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Date of Passing: Oct 08, 2021

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Saddened by the loss, but in celebration of a wonderful life, the family of Bernice Owen announce the passing of their beloved mother at the age of 92 on October 8, 2021.
We have peace in knowing that she knew how very deeply she was loved and, with the solace she had from her spirituality, she did not fear death.
Predeceased by her husband John in 1998 and her sister Barbara Evans in 2017; she leaves behind her four children, Michael (Heather), Jennifer, David (Salin), and Matt (Leigh); grandchildren, Jill, Katie, Meghan, Rhys, and Stefan; great-grandchildren, Jess, Alex; nephews, Tony, Mark; and niece Gill.
Mom was adventurous, independent, loved to learn and had an infectious enthusiasm for all she did. Never bound by convention, in 1950 at the age of 22, she and her sister sailed to Great Britain for a six-month adventure. Post war, this was rare and was featured in the Winnipeg Tribune.
On her return to Canada, she met a Welshman who travelled with the RAF to do flight training in Gimli. John was so taken with her that, upon his discharge, he immigrated to Canada so they could build a life together. They were then married in 1954 and started a family.
We were fortunate to have a stay-at-home Mom who was a fantastic role model. She taught the importance of kindness, positivity, family, and the ability to laugh at oneself. Her teachings didn't stop there; it was important to her that, regardless of gender, we learn how to knit, sew, cook, or renovate a home.
At the age of 48, Mom returned to work and very much enjoyed the stimulus it offered. She found the 25 years working seasonally for Canada Savings Bonds through the Bank of Canada rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed working in the investment world. It was during this period that she returned to University in her 50s and obtained her Bachelor of Arts.
As a teenager, her parents rented a cabin on an island in Minaki, Ontario. This was Mom's introduction to and the start of her love affair with lake life in the Canadian Shield. In 1980, she and Dad bought a cottage at Clearwater Bay; it was small and simple and oh, how she loved it! Countless days spent on the dock enjoying her golden retrievers, swimming, reading, doing a crossword, laying in the sun, followed by more swimming. She often started talking about returning to the cottage early in March and some years would be down before the ice left. Once cottage season ended, she looked forward to reconnecting and enjoying the company of her peers at her bridge group, The 20 Club (a study group for women), and the Page Turners Book Club.
Mom's love of travel was embraced all the way into her 90s; however, conventional tour package vacations held no appeal. Her idea of a vacation was to ride a camel in Turkey, sail the Greek Isles, navigate a canal boat in Wales, or book a berth on a tall ship off the coast of Maine where she was expected to crew.
Mom had a very powerful aura about her and a warmth that was easily detected. A favourite amongst her children's friends; everyone who met her could not help but adore her. She made a point of starting each day expecting good and that was usually what she got. Some of her greatest pleasures were playing games, spending Christmas with the Menlove family, and listening to the chatter and laughter at her spectacular Sunday family dinners. Mom was proud, always graceful, non-judgmental and chose to see the good in all. For this and so much more we are very grateful to have had her presence woven through our lives.
In lieu of flowers, and for those who wish, donations may be made to Harvest Manitoba, Siloam Mission, or a charity of choice.
Arrangements are pending for the celebration of Bernice's extraordinary life.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences Dave to you and your family at the loss of your mother. She was a kind, gentle soul that always made you feel very welcome even if It was an impromptu visit. She never uttered a harsh word of anyone and enjoyed engaging conversation and sharing her experiences. It was obvious she enjoyed the lake life on Deception Bay and spent every moment to be one with the lake and nature. The world is a lonelier place at her passing. God speed Bernice. - Posted by: John and Gerry Coyne (Friends) on: Oct 27, 2021

  • My Sincere condolences to you and your family. I enjoyed dropping in to see your mother at Clearwater Bay. She truly enjoyed like life. - Posted by: Babs Kalapaca (Friend ) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • I was so sad to here the news of Bernice passing and my thoughts are with all of you as you adjust to the loss. Donna and I have lost both Ben and Ellen in the past few years and it is a strange new world without them. Our mothers stay in our hearts forever and just knowing that Bernice had such a full and long life might make the pain of losing her a bit softer on your hearts. My personal memories of Bernice are mostly from the lake: Swimming, playing Oh Hell, making pancakes, Dusty the cat and also the few Christmases at the Owens on Lindsay. And lastly, I want to thank Bernice for being so forgiving when I set your kitchen on fire making popcorn one weekend when you and John were at the lake! - Posted by: Su Lowery (Friend) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to you, and your family, Dave. Meeting your Mom at Clearwater Bay was very memorable, and very distinct pleasure. Your Mom left a lasting impression on me. - Posted by: Gord Kennedy (Acquaintance ) on: Oct 16, 2021

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