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Born: Apr 04, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 11, 2019

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"What is Life?
it is the flash of a firefly in the night
it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime
it is the little shadow than runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset"
(Paul Goble: Beyond the Ridge)

On August 11, 2019, at sunrise, our beloved mother was called home.
Mum was born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 4, 1925, and came to Canada in 1961. She was one of seven girls born to John Whitten and Christina Dickson.
She is survived by daughters, Donna Potenza (Roberto) and Jacqueline Elston (Richard), grandchildren, Matthew (Becky), Jennifer, Michael and Daniel: great-grandchildren, Sierra, Vivien, Alex, Connor, Joseph and Yvette, and numerous nieces and nephews in Scotland. She was predeceased by Bill, her husband of 63 years, in March, 2019, grandson Alex Potenza, great-grandson Euan Artus-Elston, twin sister Iris (Joe), and sisters, Jean (Larry), Ann (Peter), Agnes (Bill), Isa (Arthur) and Christina (Tommy).
Mum was sweet and kind with never a harsh word for anyone. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids, who affectionately called her GG. They looked forward every Christmas to her "chocolate boxes", a tradition she carried over from her own youth, to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every September she made a "Clootie Dumpling" for her daughters' birthdays.
Her grandkids loved coming to after-church lunches every Sunday. She was an active member of The Sons of Scotland, and attended Knox United Church until ill health prevented her.
Mum loved baking and sewing, and attending activities in her building. She also enjoyed her weekly outings with her daughters, and travelling. She proudly served her country in the Second World War as an Airwoman First Class, and was a nurse at the Misericordia for many years.
We will miss her quick wit and cheeky smile. Thankfully, years ago Mum had written out, and recorded herself talking about her memories of her grandparents and parents, and her time growing up. She wrote out all our favourite Scottish recipes, and we will treasure them.
We thank the nurses and aides from N3 West at Concordia Hospital who made her last days comfortable.
A private family service and interment will take place at a later date.

Good night sweet mummy, now reunited with her husband, sisters and parents. We love you. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2019

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I remember Mrs. Petrie as a wonderful,gentle, very friendly member of the Miz. family. How wonderful that she captured all those memories for her family to cherish! Blessings to all. Sincerely, Eilleen Veley - Posted by: Eilleen Veley (Nursing associate) on: Aug 13, 2019

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