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Date of Passing: Nov 20, 2017

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DR. ALICE MARY ELIZABETH CHEATLEY CM, (nee TWEDDELL) 1918 - 2017 Peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, Alice Cheatley (Dr. Alice as she was affectionately known) passed away at Pembina Place Personal Care Home, at the age of 99, on November 20, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce, parents James and Mary, siblings Marion (Ivan), Muriel (Phil), Elsie (Joe), Peggy (John), Bob (Marge), Donald, and brother-in-law Bill. She is survived by her youngest sister Joyce, and numerous, loving nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Alice was born in 1918 in Fisherton, Manitoba. She moved to Winnipeg to complete her high school education and to attend Normal School. She later completed her B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. at the University of Manitoba and her Ph.D at the University of North Dakota in 1977. She began her teaching career in rural Manitoba before moving to the Winnipeg School Division where she taught junior and senior high school and became an administrator. During her career she was active with the Winnipeg Teachers' Association and the Manitoba Teachers' Society, serving on the executives and as President of both. She was a founding member of the Manitoba Education Research Council. With the energy and determination familiar to all who knew her, she served and played a leading role on many committees and boards. She was second Vice-President of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and served as the President at chapter and provincial levels. She was a Life Member of the National Library Advisory Board. She was highly involved in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Liberal Party, the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, the University Women's Club, and the Winnipeg Branch of UNAC. She was one of the key people who worked to bring about the foundation of the United Nations Chair at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba; she represented the Winnipeg Branch on the UN Chair Advisory Committee. Alice was an alumnus of St. John's College, a member of the College Council, Past Chair of the Development Committee and former co-chair of a variety of fundraising projects for the College including scholarships and the library. For a number of years, she represented Manitoba as Director of the Terry Fox Youth Centre Awards and was a benefactor of a school in Kenya, a country she visited many times throughout her life. The culmination of her long and distinguished career came in 2002, when she was awarded the Order of Canada. Alice loved nature and animals, she was a life member of Fort Whyte Alive and she adopted several baby buffalos over the years. Alice had a great love of travel, and had been to every continent other than Antarctica over her lifetime. Alice was a loving daughter and sister and cared about her family deeply. She was supportive and served as a source of inspiration to many of us. Even during her last years at the Pembina Place Personal Care Home, she continued her zest for life and participated in activities and loved her afternoon tea and visits with family. The family would like to thank all the staff and volunteers at Pembina Place Care Home for their loving care and support of Alice in her final years. An interment and memorial service to celebrate Alice's life will be held this coming summer. Date and location to be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or the charity of your choice. As Alice always said, "it was a great party, the tea was always hot hot! And life was absolutely fabulous."

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 09, 2017

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  • Mark and I met Alice at church, St. Alban's. We took her out for lunch after she was awarded her Order of Canada. She was a delightful lady and had a wonderful sense of humour. Prayers and thoughts are with her family. She will be missed. - Posted by: Anne and Mark Wowchuk (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2017

  • My parents...Carlyle & Joyce, were neighbors & good friends in Sterling House. Alice would quite often come down to the suite, elegantly dressed in her Liberal red outfits, a glass of red wine in hand, and have a happy discussion with us...mainly political. She was most father especially enjoyed her views and stories of younger days. To a life well lived..our thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Greg Conquist (friend from the "Sterling House" days) on: Dec 09, 2017

  • While I haven't been employed by PPPCH for a few years, Dr. Alice (as a fondly called her) was one of my favorites. It brought back memories of the hot hot hot. It was never hot enough for her. Fond memories of her diamonds (diamonelle). She was well thought of and rememberd by friends and colleagues. She had had a rough spell years ago, when I was still worked there and I heard her say, she felt she still had another good five years left in her. I do believe she did and god bless her. She was a sweetheart. This is to the lady with the long curly hair and diamonds! Remember me? Hugs. - Posted by: brenda malynyk (service personnel) on: Dec 09, 2017

  • Donna, Joyce and family - I was so sorry to read of Dr. Alice's passing. I had just been to Pembina Place a few weeks before that and made it a point to stop and say hello to her! I have fond memories of Dr. Alice during her time at Pembina Place - she was kind, gentle and especially her love of music. You loved her all very much and it showed in your care and visits with her. I know you will all miss her terribly. Blessings to you as you mourn such a wonderful person. With my deepest sympathies, Andrea Grozli, Former Resident Care Manager, Pembina Place. - Posted by: Andrea Grozli (Former Resident Care Manager) on: Dec 09, 2017

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