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BARBARA HELEN ROSE HILL (STACPOOLE)
Date of Passing: May 22, 2010Offer Condolences or Memory
BARBARA HELEN ROSE HILL (nee STACPOOLE) On Saturday, May 22, 2010 Mom's wonderful journey through life ended, just weeks away from her 99th birthday. Mom spent most all her life in Winnipeg. Dad's transfer (C.I.B.C.) in 1949 began 17 active years in Fort William, ON (Thunder Bay). She was involved in volunteer work with the Hospital, St. Paul's AC Guild, the I.O.D.E. and lots of Gyro club activities with Dad. Returning to Winnipeg in 1966 she maintained her active community involvement, which now included The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the McDonald Home for Boys. When Dad, for health reasons, could no longer drive, Mom, who had never seen anything other than the passenger seat went off to driving school at the age of 68, got her license and drove independently till she was 89. A resolute woman, Mom spent 50 years honing her bridge skills - a game she loved with a passion. And when it came to debating topics, she never backed down from strongly held opinions on a number of issues, not the least of those pertaining to politics! She loved animals with a great passion particularly her beloved Rufus . After Dad died Mom stayed on in her apartment until even she admitted that Lindenwoods Manor was the place to be. Every day for the past five years she enjoyed her home there and her new friends. When she needed to move to Oakview Manor Personal Care Home, her attitude never changed. Here too she loved her new home and the people around her - who loved her in return. Barbara was predeceased by husband Ted, son David, brother Hugh, sister-in-law Ruth, and infant grandchild Alexandra. Left to remember fondly a life well lived are sons Michael (Shirley) and Bryan (Sandra). Eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren will always remember her as Nana . Notice of service to follow. A walk in Assiniboine Park's English Garden and a pause on Nana's bench will take on added significance for us all in the future, as we read the inscription there: Other things may change us, but we start and end with family NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949 - 2200 nbardal.mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 29, 2010
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