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Born: Aug 02, 1947

Date of Passing: Aug 23, 2020

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(nee WELSH)
August 2, 1947 - August 23, 2020

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, at Grace Hospital.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jim, and survived by her children, Kyle (Caryn) and Meredith (Greg); granddaughter Mira; sister Maureen; brother Bruce (Kim); sister-in-law Sharon; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Jared, Aynsley, Andrea and Alexis; Veronique; as well as many cousins and loving friends.
Mum was the first child of William and Margaret Welsh, and grew up in a loving household on Dominion Street. As the eldest child, she directed the lives of her siblings, Maureen (Moe) and Bruce, who together had many adventures with hundreds of children in the west end, as well as at their cottage at Caddy Lake. She attended Greenway School followed by Sargent Park, where she met her future husband Jim, and then on to DMCI for high school. At the age of 16 she enrolled in Winnipeg General Hospital's nursing program and, upon graduation, took a certificate in public health at the University of Manitoba.
Lynda married the love of her life, Jim, and supported him throughout graduate school as a public health nurse in Pinawa and then Health Sciences Centre. She retired from nursing to start her family with Jim in the 1970s. The neighbourhood kids on Beaverbrook Street will remember summers of bicycle parades, cardboard forts, as well as an impromptu cinema in our garage, all coordinated by our mother. While raising her children Lynda completed a BA at the University of Manitoba, and then had a 25 year career at the Winnipeg Public Library, where she specialized in children's services.
Our mum devoted her life to caring for others, particularly children: her own kids, her granddaughter Mira, her nieces and nephews and their children, but also many others through Winnipeg Public Library Story Time, church Sunday school, and other outreach activities. She became an avid origami practitioner and always carried squares of paper in her purse so she could entertain parents and children stuck in long lines with frogs, cranes and dragons. She was an active congregant at St. Aiden's, St. Peter's, and All Saints Anglican churches.
Mum also volunteered for many organizations, including UNICEF and the Right to Housing Coalition. She welcomed refugees and immigrants to Canada, many of whom have become lifelong friends. In her later years she volunteered with the children's program at the Manitoba Museum, as well as Agape Table, where she befriended many participants. Mum spent many hours making baby quilts for friends and family, but also crocheting mittens, hats and sleeping mats for anyone in need of warmth and love.
Our parents were fortunate to travel extensively, and made lifelong friends everywhere they went. In her later years she enjoyed geocaching with Jim, and was doggedly relentless in her pursuit of the next cache. Our parents enjoyed their time together at Caddy Lake, and after our father passed away, Mum had many exciting travel adventures with Moe throughout Europe and Mexico. She especially enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter Mira, with whom she shared a special bond.
Our family is grateful to her many friends, who loved and supported her, as well as the medical professionals who helped her through her later years. In particular, we thank Dr. Tony Battad (St. Boniface) and Dr. David Robinson (Health Sciences Centre), as well as Doctors Alain Beaudry and Amila Heendeniya (Grace). We are profoundly grateful to the doctors and nurses at Grace Hospital Three South, who, through their grace and compassion, enabled our family to be together and support each other as Mum passed.
She was the best mother that anyone could ask for; we are so grateful for her life, and miss her so much. Especially in these times Mum would want us to love and care for each other, and to be kind to each other, as she loved and cared for many people throughout her life.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Lynda's life may make a donation in her memory to Agape Table or Doctors Without Borders.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I knew her from DMCI and Orioles community club but lost touch over the years. I note that we may have been in Pinawa at the same time but did not know it. She was a good person. - Posted by: Ken Sargeant (DMCI friend) on: Oct 10, 2020

  • I got to know Lynda during exercise classes at the Pan Am.We struck up a friendship and went out for lunch or to a movie once in awhile.She was such a special person and I will miss our talks and e mails.My thoughts are with her family. - Posted by: Jocelyn (Friend ) on: Oct 05, 2020

  • It was such an honour and joy to know Lynda..A remarkable, kind, loving, genuine and funny lady. Our truly sincere condolences..May God bring solace and comfort to her beloved family and friends..she will be remembered along with Jim by us all. Oh the stories I could tell of our misadventures at the library and beyond... - Posted by: Ksenia and Bill Trutnau and family (fellow library lady, old friends to Jim and Lynda) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • Lynda is remembered by her classmates as a very smart and wonderful lady who was a Proficiency Award recipient and was always involved in Class Reunions. On behalf of the WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Lynda's family. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Aug 31, 2020

  • I met Linda many years ago when our Jims worked together at the Canadian Grain Commission. We saw each other occasionally at CGC functions but I didn’t get to know her very well until I lost my Jim a few years after she lost hers. She was my rock helping me navigate the system to put Jim’s benefits in my name - a simple task that turned out to be extremely complicated. Linda became a bigger part of my life recently and we enjoyed many lunches together and was my date for some PTE productions always followed by dinner out. Such wonderful memories - I’m going to miss her so much! - Posted by: Dianne Dexter (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

  • We first met Jim and Lynda in 2013 at the airport and shared our vacation in Portugal with them. We became instant friends. Since that time along with a few visits we have been E Pals. Perhaps hundreds of letters have been sent back and forth sharing our lives and take on the world around us. Lynda's insights and humor was priceless. We will miss this relationship very much but the memories will stay with us. WE wish to express our condolences to her family. Lynda and John - Posted by: Lynda dnd John Burke-Voss (Friends) on: Aug 28, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. She lead a wonderful life and touched so many lives. She'll be cherished forever. Love and prayers, John & Carol MacKay Ottawa - Posted by: Carol MacKay ( acquaintance of the son) on: Aug 26, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies to Kyle and Merideth at this time. Your mom was such an amazingly kind, funny, thoughtful neighbor and we shared many morning coffees in the Beaverbrook mother's group. Our daughter Megan received one of your mom's baby quilts which I still have and will pass on one day. She certainly created a legacy of love to give her family and friends, God rest her soul, Jane and Nick Fox - Posted by: Jane Fox (Beaverbrook neighbor and friend) on: Aug 26, 2020

  • During training our practice groups were all divided alphabetically. Since my last name was Urquhart, we spent a lot of time together. Really good memories. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Pat Gibson (Nursing sister from the class of 1967) on: Aug 25, 2020

  • Sending thoughts of comfort and prayers of healing to Lynda's family and friends. - Posted by: Jill MacKay (Friend of Kyle and Caryn Daun ) on: Aug 25, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences on the loss of Lynda, such a lovely soul. It was my privilege to work with, learn from, and laugh with her here at the Manitoba Museum. She did such a wonderful job doing our school programs. She will be missed. - Posted by: Anya Moodie-Foster (Worked with her at the Manitoba Museum) on: Aug 25, 2020

  • When I was a kid Auntie Lynda invited me to come “help” in the kitchen while preparing a holiday family meal. It came time to prepare the gravy, and she had a spoon with a thick elastic tied to the top. I asked why and she replied “It’s to stop the spoon from sliding into the gravy, otherwise the spoon will go for a swim and sing silly songs” As a kid this was one of the funniest things I had heard. I came back to help for a few meals, and made her repeat this story each time ha ha. It’s always stuck with me and something that I think of fondly every holiday even as an adult. Honestly such a silly thing, but one of my favourite memories, of many, and let’s be honest, no one could hold a candle to Auntie Lynda’s gravy! I was a handful as a child, but she always made me feel special. I love you guys. I’m so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. - Posted by: Alexis Ritson (Lynda’s niece ) on: Aug 25, 2020

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