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Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2021

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It is with fond memories that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Alice Olmstead on January 11, 2021.
Mom will be lovingly missed and her memory cherished by her children; Sharon Olmstead of London, Ontario, Sandra Britten (Tom Britten) of Winnipeg, and Glen Olmstead (Samantha Bell) of Calgary; and three grandchildren, Kelsie Britten and Marina Britten (Ian Webster) of Winnipeg, and William Olmstead of Calgary. Mom was predeceased by her husband Bill and her brother Victor.
Alice and Bill married in 1952 and were together for 47 years until Bill's passing in 1999. After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, she re-entered the workforce in 1973, working for Saults and Pollard, then Canada Wire and Cable until her retirement in 1992.
Mom enjoyed volunteer opportunities throughout her life. A long-standing member of the Fort Garry United Church, Mom taught Sunday school, and was a member of the ladies' church unit 7 for over 40 years. She supported Dad in his volunteer work with the Olmste(a)d Family Association, which included many gatherings and travel throughout North America. After Dad died, Mom was a volunteer for 10 years at the Winnipeg International Airport as a Goldwing Ambassador assisting visitors to our city. At that time in her life, Mom also enjoyed the fellowship of the Red Hat Society for over 10 years.
The family cottage that Dad and Mom built at Lakeshore Heights in 1965 was a source of enjoyment for many years, providing special memories for three generations. The cottage remains in the family today, continuing to provide our family with a timeless connection to our parents.
Alice's family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the excellent care and compassion provided by the front-line workers at Seven Oaks Hospital during the brief illness and final weeks of Mom's life. Sadly, our family is one of the many experiencing a personal loss during COVID-19 in which we were unable to spend time with Mom during her final days, though family was able to be with Mom in the hours before she passed. Our hearts go out to all families in similar circumstances. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Riverwood Square where Mom lived for the past year for their care and kindness.
In respect of Mom's wishes no service will be held. Family will gather to toast Mom when restrictions are lifted.
The family gratefully declines flowers. A donation to Agape Table or Harvest Manitoba in Mom's memory is greatly appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Sandra, I just wanted to express my sympathies for you and your family on the passing of your mother. I only recall meeting her a time or two, but it appears she lead a full life; what more can we ask for? She will live on in your memories. - Posted by: Larry McGaw (Friend of Sandra (daughter)) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Alice's passing.She was a wonderful neighbour and we would often enjoy a gossip in the hall or over a coffee or glass of wine. My condolences to her family. Sandra you were a very caring and attentive support to her. Thinking of you. Bonnie Thomson - Paget Street - Posted by: Bonnie Thomson (Former neighbour) on: Jan 16, 2021

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