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Born: Jul 22, 1963

Date of Passing: Jun 14, 2021

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July 22, 1963 – June 14, 2021

After a brief battle with evil cancer, Allison's beautiful spirit went to join that of her father, Carl Cook, brother Clifford, sister Linda and mother-in-law, Davina Kendel.
Left to cherish Allison's memory is the love of her life, husband Darren Kendel, son Chad (Coral), grandsons, Cillian and Lowick, son Brennen (Jaime), as well as her mother Ruth Cook, brother Garth (Phyllis), sister-in-law Marjorie, nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Allison was born in Morris, Manitoba and later moved to Anola, attending Anola Elementary School and later Springfield Junior High and Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank. She followed in her father Carl's footsteps, spending most of her career helping to make a success of the family business, Anola Building Centre. Also like her dad, Allison was very present in the community, spending many hours volunteering with the Springfield Recreation Commission, Anola Community Club and Anola Enhancement project to name a few. She was a well known and eager participant in a wide variety of community programs.
Allison shared with her husband Darren, a love of music, camping, fishing, travel and spending time with family and friends. She was a loving friend, known as "Allie Cat" to many, she maintained close friendships with schoolmates over the years, making wonderful memories along the way. Her creativeness and free spirit flair were among her treasured personality traits. She will be greatly missed by them all.
Allison's life will be celebrated always, and once allowed, we will gather to comfort and reminisce with one another.
Donations in Allison's memory may be made to an animal rescue of your choice.
All are welcome to share memories and leave condolences by visiting Allison's memorial page at

"I wanna rock your gypsy soul,
just like way back in the days of old.
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic."

Van Morrison

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • I have known the Cook family for so many years, Allison was friends with my son Norman, who now lives on Vancouver Island, they went to the new Anola School for the first 6 years and were friends for the years we lived in Anola, also my son Duncan, who now lives in Texas was buddies with Garth, their dearly departed sister Linda used to babysit the kids..we left Anola in 1978. Allison was always such a special deepest sympathies to the family, another great loss, Hannie Dandenault - Posted by: Hannie Dandenault (friend ) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • So very sad to hear of Allison’s passing. Although I didn’t really know Allison it is obvious from reading the previous condolences that she was a wonderful woman and a much loved daughter, wife, mother, sister and aunt. She will surely be missed by Aunt Ruth, her husband, her children and extended family. She will always be with you in your thoughts and all of the treasured time she spent with you. Rest In Peace Allison. Sincerely, Wendy Holmes - Posted by: Wendy Holmes (Cousin) on: Jun 25, 2021

  • So sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul, may she rest in peace. Going to miss seeing her at the Cook breakfast. - Posted by: cathy koroscil (Cousin) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • Allison's bright light, love and kindness will be forever tucked into the hearts of Darren, Chad, Cillian, Lowick, Brennen, Aunty Ruth, Garth, Marjorie, and many others near and dear to her. Allison is aways and forever with you. Sending love and hugs to all, cousin Jennifer - Posted by: Jennifer R. Cook (Cousin) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • Many family picnics, great memories. - Posted by: Wayne Roberts (Cousin) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Dear Allison, with your friendly spirit you were always smiling and ready to help, whether I was a customer looking for some paint, or as a co-worker needing some advise. Very to hear of your passing. May you rest in peace. My deepest sympathies go out to Darren, Chad, Brennen, Garth and their families. As well to Ruth and the staff at ABC. A big loss for all; family, friends, co-workers, customers, and community. - Posted by: Robbert Hilhorst (Customer, ex coworker) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • I met Allison when I got my first job at Federated Insurance. She was such a nice person and great friend. After she left Federated we stayed in touch for awhile and then I would randomly run into her somewhere in Transcona, always nice to get a little visit in. Have not seen her in years but my deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Sharon Stockes (Old co-worker) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • As residents of Anola, we are relative newcomers having moved out to the area 18 years ago. In all the years since, we witnessed Allison actively involved in, and often part of the organization of, a wide range of community events and fundraisers. Allison was a big part of making Anola the welcoming community we now call home. She will be dearly missed by many of us who were touched by her dedication. Our condolences to her families at home and at work. - Posted by: Sandi and Henry Hagenaars (Community Neighbours) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Ruth, Darren and family, please accept our sincere condolences. We are deeply saddened to learn of Allison’s passing. We will always have fond memories of her very warm and friendly welcome for all. We lost a good one far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that the good memories you have of Allison will carry you through this sad time. - Posted by: Moe & Barb D'Avignon (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. She will be missed by us at Canadian Serval. Her helpful & polite manner was always a pleasant encounter when we’d call in an order or see her at the store. Our deepest sympathies to Darren & family, Garth & family & all the crew at the Building Center. James, Joe & Paul - Posted by: James (Business ) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • Jack and I knew Allison through our many visits to the lumber store, when I went to town yesterday I saw the sign and my heart went into my throat, I was stunned and still it's hard to believe. She was the paint lady she always knew what would work best for my wall. I was going to bring in the grandchildren to meet her and pick out some colours to paint a mural on the garage door at the cabin. Now I have missed my chance to introduce her smiling face to the grandchildren and they have missed the chance to meet a truly unique and special person. Our hearts break for her most precious family. We will miss you Allison. R.I.P. Janice and Jack Graff - Posted by: Janice and Jack Graff (friend) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • Allison was an Anola fixture, in the best way possible. Quiet and unassuming - the most genuinely kind person. I’ve never seen her not working or helping in some way, other than once when we saw her and Darren in Bucerias, Mexico, and I almost didn’t recognize her because she was on the other side of the bar :) My mom and dad could count on her for absolutely anything, and that meant the world to them, and to us. Thinking of all her family, and sending so much love from ours ❤️ - Posted by: Darlene (Family friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • I will always remember Allison whenever I made my trek into Anola Building with help with our many Reno’s. Allison was always there to help me. My dogs loved visiting the store and sought out Allison for treats which she always had! I am very saddened by her loss and I send Darren and his family our condolences for our loss. - Posted by: Evelyn and Bruce Smirnos (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

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