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Born: Mar 15, 1928

Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2021

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It is with sad but peaceful hearts that the family of Sylvia Hannah Reeves share her passing while listening to Elvis sing Peace in the Valley, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Garry), Bonnie (Manfred), Archie (Bev), Bruce (Nicky); grandchildren, Alyssa; Stacey, Tanessa, Zak; Robert, Andrew, Rachel, Katie; Jasmine, Makayla, Rebekah, Nathaniel, Alexander; great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Aurora; Jake, William; Felicity; Charlie, Hank; Alannah, Sadie; Charlotte; Henry.
She was predeceased by her parents, siblings, Win, Wil and Sam, stepson Garry (who is survived by his two daughters, Denise and Tammy and their families), and grandson Brent.
Mom arrived in this world March 15, 1928, the youngest of four children born to Murdock and Lucy MacKinnon and grew up on the family farm just south of Anola. From an early age, her passion was to become a nurse, evidenced by the large poster of a VON graduate pasted to the back of her bedroom door. At the age of 17 she finished her grade 11 through correspondence then started off to St. Boniface Hospital to begin the four years of training. Upon graduation she was the recipient of the Jubilee Scholarship which she used to further her education for one year in Toronto for post grad training in OR orthopaedic nursing, and as well, won the Gold Medal for Highest Standing in Theory.
During this time, she found an outlet for her second It wasn't long before she had joined the St. Boniface Athletics women's team, coached by Manitoba Hall of Fame Jimmy McKenzie. While in training, the students had to take turns being on call for surgical emergencies, and were to stay in the nurses' residence during that time. As fate would have it, a case came in and Mom was on call. But there was also a big game on that night, and she couldn't resist sneaking out. Having discovered her missing, Sister Murphy knew exactly where she'd be, and sent a local police car to bring her back to work!
Sports continued to provide Mom with entertainment throughout her younger days. She followed the Goldeyes, the Jets and the Bombers. Wayne Gretzky's picture was taped to the inside of her kitchen cupboard, although positioned just beneath Corey Koskie's picture and newspaper write ups. She encouraged all of us to take up sports and volunteered many Saturdays to open up the local rink during the winter so kids could skate and play hockey.
Also Mom volunteered her time during the summer as camp nurse at Bird River Bible Camp, and helped with Discovery Time at the Anola Elementary School over lunch hours.
Mom had a strong faith and passed this along to all her children. We are thankful for her love and commitment to our Lord and Saviour, which assures us of a glad reunion in Heaven.
A private family service is planned when we are able to gather safely.
A special thanks to Reverend Maureen McCartney for her friendship to Mom over these past few years and her spiritual nurturing during this time.
We thank each and every staff member of Kin Place for their care and compassion given to Mom for the past five years. There is no place better.
Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, please consider a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society or Mom's favourite, Operation Smile.
Family and friends are invited to share memories and leave condolences on Sylvia's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of growing up next door to the Reeves family. Sylvia was always so welcoming. Her sense of fun and the sparkle in her eye is what I remember most. After I grew up and moved away from Anola it was always so lovely to see Sylvia in the village when I returned for a visit. She always took the time to chat when I saw her, and I appreciated that childhood connection. Sylvia will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. - Posted by: Barbara Ptak (Neighbour) on: Jul 20, 2021

  • Judy and Linda, Noreen’s daughters as well as Noreen express our deepest sympathy to all families of Sylvia. We truly will miss her at the home on our visits and missed seeing her in the last covid lockdowns. She was the sweetest lady in the world and we loved talking to her. She will be missed at the Home by mom and all who knew her. - Posted by: Linda McMillan (Friends made at Kin Place Home) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • Sylvia was the absolute sweetest lady. I enjoyed many conversations with her over the years at meal times, and loved learning about her life and her past. She always made sure I was working safe when I was pregnant, and I couldn't wait to bring my daughter in to meet her! I will miss singing hymns with her and bringing her a chocolate cupcake every year for her birthday when she was at Kin Place. So happy she is in her eternal home and I look forward to one day seeing her again. My deepest condolences to her family. She was loved by so many. - Posted by: Andrea (Care Taker) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Reeves was always so nice to the neighbourhood kids. Remember her well at DVBS, at the local store or in the community. Although this memory isn’t clear as I was maybe 8 or 9, she helped save Derek’s life as a toddler when he took a swig of Javex. She knew he had to eat to emergency ASAP. Rest In Peace sweet lady. - Posted by: Maureen Fryza (Neighbour) on: Jul 17, 2021

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