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FELICITE WARNER

Born: Dec 20, 1924

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2012

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FELICITE WARNER Goodbye English Rose! The time has come, the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings. from The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll So now 'the time has come' to speak of Felicité in the past tense. She left us on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the age of 87. Her final address was the Golden Door Geriatric Centre where the wonderful staff made a comfortable life for her and supported her family by taking care of her daily needs. Everyone who works at Golden Door is to be commended for the fantastic way they treat their residents, catering as best they can to each individual. It may often seem like thankless work, but we want each and every person who works at Golden Door to know that no matter how unspoken, it meant the world to us that you were there for our mother when we were not. Felicité is survived by sisters Elizabeth and Pamela who both live in England; her children: Susanna in Calgary, Ianthe in Winnipeg, Willy (Abby) in Idaho, Sarah (Tom) in The Pas, Charlotte in Winnipeg and Oenone (Kim) in Halifax; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Greg), Kimberly, Samantha, Peter and Isabel; great-grandchildren: Alexander, Jordyn and Natalya and nieces and nephews: Lavinia, Philip, Sylvia, Alexander, Michael and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by her brother John (2007) and nephew Richard (1993). Felicité Mary Adeline Warner was born on 20 December 1924 in Dorset, England. She attended boarding school taking classes in domestic science until the age of 16 when she joined the Women's Royal Navy and served on the boats' crew in Portsmouth, England. She was demobilized in 1945 and subsequently attended the renowned Constance Spry Flower School in London. She found work there arranging flowers for weddings and parties until, so the story goes, a young doctor named Peter Warner was unable to resist the urge to pinch her posterior as she bent over to pick flowers from the hospital garden. They married in 1952 and before permanently settling in Winnipeg, they travelled, lived and expanded their family in Sudbury, Ontario, Adelaide, Australia and places in between. The family were long-term residents of Wildwood Park, living in Sections I, J and finally G where they made their home for almost 25 years before she moved to Ruttan Bay, her penultimate home address. Felicité was an active member of the Wildwood Park Community serving as a Section Representative and later with a term as President of the Wildwood Community Club. She also began her lifelong connection with the YWCA becoming a highly involved member of the Y Neighbors program. Life at that time was very different for married women. Taking care of children was the main occupation but Felicité took on the role with zeal and passion. When she was growing up the saying children should be seen and not heard' was very much in vogue and children would spend as little as 30 minutes a day with their parents and the balance of their waking hours would be in the company of a nanny. Felicité dedicated herself to making sure that she met the needs and wants of the children she cherished so much. When hearing loss became part of the family landscape, Felicité took up the cause, chauffering her children to appointments, investigating the support activities available, joining organizations dedicated to issues related to hearing loss and before long being an integral part of the Board of Directors of those organizations. Having children who attended school out of the area, Felicité sought out an opportunity for her children to be involved in an after school activity that would allow them to get to know other children in Wildwood Park. So, along with another committed mother, Ringette was introduced and in 1990 the two women were inducted into the Manitoba Ringette Hall of Fame and given Honorary Lifetime Memberships for their contribution to the advancement of the sport. It was about that time that the school system began to pique Felicité's interests. She decided to run for election as a School Board Trustee in the Fort Garry School Division and for the next 12 years she dedicated herself to representing the taxpayers of Fort Garry in matters related to the education of children in the division. Felicité also became aware of a small bookstore called Growing Minds that was located across from the building where Jon's Hairstyling, her weekly port of call was located. Finding out that it was a bookstore dedicated to children's books, she soon became an employee. Sadly, the bookstore eventually closed but with the experience of working there and despite the fact that she was approaching the age when most people retire, Felicité had a strong desire to extend her career. With that in mind and the contacts she had developed while working for the store, she approached McNally Robinson Booksellers and the rest is history. Felicité had a life of joy and passion but without a doubt, the McNally years were her golden times. Her love of books, children and being the centre of attention in the most modest way, were, for her, the ultimate gift. What a great end to a life well lived! Believe it or not, we have not got much past the surface of this amazing woman's wonderful life. The family hopes that those who knew Felicité and want to share their recollections will be able to attend the Memorial Service that has been arranged at Thomson In the Park , 1291 McGillvray Blvd. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. We feel that our mother would want The Friends of the Winnipeg Library or the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities to be the recipients of any expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions. Felicité's Facebook page will have up-to-the minute information about the Memorial Service and will be a repository for anything those who knew her would like to share: http://www.facebook.com/felicitesbookcase

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 15, 2012

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Your mom was an amazing lady, I can still see her contagious smile. Always willing to drive us everywhere we wanted to go ie: swimming, movies etc. I have many memories of the Sunday family meetings around your kitchen table. I was saddened to see she passed, condolences to all of you Hugs Sharon - Posted by: Sharon Pember nee Schumacher (Sarah's Friend) on: Dec 04, 2018

  • Thank you to all who made comments on the condolence page. It was nice to read the stories about Mum. She is missed by the 6 of us and our families. I loved my conversations with my Mum. - Posted by: Charlotte (Daughter) on: Dec 24, 2012

  • Felicite had such a strong desire to improve her strength after breaking her hip a number of years ago. She was a role model to other patients, always tried to do her best, and exercised into her final year. It was a pleasure to treat your Mum and when we were finished she would end things with "that's lovely". That was Felicite, a lovely lady. - Posted by: Andrea Vinci (Physiotherapist) on: Sep 24, 2012

  • Felicite had a unique way of 'connecting' with people in a conversation and I'll always remember the chats we had about her experiences in WW2. I served in the RCN/CAF for 12 years and we always mangaged to engage in some very interesting 'Nautical Tales'. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: John Deschamps (Assiniboine Toastmasters) on: Sep 20, 2012

  • I was saddened by the news that Fel had died. She was a good School Trustee of Fort Garry School Division who always put the interests and welfare of students first, especially for children with special needs. Henry Izatt, Superintendent 1981-97 - Posted by: Henry Izatt (Co-worker) on: Sep 19, 2012

  • Susanna, I was sorry to hear about your loss. You have been a very good friend to me and my family, and I know that your Mother must have been an amazing woman. See you soon. - Posted by: Susan Hancsicsak (Friend of Susanna) on: Sep 18, 2012

  • My sincere condolences for the loss of your Mother. I regret not being able to attend the memorial. Will be in touch. - Posted by: Miki Stewart (friend of Ianthe) on: Sep 18, 2012

  • I got to know Felicite through my weekly trips to the McNally Robinson Bookstore. As an educator I was always in the children's section. She never failed to give great advice every time I came in the store. I will never forget the day she lent me one of her books because she was so passionate about it. She didn't know me personally but trusted without fail that I would bring it back. I always had the sense that she was a remarkable woman, and clearly she was! - Posted by: D. Reimer (McNally customer) on: Sep 16, 2012

  • Long before we ever knew her name she was a drawing card for McNally's book store. the place was never the same after she was gone. My deepest sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Thelma Fast (McNally customer) on: Sep 15, 2012

  • Felicite was a member of Assiniboine 419 Toastmasters when I joined about 16 years ago. Some of my best memories of Toastmasters are of Felicite reading from her favourite books. When she retired from Toastmasters we lost track of her unfortunately. She was an amazing woman and I know how much she enjoyed her years at McNally Robinson which was about the time that I met her. - Posted by: Nancy McQuade () on: Sep 15, 2012

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