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Born: May 26, 1916

Date of Passing: May 31, 2021

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May 26, 1916 - May 31, 2021

Elizabeth (Thelma) Sherwood passed away on May 31, 2021 at Vista Park Lodge in St. Vital, just five days after her 105th birthday.
She is survived by her two sons, Les (Valerie) of Calgary and Neil (Janet) of Port Macquarie, Australia; grandchildren, Laurel (Sam) and Graham of Calgary; and great-grandchildren, Rosie and Jane.
Elizabeth was born in Treherne, Manitoba, along with her sister Doreen, to John and Pearl Smith, but lived most of her life in Winnipeg, firstly in St Boniface and then settling in St. Vital for the past 65 years.
She married Leslie Earl Sherwood in August, 1941 and they were both happy to celebrate their 50th anniversary on August 9, 1991. Leslie passed away on November 4, 1994 and Elizabeth continued to live in the family home on Glen Avenue until she was 102 years old, when she moved to Vista Park Lodge.
She had several jobs over the years including at Eatons and in Dr. Mohamed's medical office, but the job she devoted herself to was as a mother and homemaker at which she excelled. She was a loving mother who always put her family first. She loved baking and the house always had goodies in the cupboard which spilled over to friends of the kids and various charitable teas and bake sales for the Eastern Star and United Church functions.
Elizabeth was a long term member of The Order of The Eastern Star, where she was recently awarded recognition for 60 years of service. She very much enjoyed the fellowship of The Eastern Star and achieved the level of Worthy Matron.
Our mother loved travel by car or to various world destinations with her husband, Les. She particularly enjoyed her trips to Australia to visit Neil, Janet and her family. Another favourite place was the family cottage at Brereton Lake and before that, visits to the Sherwood cottage at Sherwood Lake.
The family is very grateful to the staff at Vista Park Lodge for the excellent care they have provided her over the last three years. In the final years of living in the family home a number of caregivers as well as neighbours on Glen Avenue also provided great support.
In accordance with Elizabeth's wishes and COVID restrictions, there will be no service, however it is suggested that friends and family remember her and make a toast to her the next time they are enjoying a glass of wine or maybe more appropriately a piece of matrimonial cake.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I just saw this. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. I loved doing her hair while she was still at home before she moved to Vista PL. Her stories always had my listening. She was a special lady. My thoughts of her are wonderful. ❤️My sympathies to your family. - Posted by: Wendy Halliday (Hairdresser) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • Our condolences to Les, Neil and family on the loss of your mother. What an incredible life to live to 105 years old and live in your own house until 102 years old. We remember the fun time we had visiting with Thelma and family at Brereton Lake. She was a good sport and came out with us to the Point, the neighbourhood Pub in Calgary, during a Christmas visit. She had a great sense of humor and a warm smile. - Posted by: Ken and Heather Millar (Friend ) on: Jun 16, 2021

  • There are so many stories and great to see them come up here. There was the time she brought a frozen blueberry pie into Australia (certainly not the done thing!) and not only that she got the stewards on the plane to keep it frozen during the journey. (It was yummy). As many would know she was often known as 'The Legend' in Australia, in part because of the hard time she gave her son. "Still hurting from your birth" "If you were the first, I wouldn't have had another" (this wasn't meant to be a compliment). One of my favourites is when I phoned one time and after chatting for awhile I asked if she was at the lake or in the city. She quickly retorted, "You rang me you dough head!" Can't argue with that! I must say however the teasing definitely was not only one way. RIP Legend. She will be missed! - Posted by: Neil (Son) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Thelma's family. What a lady! Many funny stories over the years but one that should be told. In her 80's, Thelma had a short cast on her leg from a broken ankle. While on a long flight to Australia, the Priest in the seat beside her asked her what happened to her leg. She told him she had an accident while "bungie jumping". Spent many happy hours with Thelma and Les over the years. - Posted by: Barb D'Avignon (Humphreys) (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

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