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Born: Oct 30, 1941

Date of Passing: Jun 29, 2021

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October 30, 1941 - June 29, 2021

It is with deep, heart-wrenching sadness that we share the passing of our wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend and colleague, Elinor Isabel Sklar, on June 29, 2021.
Elinor was predeceased by her parents Nettie (Jack) and Russell Nixon. Elinor was the matriarch and light of our family and will be dearly missed by her loving husband and partner of 62 years Dave Sklar; her sister Judy Nixon (Phil Noonan); her three children, Colleen Sklar (Kevin Wallace), David Sklar, and Jim Sklar; her brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Jan Sklar; nephews, Jerry Sklar (Heather) and Alan Sklar (Jenn); and great-niece and nephew, Misty and Trevor Sklar.
Granny's light and joy were her six granddaughters; Ammanda Fitzgerald, Breanna Sklar, Nettie Wallace, Hanna Sklar, Grace Wallace, and Katrina Sklar. Elinor nurtured, cared for and loved her children and granddaughters with all her heart.
Elinor leaves behind many, many friends that she made throughout her lifetime. She had friends from her school days, colleagues from work, neighbours who became like family, and many friends from her beloved winter community in Yuma, Arizona. Elinor cherished all of her friendships and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
Elinor always kept busy learning new things and meeting new people. She kept up with trends and technology, participating in group chats with her grandkids, sharing photos and messages and keeping in touch with her many friends. Elinor loved to read, sew, golf and play cards. She also loved to volunteer reading to children in elementary schools as she believed in community and pitching in to lend a hand when needed.
Elinor also loved to travel to see and learn about new places. From the earliest days the family enjoyed summer camping road trips across Canada and the US, and later in life she enjoyed many adventures to Europe with friends. Elinor especially loved Big Whiteshell Lake and each year family and friends would gather there to camp, connect and refocus on what was truly important - spending quality time together. Being surrounded by family and friends, laughing and visiting was what she loved most - this was her happy place. Elinor had an open heart and a warm smile and connected across generations. She had a gift of finding the bright side - the best in everyone - and was sure to share it. She was a very special person and will be deeply missed by all of us.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice or just pitch in and do something to brighten someone's day.
A celebration of her beautiful life will be held later this summer.

It is not about remembering someone in death - but in life - that will keep her zest for life, spirit, endless love, strength and light alive. "Lots of love" - Granny

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We were sorry to hear of Ellie's passing. She was a terrific friend. We played many games of cards with her in Yuma, AZ. We had many good times with Ellie and Dave. - Posted by: Ev and Joe (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Dave and family, We are saddened at your loss and wanted to share our condolences to all. We have fond Yuma memories, chatting, golfing, parties and Laughlin casino runs. Julie and Larry Chilliwack BC - Posted by: Julie and Larry Whyte (Yuma snowbird friends) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Dave and family, We are saddened at your loss and wanted to share our condolences to all. We have fond Yuma memories, chatting, golfing, parties and Laughlin casino runs. Julie and Larry Chilliwack BC - Posted by: Julie and Larry Whyte (Yuma snowbird friends) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Dear Dave and Family... We are so sorry to hear of Ellie's passing... we have been Yuma friends for many years, she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her... Our Sincere Sympathy, Rene & Sandy - Posted by: Rene &Sandy Hebert (Friends) on: Jul 12, 2021

  • Dave and Family, We are deeply saddened by Elinor's passing. We always found her a delightfully pleasant lady with a wonderful smile for all. Sincerely Bonnie and John Pilgrim - Posted by: Bonnie and John Pilgrim (Friends) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • Dear Dave & Family, We are so sad that Elinor has passed away. She was a good friend to us. Elinor and I (Marge) golfed together at Harbour View (Early Birds) for many years. Lately we played cards and did a lot of walking. You will sadly be missed. - Posted by: Victor & Marge Wazney (Friends) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • Elinor (I always think of her as Nicky) was my best friend during our growing up years in Elmwood. I have such wonderful memories of her and her family and am so very grateful to have known her as my friend. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. - Posted by: Barbara Marshall (Friend from Harbison Avenue) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • Judy, I am so sorry for your loss of your sister, Elinor! Thinking of you, Phil and all of Elinor’s family! Take care! Claudette - Posted by: Claudette Boucher (Friend ) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • We are saddened by her passing. We have always bragged that we had the best neighbors. Eleanor was so good to our mothers Joyce and Margie they loved her too. We will certainly miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and her family and friends. - Posted by: VJ Warren Judy Jeffers (Next door neighbor’s in Yuma Az) on: Jul 10, 2021

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