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Date of Passing: Jan 13, 2021

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After a brief illness, Alice Marie Edwards died on January 13, 2021, at the age of 97 years, at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Alice was born in Calgary in 1923 to John and Ada Carroll. She met a young Royal Canadian Air Force airman at a roller rink in Calgary, and Alice and Arnold Robert (Bob) Edwards were married in 1942. With this, their journey as an air force family began, with postings across the country and the complexities of moving a growing family. Alice accepted that reality with grace and no small amount of courage, making many friends along the way.
Family was important to Alice, including her and Bob's Calgary and Toronto relatives, with frequent visits to both cities as a family and on her own. She was a great mum, gramma, great-gramma, and great-great-gramma. She was an excellent cook and baker, and enjoyed gathering with family and friends, a good card game (including bridge), crossword puzzles, and watching curling and Coronation Street. Alice was creative and loved working with her grandchildren on crafts. She often travelled with her sisters, June and Pauline, and the memories of their laughter still make us smile. Alice could engage in meaningful conversations with almost anyone, almost anywhere, and was a good listener. She was kind and generous. She worked at many jobs over the years, and especially enjoyed her time at Canada Post. Alice was a dedicated volunteer, particularly at Saint John XXIII Roman Catholic Parish in Winnipeg, participating in the choir and the ladies group. Her faith was very important to her.
Alice was predeceased by her parents, husband, siblings, a number of in-laws, grandson Rob Edwards, and son-in-law Frank Kohli. She is survived by her children, Marjorie Kohli, Joanne (Gary) Newsham, John Edwards (Wendy), Cathy (Tom) Hayward, Marie Edwards, and Fran Edwards (Curt) and their families. She was blessed with wonderful grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
We are grateful that Mum was able to stay in her home up until the last few days of her life, supported by family members, staff from Home Instead, especially Pam who cared for her with skill and kindness for years, and provincial home care workers. Thanks as well to Mum's family physician, Dr. Raubenheimer, and the staff at the Grace Hospital.
Cremation has taken place, a private mass will be celebrated, and interment of ashes is planned for a later date.
If so desired, donations may be made to Harvest Manitoba Food Banks, or the Winnipeg Grace Hospital Foundation in Alice's memory.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Rest in peace Aunt Alice. - Posted by: Philip Giguere (Aunt) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Marie and family. Alice was a friend and neighbor who we all loved deeply. Alice would always bake Christmas treats and I was fortunate enough to receive these cookies throughout the years. Even though I moved off the street, every Christmas I would think of her and the kindness she showed to all. I am forever blessed to have known her and she will be missed. Rest In Peace sweet lady. Connie Michael. - Posted by: Connie Michael (Friend and neighbor) on: Jan 23, 2021

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