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Born: Jan 26, 1931
Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
She was predeceased by her mother Mary; father Lorne; nephews, Gary and Jeffrey; sister-in-law Thelma and brother Wilf.
She is survived by sister Jan; nieces/nephew, Gayle (Charlotte), Laurie (Garth), Tracey (Bruce), Jamie (Jacqui); great-nieces/nephews, Colin, Chad, Cara, Robin, Erin, Sydney, JC and great-great-nieces/nephews, Bryce, Mina, James, Olivia, Elizabeth, Dylan, Skye and Dawson. Hildy will also be missed by the many, many friends she made over the years.
Hildy grew up in the north end of Winnipeg on Penningham Street. As a young girl, she attended Manitoba Pioneer Camp (MPC) where she found her love of God and became a devout Christian.
Hildy graduated as a nurse from the General Hospital in Winnipeg and chose psychiatric nursing as her field of work, taking further graduate studies in this area.
Hildy was devoted to spreading the word of God through the many student groups she worked with over the years, including Nursing Christian fellowship, as well as inter-school and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
Hildy's relationship with MPC as a camper, nurse, and counsellor eventually lead her to the position of girl's camp director, a position she held for 33 years. "Curly," as she was known at MPC, loved everything that camp offered including canoeing, nature studies, campfires, out-trips, the life-long friends she met and of course the bible studies. Long after camp, Hilda remained passionate about canoeing and continued to paddle into her 70s.
Hildy was a lover of music and especially her beloved violin. From camp songs to hymns to Christmas carols, she could play almost anything by ear. In her later years, Hildy joined the Winnipeg Pops and was always so pleased when friends and family members attended her concerts.
Another love of Hildy's over the years were her cats, Sasha, Tara and Gabriel each keeping her company for many years.
Hildy's cheerful nature, positive attitude and crazy loud laugh were always appreciated by her many friends. The tremendous turnout to her 80th birthday was a testament to the number of people she touched over the years.
For the last chapter of her life, Hildy lived at the Convalescent Home, where she was loved and cared for by the wonderful staff. The compassion shown to Hildy, especially in her final days, was especially appreciated.
Hildy's was a life well lived.
God bless and paddle on.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, an invitation only service will take place on September 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. For those who wish to view the livestream recorded service, please visit Intervarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba You Tube channel.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I first met Hildy Leverton when I arrived on the Winnipeg waterworks train which went as far as Waugh, where the aqueduct opens to allow the waters of Shoal Lake to flow towards Winnipeg. The only way to get to Manitoba Pioneer Camp is by floatplane or boat, as it is on an island. Girl's camp was for July and boys camp was for August. Hildy was there to greet all of us in her signature grey flannel Bermuda shorts. She ran the camp and all of the activities with great organizational skills. We started out each morning with the salutation to the dawn. The main skill one learns at MPC IS CANOEING. I have the happiest of memories of seven years spent at MPC the last three being a councilor. Hildy was the leader, everybody got along on that island no matter what the weather. Thanks for the example you set, Hildy Leverton. Shelley G.Mitchell - Posted by: Shelley Mitchell (friend ) on: Sep 19, 2021
Blessed by Hildy’s friendship for 60 years from the time I first met her at MPC in 1961 at age 16. Her love, support, encouragement and prayers were steadfast through the years. It was our highest honor to have her visit us for a week in California in 1991. I was just one of probably thousands of lives who were touched by God’s love shining through her life. Miss her blueberry pancakes and her hearty laugh!! But most of all her love and prayers. When I learned she was in the Convalescent Home I felt a special connection as that is where my parents were 30 yrs ago. I knew where she was-in good hands! Condolences to the Leverton family and friends. She’s absent from her body and present with our Lord! - Posted by: Jan Toews (Friend ) on: Sep 15, 2021
I just received word of Hildy's passing. A flood of memories came to me. She was very special to our family. My mother was girls camp director at Pioneer when Hildy first went as a teenager. They formed a close bond that lasted all of my mother’s life. (Anne Steinmann). In junior high and high school, Hildy was our ISCF leader. She was so full of life, fun and laughter. She had a wonderful smile and positive spirit. She loved God and served Him wholeheartedly. When I went into nursing she always kept in touch and encouraged me. Many many lives have been touched by her radiate life. She will be missed. - Posted by: Cathie Phillips (Friend ) on: Sep 09, 2021
My condolences to Hildy's family and friends. I was a volunteer with IVCF in the 1980s and remember with fondness Hildy's fun nature and deep commitment to students and Pioneer Camp staff and campers. - Posted by: Byron Rempel-Burkholder (Colleague ) on: Sep 05, 2021
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