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Born: Oct 26, 1947

Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2019

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October 26, 1947 - August 30, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on August 30, with her family by her side, after a five year long courageous battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ken, son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Colleen, granddaughters, Allison and Emily, son Dwayne, granddaughters, Mckenna and Emma, grandson Carter, daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Kyle, granddaughter Erica and grandson Calvin; her sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Muriel Duncan, and other family members.
Born at Portage la Prairie Hospital on October 26, 1947, Alva grew up on the farm in Katrime, MB with her three sisters. In her early years Alva helped tend to the family farm. As a result, her need to put other's before herself was cultivated. In her early adolescent years, she sang in the Beaver choir; this led to her love of dance, music and song. Later she worked as a nurse's aide at the Portage la Prairie Hospital and then at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. It is here in Winnipeg where Alva found the love of her life, Ken.
Alva worked with Ken in their engineering business off and on; she also chauffeured Ken to all corners of Manitoba and into North West Ontario.
Alva and Ken, over the course of the next 51 years, built a legacy of family, friendship, love, compassion, volunteering, guidance and counselling - often taking in others in need of assistance. Mom had a flare for fashion, even in the hospital her pants had to match her gown.
She was a strong yet gentle lady, loving, intelligent, thoughtful; she was known for her cutting humour and quick wit; she gifted all these traits to her three children and grandchildren. She loved to entertain, cook, bake, dance, laugh and love. She was always eager to go on family camping trips with her sister Velma's family. Family potlucks were always a great time for Alva.
When she wasn't running her kids to hockey, volleyball, baseball, basketball, organ lessons, Girl Guides and many other sports, she also spent countless hours volunteering her time to Airway and Bord-Aire Community Clubs, and continued following her children throughout their school years and beyond.
In the 44 years living on Collegiate Street, her doors were always open taking in no less than 27 boarders plus an entire ringette team overnight.
Her biggest joys were her grandkids, singing, baking, laughing, tickling, reading and snuggling them. Attending as many games and performances she was their ultimate cheerleader. Her face lit up when they came for a visit and often face timed them so she could see their smiling faces.
Thank you to Dr. Kolb at CancerCare. Thanks to all the staff, nurses and doctors at St. Boniface Hospital Dialysis. A special thank you to Dr. Walters and Dr. A. Mazarat for the daily care they gave Alva when on duty. A very special thank you to Dr. Martina Reslerova who guided our family through the last two weeks.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Oasis Church, 940 Elmhurst Road, Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to True North Youth Foundation, Renal Clinic and Dialysis Unit St. Boniface Hospital, and CancerCare Manitoba.
****Instead of cards; the family requests that you bring stories to share of your memories of Alva on recipe cards; there will be some recipe cards available to put your stories on at the Celebration of Life for those who may forget but please bring yours to the celebration. If you are unable to attend please email your memories to a family member and we will transfer them to a recipe card. We are excited to create a recipe book of love with all your thoughts and memories.
She will be dearly missed, a void that cannot be filled; we move forward carrying with us a legacy full of laughter, life and love.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Alva was my absolute favorite. Her quick wit and sense of humor always made my day so much better. I'm deeply saddened by her passing but I know she is in a better place now, free of suffering. To Ken and the rest of the family, my deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Rochelle, RN (nurse) on: Sep 16, 2019

  • Dear Ken and family we are sending you hugs at this sad time. Alva will be dearly missed. She was always so kind to our family. Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. Kerry and Eleeta - Posted by: Kerry and Eleeta Armit Kelowna BC (Freinds) on: Sep 05, 2019

  • Ken and family, So sorry to hear of Alva’s passing. But reading her obit she had a good and loving life. You will all miss her but you all have memories and her love. - Posted by: Donna Dankesreiter (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2019

  • Ken & family we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Alva and far too soon. Cherish your memories. We are sorry but we are committed to a funeral in Buffalo, Minnesota tomorrow or we would be attending. We have made a donation to Cancercare Manitoba in memory of Alva. Sincerely, Trevor & Barb Albinet & family - Posted by: Trevor & Barb Albinet (Friends) on: Sep 04, 2019

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