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GERALDINE (GERRI) CATHERINE OAKLEY (FOLEY) Obituary pic

GERALDINE (GERRI) CATHERINE OAKLEY (FOLEY)

Born: Jun 03, 1935

Date of Passing: Jan 29, 2021

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GERALDINE (GERRI) CATHERINE
OAKLEY
(nee FOLEY)
June 3, 1935 - January 29, 2021

On Friday afternoon, January 29, 2021, Dad reached out and took Mom's hand. Her struggle with dementia was over, and she would once again be with the love of her life.
Ted met Gerri, a young girl from Norwood, and an amazing 64 years of love and marriage would follow. They spent most of their life in their home on Harold Avenue in Transcona, raising their six children. Mom's Catholic faith was very important to her, with St. Joseph the Worker being her church of choice. She became a member of the Catholic Women's League, which she thoroughly enjoyed being a part of. The Catholic education of all her children was very important to her. She always reminded us that giving was more important than getting, and that we were to be kind to others.
Mom worked part-time over the years, with her favourite job being in customer service in the Eaton's downtown store. She loved that department store!
Family was Mom's life. She grew up with three sisters, and two brothers, and her tight bond with them was clear throughout our lives. Family gatherings included everyone, and as the years went on the family just kept getting larger. More Christmas dinner space was required and the rental of the South Transcona Community Club became necessary, to accommodate everyone. Mom had the opportunity of a lifetime when she travelled with her sisters to Ireland to experience their Irish heritage firsthand. Mom's favourite place was Victoria Beach. After years of renting a cottage, she encouraged Dad to buy one. It was Mom's peaceful place, where many family celebrations were held. Right up until the end, she always asked about the cottage. Mom, you can rest assured that Tom, Jane and Mya will take care of it.
Mom will truly be missed by her children: Dawn, Clint (Susan), Gary (Monique), Chris (Linda), Tom (Jane), Jennifer (Jason). Grandchildren: Sarah (Travis), Kara (Josh), Jessica (Kyle), Ted (Amy), Katlyn, Tehgan, Jamie (Tyree), Samantha, Trevor, Aryn, Christine, Mya, Jenna, Troy, Shane. Great-grandchildren: Nixon, Ayla and Mom just missed our new additional Isabella. Brothers and sisters: Pat (Al), Lenore, Doug (Janice), Rita (Garrie). Sister-in-law: Lynn (Les); and numerous nieces and nephews. Gerri was predeceased by her husband Ted, her mother and father, George and Helen Foley, brother John, mother and father-in- law, Bertha and Alfred Oakley, brother and sister- in-law, Don, Jeanine, and nephew Kevin.
We all take comfort Mom, knowing you are in a better place. You are the person we joyfully remember: the loving wife, the beautiful mother, the fun sister, and the terrific grandmother.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the third floor staff at Actionmarguerite, St. Boniface, for the kindness and care they provided Mom. Special thanks to her spiritual adviser, Widny, who prayed with her regularly and guided us through her last few hours.

"Mothers hold their children's hands
for just a little while…
and their hearts forever"
(an Irish blessing)

Mom, we are so thankful to have had the love, support and guidance throughout our upbringing. Your calm and unflappable manner will forever be remembered. You were truly one of a kind! We thank you for not listening to your doctors, and proceeding to have five more children (even though it was not advised after your 18 months in the sanitorium fighting tuberculosis). Our large family is a constant source of love and support. We are forever grateful to you and Dad for all that you provided us in life! Rest in peace beautiful lady!
Due to Covid restrictions, an immediate family funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, February 5, 2021 at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Interment will take place with her husband Ted, at a later date. A large family celebration of her life will take place when it is safe to do so.
Flowers gratefully declined. If you wish, a donation can be made to Actionmarguerite, Personal Care Home, 185 Rue Despins, in Mom's memory.

E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS
204-253-5086
ejcoutu.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We are so sorry for your family’s loss . - Posted by: Barb & Darryl Sever (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to the Oakley family and extended family. Your mom as you know was a jewel. She and your dad Ted were amazing loving parents and the best neighbors. I have wonderful memories of babysitting their children and also your mom invited our son Colin for play dates with Jennifer when they were little. You are so blessed to have them as parents. Please know we are thinking of you all and may your memories bring you much joy!! - Posted by: Carol &Glenn Chudley (Neighbor &friend) on: Feb 11, 2021

  • My mom Audrey Mackenzie worked with Gerri at Eaton. They continued their friendship outside of work. Gerri was at several of mom’s milestone birthdays. They had a lot of fun together... deepest regards during this time. Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Allison Mackenzie (Friend) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss, Chris & Linda, Tom & Jane. My most sincere condolences to you and the rest of those who will mourn her passing. Annette Bonomo, Traverse Bay Cottage neighbour - Posted by: Annette Bonomo (friend and neighbour) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • I was very sad to hear that Gerri had passed away. At this time thoughts and prayers are there for family and friends. I met Gerri on the bus. She was going to work at Eatons and I to CIBC. We had many conversations about work, people, life, family and friends. You could see us laughing up a storm and the people around us wondering what was going on. She was an amazing person. Even meeting her while we were out was great. Talking to her at Victoria Beach was always full of new adventures. But one thing for sure Gerri loved her family. They were always in her thoughts and heart. Gerri had a full life of love and happiness. She was blessed by all who knew her. She touched my heart in many ways when we talked and I will never forget the kind words she would say. Your memory is a keepsake to all. God has you in his arms Gerri, but we have you in our hearts. Memories will always be there and will go on for a life time. Bless you my friend. Donna and husband Ray - Posted by: Donna Ritsema (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • To all the Oakley family, Chuck and I send out deepest condolences... I loved chatting with Mrs. Oakley at Eaton's as her department was right next to mine. It was she that got me to read that Eaton family biography book and I throughly enjoyed as much as she had. I always liked to also chat with her when she would visit Dawn, Sarah and Jess. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. She really was a wonderful woman! God Speed Mrs. Oakley - Posted by: Nanci Dagg (Neighbour) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • My condolences Dawn to you and the family. - Posted by: Bev Walls (Childhood friend of Dawn. ) on: Feb 06, 2021

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