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Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2017

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DAPHNE EVELYN ARNOTT With feelings of sadness but also relief, we said goodbye to our mom, Daphne Evelyn Arnott, on July 22, 2017. We thank all the staff at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home for the compassionate end of life care they provided to Mom in her final struggle with pneumonia. Daphne was an only child, born on September 2, 1926 in Isleworth, England to Bert and Lily Wells. Mom suffered from claustrophobia all her life from time spent in air raid shelters during the Second World War. Just before the war ended she met a young Canadian soldier named Bill Arnott. They were married for almost 70 years until his death in 2015. Mom crossed the North Atlantic in December, 1946 on the last ship of war brides leaving England for Halifax, Canada. Upon arrival, she boarded a train and travelled the whole of Canada to Vancouver, where Dad was waiting for her. Quite an adventure for a pregnant 20 year old who had barely been out of London. Mom spent hours reading aloud to us as children, and doing the same for her grandchildren. We are all recipients of the wonderful sweaters, shawls and baby clothes she created with her magic knitting needles. She had such a green thumb and was justifiably proud of her lovely garden on Jupiter Bay, particularly her beautiful roses. Sunday dinners of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were a family event, and cold roast beef was always served the next day. These are the memories we will cherish of our Mom. Remembered by daughters, Carolyn (Bernie) Cope, Heather (Lyle) Arnould and Evelyn (Martin) Nowoselski. Also remembered by grandchildren, Steven (Maureen) Cope, Andrea (Jason) McNicholl and Memory Arnould, great-grandchildren, Aric, Jaime, Mardi, Jersey and Kayleigh, and her nieces and nephews in Calgary. At Daphne's request, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. If desired, donations may be made in Daphne's memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I also recently had the pleasure of meeting Daphne, as my grandma Alice's roommate and had some interactions with her on a few visits. Blessings to you as you cherish your memories. - Posted by: Tammy Posillipo () on: Aug 01, 2017

  • My mother Alice Lindal was a roommate to Daphne at St. Norbert Personal Care Home. Even though we only knew Daphne since the middle of June, we learned to love her. She was a brave woman despite of her failing health and we want to express our respect for Daphne and our sympathies to the family. She had told us about being a war bride from WWII and about her family life. She said she always was a stickler for punctuality and doing the best one can in life. May God bless. - Posted by: Loretta Clarke (Friend) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • I was so pleased to see this wonderful tribute to Daphne. I had the great pleasure of meeting Daphne at her final home. She and my grandmother became roommates at a care home very recently. I met her at dinner on her first day (which was also my grandmother's first day). After that, I would see Daphne during my visits. We would chat about the time (she loved to check her watch to be sure it was keeping time) and she was always so grateful when we would help her adjust her pillow. Even in great pain she was gracious and polite. Although I knew Daphne for such a short time, she deeply touched my heart. - Posted by: Sandra Watson (Aquaintance at St. Norbert Personal Care Home) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • Caroline, Heather, Evelyn and families: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort. Take care and we are thinking of you all. Wayne & Vicky (Martin's sister) - Posted by: Vicky Shott (Friend ) on: Jul 29, 2017

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