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Born: Aug 13, 1934
Date of Passing: May 19, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ina Ruth Peckett, age 88, on May 19, 2023, at Charleswood Long Term Care Home with her children by her side.
Ina was born to her late parents Rudolph and Johanna Neuman on Monday, August 13, 1934, at the family homestead near Morden, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her parents, immediate family members Victor, Frieda, and Norman and her late husband of 50 years, Kenneth Edward Peckett whom she married February 3, 1962. Ken preceded her in death in 2012.
Ina is survived by son Jeffrey and daughter Carla, along with Ken’s daughter, Marilyn (Andy), and enjoyed her four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Esther (Frank) and Ethel (Leon) and brother Randy (Pat). She loved all deeply.
After graduating from Business College, Ina held a variety of jobs that made good use of her attention to detail, especially for numbers. She reminisced fondly of past employment but found her niche working as the secretary of Harstone United Church for almost 20 years. Ina was a great socializer. Her hobbies focused on family, friends, church, and community. She found fulfillment volunteering on many boards and executives. Ina was a statistician with the MNS Stars/Midland Hockey executive during the time Jeff played hockey. A lifelong passion for knitting resulted in a wide variety of afghans, doll clothes, sweaters, toques, mittens, and other items to happily gift or donate. She partnered with her best friend, Pat Jasson, producing toques for local hockey teams. You could find her often calling bingo or doing canteen duty at Clifton Community Centre. Ina was an avid curler, being taught by her father using jam pails slid on the dugout ice. It was no wonder she had been told on more than one occasion that she ‘curled like a man’, she would proudly convey. Ina curled with family at the Highlander Curling Club for many years.
Ina loved traveling and enjoyed quite a variety of interesting trips. She made a 3,000 mile trip to California on the back of her husband Ken’s Goldwing motorcycle and they camped by tent together. She flew overseas to Germany with her siblings to meet distant relatives. Ina and Ken camped seasonally at TJ’s Landing for the better part of a decade. In 1990 they both retired, uprooted and moved to Duncan BC. Vancouver Island was their retirement paradise for the next 22 years. The camping and travel lifestyle continued with long distance trips to Oregon and Winnipeg annually. Ina stayed active in church life with Duncan United until a move back to Winnipeg was made in 2012.
After Ken’s passing, Ina involved herself with Harrow United Church. She continued to knit with the Ladies Club. She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling with them whenever she could. More adventures included a bus tour of Canada’s eastern provinces where she got to ‘Kiss the Cod’ and to Mazatlán, Mexico to enjoy the Carnival celebrations. Ina loved to solve puzzles, was a voracious reader and rarely turned down a request to socialize, play cards or smoke a cigarette. While living at the Waverley Ina again was calling bingo and was secretary for the Tenants Association. Ina was proud member of the Rebekahs. She found it important to always have a say to try to make things better for everyone. Ina lived her life with a grace and strong spirit that served her well through all of life’s challenges.
A celebration of Ina’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Special thanks to the friends and the staff at the Charleswood Long Term Care Home for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations to Harrow United Church or Cancer Care Manitoba are welcomed.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 27, 2023
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