designing patterns and sewing clothes for her Barbie dolls. In school, she would often complete sewing homework for other students. Jill graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in 1971. Jill attended the St. Boniface General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in June 1974. She began her nursing career in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). While working overnights, she spent many breaks with her fellow Scrabble Queens . Jill cared for the babies in the nursery like they were her own. She always made sleepers for the holidays, and for several years would design an outfit for the New Year's baby at St. Boniface. This led to the creation of Precious Preemies , her specialized clothing line for premature babies. Jill worked at St. Boniface Hospital for over 30 years before taking an early retirement due to her health. Jill began training to become a pilot in September 1974. She proudly completed her first solo flight on April 9, 1975 and got her private pilot license on September 5, 1975. Upon receiving her license, her dad was her first proud passenger. After more experience, she received her commercial license on March 1, 1980. She was one of the few female pilots at the Winnipeg Flying Club. Jill met her husband Allan at Winnipeg Aviation when she came to train for her commercial pilot license. They were married on June 27, 1981 in Winnipeg. Jill's love of travel began with a trip to Hawaii in 1978 with her sister. She visited England and France as a young lady and went on several family road trips, Caribbean cruises with Allan, and also loved going to Las Vegas, Seattle and Phoenix with friends. Her photos and beautiful scrapbooks of these trips will be cherished. Jill was a gifted artist with her sewing, embroidery and quilting. She created many special gifts for many family and friends. Her children always had the nicest Halloween costumes, embroidered shirts and custom clothing. The quilts, pillows and holiday linens she created will be a constant reminder of her many creative talents and love for entertaining for many years to come. Jill was incredibly brave and fought so hard during her 23-year battle with breast cancer. She was proud to attend her children's high school and university graduations, and sat beaming at their weddings. Along with family and friends, Jill and Allan celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011. Jill's ability to bravely live each day to the fullest is an inspiration to all of those who knew her. Jill's family thanks the staff of 6E in St. Boniface Hospital and CancerCare Manitoba for her care. In addition, we appreciated the many family and friends who came to visit. A celebration of Jill's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 220 Helmsdale Ave. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jill's memory to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
Publish Date: Oct 27, 2012

SANDRA JILL WETTON (nee GATES) With her loving family by her side, Jill passed away on October 20, 2012. A celebration of Jill's life will be held the afternoon of Monday, October 29, 2012 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 220 Helmsdale Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jill's memory to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave. A full obituary with service time will follow in Saturday's edition.
Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 27, 2012

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Jill -- you were always a dear and loyal friend --and the times we spent together were always fun --flying to Qyen Ab. with you in that tiny plane --enjoying our coffee & sandwiches up in the sky, playing for your wedding -- so many precious memories -- I will cherish them forever. You were the best !!! Astrid Heineman - Posted by: Astrid Heineman (Friend and co-worker) on: Dec 02, 2012

  • I have met Michelle's mother via Dive for the Cure drive with 3 Fathoms. In fact Mrs Wetton made my 3 Fathoms Store shirt from her craft of sewing. Michelle always talked about her mother and it was very nice to hear that. But now I can see why. Mrs Wetton did so much in her life that Michelle only was able to scatch the surface of her mother's wonderful life. I am very proud to have been introduced to Mrs Wetton and have Michelle share her mother's life with her friends. Thank you and God Bless her family - Posted by: Frank Filbert (Friend of Michelle) on: Oct 30, 2012

  • I first met Jill in High School and admired her right from the start! I too wanted to be a nurse and longed to have some talent sewing. We entered residence and the fun began! She was with me when I met my husband Ross and I was amazed when she got her pilots licence before her drivers! We remained friends over the years always catching up when we got together so she could help me with my sewing or I could help get her started with her scrapbooking to make a special book for Tammy, her first beloved springer spaniel. Jill loved her family very much and this included her friend family as well. She did her best to stay with her family as long as possible, remaining the "fighter" all the way. She lived life to the fullest and will be part of Allan, Michelle and Stevens lives forever, guiding them with strength, humor and a bit of stubborness too! Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. Love, Phyllis - Posted by: Phyllis Gridley (friend - high school and nursing) on: Oct 29, 2012

  • I felt met Jill, Cheryl Crerar and Lois Lutz when we were in Grade 3 at Varennes School. Our friendship continued through junior high ( I still remember the four of us sitting on Mrs. Gates living room couch in your Grade 9 graduation dresses for a picture.), high school and adulthood. Jill never really changed throughout the years- she was always smiling, adventurous and, above all else, kind, unselfish, loving and loyal. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the honor to know her. Love, Barbara. - Posted by: Barbara Smith (friend) on: Oct 28, 2012

  • Jill and I first met when we were walking our little girls to kindergarten. I am grateful for the many memories. My condolences to Allan, Michelle, and Steve. - Posted by: Judy Bietz () on: Oct 27, 2012

  • Hey Jill,you are not only the Scrabble Queen,but also the bravest and toughest fighter i have ever met.Have a well deserved rest and we will get together again for Scrabble some day.God Bless. - Posted by: suzanne berard (SBGH co-worker) on: Oct 27, 2012

  • Jill was an inspiration to all who worked with her.Her high standards of nursing skills and knowledge were always readily shared which made working with her an honor and pleasure.Your family will be in our prayers. - Posted by: Sharon Sitarz (co worker in the IMCN) on: Oct 27, 2012

  • I remember Jill as I first met her, a high-school student working as a nurse's aide in normal nurseries. Until I saw the obit, I had forgotten about her getting her Pilot's licence. Jill was always a pleasure to work with, and she clearly cared about all her little charges, though her family was paramount to her. High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron, RCAF Killed 11 December 1941 - Posted by: Roberta Beach (co-worker) on: Oct 27, 2012

  • My regrets to Al, Michelle, and Steve for not being able to attend the service as I am travelling in Greece. Please accept my sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Frank Bastone (Friend) on: Oct 27, 2012

  • My deepest condolences to the family of Jill (Gates) Wetton. Jill was also my quiet inspiration in my cancer journey. Jill was nursing our daughter at St. B 25 years ago. Always had a smile and encouraging words. Love to all the family. Sheril Mathieu - Posted by: Sherilyn Mathieu (Friend of the family) on: Oct 26, 2012

  • Although Jill and I have lived at great distances from each other (Winnipeg Vs. PEI), it has been a pleasure in more recent years to establish a friendship, particularly in light of our parents' lives. It was always a great comfort talking with Jill as I could hear my Aunt Dorothy and our grandmother's voice in hers. She has shown great strength and determination to stay with her family for as long as possible, despite tremendous long term suffering. She was a support to me in my own journey with cancer. I will miss her voice on the phone and know she will be missed by so many other family and friends. God bless, Jill. - Posted by: Lynn DeLong (Cousin) on: Oct 24, 2012

  • When my wife was sick, Jill was the one to bring her happiness by having her old school friends get together for a special date. For this, I could never thank Jill enough. My heart goes out to the family. - Posted by: Bill Humiski (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2012

  • Flyer's Prayer When this life I'm in is done, And at the gates I stand, My hope is that I answer all His questions on command. I doubt He'll ask me of my fame, Or all the things I knew, Instead, He'll ask of rainbows sent On rainy days I flew. The hours logged, the status reached, The ratings will not matter. He'll ask me if I saw the rays And how He made them scatter. Or what about the droplets clear, I spread across your screen? And did you see the twinkling eyes. If student pilots keen? The way your heart jumped in your chest, That special solo day- Did you take time to thank the one Who fell along the way? Remember how the runway lights Looked one night long ago When you were lost and found your way, And how-you still dont know? How fast, how far, how much, how high? He'll ask me not these things But did I take the time to watch The Moonbeams wash my wings? And did you see the patchwork fields And moutains I did mould; The mirrored lakes and velvet hills, Of these did I behold? The wind he flung along my wings, On final almost stalled. And did I know I it was His name, That I so fearfully called? And when the goals are reached at last, When all the flyings done, I'll answer Him with no regret- Indeed, I had some fun. So when these things are asked of me, And I can reach no higher, My prayer this day - His hand extends To welcome home a Flyer. — Patrick J. Phillips A very special, kind, caring and fun loving precious gem of a lady. I will alway remember and cherish her smile and laughter. God's Speed Jill. RG - Posted by: Richard Gelinas (Old flying buddy from Winnipeg Flying Club days.) on: Oct 23, 2012

  • I love you Mom, forever. - Posted by: Michelle (Daughter) on: Oct 23, 2012

  • Went to high school at Glenlawn Collegiate with Jill. She was a very close friend to my sister Lois Humiski (Lutz). So very sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family. My sister shared many memories with me of their friendship. Lois and Jill maintained their friendship over the years. She was a fine example of a true dear friend with a lot of compassion for others. - Posted by: Louise Lemay (Lutz) (school friend) on: Oct 23, 2012

  • Jill and her family have had a long and difficult journey. Our hearts and prayers are with them at this time as we remember the joy that Jill brought to all who knew her. God Bless. - Posted by: Judy & David Rothwell (Family) on: Oct 23, 2012

  • I met Jill many years ago in Ground School when we were studying to become pilots. She has been such an important part of my life. I never ever saw her without a smile on her face and it was often unreal to know how much pain she had. I am going to miss her terribly. We used to say how every time we were together, trouble (or perhaps mischief) followed. I am so fortunate to be able to call her a very good friend and I know my life is fuller having known her. - Posted by: Marlene Hutchison (Long time friend) on: Oct 23, 2012

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