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Born: Oct 12, 1952

Date of Passing: Jul 05, 2021

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It is with great sadness we announce that Wendy Patricia McConnell passed away in Gimli Hospital July 5, 2021 after a very brave and determined five-year battle with cancer.
Wendy is survived by her beloved husband Dave, her mother Donna Wilkins of Reston, her sisters, Shawna Wilkins (Rocky) of Killarney and Tanis Wilkins of Brandon, in-laws, Chris and Glenda McConnell of Souris and Marla and Barry Perkins of San Francisco, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister Kim in 2008 and her father Art Wilkins in 2018.
Wendy was born October 12, 1952. Always a good student, she graduated from Red River College as a Certified Laboratory Technologist at the young age of 18.
She married her high school sweetheart Dave in 1973.
Wendy had a varied career working in the medical field, selling real estate, and running two successful businesses that she and Dave started in Portage la Prairie. Still looking for a challenge, she attained her Certified Financial Planner designation in 2001 working with Investor's Group in Portage and Noventis Credit Union in Gimli.
Part of Wendy's charm was her friendly, caring nature, taking special interest in the people she met. Her strong moral compass and steadfast integrity came naturally to her earning the respect of her peers, clients and friends.
Community involvement was always important to Wendy. She held board positions with the Portage General Hospital, the Community Foundation of Portage la Prairie and, until recently, the Gimli Yacht Club.
Other interests included world travel and of course sailing on Lake Winnipeg and in the Caribbean. "I should have been born brown, under a palm tree" was one of her favourite sayings.
Cremation has taken place. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of the chemo unit in the Gimli Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
A celebration of Wendy's life will be held in Brandon on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in keeping with the covid restrictions in effect at that time.
The family invites you to view the graveside service remotely on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. from Wendy's memorial page at


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Dave - Denise and I are saddened to learn of Wendy's passing ~ our sincere condolences for your loss ~ Ed. If you happen to be in our area, please feel free to contact us! - Posted by: Denise Aune (Friends) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • Ed & I always enjoyed seeing Festiva Lente sail into the dock at Princess Harbour. We had a great time with happy hour on the dock, sometimes pot luck suppers with everyone else at the dock, and the good times in our Sunroom! Wendy always had her" garden fix" pulling a few weeds and picking whatever fresh veggies were ready at the time. Always ready to help. We will miss her smile but cherish the good times we spent with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dave, and your extended family. - Posted by: Brenda & Ed Anderson (Friends) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. Our condolences go to you and your family. Chic - Posted by: Chic Seabrook (aquaintance) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • Dave, Al and I were sorry to read of Wendy’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Al and Helen Pickering (Friends from The Gimli Yacht Club) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • Dave, Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Al and Linda - Posted by: al gray (friend) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • Dave, Doreen and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Wendy was always there for a bit of advice for me at the yacht club and I enjoyed her upbeat approach to life. Her guidance with my wife's health issues was greatly appreciated. Should you need anything at all Dave during this time don't hesitate to ask! Our thoughts are with you at this time, Doreen and Larry - Posted by: Larry Bellefeuille (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • Dave, I am so sorry to learn of Wendy’s passing. You will surely miss your life’s partner but you will have your memories of the life you built together. I am thinking of you as you begin this journey. Joan Farncombe - Posted by: Joan Farncombe (Co-worker of Dave) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Sad to see this news. RIP Wendy. Was just thinking of her the other day on a walk about town. That was where I recall seeing her the last few times we met up. - Posted by: Carol Simonson (Friend) on: Jul 12, 2021

  • So sorry to read of the Wendy's passing. Visited with her when she was in Portage but had lost touch.. Wendy's Mom, Donna and my Mom Marge Leslie nee Rollins were first cousins. My memories are from years past when we would meet at Uncle George and Aunt Min's at the farm. lots of kids running around having fun. Fly high Wendy. My thoughts are with Dave and her family. Hugs - Posted by: Lynn White (cousin ) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • Dear Dave we are so sorry to hear of Wendy’s passing. She was such a beautiful, gentle and genuine person. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Emiel & Florine Dahms - Posted by: Emiel & Florine Dahms (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • Enjoyed Wendy's sense of humour and business acumen when working with the buying group for videos. She always knew her mind but was fair and helped the smaller stores. Glad she got to get some sailing in and we always planned to check up on her when in Gimli but kept putting it off till tomorrow. The one time we did stop by she wasn't home so till we meet again. - Posted by: noreen stone (friend and business associate) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • We wish to extend our condolences to Dave and the Wilkins family. Chuck and Roxanne Allingham (Heath) - Posted by: Roxanne Heath Allingham (Friends ) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • I just wanted to let you know Dave that I was surprised and sadden to hear of Wendy's passing. Although I haven't seen her in several years I do remember how nice she was. She was always willing to help with whatever project we had going on at the Gimli Yacht Club. RIP Wendy. Barb Cavers - Posted by: Barb Cavers (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • My condolences to Dave on your loss. Wendy was a great loyal and trusted co-worker/neighbor and friend while in Portage La Prairie. We will miss her as well. - Posted by: Rick Anderson (co-worker and friend) on: Jul 10, 2021

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