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GWENDOLINE MARGARET SMITH (GWENDOLYN)
Born: Nov 30, 1930
Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
GWENDOLINE MARGARET SMITH
November 30, 1930 - February 21, 2021
Gwen was born at Binscarth, Manitoba and the family moved to Winnipeg in 1932. She graduated from Kelvin High school. She was proud of her first job as a soda clerk at Sam's and pursued a career as a bookkeeper at Gregory Cartwright Stationary and Eaton's.
Mom met her sweetheart and husband Doug of 61 years at Earl Grey Junior High. Together they built their first home in St. Vital and started a family. For a number of years they owned and operated the Bread Box Bakery. In 1960 they purchased a lot at Bird Lake and built their dream cottage. She was a devoted wife, mom, proud grandma and great-grandma. Mom loved spending time with family and friends at the cottage playing games, listening to music, sharing stories and hosting an annual corn roast. Visitors were always welcome and left with a full belly and a smile.
In her retirement years she enjoyed gardening, weekly bingo and travelling with dad. She looked forward to lunch dates with dear friends reminiscing of special times together. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion - Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ladies Auxiliary where she was a dedicated volunteer with a spirit of giving to help others.
Mom is survived by sons, Gary (Tracey), Wayne (Sandra); daughter Lexie (Darrell); grandchildren, Jodie (Phil) Didow, Lindsey (Kirsten), Nicole, Bryden (Adriana Todaro), Keenan, Leanne and Cory (Crystal) Letourneau; great-grandson Weston; sister Evelyn Mullins of Richmond Hill, ON and sister-in-law Jeannine (Herb) Markevich of Calgary AB. She was predeceased by her husband Douglas; parents, Robert and Lillian Blakely (nee Sneesby); sister Reta (Jack) Silvester and brother Robert (Eleanor) Blakely.
Our family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Sheila Domke and staff at the Golden Door Geriatric Centre for their love, compassion and the excellent care they gave our mom.
In accordance with Public Health restrictions a celebration of Gwen's life will be announced at a later date.
If you so desire, donations may be made in her memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
Gwen was such a caring and cheerful person. She always was interested in my ongoings and my family and I know it was because she cared. Her joyful smile was contagious. We are all blessed to have known and spent time with her. - Posted by: Heather Jansen (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021
When Gwen was at Dakota House, my grandma Kathleen Bradley was best friends with her and I loved hearing the stories of Gwen and Grandma would sit at the entrance of Dakota House rating guys. Always looking for a hubba hubba. She was a wonderful friend to my grandma. My condolences to you all. - Posted by: Kim (Grandma's friend ) on: Feb 27, 2021
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