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Date of Passing: Sep 09, 2018

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OLGA MAYTWAYASHING With family at her side, Mom returned to spirit on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Eriksdale Personal Care Home. Left to continue life's journey are her children, Georgina (Dwayne) Moar, Russell (Audrey) Maytwayashing and Robert (Mary) Maytwayashing; grandchildren, Derek (Sandra) Ranville, Melanie (Brabant) Swan, Jaymie, Erynn, Errol (Rosalind) Maytwayashing, Robert (Whitney) and Shanolyn (KC) Bruce; 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom is also survived by her brothers, Russell, Harold, Douglas (Joan) and Ronald (Rita); sisters, Audrey and Linda; along with sisters-in-law, Josephine, Rita and Julie. Mom was predeceased by her husband George, parents, Joe and Mary Paul, brothers, Leo, Alvin, Cecil and Bill, sisters, Brenda and Vivian. Mom worked hard all her life right from a young age. She grew up in the horse and wagon era so she was used to doing what was needed to get done in order to survive, like chopping and hauling wood, setting and lifting nets without a boat or chest waders in icy cold water, working on the local farms, etc. Mom left the reserve for Winnipeg in the 1950s in order to provide a better life for her family. She got a job at the BBQ restaurant, which started her lifelong career as a cook. Mom ended up managing kitchens in restaurants and construction camps until she decided to slow down to the point of taking the odd catering gig. Christmas time was always a huge affair at Mom's where she would start preparing weeks in advance for all the family that would gather at her home for dinner. Mom would never forget to bake, give and volunteer her time for wakes in the community. Mom was known as a great storyteller and she would say the craziest things when sharing her stories that would cause you to laugh. Mom was very thoughtful and giving to the point of sharing whatever she could spare like her canned goods that she would preserve every fall. Mom loved life and cherished her house and yard on the Lake Manitoba First Nation where her and Dad would tend to their garden, while raising chickens, pigs, ducks, geese, pigeons, rabbits, horses and cows. After Dad passed, Mom was extremely lonely so she decided to move back to Winnipeg, as maintaining her home alone became too much. Mom then later moved back to Lake Manitoba to live with her daughter Georgina until she decided to move back to Winnipeg for a short spell. With her mobility failing her, Mom decided to move into the Eriksdale Personal Care Home where she resided until her passing. Mom will be surely missed. She is at peace now and reunited with all of her family and friends but mostly with Dad in the spirit realm. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Wake services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the residence of Robert and Mary Maytwayashing, Lake Manitoba First Nation. Viewing will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Robert and Mary Maytwayashing's residence prior to the service. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the Lake Manitoba First Nation Band Hall with David Courchene officiating. Feast will be held in the hall following the service. The family would like to thank the Lake Manitoba First Nation Chief and Council, the Eriksdale Personal Care Home, Dr. Neil Burnett for all his years of looking after Mom, all the visitors that would pop in on her to visit, the Drum and singers, the Cooks and of course Arnason Funeral Home. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1.204.768.2072 1.866.323.3593

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 12, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I'm so very sorry to hear of Olga's passing. I worked in the kitchen at the care home for a short time (term position) and enjoyed each and every interaction with Olga. I remember particularly one evening she came into the dining room as I was cleaning up at the end of my shift. She had some soup that one of her grandchildren had dropped off and she asked me to warm it up for her. It had to be "hot", she told me, she did not like her soup just warm! So, as I warmed up her soup we talked and I think I must have heated it up a half dozen times, we were having such a good time talking. She told me about her family and her work life. She asked about my family and she always remembered that I had two boys, and that we liked to watch hockey together. I prayed for Olga often, and was always sad when I heard she wasn't feeling well. There was a time she was not well and not coming for meals, and if I'd send her some soup, I made sure it was hot! She came down to the dining room for lunch the one day right before my last day of work, and I told her how glad I was to see her, and she told me the same. I always enjoyed my talks with Olga and will cherish them. My thoughts and prayers will be with her family and loved ones. I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know her. - Posted by: Amanda Artimowich (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2018

  • I remember Olga for her laughter, her very loving way of welcoming people and her sense of supporting her family. I met Olga when I first moved to Eriksdale in 1993 and worked at the local grocery store (Bob's). My deep condolences and prayers for her and her family come from our hearts. Love, Melanie and Shane Kauppila - Posted by: Melanie Kauppila (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2018

  • So sorry to hear about your Mom, I'm sure she will be missed terribly. I first met Olga when I became Building Manager at Kildonan Horizons 10 years ago. She was always coming down and talking with me, she would tell me stories and bring me bannock that she had just made, and boy was it good. I was sad to have her leave us to go and live in Ericksdale, but a couple of years later she came back to us and she was always happy here. She kept in touch with me on an ongoing basis. She was always very proud of her family, I will miss her as she was one of the nicest sweetest people I knew. - Posted by: JACKIE SOKOLIUK (friend) on: Sep 13, 2018

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother we would like to express our condolences. Although we only met a few times, she was a very lovely lady. - Posted by: Cheryl & Randy. Fedeluk (Russell sister in law Audrey sister) on: Sep 13, 2018

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