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BRENDA JOYCE (BUNNY) GRABYS (MILLER)

Date of Passing: Jul 20, 2022

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BRENDA JOYCE (BUNNY) GRABYS
(nee MILLER)

1938 - 2022


Bunny passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital on Wednesday, July 20, after a short battle with cancer at the age of 83 years.
Born in Winnipeg, MB in 1938. Bunny's early years were spent in Pine Falls, MB. Predeceased by parents, Margaret and Jack Miller; husband Joseph Grabys, and brother-in-law Sid White. Bunny leaves to mourn her "older sister" May White and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bunny was "Auntie Bunny" to all and she shared actively in their lives.
Bunny was a dedicated teacher - graduating from Provincial Normal School in 1957. She completed her studies at the University of Manitoba. Beginning her teaching career in St. James Assiniboia School Division, Bunny's love of travel would take her to many other teaching assignments such as Inuvik NWT, BC, Australia and finally back to St James Assiniboia until her retirement in 1994. Bunny and husband Joe were actively involved in the Lithuanian community, helping many to settle in their new homes in Canada.
Bunny was a true Bomber fan and each year as the Grey Cup neared, we were asked the same question "did you know I drank out of the Grey Cup?" Recently, she got the chance to actually hold the grey cup, a real highlight in her life.
Bunny valued friendship and getting together with "the Pine Falls Group" and "Normal School" teaching friends. After retirement, Bunny and Joe joined "the gang" for winters in Mesa, AZ. They enjoyed their time connecting with many old and new friends.
The family would like to thank all the staff involved at emergency and unit 3 south at Grace Hospital for their kind support and care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Assiniboia Downs, on August 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca


Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
204-885-9715

 

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 06, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We were privileged to meet Bunny through her sister May while wintering in Mesa, AZ. She didn’t take kindly to me calling her Brenda but we had many a laugh over this situation.. Condolences to the family. Rita and Tom Wells - Posted by: Rita and Tom Wells (Friend) on: Aug 16, 2022

  • I was a student of Bunny’s at Deer Lodge Junior High in the 196o’s. We reconnected during school reunions and remained friends. Many years ago John (my husband) and I had a wonderful visit with Bunny and Joe in our home in Bright Australia. I also spent time with them when they were visiting Joe’s sister in Melbourne. Bunny had a lovely warm personality and great sense of humour. She was a wonderful ‘far away’ friend who I will always remember. - Posted by: Jeanie McKibbin Farrington (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2022

  • Bunny was my teacher at Deer Lodge and one of the main reasons I went on to further my education. She was a remarkable woman who inspired many more students than she would ever know. I was one of those students. Thank you Miss Miller. - Posted by: Valarie Newsham (Former student) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • I was a long time friends of Joe Grabys from our University days & befriended Bunny after she met & then married Joe. She was a lovely lady & will be missed. Gerry Buydens Victoria, B.C. - Posted by: Gerard F Buydens (Long time friend) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • To May and family, We have many fond memories of Bunny and Joe and of you and Sid tucked away in our minds as well as in our photo albums from the winters we spent in Mesa. We are so very fortunate to have had these times together. Currently we live in Cobourg Ontario very close to L Ontario in an apartment condo. Our son Marshall and wife live nearby. Our other son Blair lives in Panama City, Panama where he connected with a lovely senorita. Daughter Alison lives in Calgary with husband Tom Jackson the singer/entertainer. - Posted by: Gary and Sandra Jones (Friends) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • My condolences, growing up in Woodhaven Bunny was a terrific lady to know, always enjoyed our chats when our paths crossed I enjoyed the times neighbors would gather at her home for a great time of socializing. I will miss Auntie Bunny very much ! Jeff Wall - Posted by: Jeff Wall (Friend and neighbours ) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • Bunny was a remarkable person and a wonderful friend to me my entire life . She was very strong and determined and these traits were used to organize the Pine Falls reunion in 1983 . A huge undertaking which brought together everyone who ever went to school there . With her committee she was able to pull this wonderful time for everyone. This was only a small part of her accomplishments. I will always miss her and sincere condolences to her whole family who she adored . Rest In Peace my friend . - Posted by: Hope ORegan (Old friend from Pine Falls ) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • Bunny had a wonderful outgoing personality and was fine teacher. Our rooms were in close proxity and I could see the great rapport she had with many of her under privileged students. - Posted by: Tom Dercola (Colleague) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • Bunny was a remarkable person whose joy and laughter brought so much happiness to those who knew her. I have compassion for May, her sister and friend. Merrily - Posted by: Merrily Marchessault (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2022

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