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Born: Jun 21, 1943

Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2020

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(nee RIEU) (aka GAYNIA)

Suddenly on July 15, 2020, Gail passed away at her home in Winnipeg.
The eldest daughter of Norman and Sophie Rieu, she was born in Winnipeg June 21, 1943. Gail grew up in Charleswood, retiring from the Grace Hospital after 35 years. Following retirement Gail began a new career working in retail, where nothing brought her more joy than helping a client get "put together" for a special event.
Mom was an amazing knitter, loved golf, curling, and spending time with family and friends. She loved family gatherings, hearing what everyone was up to, and of course seeing what we were dressed in! She will be remembered for being an unconventional grandmother with a flair for fashion and a love of life, easily recognized cruising around in her yellow Volkswagen Bug convertible and personalized "Gaynia" plates.
Gaynia will be missed and lovingly remembered by her son Doug Ennis (Cheryl), daughter Nadine Hallgrimson (Lorne), sister Wendee Rieu (Mary), granddaughters, Tess and Sydney, her special friend Gord, extended family, and her many treasured friends. Gail was predeceased by her sister Lynda Slatnik.
As per Mom's wishes she will be laid to rest with a private family gathering.
Special thank you to Dr. S. Domke for her wonderful care over the many years, as well as Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Engine 18 crew and Winnipeg Police Service officers, Matt and Shelby.

Love you Mom.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Gale was a lovely person and will be missed by many who worked with her. I had lots of chats with her over the many years when I worked at the Grace. Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Shirley Robinson ( Co-worker from Grace Hospital) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • Gail, I am so sorry to hear of your passing. Working with you was a joy and I enjoyed our occasional get togethers in past years. - Posted by: Maura Leahy (Former colleague ) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • Gail was very special and a lot of fun to work with at The Bay. I will miss her very much. She always brightened my day and made me laugh. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Terry Wackerman (Friend) on: Jul 28, 2020

  • Gail was a "one of kind" and I really enjoyed meeting up with her for a coffee or bite to eat. She always had some great insights into life and loved to hear updates on what was going on with people around her. She was a strong and determined woman who stood her ground and was a true inspiration. She will be missed by many. RIP Gail. - Posted by: Catherine Schellenberg (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Aunt Gail was definitely her own individual. For as long as I can remember she was different and more eccentric than anyone I knew then and know now. She had her own style and tastes, and was her individuality - definitely. She had her own key words she’d say (“oh shit” , “are you for real” and “c’mon really”) to name a few. We had some very nice and private conversations and was sure down to earth. My moms big sister. May you Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Trevor Slatnik (Nephew) on: Jul 21, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about Gail. I wish that I could be there to help you get through this sudden tragedy. I want you to know that my thoughts are with all of you. Please feel free to call at any time, just to chat or whatever. Take care of yourselves and accept my condolences. - Posted by: Penny Pringle Fehr (Family Friend) on: Jul 19, 2020

  • I am so sorry to see Gail Baker passed away she was very good person and good worker and friendly. God bless her. - Posted by: Gurdeep s Gujral (Co worker from Grace hospital ) on: Jul 19, 2020

  • Please know our Thoughts are with you Wendi and your Family with the passing of your sister. May your Memories be with you always. Eddie and Shirley Thomas - Posted by: EDDIE AND SHIRLEY THOMAS (FRIEND) on: Jul 18, 2020

  • Gail was a hoot. She made me laugh or at least smile every time I saw her. Thankfully, I had a chance to chat with her when we ran into each other just a few weeks ago and we had a wonderful visit. My sincerest condolences to you all. Her wonderful, dry humour will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Judy Hunt (Volunteer at Grace Hospital) on: Jul 18, 2020

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