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Born: Aug 19, 1938

Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2020

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Peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2020, with daughter Kathy holding her hand and being surrounded by family in the previous hours and days, Charlotte passed into the arms of our Lord at the age of 81.
Charlotte will be lovingly remembered by many, but especially by her daughters, Kathy (Gerry), Sheila (Colin) and Sharon; grandchildren, Tim, Meagan and Alyssa; great-grandchildren, Emily and Easton; brother Louie (Ophelia); sister Marlaine (Julio); best friend Jean, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Alice and John; husband John; son Ken, and stillborn daughter Ramona.
Charlotte was born Charlotte Marie Beatrice on August 19, 1938, to Alice (nee Campeau) and John Small in Dacotah Siding, Manitoba. She grew up in Starbuck, Manitoba and attended the Starbuck Consolidated School. With her father in the military the family moved to Churchill, Manitoba for several years when she was 12 and she often shared that she felt those were her best childhood memories. Several more moves followed to Picton, Ontario and then Montreal, Quebec where she attended Holy Names High. After graduation she had a calling to serve God and entered the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as a novitiate, but just before taking her final vows a health concern forced her to reconsider a different path of service to God. She joined the Air Force and then took a job at an orphanage where she was able to take great joy in caring for the children. There she met a co-worker, Bertha who invited her home to a family dinner. Seated at the table was Bertha's handsome brother, John - three months later they were married in Montreal and welcomed their first child, son Ken a year later. After moving back to Winnipeg more children followed, Kathy, Sheila, Sharon and Ramona. Mom and Dad settled in Fort Rouge in Winnipeg where Mom would have support from her family while John worked away from home in Canada's North on the D.E.W. Line. Although a homemaker, Charlotte worked at many small jobs both paid and volunteer. She ran a daycare from her home, sold Tupperware and typed papers for university students, all while maintaining a house and giving her children the benefit of her seemingly tireless self - music lessons and other activities. She joined Scouts Canada as a helper, that led quickly to her becoming a Cub leader, Beaver leader and District Commissioner roles that spanned almost 30 years, receiving the Medal of Good Service and Medal of Merit. The family enjoyed many camping and road trips over the years that crossed the country. Charlotte was a skilled camper whether with family or the Boy Scouts. She rejoined the workforce in 1980 taking a job at MacDonald Youth Services, beginning as a receptionist and working up to being the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director until she took her retirement in 1998 to care for her father after he suffered a stroke.
After the loss of her husband, John, in 1985 Charlotte continued her passions that included organizing and facilitating family reunions, picnics, searching and developing the family tree and going to Daniel O'Donnell concerts with her best friend, Jean and daughter, Sharon. Daughter, Sheila and husband Colin took over family dinners so she could just enjoy. Sheila continued to feed Mom's love of music taking her to concerts by Rita MacNeil, The Irish Rovers and The Chieftains. Charlotte took great pleasure in her grandchildren, Tim, Meagan and Alyssa and helped them whenever she could and was excited to have great-grandchildren, Emily and Easton. She lived with youngest granddaughter, Alyssa for many years and developed a most special bond with her. This arrangement saw Alyssa take on the role of caregiver for several years, for which Mom and the rest of the family is forever grateful.
Charlotte went on the trip of a lifetime, a gift from family, after her 70th birthday - touring Ireland and France with daughter Sharon. She continued camping with daughter, Kathy and husband Gerry, loved crosswords and all things music. Mom's caring for others never wavered - it was who she was, she was always giving of herself whatever she had. Her faith remained extremely important to her and she prayed the Rosary nightly with a list of anyone she had heard needed prayers, many whom she never met. Even when she lost her words for the prayers she took great comfort in anyone who would pray with her.
Prayers will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, Winnipeg.
The family has the deepest gratitude for Kathy always being there for Mom in any way and for keeping Mom's quality of life as the first priority. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Prime Deer Lodge and Misericordia, Chez Nous and MP1 at Misericordia Place.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made for research into dementia to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba on her behalf.

"Enjoy your well-deserved rest, Mom, we miss you and we love you - so very much.
Until we meet again."

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Hi Kathy. My condolences for your Mom. I have fond memories of her. I specifically remember going to your home on McMillan with Ken and your Mom was baking cookies. We enjoyed a number of them once they were done. Nothing compares to homemade cookies right out of the oven!! She was very sweet to me. Enjoyed reminiscing as I read about her life in the obituary. - Posted by: Linda Allden (new Bourgouin) (Friend from the past) on: Mar 02, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family for the passing of a mom, a friend, a sanctuary, an inspiration and a precious Aunt who touched my life beyond words. I will forever remember you for your kind heart, unconditional compassion, enduring grace, timeless wisdom and sense of humor. In the Dictionary of Life, under the definition of “beautiful,” is my dearest Aunt, for the person she was, the life that she led, and the selfless love that she gave to all in need. I’m sorry I could not be there to celebrate her but know that I am there singing in spirit of the joy, hope and sunshine she imparted on all who knew her and those that only crossed her path. I miss you Auntie Charlotte. - Posted by: Patrick Small (Nephew (Son of Jean)) on: Feb 27, 2020

  • Kathy and Family, On behalf of your entire work family at One Insurance, we want to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time. We are sorry to hear of your loss and send our prayers during this time. - Posted by: One Insurance (Employer) on: Feb 27, 2020

  • I have nothing but the fondest of memories of "aunty Charlotte"; spending so many weekend visits there, growing up with my cousins, especially Sheila and Sharon, as we were the closest in age. I remember always being in awe of the number of kids that always seemed to be around; her house had an "open door" policy that became my goal to achieve with my own children and their friends. She was always welcoming, and always willing to share. She was an amazing, generous, and kind woman, who loved her family passionately, and set a wonderful example to all who were blessed to know her. - Posted by: Lisa Johnston (Barski) (cousin) on: Feb 27, 2020

  • She took such good care of us young teenagers, trying out adulthood with our wobbly new-born-deer legs. She gave us room to try to walk and never let us fall. I will always be grateful to ‘Mama Mullen’ for her kind heart and gentle support❤️ - Posted by: Hanka Hulsbosch (Teenager needing a second mother) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Charlotte was a regular visitor to the house when she and my dad worked together with the scouts. She had quite a personality and I'm sure was a great scout leader. - Posted by: phil mowatt (family friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Condolences to the family. I remember Charlotte well from Boy Scouts days and all the fun times and meetings with her and Kathy. She will be missed. - Posted by: Carol Neill (Friend from Boy Scouts) on: Feb 26, 2020

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