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ARDITH MAE ALEXANDER
Born: May 19, 1910
Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2017Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ARDITH MAE ALEXANDER (nee HUNTER) May 19, 1910 - February 23, 2017 I've put my pencil and crossword away and I've got my glass of red wine with me. What a wonderful life I've had! I almost made it to my 107th birthday party. I've been blessed with the warmth of a wonderful family, and the satisfaction of gaining so many interesting and loyal friends along the way. I did so many things that I wanted to do and leave no regrets whatsoever. Well, maybe just one - I did not finish knitting a shawl for my soon-to-be born fourth great-grandchild. (Esme Ardith Murray).My husband, Alistar and I raised a family together: son, Jim (Linda); daughters, Bettie (Fred Johnston) and Margaret (Bob Peter) of Oakville, ON. In turn, from three children, we gained five grandchildren, Jamie Johnston, Lisa (Chris Karpowicz) and Melissa Johnston, and Robyn Peter and Roslyn (Dan Murray); and four great-grandchildren, Cody Johnston, Keira and Madison Karpowicz, Esme Murray and god-daughter, Susan Der. As a country girl, I spent my youth growing up on a farm in Pilot Mound, Manitoba. With my parents, George and Annie Hunter, who were early pioneers, and my wonderful brothers, Ellwood, Elton and Keith, all who have predeceased me. I had a very active life. I started work as a teacher in a one-room school in the Floral District of southern Manitoba. Then I worked for the Hudson's Bay Company in Winnipeg. After I married and when my children were young, I enjoyed working in the family business. I have had a life-long interest in politics, being actively involved with the Conservative Party and even receiving a honourary lifetime membership from them. I also was a long-standing volunteer at the Deer Lodge Centre, where I was recognized for my many years of service. Other pastimes that I enjoyed were playing bridge, solving crossword puzzles and Cryptoquote, reading, knitting, gardening, watching football and curling. I curled with the Thistle Business Ladies until I was 90. But my happiest times were those spent with my "grands" and "great-grands," children. Some special thanks; first to my wonderful daughter, Bettie, who has been my rock as she was always there for me when I needed her. You never let me down. And thanks to my loyal bridge partners - Elizabeth, Dorothy, Mary, Laura and Donna. I enjoyed my friendships and activities with my fellow residents at 88 Swindon Way and at The Wellington. And thanks especially to the remarkable staff at the Simkin Centre for their care and compassion during the past few months. I don't want you to send flowers, but if you would like to make a donation, please consider the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB as it was near and dear to my heart or Assiniboine Park Conservancy, 55 Pavilion Cres., Winnipeg, MB. My dear family and friends, I love you all. With love, Ardith A celebration of Ardith's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 13, 2017
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