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Born: Jan 30, 1917

Date of Passing: Feb 10, 2010

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EVELYN PRISCILLA GRASSICK Evelyn Priscilla Grassick, born January 30, 1917 in Oak River district, MB, passed away peacefully at the Pilot Mound Personal Care Home on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 with her daughter Rilla at her side. Priscilla was predeceased by her husband Roy who passed away February 6, 1990. Left to mourn is her sister Winona Nonie Clarke of Calgary, Dennis Grassick, William and Marie-Alice Grassick, Edmund Grassick, Rilla and Rob Carlson; grandchildren Clayton Grassick and his wife Catherine-Anne Miller, Michael Carlson, and Lana Jakilazek. Music was a large part of Priscilla's life. She played for funerals at the tender age of 11. Priscilla went to Normal School in Winnipeg and began her teaching career at Floral school in 1936/1937. The following year, 1937/1938, she taught at Greenway. On October 8, 1938 she married Roy Grassick of the Floral school district near Pilot Mound and began raising a family. Priscilla returned to teaching at Floral, 1961-1964. She then upgraded her skills taking night courses and began teaching at Pilot Mound. She retired from her teaching career in 1978. As a skilled pianist and organist, Priscilla was a regular accompanist with both the United Church and the men's choir. Priscilla also sang and played the violin. As Roy's health deteriorated they made the decision to sell the farm and move to Winnipeg. After Roy's death, Priscilla, at the age of 74, moved back to Pilot Mound and purchased a cottage at Rock Lake. Here she once again enjoyed her flowers and had peace and tranquility. She loved it when family and friends visited Priscilla was one of the last of the founding members of the Prairie View Lodge , built in 1965. The other Board members were the Reverend Howard Gibson, Arnold Collins, Dr. Chance Cohoe and Rena Nelson. Priscilla spent the last two years of her life at this wonderful community facility. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Personal Care Home and the Rock Lake Health District Hospital for their kindness and dedication in caring for Priscilla under very trying circumstances. A big thank-you as well, to all of the Home Care staff and friends who looked after Priscilla for so long, allowing her to remain at home with dignity and grace. A funeral service will be held at a later date in Pilot Mound when friends and family can get together to celebrate Priscilla's life and accomplishments. One has to look past the frailties of the elderly and see what they once were, young and full of life.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2010

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