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Born: Sep 08, 1935

Date of Passing: Aug 11, 2018

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CONSTANCE (CONNIE) JEAN WORMS September 8, 1935 - August 11, 2018 Connie was born in Winkler, Manitoba, the eldest of the six children of parents, John and Anne (Anna) Worms. A few years later after Iris joined the family, they bought a farm in the Roseisle district where the two sisters attended school. After brother John arrived, the family relocated to a farm near Graysville where three other siblings were added to the family - Charles, Cathy and Terry. Since Connie was not able to complete her High School in Graysville, she took her Grade 11 in Altona together with a cousin, Opal Friesen. Her desire to teach led her to become certified to teach on permit in the one-room Hanover School near Steinbach. Then she worked on her Grade 12 and attended Normal School together with Iris. She returned to Roseisle for two years, this time as a qualified teacher, after which time she decided to establish herself in the city where she taught school in St. James for the remainder of her career. (Bannatyne School, Grade 1 from 1960 to 1970) By age 40, Connie was no longer able to attend to her beloved Grade 1 students due to the Multiple Sclerosis which had been gradually diminishing her mobility. By this time, she had moved into the Courts of St. James where she spent the next 40 years, wearing out wheelchairs and beleaguering Handi-Transit. She could be seen daily wheeling for her precious newspapers, running errands for those with less mobility than she, and joining friends for lunch or coffee, at Sals or Legends or Perkins. Connie's sisters and brothers and their children have many fond memories of visits to her delightful place on the 11th floor with its pleasant view of Portage Avenue west and the park, the swimming pool and the frequently used party room. Connie's out-of-town travels included several expos, trips with Iris and her daughters to Churchill and British Columbia, frequent summer stays with Charles and Mary in Bemidji, Minnesota, and the gatherings with family or cousins which she very much enjoyed. Connie's love of wildlife was evident from her childhood on; handling and sharing frogs and snakes on the farm; bringing a tiny pet turtle from the city for the family to enjoy; joining other birdwatchers on frequent field trips; mounting an impressive collection of birds that were brought to her by students and friends; her apartment full of pictures, replicas, and images of birds - and horses - reminders of Jess and Claire, the farm team which she had enjoyed driving and riding. Connie is also remembered for her obsession with newspapers, saving copies or clippings for family members according to their interests; saving everything recyclable fanatically to the chagrin of those around her! Volunteering for good causes was one of the hallmarks of Connie's life. From supporting and helping her favourite politician to assisting the Winnipeg African Violet Society, she found plenty to keep herself busy. Connie attended Grant Memorial Baptist Church until it became too difficult for her, so instead she attended their Bible studies in her building, and Christian Women's functions in her neighbourhood. She maintained her support for the church and its missionaries throughout her years in the city, as well as other causes that were near to her heart. Connie was predeceased by her mother Anne in 1973, her father John in 1989, brother-in-law Stan Cross in 2013, and stepmother Anne in 2014. She will be missed by her sister Iris Cross, brothers, John (Sharon) and Charles (Mary), sister Cathy Wroblewsky (Bob), and brother Terry (Sharalee), nieces, Beverly, Marion, Cheryl and Jami, and nephews, Jason, Myron and Zach. The family appreciates so much the excellent care that Connie received first in the HSC where she went in 2016, and then in The Salvation Army Golden West Centennial Lodge in St. James where she spent the last year and a half of her life. Special thanks also to the dedicated caregivers from Comforts of Home-Care, and other caregivers who spent time with Connie in recent years. We will never forget the special love and attention given to Connie by Leah Baird and Debbie Wahl. The family would also like to thank her friends and relatives who visited her, sent cards and made phone calls. Connie's joyful and uncomplaining attitude throughout her life was evident to all, and her unwavering faith in her saviour was an inspiration. A reassurance in this time of sadness is the psalmist's statement, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" Psalm 116:15. Connie's ashes will be placed beside her parents in the Graysville Cemetery.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 25, 2018

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Miss Worms was my Grade 1 elementary school teacher in 1962. She holds a special in place in my memory. She was such a kind soul. I was very timid and shy back then and she always made me feel at ease. She truly cared for people and animals. She lived in my neighbourhood and even extended the privilege of a home visit to meet her pet bird when she learned how much I loved nature's creatures. A lovely lady who left a wonderful legacy to many children fortunate to have had her as a teacher. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Susan (student) on: Feb 19, 2019

  • Miss Worms was my Grade 1 teacher. I remember so many things about her ... I brought a Robin for her bird case, story time, her patience - and I tested it a lot. My condolences to her family and friends. She was a sweet soul. - Posted by: Daniel Massey (student) on: Aug 27, 2018

  • Miss Worms was my grade one teacher at Bannatyne School in St. James. Her daily, instructive readings from the Old Testament were frequently vivid, and I recall her telling us the story of the seraphim placing a live coal upon the lips of Isaiah (6:5-7); and that Miss Worms took pains to remind us always that "these were not fairy-tales; they really happened." She instilled in me and many of her students a love of birds and other wildlife, taking us on a field trip to the Living Prairie Museum, just shortly after it was discovered, in 1968, to be one of the few uncultivated sites of original prairie grasses and flowers left in the province of Manitoba. There she pointed out to us the rare crocus. Her dedication to mounting birds was unforgettable, and her collection included a bright red cardinal and a cedar wax-wing. She only excluded sparrows from her collection, which she called "drab," noting they were not native to Canada, arriving, as they did, on the English ships that came to colonize native lands. Thank you, Miss Worms, for a life-time of happy memories from my earliest boyhood years. - Posted by: Brad Roberts (Student, Grade One) on: Aug 26, 2018

  • I attended Bannatyne School in the 70’s where Miss Worms taught Grade 1, she was a remarkable lady, I recall students bringing her birds that she gladly received for her showcase. If I’m not mistaken that display case existed for many many years at the school. Condolences to Miss Worms family RIP. - Posted by: Lisa Cordileone (Former student ) on: Aug 26, 2018

  • Miss Worms was my teacher for Grade One at Bannatyne Elementary. She was a great teacher and instilled in me a life-long love of learning. RIP. - Posted by: Sher Kirk (Student) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • Miss Worms was my gr 1 teacher at Bannatyne.. I can picture that classroom so clearly. Sorry to hear of her passing. - Posted by: Tannis Lotocki Bell (Former student ) on: Aug 25, 2018

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