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Born: Aug 07, 1928
Date of Passing: May 18, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
Isobel was born on August 7, 1928 to Donald and Mary Wallace. Raised in Elmwood near where her father worked at Brown and Rutherford, she attended CGIT at King Memorial United Church, the church where she was married to William Bihun in 1948. They were married for 63 years until Bill's passing in 2011.
In 1957, they moved to Transcona with their children, Brenda and David, and made a life for themselves and their family. While Bill worked at the CNR, Isobel enjoyed her decades of work at Clifford's Ladies Wear, at the store on Selkirk Avenue, on Portage Avenue, and finally at Kildonan Place.
After her retirement, she was a volunteer at Bernie Wolfe School for several years with the kindergarten and grade one kids, manifesting her capacity and enthusiasm for the support and care of children, that her grandchildren will always remember with love and appreciation. Especially at the cottage at Lester Beach, where the memory of long summer days at the beach will be an ongoing blessing. She left them an enduring teaching about taking pleasure in the simple things of life.
Isobel and Bill enjoyed many holidays in Mexico and Arizona with friends, an experience that was enhanced by Isobel's willingness and ability to learn Spanish in her fifties. They also enjoyed visiting grandchildren wherever their work or studies took them in Canada, and faithfully attending whatever events and activities they might be involved in here at home.
Isobel treasured her Scottish heritage, and was a great supporter of the Transcona Pipe Band, as a parent, and later as a grandparent of band members. When declining ability to communicate overtook her, the sound of the pipes never failed to produce a smile, and a tapping foot.
Isobel is survived by her children, Brenda (Bill), David (Anita); her grandchildren, Rebecca, Jessica, Daniel, Jennifer, Tessa, Erin and Hannah and her great-grandchildren, Robert, Owen, Noah, Emmet, Chloé and André.
Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at an appropriate time.
Glen Eden Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 23, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
My Aunty Issie was a treasure. All of us kids adored her, she always had time for us, while the others were being "adults". She was so full of life and filled with joy. She could lighten the room with her smile and laughter. My condolences to you, David and Brenda, and all your expanding families. A whole clan has grown from 2 beautiful people who loved each other and cherished their family. I hope that she is with your Dad watching over all of you. Blessing and hugs to you all. - Posted by: Patricia Adams (niece) on: May 25, 2020
My sincere condolences to Brenda and family on the loss of this very special Lady. I had the great pleasure of working with Isobel and Brenda at Clifford’s on Portage, fifty years ago! I have fond remembrances of Isobel’s great laugh and lovely smile. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Karen (Shreiber) Howell (Former Clifford’s work colleague) on: May 24, 2020
Dear Dave, Anita & Family, My deepest condolences are with you and your family at this time of such grief on the passing of your Mom, Mother-In-Law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother Isobel. As the time passes may you find and be at peace knowing she will not have to suffer any longer with not being able to communicate due to complications with her stroke. Dave it is so nice you are following her dreams of the pipe band and every time you play you will be honoring your Mom. I remember your Mom with kind memories that she was always smiling and so proud of her family. Love Shelagh & Wayne - Posted by: Shelagh Roberts (friend) on: May 24, 2020
Fred and I got married June 15, 1974 and we drove across Canada to meet his family that could not make it to our wedding. We had a lovely visit and dinner party at Uncle Bill and Aunty Isobel's home and met a ton of family. We maintained a relationship all these years with e-mails back and forth. When her health declined family always read her our messages and she enjoyed hearing from us. We send our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of Aunty Isobel. May the lifetime of wonderful memories comfort you all in this time of loss and grieving. - Posted by: Fred and Lynn Bihun (Fred's Aunty) on: May 24, 2020
Dear Dave, Brenda and families; my deepest condolences on the passing of Isobel. Through her (and Bill's) support of the pipe band, I felt that I had the bonus of "extra" parents to support us in our endeavours and indulge us in our youth. Your mom was always very kind to me. Take care. Sincerely, Les Sasaki - Posted by: Leslie Sasaki (friend of family) on: May 24, 2020
A sad time at anytime, but these times are even harder! Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to all your family! But remember to smile at the long awaited reunion of an eternal love, Bill will be happy with his love by his side forever more! Cindy Miller and family - Posted by: Cynthia Miller (Friends) on: May 23, 2020
My condolences on the loss of your Mom, David and Brenda. She was a lovely lady and truly was a great supporter of the Transcona Pipe Band over the years. I remember attending many socials and parties where your Mom and Dad were present. Your Mom expressed such a joy for living through her laughter and shared experiences. She was very proud of you all and your accomplishments over the years. May she now rest in peace. To your entire family, my heartfelt sympathy. - Posted by: Joyce Hooper (Former pipe band member to David.) on: May 23, 2020
We always enjoyed visiting with "Izzy" at Park Manor. Ken could always get a smile from her. It is very final to lose a mother, but something most all of us have to go through. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers, now and in the days to come. We have been at the lake since March 18 and do not know when we will be home...Ken and Carol - Posted by: Ken and Carol (Friends) on: May 23, 2020
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