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Born: Dec 31, 1938

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2020

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On September 16, 2020, Illa ben Raval (born Pandya), loving wife, doting mother and devoted grandmother, passed away at the age of 81. She took her last breath peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.
Illa ben is survived by her husband Dinesh bhai, three sons, Nitin (Tina), Mayur (Rachelle) and Hitesh (Reneé), and her six grandchildren, Nikeel, Yesha, Quentin, Ashley, Shay and Kiya.
Illa ben was born on December 31, 1938, in Masindi, Uganda, the second of nine children to Shanta ben and Mayashanker bhai Pandya, and the first girl to bless the household.
In 1941, when Illa ben was three, the family moved to Lugazi, Uganda where they remained for the rest of her childhood. In 1948, at the age of 10, Illa ben embarked on an adventure to boarding school in India, where she studied until her return to Uganda at the age of 14. Illa ben was known for her keen interest in the arts, including Indian cultural dances. Her accomplishments in dancing were such that she was selected to perform for the British Governor General of Uganda.
In Uganda, Illa ben embraced her role as eldest daughter, achieving the highest standards at school, and keeping her younger brothers and sisters well cared for and in line at home. She was known affectionately as the family enforcer and had her parent's unwavering support. From a very young age, Illa ben had a strong sense of family, pride in each one of its members, and a passionate desire to care for and preserve family unity. She carried this forward until the last moment of her life. She will be remembered for her loving affection towards her family and generosity of spirit, warmth, and good food.
In 1958, Illa ben married Dinesh bhai Raval and moved from Uganda to Bujumbura, Burundi, where she had three sons. In 1975, the Ravals immigrated to Canada, and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked tirelessly in Winnipeg bringing up her children and grandchildren with amazing zeal and love.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the care and empathy shown by the staff at St. Boniface Hospital and specifically by those in the Palliative Care and Dialysis Units. We would also like to thank all of the family friends that have supported Mom through her illness.
A private ceremony with family only will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Illa's name to the Kidney Foundation at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Mayur et Rachelle, Hitesh et Renée, Nitin et Tina, mes sincères condoléances à vous et vos familles pour la perte de votre mère. C'est un très bel écrit en son hommage. Nos pensées sont avec vous tous, ainsi que votre père. - Posted by: Joanne Therrien (Amie au Collège secondaire de Saint-Boniface) on: Oct 03, 2020

  • Cher Mayur, un simple mot de ma part pour te laisser savoir que je porte la mémoire de ta chère Maman dans ma prière quotidienne. J'inscris le nom de ta mère dans mon bréviaire dont je me sers plusieurs fois par jour pour la prière. Ma chaleureuse condoléance à toi et à ta chère famille, et mon souvenir chaleureux à Rachelle, à toi et aux enfants. Albert Fréchette, prêtre - Posted by: Albert Fréchette (oncle de Rachelle, épouse de Mayur Raval. fils de la défunte) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Mayur, Rachelle, Nikeel, Yesha, Quentin and all the Raval Family. Thinking of you and our sincere condolences from Joel and I, as well as our children, Colin/Lisa and Melanie/Fabio. - Posted by: Christine and Joel Desaulniers (Friends) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Mes sincères sympathies à la famille entière. - Posted by: Marcel Matte (worked with sons) on: Sep 26, 2020

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