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BONNIE EDKINS (MITCHELL)
Born: Aug 21, 1942
Date of Passing: May 01, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
She is survived by her children, Kinnon Tkach (Colin), Krista Edkins Lambert (Darren), and Gregg Edkins (Kana); her eight grandchildren, Kailey, Kira, Terrin, Gage, Wyatt, Reed, Sumire, and Ayano; her siblings, Brenda Rand (Bruce), Bob Mitchell (Carol), Marlene Lewis (Lorne), and her numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Bonnie was preceded by her parents, Winnifred and Robin Mitchell; and niece Shantelle Lewis.
Bonnie was born in Winnipeg, MB, on August 21, 1942.
Bonnie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education. During her studies, Bonnie became the Lady Stick of the Science Faculty which was one of her many achievements at the University.
After graduation, Bonnie travelled for a year in 1960s to 23 European countries with friends. On June 21, 1968, she married Doug Edkins and they remained married for over 50 years. She started her teaching career coaching and teaching at a few schools including her first two years in Flin Flon, and then West Kildonan Collegiate and retiring from Nelson Macintyre Collegiate in 1997. Upon retirement Bonnie and Doug moved to Pinawa, MB, where they continued to travel to 17 more countries and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, playing bridge, curling, and golfing.
Bonnie was a strong, independent role model for her children, grandchildren, and students. She will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to thank the community of Pinawa for their support in this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
204-268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220 www.soberingfuneralchapel.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 09, 2020
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
Sorry for your loss . Tom McKAY - Posted by: Tom McKay (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2020
Doug and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Still have wonderful memories of playing bridge in the Science womens common room, where i first met Bonnie. Unfortunately we lost touch after the first years of teaching . If i remember correctly i introduced Bonnie and Doug one summer at U of M summer school. She was always such a positive and cheerful person to be around. She will be missed. - Posted by: Pauline Fia (Friend) on: May 12, 2020
When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Our most sincere condolences to Doug and family. - Posted by: Faye & Vern Tkach (In-laws) on: May 12, 2020
My deepest condolences to Doug and all of the family. I have fond memories of curling bonspiels, and golf at the Pinawa Golf course. May Bonnie rest in peace. - Posted by: Eleanor Kelm/Presunka (friend) on: May 11, 2020
Mrs. Edkins was my teacher at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate from 1994 until 1997. She was a kind, patient and amazing teacher and someone to confide in. My condolences her family. - Posted by: Leann Carriere (Former student) on: May 11, 2020
I was very sorry to read about Bonnie's passing. She and I graduated from Science at the UofM in 1959. We took a course in education in summer school at the UofM and then went to teach in Flin Flon, Manitoba at Hapnot High School. We shared an apartment during our two years in Flin Flon and this was a great time. We learned more than our students, I think. After those two years Bonnie took off to see Europe and I went back to school in the Faculty of Medicine. We met a couple of times after that when we were both back in Winnipeg. I remember Bonnie as a cheerful, upbeat person who loved to learn something new. She was a great teacher who was always concerned about her students. I am saddened by her passing- far too young. Diane - Posted by: Diane Biehl (Friend) on: May 10, 2020
Hello Doug, Kinnon, Krista and Gregg, Very sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. She was a good friend and a most excellent teacher and colleague. Our deepest condolences to you and your families at this difficult time. May the Lord give you His comfort, Peace and love. Barry and Bonnie Busch - Posted by: Barry Busch (Friend and former colleague ) on: May 10, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Doug and the family! Bonnie was a wonderful, lovely person. She will surely be forever loved and missed. (((hugs))) to everyone! - Posted by: Sharon and Jack Linaker (Cousin) on: May 10, 2020
Bonnie was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Bev Stewart (Bridge friend) on: May 09, 2020
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie. She was an inteligent and fun person to have known. I enjoyed playing bridge with or against her. She will be missed, but we will have good memories of her. I send my condolences. Leon Clegg - Posted by: Leon Clegg (friend) on: May 09, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mrs. Edkins' family on here passing. She was one of my favorite teachers at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. I would like to share a quote with her loved ones. Mrs. Edkins has not died, but merely gone away, to a better place, free of pain and suffering. We will see her again some day. Rest In Peace Mrs. Edkins. - Posted by: Patricia Homenick (Former student at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate) on: May 09, 2020
I remember Bonnie with great fondness and respect as a wonderful colleague, mentor and generous friend. - Posted by: Lenna Glade (Friend) on: May 09, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to Doug & family! - Posted by: Sherrill Stone (friend) on: May 09, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Doug and family. Glad I was able to have a short visit with Bonnie not so long ago. - Posted by: Joe and Pat Psooy ( friend/neighbour in the past) on: May 09, 2020
To Doug and your family. Bonnie & I were best of friends from grade 3 through to University. We spent many times down at my parents cottage together doing what we both enjoyed; camping and being outdoors. I remember once when we were entrusted with the weekend baking to make it down to the lake we accidently dropped 2 dozen cupcakes into the water. We laughed, fetched them out of the water and nobody ever knew. Bonnie was the best math teacher and could explain it like no one else. I owe my high school maths to her. She was a very loyal and kind friend. Although I lived in different parts of the world after marriage I often thought of our good times we had as kids. Thanks for all the good times Bonnie. Love you. Susan - Posted by: Robert & Susan Baron (Cunningham) (Childhood Friend) on: May 09, 2020
I got to play cribbage with Bonnie and Doug ....they were good players and they won a lot......Bonnie had a very personable and friendly manner about her too.....my deepest sympathy to you Doug and to all your family......blessings too. Barbara Mcdowall - Posted by: barbara mcdowall (cribbage friend) on: May 09, 2020
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