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Born: Oct 18, 1927

Date of Passing: Apr 30, 2019

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(nee FRENCH)
October 18, 1927 - April 30, 2019

Peacefully on April 30, our darling Zella slipped away from us, surrounded by family. She was 91 years young.
The eldest of four daughters, Zella was born on October 18, 1927. She outlived her husband, Jon Vermeulen; and sisters, Joy
(Rennie) and Lori (Johnson); and is survived by her dear sister Dorothy; and
brother-in-law Doug Gardiner. Although Zella did not have children of her own, she was a greatly beloved aunt and second mother to nieces and nephews across two generations.
With her fierce intelligence and quick wits, Zella tackled the challenges of succeeding in a man's world with courage and flair, daring anyone to stop her. No one could. Armed with her University of Winnipeg degree, she
became a director of programming over a 25 year career at the CBC and president of the Liberal Party of Manitoba. Her speeches were elegant and concise and always in
demand. With her husband Jon, she was also active in the gliding club and together they travelled extensively.
Even in retirement, Zella maintained her sense of style and keen interest in the world. Few people half her age could match wits with her and she delighted in competitive games of bridge with her friends. Her
humour, sound advice and generosity will be long and sadly missed by all who had the
privilege to love her.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Zella was indeed an elegant, spirited woman. Condolences to the family! - Posted by: Trudy Johnson (friend) on: Nov 25, 2019

  • My sincere sympathy to Dorothy and family. - Posted by: Cecilia Connelly (Friend and fellow liberal) on: May 08, 2019

  • We knew Zella for the past 5 years, and she was an incredible soul. She knew how to make her caregivers laugh, and they were always intrigued by the stories she would tell. Her caregivers, and all of us at Comfort Keepers, will miss her greatly. We are thinking of her family, and we wish them hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain. We are thinking of them during this difficult time. - Posted by: Comfort Keepers (Home Care ) on: May 06, 2019

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