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ELAINE WARDROP (HOLLAND)
Born: Sep 29, 1936
Date of Passing: Jun 21, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Elaine is survived and sadly missed by her three sons, Hugh (Allana), Dave (Kim) and Craig, six grandsons, Andrew, Matthew, Parker, Eric, Colton and Cameron, her granddaughter Kelsey, and her sisters, Lou and Shirl. Elaine was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Dennis, her parents, Ernie and Lily Holland and her sisters, Grace, Irene and Laura. We give the greatest of thanks for having had this loving and incredibly special woman in our lives.
Elaine was born September 29, 1936 and grew up in Maryfield, Saskatchewan as the youngest of six daughters. In her youth she spent much of her time working in the family pharmacy and spending summers at Carlyle Lake.
In 1957 Elaine graduated as an RN from the Winnipeg General Hospital. 57B always held a very special place in Elaine's life. It was here she met some of her dearest friends and developed bonds with classmates that lasted the rest of their lives. Nursing reunions were always a time of joy and laughter that Elaine treasured. In addition to her time at the General, Elaine also worked as a nurse at Eaton's and returned to the profession as a nurse at Meadowood Manor after raising a family. Elaine truly loved nursing and was a dedicated and compassionate caregiver.
Elaine loved people. She was a highly social person and throughout her life loved getting involved in activities that allowed her to connect with people in all kinds of ways. Whether it was square dancing with Dennis, Bridge Night with her girlfriends, Creative Writing with her seniors' group, games with children and grandchildren, trips near and far with family and friends - Elaine was always surrounded by fun, adventure, activity and people. She possessed the most positive spirit imaginable and always had a way of seeing the silver lining in any situation. Elaine was an organizer and a leader. She took on every new challenge with determination. She graciously volunteered her time to support Vietnamese refugees who were new to Canada. She was a multi-term member of the executive of Seine River Seniors / Southdale Seniors including holding the position of President and was active in a number of the programs and activities.
But most of all Elaine loved her family. She had a very close relationship with her husband Dennis and together they created a loving and caring home for their family. She was always there to provide words of encouragement, sew a patch on a knee, put a band aid on a scrape or play some catch on the street. She was a master in the kitchen and beyond her cooking skills, she would always find ways to add something special to the meal like her apple pie crust messages. As Elaine and Dennis got older and Dennis' health began declining, Elaine was unwavering in her commitment to caring for Dennis at home beyond anyone's expectations. Her selflessness was simply unparalleled. She remained extremely close with her sisters, Shirl and Lou in Kelowna for her whole life - rarely a day going by without time set aside for sister talk.
Elaine will be remembered for her unwavering positivity and determination.
She will be remembered for her love of life.
She will be remembered for her common sense and ability to bring perspective.
And she will be remembered for how much she loved and cared for those close to her.
A small, private service is planned by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Elaine made be made to a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Jul 3, 2021
A longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Jun 26, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 26, 2021, Jul 03, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Our sincerest condolences to Elaine's family and friends. Elaine is remembered by her classmates as everything beautiful, friendly, helpful, reliable and she had lots of friends. Elaine was an eager participant of the Alumni reunions, she will be sorely missed. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Jul 14, 2021
Elaine was the president of Southdale Seniors and I was fortunate to have worked with her on the Board during her tenure. She was an articulate, well organized, leader who made our meetings productive, providing our club with many enjoyable activities. Canasta was one of them.She always managed to collect 2 hands full of cards and still beat us soundly! Another was our trip to Palm Springs where keeping pace with the crowd without complaint, she participated in several excursions, and after a brief respite, attend our daily "Happy Hour" where stories of the day's adventures were shared. Elaine was a pleasure to know, and work with. I miss her and having that lunch together that we had planned on......Orysia - Posted by: orysia jackson (former Southdale Board member with Elaine) on: Jul 11, 2021
I too was a member of 57B. We always thought we were so very special and she was an integral part of the group! She was smart, feisty and FUN. She will be missed and always remembered. - Posted by: Carol Macoomb (classmate) on: Jul 07, 2021
Our hearts are aching for the loss of Elaine, a strong, feisty and compassionate woman. We will miss her and wonderful sense of “doing whats right💕) Our deepest condolences, Hugh (Allana), Dave (Kim) and Craig, six grandsons, Andrew, Matthew, Parker, Eric, Colton and Cameron, her granddaughter Kelsey, and her sisters, Lou and Shirley and families. Keep strong and cherish the memories. Much love. - Posted by: Lorraine & Barry Brayford and Kirk Brayford (Nephews (Laura’s sons)) on: Jul 03, 2021
Dave, Kim and family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. The statement that she lives on in all the people that she touched rings so true to me! There is a little bit of her in all of you. Terry Kjartanson - Posted by: Terry Kjartanson (Friend) on: Jul 03, 2021
I will miss seeing Elaine when she came to the hair salon for her appointments. Always friendly & knowledgeable & advocating for seniors. She’ll be missed. - Posted by: Tammie Dueck Cutting Loose Hair Design (Acquaintance ) on: Jul 03, 2021
I had the pleasure of taking Elaine to New York with my travel group a few years back and she was such a pleasure! She was kind, fun, and enjoyed everything!!! We saw each other a few times before and after the trip and she would fill me in on how some of her travelling companions were doing. Incredibly thoughtful and sweet. Sorry for your loss! - Posted by: Novella (Travel Agent) on: Jul 03, 2021
Elaine was married to my mom's (Marie Wardrop Earley) cousin and both Dennis and Elaine came to my mom's funeral and they were both very sweet to me and my husband David and our four children Corey and Stephanie and Tony and Stacie. We are very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Diane (Cousin) on: Jun 27, 2021
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