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Iona was born and raised in Brookdale, Manitoba, the youngest of three children to Ralph and Agnes Chisholm. After moving to Winnipeg, marrying and starting her family, Iona worked for the Royal Bank of Canada for 35 years at the Winnipeg main office. She started as a teller and ended her career as a non-negotiable securities officer. She was very capable in her job and highly respected.
Mom had a love of music and dance and she cultivated many interests outside of her employment. She was a member of the Manitoba Music Festival, Winnipeg Music Competition Festival, Wednesday Morning Musical, Winnipeg Gilbert and Sullivan Society, PEO, Harrow United Church UCW and Royal Bank Seniors. Her love of dance led her to join the Royal Scottish Country, English Country and Country Line dance groups. Her involvement in the Royal Scottish Country Dance group in turn, led her to volunteering at Folklorama, where she ultimately became Mayor of Mug Pub one year.
After retirement, volunteering became a passion for Mom. She volunteered for the Red Cross, Grace Hospital, Pan Am Games, Disability Olympics, Cancer Society and Winnipeg Symphony, among others. She said she received much more back than she gave when she volunteered. Mom was a loving mother. She was also a classy, professional, vibrant and fun-loving woman, ahead of her time.
Mom was recently predeceased by her beloved son, Bob McPhee of Calgary, Alberta. She was also predeceased by her parents, Agnes and Ralph Chisholm; brother Laurence Chisholm and sister Ralphena (Sis) Holmes.
Mom will be deeply missed by her loving family members, including daughter Bonnie McPhee and son-in-law Jim Prokopanko; grandsons, Matt and Chris Prokopanko (Allisa) and great-grandchildren, Cora and Elliot Prokopanko all of Minneapolis; niece Marilyn Kucherawy of Calgary; sister-in-law Kae Nordman and nephews, Greg and Grant Nordman of Winnipeg.
A Special thank you to all the staff at Brightwater Senior Living and Concordia Hospital for their compassionate care of Mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Harrow United Church. COVID protocols will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3M 1G8 or online https://harrowunited.ca/canada-helps.
For those who would like to join us virtually as we celebrate Mom's life, please go to:
Publish Date: Sep 11, 2021
Complete obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Sep 4, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021, Sep 11, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Dearest Bonnie, Jim and family - I was so sad to learn of your Mom's passing. It is never easy to say goodbye to our beloved parents. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed” (Psalm 34:18 NCV). But for all of us believers in God and Heaven, we know this is not the final thing. "Someday we will hear again the father who spoke our name or the mother who gave us a special call outside to come home for dinner. There’s one voice that I long to hear above all else; Jesus, saying, “Come, oh good and gracious servant, enter the kingdom of eternal life.” I trust that your mom is up in Heaven with God our Father. Praying for all of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Karen Werner (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2021
On behalf of the RBC Pensioners group I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Iona’s family in the loss of their family member. Iona loved our monthly gatherings. While she was unable to attend even before COVID set in she still kept in touch with many of the members as she always had a joke or two that she wanted to pass along. She was always dressed so beautifully in such lovely co-ordinated outfits. We will miss her bright smile and the warmth that she brought into the room. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Sharon Lomonaco (RBC Pensioner co-worker) on: Sep 12, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Bonnie and the McPhee family on the recent passing of Iona. She truly was a vibrant, fun-loving person and a great friend to my mother. I am so glad they had a recent opportunity to rekindle their friendship from their Parkway days. Iona was able to make my Mom laugh and that is something I have not seen my Mom do in some time. She will be missed! - Posted by: Janie Peterson Watt (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021
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