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JEAN DORINE WHYTE (nee SHIELDS) Jean Dorine Whyte, born May 23, 1923, passed away at 91 years at River Ridge Retirement Residence on Friday, October 17, 2014. Jean was born in Somerset, Manitoba, where she grew up on the family farm south of town. She worked in different farm environments and eventually found work at the Whyte farmstead north of Pilot Mound in the Floral District. Here she met her future husband, Norman and they married August 16, 1940. Together they raised three children on the farm until Norman passed in 1961. Jean trained as a LPN and began her nursing career at Swan Lake Hospital in 1961. She moved to Winnipeg from the family farm in 1966 where she worked at the Rehabilitation Hospital, Winnipeg General Hospital and St. Boniface Palliative Care. After losing her long-time companion, Ben Reimer, in August, 2006, Jean moved from her home on Avalon Road to Dakota House. She is survived by one daughter, Glenda Burns of Calgary, and one son, Garry (Debbie) Whyte of Winnipeg; grandchildren Robert Wayne McArthur, Lynn McArthur, Karen (Scott) Kowal, Eleanor (Mike) Gleeson, Coral (Ron) Dutton, Jackie (Ernie) Edmundson, Tyler (Karen) Whyte, Dustin (Kathy) Whyte and Kelsey (Amanda) Whyte; great-grandchildren Cameron, Wesley, Ewan and Dana Kowal and Carter Whyte, and sisters, Myrtle Brick of Manitou, Ferne (Lorne) Morrow of Manitou and Myrna (Ron) Tole of Winnipeg. Jean was predeceased by parents Jim and Myrtle Shields, husband, Norman, eldest daughter, Colleen McArthur, and siblings Lillian Wallcraft, Alex, Bob, Mildred and Milton Shields and Thelma Isaakson. Her family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Riverwood Square and Golden Links Lodge/River Ridge Retirement Residence for your patience and loving care in Jean's golden years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer Society of Manitoba 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 4G2, 1-800-378-6699 or Jean's favourite charity: Children's Wish Foundation, 350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2, 1-800-267-9474 Memorial services will be held at Meadowood United Church, 1111 Dakota St., Winnipeg on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ha Na Park officiating. A short graveside service will be held at the Pilot Mound Cemetery on Sunday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Emily Lovell officiating. Messages of condolence may be made online at Wheatland Funeral Service 204-825-2848

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 25, 2014

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I have fond memories of Jean and the great friendship she had with my mom and Rachel Creaser while working at Swan Lake hospital. It is extraordinary that all three should pass away within a year. I guess it was meant to be! Sincere sympathies for the loss of your mom, grandmother, great-grandmother. - Posted by: Lorraine (Landry) Lafreniere (friend of family) on: Oct 28, 2014

  • I remember Grandma telling me at a young age that I would be a teacher and sure enough I am (at that time the idea horrified me) - Posted by: Lynn McArthur (Granddaughter) on: Oct 27, 2014

  • I remember your mom and grandmother as a strong and vibrant woman who faced life with courage and enthusiasm. I can picture her dancing with Ben at Bob and Colleen's anniversary dance in Pilot Mound. She will be missed but you will all have memories of your good times with her. - Posted by: Mary McNab (friend of Jean's and auntie to some of the family) on: Oct 25, 2014

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