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Date of Passing: Mar 09, 2022

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It is with full hearts that we share the news of our mother Betty Sanguin's death, on March 9, 2022, at Churchill Park United. As the sun streamed through the stained glass windows in the music-filled sanctuary, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and close friends, Betty hosted a simple Crossing Over Ceremony and then let go of her hold on this life.
Betty's lifelong devotion to her family, faith and community was inspiring and unwavering. Family meant everything to her and the term family extended to a much larger community. Whether you were a child in need of a safe space or someone in need of a cup of tea or cinnamon bun, she would always create time for you to be seen and heard. She had a gift for serving others. But spoke mostly of the gifts they gave to her like seeing God in the eyes of clients at Oak Table. She sang in many choirs, played the piano for her family and in the end found solace in listening to gospel music. She was one of the original Riverview girl gang playing tennis, travelling, quilting, laughing, reading books, playing bridge and celebrating life together.
Bett's early years were spent on the farm in Saskatchewan with her animals as her constant companions. This was where she eventually met the young school teacher Gord, who became the love of her life for 70 years. Life together started on the oil rigs where her journey with motherhood began as Donna, Bruce, Gary and Lynda were born. The final two additions, Renee and Dave, joined the family in Winnipeg where they set down their roots.
Mom was the heart of our family. She made it to every event, packed picnics, created beautiful birthday cakes and loved to sit around the kitchen table reading or giggling over a crossword or cryptoquote. Mom was a generous host and in her final years, we got to enjoy very special weekly Friday morning breakfasts together.
Betty's diagnosis of ALS came as a shock to everyone. Every effort was made by her family and caregiver Sol, to keep her at home for as long as possible. However, her decline was rapid and a move to the Brummitt-Feasby ALS house shortly after Gord's death gave her the dignity, comfort and care she needed. Our sincere gratitude to Diana, Kerri and team for their tireless commitment to giving quality of life to those facing the ravages of this cruel disease. We would also like to acknowledge the compassion and kindness shown to our mother by the Palliative Care team, the Deer Lodge Motor Neuron Clinic, and the MAiD team of Manitoba who assisted in her deeply humane and loving death.
Betty will be deeply missed by her six children, 12 grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren and many friends who she called family.
Music was woven into the fabric of Mom's existence. She has now gone on to sing in other worlds.
If you are interested in making a donation in Mom's honour please consider the Oak Table and the ALS Society of Manitoba.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of her passing. I remember her well. Bill McCausland - Posted by: Bill McCausland (Old Friend of family) on: Mar 29, 2022

  • My heartfelt condolences to the entire Sanguin family. I can imagine how peaceful and loving Betty's crossing over service was for all of you. My growing up memories of Betty are of seeing her at every community event helping to organize and serve. Betty always welcomed you with a warm easy smile. She and Gord were fixtures at Riverview CC helping out in the club while cheering on their kids in their sporting activities. You had one very busy family!! I lost my mom Bea last fall and I am confident she and Betty have joined the heavenly choir and are still serving others. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Wendy Koberstein - Posted by: Wendy Koberstein ( Attree) (Growing up in Riverview ) on: Mar 29, 2022

  • Again Pat, Renee, Linda, Scott, Carly, Matt and all of yours! Your mother Linda was a wonderful, engaging person and always seemed to be living in whenever we had a chance to cross parts, she was happy and engaging! Her great sense of caring is reflected in all of you! Condolences to all of you! RIP to your wonderful matriarch Betty! Richard - Posted by: richard prins (neighbourhood acquaintance ) on: Mar 28, 2022

  • Your parents were friends of a patient of mine. I think they met at Municipal Hospital. They followed him to a nursing home downtown Ed A. Your dad watched sports on tv with him. At one point his health was at a difficult place. With no family to speak up for him. I spoke with your mom. She spoke up and gave him more time. A few years later I moved onto Municipal Hospital. I would pass your mom in the hall ,I got a nod. She let me know I helped. A few years later I met a nice man. I thought he deserved better. I saw a plant sale advertisement. At your parents. Your mom and I had a chat. She reminded me that maybe we were right for each other. We had our 25th last fall. So happy. I m babbling. I just wanted to say they helped me few times. - Posted by: Karen (From the past) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • So sorry to hear that your mom has passed. Sincerely Allen - Posted by: Allen Wall (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Betty and Gord have been exceptional presences in Riverview, very welcoming and kind to all. Heather and I were very fortunate to receive her generosity of spirit and encouragement. Such a touching story you have written. Best wishes to the Sanguin family and extended family tree. - Posted by: roger burns (acquaintance) on: Mar 27, 2022

  • Betty was a wonderfully caring and giving woman. I loved her…and I am confident she is now singing with the angels! - Posted by: Jane Stuebing (Fellow volunteer from Oak Table) on: Mar 26, 2022

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