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GAIL FRANCES ATKINS
Predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Betty Moss, she is survived by her siblings, Marlene (Sean) McKay and Cameron (Melinda) Moss, as well as her nieces and nephews: Vanessa Sired and her children, Liam and Petra, Desiree Klippenstein (Kevin), Tyler (Amanda) Moss and their children, Paisley and Willa, Meaghan Moss, and Nolan Moss.
Gail devoted her life to education, teaching Math and Sciences. She taught in Morden, Regent Park School, Anola Elementary School, Windsor Park Collegiate and J. H. Bruns Collegiate. She was Vice-Principal at J. H. Bruns Collegiate, Principal at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and ended her career as Principal at Glenlawn Collegiate. Her contributions included serving four years as President of the St. Boniface Teachers' Association advocating for many of her colleagues as well as contributing to Superintendent's Advisory Committees at the divisional level.
Gail was a true and loyal friend and a generous soul with a big heart and hugs for everyone. Growing up we called her 'Gigi' because she was always giggling. She was 'Auntie Gigi' to her nieces, nephews and close friends' children and established many traditions for them - the favourite being her gingerbread house decorating parties the kids looked forward to every year. She loved spending time at her cottage at Victoria Beach with her friends and family.
The family would like to thank the doctors and all the staff at Golden Links Lodge for making Gail's final years happy and comfortable. A special thank you to Nurse Helena who goes above and beyond for her patients. GLL is lucky to have her. Our heartfelt thank you to Gail's lifelong friends for their support. Words cannot express our gratitude to Linda and Katie who were always there for Gail and cared for her throughout these last challenging years. Thank you to past student Steve and neighbour Mike for their support as well.
Due to the pandemic, a private family interment and Celebration of Life was held.
In memory of the love and devotion they shared for their Auntie Gigi, Gail's nieces and nephews have established a Memorial Scholarship Fund. For those who wish, donations may be made to The Gail Atkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, (cheques payable to Louis Riel School Division Trust Fund) c/o Louis Riel School Division, Attention: Susan Potter, 900 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3R3.
Donations can also be sent in Gail's memory to Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1C7.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Gail was a mentor and a friend. A strong and vibrant lady. I visited with her before the Covid lockdown, she did not recognize me, but "giggled" as to why I would be visiting her. Love you Gail, RIP. Dave Moore... write to me email@example.com - Posted by: Noel Martin (Good friend and colleague) on: Apr 15, 2021
My deepest condolences. Gail was a force, and someone who elicited immediate trust and respect. She was genuine, she cared, and she had a ready laugh, which I really appreciated as a student teacher. I can imagine how much you miss her. Peace be with you as you mourn and remember. - Posted by: Jaylene Johnson (colleague) on: Apr 14, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. I had not connected with her for many years. Gail and I started the "Stroke Partners" support group many years ago, when I worked at Health Sciences Centre. The group ran for 11 years. Gail was a driving force in our group, at meetings, holiday celebrations, summer picnics and anniversary get togethers even after the group disbanded. I will never forget Gail, her smile and her enthusiasm. My sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Val Stanowski (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021
Mrs Atkins was my favourite teacher at J H Bruns. You had to love her. She was your teacher first, your hero next. A few years after high school, Gail came into my life as a friend, a trusted friend who always just appeared exactly at the right time..when things seemed dark or sad, Gail appeared! Superstore, Costco, St Mary's Rd. by Glenlawn while we were bike-riding. She always had love, support, hugs and friendship to offer. She retired from Glenlawn the year before my daughter started school there, and I was sad that my daughter could not not know Mrs Atkins, the administrator, teacher and guide. I'm grateful that she knew Gail the person, though. I will miss you, Gail. What a wonderful human you are. I feel blessed to have known you. God speed, dear friend. - Posted by: Heather den Boer (Friend/former student) on: Apr 12, 2021
Auntie Gigi always had the best laugh! When I heard she would be my principal at Glenlawn when I was going there for high school I was excited, but calling her Mrs. Atkins was new. She always had a hug when school was hard, and having someone there was great to navigate high school with. She made it easier. - Posted by: Robyn Gibbons (Student/ child of close friends) on: Apr 11, 2021
I was a former student of Mrs. Atkins at J.H. Bruns... she was a fun teacher! she always had a big smile... she was a favorite teacher of mine... sending my condolences to her family... - Posted by: Erika Verrier (past student ) on: Apr 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. Many fond memories from school of Gail who was formidable student and good friend. - Posted by: Richard Stanwick (Former classmate at WPC) on: Apr 10, 2021
What a wonderful teacher she had. She was always firm but also fair. In all my years in school, Ms. Atkins goes down an my favourite teacher. God Speed. - Posted by: Doug Warkentin (Former student) on: Apr 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. I would run into Gail at the Manitoba Opera often, as she shared her love for the arts. MY sincere sympathy to Cam, and all the Moss family. I am sure her many students over the years benefited greatly from her commitment to the education system. - Posted by: Laurie Gydé (friend of the family,WPC student) on: Apr 10, 2021
Gail was a person in whom I had absolute trust. I could always depend on her support and friendship as a fellow teacher, my Vice-Principal and colleague in The St. Boniface Teachers' Association. I will always recall her ready laugh and beaming smile. Thank you for always believing in me Gail. You made me a better person. - Posted by: Dave Moore (Friend and fellow teacher) on: Apr 10, 2021
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