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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 October 27, 2012
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