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Born: Mar 29, 1919

Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2019

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear mother on September 8, 2019 at the age of 100 years.
She will be deeply missed by her brother; Ed Rutherford, children, Ken (Lesley), Patty Alfonso and Clare Harris (Lyle), her grandchildren, Cassidy Papaioannou (Bill), Ginny Saunders Rarog (Mitch), Jared Powell (Brenda), Lincoln Powell (Phalyn), Hayley Mitchell (Kevin) and Arden Alfonso, and her great-grandchildren, Courtney Papaioannou, Bailey Papaioannou, Sydney Rarog, Griffin Rarog, Benny Powell, Nixon Powell and Georgia Mitchell.
She was predeceased by her husband Wallace Powell, son Wallace Powell Jr., and grandson Kenny Powell, as well as her brothers, Bob Rutherford and Bill Rutherford, and sister Doris Roberts.
Mom was born March 29, 1919 in Winnipeg to Robert and Clara Rutherford and grew up at 25 Lenore Street along with her sister Doris and brothers, Bob, Bill and Ed. She attended Laura Secord School along with her siblings. The family had a summer place at Lac du Bonnet and that is where she met the love of her life, Wallace Powell, in 1936. They married in 1942.
She was a devout Christian and was a member of the St. Margaret's congregation for many years.
She was a fitness nut for her entire life and was still walking a mile a day well into her 80s. In her teens she would swim from her family's summer cottage at Lac du Bonnet across the Winnipeg River to the town rather than ride in a boat. She loved the outdoors and in the 1960s would explore northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories with Dad in his Cessna float plane, along with friends Bob and Doreen Purves.
She was a long-time member of the Junior League and a constant volunteer for many different causes.
She devoted her life to her family and was never happier than when she was surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grand-children. She was called DoDo by all the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all their friends, and pretty much everyone who knew her. She was a fabulous cook and the whole family loved DoDo's family dinners on Sunday nights at the farm in St. Andrews.
She had an amazing memory and would always remember everyone's name even if it had been 40 or 50 years since the last time they met. She always took a real interest in what everyone was up to and was the "go to" source for the latest family information.
She loved horses and encouraged her daughters to take up riding at an early age and as a result they both ended up having their own horse farms. She was well known in the horse community and loved attending the horse shows at Spruce Meadows and the Brandon Fair for many years.
When asked what it was about DoDo that made her so special, her grandchildren replied as follows:
Cassidy - her style, whether it be at a dress up affair, a visit at the cottage, or the horse show she always looked fabulous! Not your average Granny.
Ginny – Some of my fondest memories of DoDo include making Angel Cookies together at her home in St. Andrews, playing Hearts with her and Papa at the cottage in Lac du Bonnet and the wonderful family trips to Grand Cayman.
Hayley - DoDo was special in so many ways- her elegance, strength and support for her family. She would always encourage me when I doubted myself. She was always the first person I would call with exciting news and accomplishments.
Arden - I'll always cherish the years we went to Cayman together. I'll miss her amazing stories, how she cared for others, her laugh when she couldn't stop, and our long phone calls when I was away for college.
Lincoln - DoDo was an amazing grandmother, kind, caring and generous. She was a graceful lady.
Jared - DoDo helped connect everyone in our family. She was the host, the entertainer, the one who planned and made everyone welcome. She brought everyone together and lived a life of generosity and gratefulness. She treated everyone with respect and kindness in a manner very few can.

A funeral service will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue on Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be all her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Wishing all of the Powell family our sincere condolences. Clara was always so welcoming to our family and we enjoyed our time together. She will be missed. - Posted by: June & Gordon Saunders (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2019

  • Our times with Dodo and family will always remain cherished. Allan & Valerie - Posted by: Allan & Valerie Matheson (Friends) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • As I only met my friends Dodo once, I have fond memories of my friend/old neighbour Ginny talking about her all of the time. From the memories of them going to Cayman to the birthday get-togethers she always shared with me her admiration for her grandmother. I always said to myself that I want to be just like her Dodo when I grew up...She would share stories of her amazing memory, her strength and tenacity. You were all so blessed to have such a special family member that you all looked up to❤️ Condolences to the entire family, there is definitely a special star in the sky to shine down on you all 💫 - Posted by: Kathy Cowie (Old neighbour/friend of Ginny Saunders Rarog) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • I was so sorry to hear of the loss of one of the most amazing people I have known. I had the opportunity over the years to spend time great times with dodo at the lake caymans and at home ...what I remember best about her was that beautiful smile ....always welcoming and always interested in what was going on in your life. I see a lot of dodo in her children ..that kind gentle manner ...I will always remember her laugh ..she will be missed by many but weren’t we all fortunate to have know her. Sending lots of love to the family. I am sorry I can not make the service but I will be there with you all in spirit - Posted by: Ginny Dennehy (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

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