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Born: Feb 15, 1949

Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2020

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February 15, 1949 - September 14, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister and friend, Sarah Swampy. With her daughters by her side, Sarah passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020, at St. Boniface Hospital. She reunites with her husband, Ronald (Boyish) up in the Sundance grounds above.
She will be greatly missed by her children, Angela (Jilmer), Rebecca, Audrey, Kimberley (Derek), Jennifer (Carlos), and adopted children, Sherri Copsey and Barney Anderson. Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren will also miss her.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald (Boyish), her son Philip, her parents, John and Olive Guimond, her birth parents, Willy and Dora Twoheart, her in-laws, JBD and Esther Swampy, her siblings, Wallace, Benjamin, Harold, Darlene, Edwin and Sybil; and many relatives who left before her.
Left to mourn are her siblings, Paul (Kim), Merle, Adolph, Sally (Ron), Rita (Harold), Mable (Jeffrey) and Claudette (Reinie), her in-laws, Barbara, Helen, Beatrice, Julia (Johnish), Henry (Frances), Marcel (Audrey), Kenneth, Noella (Morris), Patricia, and her Sundance family too numerous to mention.
Sarah was an Elder, leader of the Sundance and pipe carrier. She healed many people, young and old, during her time in the culture. She did countless prayers during assemblies, meetings and gatherings in her home community of Sagkeeng.
She was fluent and one of the keepers of the Ojibway language. She was a mentor and teacher to many children, adults, families and community members from all over. She leaves behind many of her cultural family who will miss her dearly.
Wake services commence Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. at the Thunderbird Ceremony house located on her property. A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at St. Alexander Roman Catholic Church.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery and a feast will be held at the Thunderbird Ceremony house.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on Ward 5E at St. Boniface Hospital. Special thanks to Maria and Judy who took such great care of Mom during her final hours.

Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Spirit Road Funeral Services Inc., PO Box 200, Fort Alexander, Manitoba, R0E 0P0,
204-340-6490 or friends may leave a message of sympathy at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to Sarah's family. Our love and prayers go out to her daughters and grandchildren. Our love to all her family and grieving friends. There are abundant good memories of her remarkable life. We will remember you Sarah. Kitchi Manitou, guide Sarah on her great journey. We will see her again some day. Her spirit is alive. She touched all of our hearts and souls. Sarah was an elder and friend to people all over this Earth. She was kind, caring, and opened her home. We are better humans from knowing Sarah. She gave countless hours of volunteer time to hundreds of people. Sarah is a good human, a shining light, who gave more love to this world. The sundance brought joy and healing to many. She will be missed. Sarah passed along the wisdom of the Anishinaabe. We will remember the stories that Sarah and Ron shared with us all. We are all blessed to have met and known them. Sarah, we will always love you. Meegwetch - Posted by: Joseph P. & Catherine (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Dear Sarah, always welcoming people with a smile and kind loving words. Had the ability to make you feel special whenever you crossed paths.She will be sorely missed for her kindness and generosity. Travel well auntie. - Posted by: Jocelyne Bourbonnais (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Sarah was always so welcoming to everyone. She opened her arms for me to join in several Sundance ceremonies and taught me all about the aboriginal culture. She was always laughing and joking around with such great stories. Rest easy sarah, you will be missed. - Posted by: Chandel Bailey-Morrison (Friend of the Family) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • I offer my condolences to her family and community. She is an inspiration to the world, regardless of ethnic origin, Society needs more people to guide us. - Posted by: Ivan D Jones (Stranger. Person at large.) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Both Bruce and I will miss you so much Sarah. Our condolences to Sarah’s family and the community of Sagkeeng. - Posted by: LindaLou (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2020

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