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Born: Oct 23, 1936

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2020

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(nee JOYCE)
October 23, 1936 – November 25, 2020

The family announces the peaceful passing of Allison Drysdale on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at home after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 84.
Allison leaves behind her wonderful husband of 60 years, Dennis; sons, David (Holly) of Chilliwack, BC, Donald of Barrie, ON, nephew, Duncan Brown of Vancouver; plus all of Allison's wonderful cousins and friends from school, nursing, curling, neighbours, and Toniata Campers.
Allison was predeceased by her mom and dad, Wilf & Mary Joyce; sister, Gwen Brown, her daughter, Maureen; Dennis's parents, Frank and Bea; brother, Dalton and step-father, Charlie Nash.
Allison really enjoyed her working years in nursing, starting with The Victorian Order of Nurses, and ending up as an occupational health nurse.
Allison and Dennis enjoyed many wonderful years together, especially Falcon Lake in the summer and travelling to many hot spots in the winter, as well as activities such as curling and bonspieling.
The family would like to thank the nurses at Palliative Care for their great support and help during this time. Allison appreciated all their care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, or to a charity of your choice.

Family invite friends to sign the online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Will always remember the countless matches of Tennis with her most of which she won! Icon at Toniata will be greatly missed by everyone out there! - Posted by: Darren de Leeuw (Lake Friend ) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • My sincere thoughts are with Dennis at this time...I was introduced to Dennis and Allison through my friend and neighbor John DeJong who we lost a couple of years ago...Allison was such a beautiful and caring person and she will be missed greatly....RIP Allison and Dennis...I am always here for you... - Posted by: Jim Wightman (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2020

  • Dennis, David & Donald: We were so sorry to hear of Allison's untimely passing. The first thing we thought of is that a legend is gone. We remember meeting her in our first years at Toniata, over 40 years ago, when you were all tenting and the boys were young. And we remember our last time seeing her down at the beach, riding her bicycle and doing her daily swim across the bay. Jet skiing across the lake even while she was recuperating from her hip operation. Allison knew age was just a number but she certainly lived that concept. Our condolences to you and we hope that happier memories of your wife and mother help you through this difficult time. We all share your sorrow. Now someone else will have to step in to take her place in that daily swim...Allison, Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Dan & Bonnie Siemens (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to you, Dennis, and your whole family. - Posted by: Robert Haiko (Friend) on: Nov 30, 2020

  • I am sending condolences from myself and also the Fort Garry Business Girls Curling League. Although there are not many of us left who knew Allison, we remember her fondly. She was rock in our league. So cheerful and always willing to help. Well deserved, Allison was given Honorary Life Member status. I will miss seeing her and her big smile at our banquets. - Posted by: Carol MacKay (Curling friend and Past President Fort Garry Business Girls) on: Nov 30, 2020

  • My heart goes out to her Family, during this time of sorrow. I have know Allison for a number of years thru curling. I curled with her and against her and enjoyed every minute of it. Just a wonderful person. She will be sadly missed by her friends at St. Vital curling club and the Fort Rouge. - Posted by: Helen Sys (friend) on: Nov 29, 2020

  • We are sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed her spunk and enthusiasm at the lake. We will miss seeing her riding her bike and sitting at the beach every day. - Posted by: Ed & Gloria (Toniata campers) on: Nov 29, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Dennis, David, Donald & Cousins of Allison. She was a very dear friend & was loved by our family. We will miss her. Love from the Mowat family. - Posted by: Donna Mowat (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Dennis our deepest sympathy for your loss. We enjoyed many good times at Toniata with mom and dad Hickey. - Posted by: Bev and dave howell (Friends) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • I so enjoyed talking with Allison at Toniata. She had such a zeal for life. Her interest in my personal life meant alot. - Posted by: Marlene (friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Sorry Dennis to learn of your loss. Almost 70 years ago, about the time we played hockey together and sometime later against, I had the chance to get to know Allison as a classmate in Gr 10. She was a great sport and sportswoman. To many of us at the time we appreciated her great abilities and sense of fair play. More than anything we admired her sense of humour and the ability to take teasing about her strength and size. She was a "class act". Condolences to you and your family. Remember the Good Times! - Posted by: Gary Jones (DMCI classmate) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences to Dennis, David and Donald for your loss of an amazing wife, mother and friend to many! She will be sadly missed by all and Toniata will not be the same without her! My thoughts are with you in these sad times and hope you are comforted by the out pouring of tributes and the many memories. shared with all her friends and family. Be at peace dear Allison! - Posted by: Deb Peters (Toniata Camping friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Allison was always a bright light and inspiration to us. I remember her swimming her laps and biking, when we first met her she would go sailing and water skiing. She was always active and friendly to all. RIP She will be missed. - Posted by: Gary & Lynn Farkas (Friend from Toniata) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Allison was a dear friend and fellow curler. She curled with us at the Fort Rouge Curling Club. She always amazed us with her energy and her quick smile. Always planning her next holiday. She will be dearly missed by: Betty Lamery Milly Kennedy Peggy Murphy Marta Perkins - Posted by: Betty Lamery (friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Condolences to You Dennis and Family. It has been many Years Since Victor St. and John M King School. - Posted by: Alex Orban (Friend from Victor St) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Tracey Gledhill (Friend of Don from Toniata) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. We will miss seeing her out at Toniata. Richard and Darlene Buckinx - Posted by: Richard Buckinx (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Dennis, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Warren Chubey (Regina SK) on: Nov 28, 2020

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