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Born: Apr 20, 1928

Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2021

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April 20, 1928 - September 5, 2021

On Sunday September 5, our beloved Billie - at 93 years - peacefully flew up into the sky. On Sunday, September 12, committal to the flame. Sunday, a day of reverence which so suited her. She has left an echo whispering softly down the way; of happy times and laughing times, of bright and sunny days.
Predeceased by her parents and husband Robert, she is remembered by her sister Gay Hart Gaines (Stanley), her children, Laura and Bob (Lori), godchildren, Rick, Doug and Diana, grandchildren, Rachel (Shaun) Graham, Nikita Lysenko and Nicole Robertus, great-grandchildren, Ayden, Abbigayle, Ava, Maliya and Danjie, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Wilma Louise was born in Perdue, Saskatchewan to Ron and Laura Purdie. A child of parents who parted when she was very young, Billie Lou was raised in the Prairies, Nova Scotia and Toronto by her parents and loving maternal and paternal grandparents.
A modern woman of her time, Billie left her Lala and Poppa's home in 1948, arm in arm with husband Robert (Bob), whom she met while studying Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto. Tall, slender, shy, and soft spoken, he fell in love with the brown eyed, dark-haired girl.
After graduation, Billie moved to Bob's hometown of Winnipeg to start a family. Billie became a devoted homemaker, masterfully orchestrating the lives of her husband and children in her quiet and ever patient way.
Billie was a charitable soul - there was always shelter from the storm for anyone in need under the roof of her home, and many came throughout the years.
A long-standing volunteer for the Junior League in the 1960s and 1970s, Billie and her friend B.A. Boulton created Rupert's Puppets, a small yet lucrative puppeteering enterprise, borne from skills honed at the League; pin money at last!
Billie was swept up into a friendship group of like-minded couples. Summers at West Hawk Lake were spent with much fun and work, communal style: Luau parties, waterskiing, swimming, snorkeling, boating and the construction of cabins, docks, and boats with the 10 children all underfoot. Fall and winter earmarked other celebrations in Winnipeg.
In midlife, new adventures and friendships were found sailing on the Lake of The Woods, and through retirement at the family compound on Storm Bay Road.
Billie enjoyed many activities. Among her favourites were going on travel adventures, devouring novels, listening to music, playing cards, water aerobics, needlework, eating chocolate and cocktail hour.
A popular person, Billie was gracious, warm, and welcoming with a good sense of humour. Most important to her was a love of family and abidance to the golden rule. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she never uttered critical remarks, instead favouring the wise refrain: "this too shall pass."
In 2015, her husband Bob passed away, and Billie discovered the world at her fingertips via the gift of an iPad. On any given morning Mum could be found chuckling at clever emails, playing solitaire, looking at messages and photographs, and exploring new people, places and things!
June 2021 gifted the chance for Mum to finally meet, coo and cuddle with great-grandson baby Danjie. A visit that as fate would have it continued for seven weeks into September. Grams and Danjie delighted in each other and resonated together in a profound way.
Our family has had a wonderful and glorious summer; we could not have asked for anything more. The memory of Mum is a happy one. She has left an afterglow of smiles and of cherished memories. Her lessons and wisdom about how to move through life with grace, kindness, warmth, and humility will live on in everyone whose lives she touched.
With much gratitude to the palliative care staff and Lake of the Woods Hospital - for the kindness and support offered to Mum and family members.
Donations can be made in her memory to Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba: by Telephone: c/o General Operations at 1-204-774-4777 ext. 226 or by Email:


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 18, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My condolences to Bob, Laura and the entire family. - Posted by: Bruce Gibson (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Our sincere sympathy to Laura and Bob on the loss of your lovely mom. Billie was a great neighbour, fun, fashionable, a great entertainer, and a wonderful quilter. She will be missed by all her Storm Bay neighbours and friends. RIP Billie - Posted by: Sue Heim/Don Reid (Friend/neighbour) on: Sep 18, 2021

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