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Born: Aug 11, 1917

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2017

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GERTRUDE (TRUDY) EMILY BRIESE August 11, 1917 - January 23, 2017 With great sadness we announce the passing of Gertrude (Trudy) Emily Briese (nee Harrison), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mom passed away on January 23, 2017 in Country Meadows Personal Care Home, Neepawa, MB. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her son Stuart (Barb) and his children Karla (Leonard) and Kallan (Kendal); her daughter Wanda and her children Travis (Jennifer) and Kari (Brian); and her daughter Karen (David) and their children Ryan and Kory, as well as 8 great grandchildren, Taylor, Thomas, Isabel, Julia, Graham, Zachary, Declan and Jack. Trudy is survived by a sister-in-law Lillian Sangster and brother-in-law Roy Baker, as well as many nieces and nephews. Trudy was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd (2009), her infant son Wayne, son-in-law Brian and nine brothers and sisters. Trudy was born on August 11, 1917 at home on the farm near Laurier, MB. She was the ninth child of Vida and William Harrison. She attended school in Laurier, and Bracken School near McCreary. She then moved to Neepawa to take Nursing Training at the Neepawa Hospital, and remained there after she graduated. In 1944 Mom married Lloyd Briese of Neepawa and they shared 65 happy years together. They made their home in the Dumfries district and raised their family there on their grain and dairy farm. In 1967, they quit the dairy business and Mom went to work at the newly opened East View Lodge. In 1975 they retired and moved into town. Mom loved to dance, and she played many musical instruments by ear: organ, piano, banjo, harmonica. She liked to knit, sew, embroider, crochet, plastic canvas crafts, beadwork, quilt and scrapbook. She also composed many poems and skits, and loved to play cards and do crossword puzzles. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years, a UCW member, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Rebekah Lodge, and belonged to the Dumfries W.I. Retirement years meant travelling, and Mom and Dad went on many wonderful trips together. From 1979 to 2002 they spent their winters in McAllen, Texas where they made many dear friends. In 2009, Mom went to live in Country Meadows Personal Care Home, where she received loving and compassionate care by the wonderful caregivers there. Mom was a very loving and kind woman, always ready to help out. She was proud of her family, and loved when her grandchildren and great grandchildren visited her. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to Country Meadows PCH, Box 1240, Neepawa, MB R0J1H0, or Neepawa and District Palliative Care, Box 1240, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. White's Funeral Home, Neepawa, in care of arrangements. 1-204-476-2848 "Even tho our hearts are saddened, we celebrate a life well lived"

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dad loved his little sister. As a child, I remember gathering at Uncle Glynn and Aunt Dorothy's home with other aunts and uncles and loads of cousins. Of course there would be music and song, Dad with his violin/fiddle and Aunt Gertrude at the piano. How I did love those times! - Posted by: Elaine (Harrison) Wilson (Niece) on: Sep 26, 2017

  • So many memories, and yet somehow not enough. Aunt Trudy and Uncle Lloyd were always special to us. In the 50's and 60's a 50 mile trip to Neepawa seemed like an eternity, but when we did make that "long" trip it was always special and never forgotten. Love and best wishes to Stuart, Wanda and Karen. - Posted by: William Harrison (Nephew) on: Feb 05, 2017

  • Aunt Gertrude will live on in our memory as a caring compassionate who loved life. Family (including nieces, nephews and those fortunate enough to be connected with this family) was so important to her. Her laughter and true sense of acceptance will always be with us. A life well lived. - Posted by: Cherlyn (Harrison) and Dennis Cain (neice) on: Feb 04, 2017

  • My dad's sister and one of my mom's best friends. Above all else, I remember looking forward to visits with Aunty Gertrude, Uncle Lloyd and my Briese cousins, knowing there would be music, singing, dancing jokes and laughter. The precious memory of her laughter, lives on. - Posted by: Lorrie Roulette (niece) on: Feb 04, 2017

  • To the Briese family we extend our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have known Trudy for a very long time as friends of my mom & dad. - Posted by: Dave & Leigh (Henderson) Wolfe (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2017

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