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BETTY MAY MCFARLANE (WOLFE)

Born: Apr 16, 1935

Date of Passing: Nov 24, 2019

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BETTY MAY MCFARLANE
(nee WOLFE)

Our family is profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Betty May McFarlane (nee Wolfe) on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
A celebration of Betty's life will take place at Thomson in the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (rmhcmanitoba.org) or a charity of your choice.

NEIL BARDAL
FUNERAL CENTRE
204-949-2200
neilbardalinc.com


Publish Date: Dec 7, 2019

BETTY MAY MCFARLANE
(nee WOLFE)

Our family is profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Betty May McFarlane (nee Wolfe) on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
Betty - wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend - was the glue that held our family together and she will be sorely missed.
She was predeceased by her parents, Ida and Bill Wolfe; her sister Wilma Heraid, and her biological father Anthony (Tony) LaBrash.
She is survived by her husband and life partner of 63 years, Ron McFarlane; her children, Rhonda (Brian), Bruce (Vicki) and Gordon (Jennifer); her grandchildren, Sarah, Kelsey (Pat), Blair, Kevin (Samantha), Michelle, Athena, Chloe and Andrew (Leanne); her great-grandchildren, Tyson, Ben, Kaiya, Adam, Madden, Northwind, Jake and Kodah; her sisters, Irene Williams, Elaine Hernandez and Maureen Kuhling, and a legion of loving friends.
Born on April 16, 1935, Betty was a country girl at heart. She grew up in Saskatchewan farming communities, attending a one room school house until she went first to Prince Albert to middle school and then to Saskatoon to attend high school. At Bedford High School in Saskatoon, she met her first and only love, Ron, and they were married in 1956. Ron's career as an air traffic controller took them to Winnipeg for training, back to Saskatoon where Rhonda and Bruce were born, and again to Winnipeg where Gord joined the family. Another move took them to Regina and then back to permanent residency in Winnipeg in 1971.
Betty's ability to make a beautiful and comfortable home wherever the family moved was her super power. She was an amazing cook, an accomplished seamstress, gardener extraordinaire, and she and Ron entertained often and well. Friends and family alike coveted invitations to her table because they left satisfied and nourished, not just by great food, but with warm, gracious hospitality. She showed her love for everyone in her life by ensuring they were well fed, delivering homemade cookies or muffins to those who were bereaved, newcomers to the neighbourhood, new parents and those celebrating special occasions.
Betty revered education and read voraciously. She anticipated the start of the school year with glee and was so excited to be accepted as a mature student at the University of Winnipeg in 1986. One of her proudest accomplishments was her graduation at age 55 with a double major BA in English Literature and Anthropology.
Travel was a major joy for Betty. She and Ron travelled to many American states, including Hawaii on a number of occasions, Europe, Australia and China and they sailed on a number of cruises. She also cherished the memories made on trips to Ireland with Rhonda, to New York with Bruce, and to Toronto to visit Gord and his family. We are now the keepers of those precious memories.
The last weeks of Betty's life were a struggle as she contended with a fractured pelvis and complications from COPD and congestive heart failure. We are grateful beyond words for the hundreds of gestures of support and love for all of us while she was in hospital. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A celebration of Betty's life will take place at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (rmhcmanitoba.org) or a charity of your choice.

NEIL BARDAL
FUNERAL CENTRE
204-949-2200
neilbardalinc.com


Publish Date: Nov 30, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 30, 2019, Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I don't know if you remember me but I lived across the street from your family on Corbett Dr. Bruce used to babysit my sister and myself. And I used to play basketball with Gord. I remember sitting in your kitchen talking with Betty she was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Lori Yaroshko Penner (Neighbour) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • To Ron and Family: We are sorry for your loss of Betty. She was a lovely lady. We recall when she learned how to play the harp and did very well. Doug & Yvonne Virtue - Posted by: Doug & Yvonne Virtue (Friends) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to the McFarland Family, Our two families have shared many wonderful memories and years of friendship. Betty was always so kind, and an amazing hostess. Thinking of you all, Joanie Vanderpont - Posted by: Joan Rafter (Friends) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Dear Ron and family, we are extremely saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. Her beautiful smile and gentle demeanour are a lasting memory for us. The many, many dinner parties she hosted were extraordinary and so welcoming! We were honoured to sit at their table and enjoy an evening of good food, great conversation and wine! Lots of wine! She will live on in our hearts! A golden heart stopped beating when she passed. Our Love and hugs ‘Junie’ & Richard (aka “Kitchen Boy”) .....that was Betty’s nickname for him - Posted by: June & Richard Gray (Friends) on: Dec 03, 2019

  • Ron and Family. Ron we were saddened to hear of Betty's passing and can't imagine how you are dealing with her loss. We remember Betty as an intelligent and dynamic Lady. We remember her always having a smile on her face and a friendly way about her. Elaine particularly was so fond of Betty and enjoyed her meetings with Betty many times in years passed. There is never a right time to lose a loved one but one thing that can keep us going are the memories and good times you shared together with her and your family. Please know our thoughts are with you at this trying time. Please accept our sincere sympathy, Jack and Elaine in Kelowna. - Posted by: Jack Reay & Elaine Bolter (Friends) on: Dec 01, 2019

  • Our condolences to you Ron & to your family. Betty was certainly everything as stated above and then some. May her memory be blessing. Rob & Derrick Vancouver BC - Posted by: Derrick & Rob Gessell-Williams (Friend) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • I am so sorry for the whole family to hear of Betty‘s passing. She always had a warm smile and kind word. Hold your memories dear. Hugs to all. - Posted by: Jennifer Dumore (Friend ) on: Nov 30, 2019

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