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Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2020

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(nee ELCOCK)

With sadness, the family of (Barbara) Denice Lancaster announce her passing on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Left to mourn her loss, is her loving husband Bob (Robert) Lancaster. In addition, Denice leaves her daughter Kim; son Darren, daughter-in-law Tammy, and grandchildren, Lilly and Jonathon; daughter Sherri, son-in-law Glenn, grandson Matthew, granddaughters, Amanda and Courtney (Thomas); and Denice's great-granddaughters, Emily, Cait and Margaret. She will also be remembered by her sister-in-law and friend, Margo; as well as her many nieces and nephews. Denice was predeceased by her father Samuel; mother Agnes; and brother Rick (Richard) Elcock; as well as her father-in-law John; mother-in-law Doris; sister-in-law Marilyn; and brother-in-law Rick (Richard) Lancaster.
Born in 1942, Denice was always proud to state that her birth in Yorkton was due to her dad's training in Saskatchewan, prior to his service overseas during the Second World War. After returning to Winnipeg, her parents bought a small peacetime home in Weston. Denice shared countless, happy stories of her childhood. She fondly recalled family trips to the Whiteshell, where she picked blueberries with her mom, and spent many happy hours fishing with her dad, Sam. One story she often shared was the time she was lost in the tall grass prairie near her home, and how she was found only after someone spotted her beloved dog, Duchess' tail above the grass. She dearly loved her younger brother, Rick, and she treasured her memories of their time growing up together on Kildaroch Street.
As a young girl, Denice studied and performed Irish dancing. She loved to dance. If there was music playing, she was ready to get up and move. At a "due", social or wedding, Denice was usually the first on the dance floor, and often the last to sit down. Her face would beam when she recounted an evening of jiving with Bob, which was often followed up with a demonstration, or a night of fun with her other dance partner, Margo. Her energy would put most others to shame.
Just short of their 58th wedding anniversary, Bob and Denice shared a lifetime together. They moved to Charleswood in 1968, and worked tirelessly to build their new home. Despite her tiny stature, Denice was ready to dig in and help with anything that needed to be done. Holding up drywall, hauling, digging, shovelling, painting, and decorating, only to finish up the day preparing supper for her family - she did it all. The incredible garden that she and Bob created together over many years, was her passion, and she fiercely defended it against any and all critters who would dare to destroy any part of it.
Denice was feisty in the best way possible. She was never afraid to share her opinion, and stood up for what she knew to be right and true. Feisty was also the way she took on friendly challenges such as Wii Boxing matches and Dance Offs, or running races against her grandchildren. There was no holding back - Denice was in it to win it, although those friendly challenges always ended in everyone's joyous laughter. Her laugh was infectious, and family dinners often ended with sitting together around the table, laughing over the silliest things.
Many wonderful memories were created over the delicious family dinners that Denice prepared throughout the years. Her favourite was Christmas, and the food and decoration reflected the care she took in making it special for her family. Denice gave tirelessly and selflessly to her children and grandchildren through every stage of their lives. She always had a ready ear to listen, and offered gentle but practical advice whenever it was needed. We will miss our sounding board. Denice had a special bond with her grandchildren's dogs, Charlie, Bogo and Abbey. They were drawn to her warmth, love, and gentle spirit. In addition to raising her children and spending treasured time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Denice loved to work in her garden, collect antiques, and add to her vintage doll collection.

Denice, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma – your love, spirit and gentle soul will live through all of us. We will miss you forever and will remember you always.

Denice's family would like to thank Samantha, our home care support. Your loving care for Mom over the past several months was a gift. Whenever you were at their home, both Denice and Bob had a brighter day. Thank you to the palliative care team. While only for a brief time, your care and guidance was invaluable as we gave support to Mom through her last days.
To honour Denice's request, there will be no funeral service.

In our hearts you hold a place
that no one can ever fill.
You brought to us a light so great that,
even though you are gone, your light
will always remain.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Bob & family, Brenda & I are so sorry to hear of Denice's passing. Ken & Brenda Kayer - Posted by: Ken & Brenda Kayer (past neighbour) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. Remember the many good times our Families spent together. They were always so good to our Mother and Family. Condolences And Gods Blessings to the Family. Sheryl Ewchuk (Craig) - Posted by: Sheryl Ewchuk (Craig) (First cousin) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • The photo so captures her! A loving tribute to a lovely lady. She leaves behind so many good memories. I shall truly miss her,🌹 - Posted by: Margo Lancaster (Sister-in-law’) on: Jul 25, 2020

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