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Born: Aug 04, 1921

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2021

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Ladena passed away peacefully on January 5, in Seven Oaks Hospital, at the age of 99.
She was predeceased by our father, Jack Hodgkinson, in 1981, husband Gerry Mabley in 1999, young son David in 1956, many of her siblings and son-in-law Jim Thalman. She is survived by daughters, Patricia (Tom Bale), Marilyn Thalman, and Heather (George Kerr) and son Fred Hodgkinson (Louise); grandchildren, Lyndsey, Allison, Ian, John, Priscille, Bridget, Kyleen and Katie; great-grandchildren, Joel, David, Sophie, Kenzie, Ariana, Nolan, Kendra, and Megan; and great-great-grandchild Gwen. She is also survived by sisters, Gladys Davidson and Alma McKelvy, brother Raymond Smith (Viv) and nieces and nephews.
Ladena, or Deanie, as she was known much of her life, was born August 4, 1921, on the family farm near Birnie, MB. She was the fourth of twelve children of Ethel and Bill Smith. At the age of eighteen, she moved to Winnipeg on her own. After a difficult start, she began a career at C.P.R., where she met many other young women who became lifelong friends. Mom met our Dad, Jack, upon his return from prison camp in Japan, in 1945. They married in a blizzard in Birnie on February 15, 1947. Together they worked hard to give us a life filled with love. Family and friends were always welcomed at Jack and Deanie's on Mountain Avenue. In 1990, Mom married Gerry and together they travelled to Hawaii, Hong Kong, the Caribbean and wintered in Victoria.
Mom belonged to the Hong Kong Veterans Association, the Duke of Kent Legion and St. Barnabas Anglican Church. She loved dancing, bowling, her garden, card games, BINGO and her many years at Sportsman's Park at Clear Lake.
But her most precious times were spent with family. She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hearing all their stories. She loved us all dearly and was dearly loved in return.
Ladena enjoyed her nine years at Riverwood Square and being near her sister, Gladys. Mom was so grateful for the kindness and compassion of all the staff.
A private family service will take place on January 15, 2021 at Chapel Lawn.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Kathy and I send our deepest sympathies to Pat, Marilyn, Heather and Fred and family on your loss. Deannie was such a wonderful neighbour, she had a heart of gold. I have such fond memories of family gatherings of the Cobb and Hodgkinson families. All our love, Don and Kathy - Posted by: Don Cobb (Next door neighbour mountain avenue) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • I am saddened to hear of the passing of Auntie Deanie, my Godmother. She was such a kind soft spoken lady. Our family was next door neighbors to the Hodgkinsons on Mountain Ave for many years...throughout my childhood. I am thankful that Deanie and my Mom, along with many of the ladies in our North end neighborhood were such close friends and confidantes. I have fond memories of neighborhood Christmas parties, Birthday parties and the ladies Sewing Club get-togethers. Sending my love and sincere Condolences to Pat, Marilyn, Heather and Fred and your families. - Posted by: Louise Brooks (née Cobb) (Godchild ) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • I am saddened to hear the news of Deanie's death. She was a wonderful, kind and gracious woman and a good friend to so many. I feel fortunate to have known her and will miss seeing her at HKVCA events. Pat, Heather, Marilyn and Fred and family, you are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Pat Atkinson (friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Auntie Deanie was a beautiful lady inside and out. Our condolences to all of the family and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all!❤ - Posted by: Bev and Henry Blake (Niece ) on: Jan 15, 2021

  • Dear Patricia and Marilyn and Heather and Fred and extended Hodgkinson’ family. Our family shares your sorrow, having heard about the passing of your dear mother. She was so gracious and kind, she had a tremendous impact in the North End neighborhood! She left us a legacy that will guide us through these difficult times! May the God of all comfort strengthen each of you. The Ades’ family. - Posted by: Ades' family (Neghbour) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • Pat, Marilyn, Heather, Fred & families We were so sorry to hear about Auntie Denie. I will always remember her as being so kind & caring. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending our sincerest condolences, love & hugs❣️ - Posted by: Sharon & Cam Mclaughlin (Niece) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • To a wonderful lady inside and out. Always dressed gracefully and nary a hair out of place. A smile on her face completed her wardrobe. Family was everything but she always had time for others. The truly graceful lady. You were so lucky to have her in your life. Bev Brian and families - Posted by: Bev and Brian Flockton (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • I was friends with Heather when we were in elementary school. I have such fond memories of walking across McPhillips (which was a huge deal) to spend time in their warm and friendly house on Mountain Avenue. My sincerest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Janet Lach-Stefanyk (friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • Such a wonderful lady. I recall her from my days with Consumer Care Maids. - Posted by: Debbie Winterburn (Friend and former housekeeper) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • My family grew up next door to the Hodgkinson family, and we knew her as Auntie Deanie...she was a lovely lady and will be missed by her family and many friends. Rest in peace Auntie. - Posted by: James Cobb (one time neighbour) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Aunties passing. She was such a sweet and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families through these difficult times. Hugs to all. Bev and Harry Blake - Posted by: Bev and Harry Blake (Aunt) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • To one of the most beautiful ladies inside and out. Always dressed to the nines and not a hair out of place. She always really cared for people. She was genuinely interested in everyone. Truly a real lady. Love the picture and that is how I choose to remember her. Our deepest sympathies and love to all - Posted by: Bed and Brian Flockton (Frienf) on: Jan 09, 2021

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