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Elsie Crate passed peacefully in her sleep Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Pinawa Hospital.
She is survived by her children, Francine, Doug and Michael (Jonathan); her siblings, Phyllis, Valorie and David (Darlene); grandchildren, Andrew, Steven, Craig, Cindy and Derek; great-grandchildren, Tyarra, Jaden, and Jeanelle; many nieces, nephews, aunties, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Frances and Wilfred Crate, her siblings, Harvey, Delmar, JoAnne, and nephew Barry LaForte.
Elsie had a long and varied career as a nurse, working in hospital and community settings, and was also active in the Manitoba Indian Nurses Association, and the Circumpolar Health Organization, travelling to Iceland in 1993. After obtaining her BN and Masters degrees at University of Manitoba, she went on to teach there. Elsie was a strong believer in traditional Indigenous teachings, and she incorporated much of this knowledge into her work with her students. In her home community of Fisher River Cree Nation, she worked hard to make a place for traditional Indigenous spiritual teachings.
The family would like to thank the medical and nursing staff at Percy Moore Hospital, Health Sciences Centre and Pinawa Hospital for their kind and skillful care. Special thank you to niece Tanis Thomas for her loving care of Mom in Pinawa. Thank you Carl for the tiny biscuits. Thank you to the firekeepers, Elders, family, friends and community members for loving support.
Mom will be laid to rest in Fisher River Cemetery on the morning of August 24. Pallbearers Michael Crate, Jonathan Augst, David Crate, Douglas Holowachuk, Ron Sinclair, Gilbert Sinclair.
Thank you Mom for all your teachings.
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2022, Aug 25, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I am very saddened to learn about Elsie's passing. I always admired her grace, beauty, and wonderful sense of humour. She was very kind to me, and I am grateful to have had the chance to know her and her family. - Posted by: Kathleen Helgason (Marlon LaForte's mother) on: Sep 01, 2022
Dear Phyllis, Valorie, and David and families, Sending love and prayers to you as you celebrate Elsie and her legacy to so many. Remembering her with love and precious memories of growing up with her and cousins who have gone ahead of us. Remembering Aunty Francis and Uncle Wilfred and Grandma Sarah, Grandpa Sam and my parents Elsie and Dave and the times spent together. So grateful for the generations of love and wisdom. Blessings, Cheryl McMillan - Posted by: cheryl mcmillan (cousin) on: Aug 25, 2022
Condolences to the families of Elsie. I enjoyed working with Elsie at the women's shelter as she shared her knowledge & teachings. I especially enjoyed her sense of humor & we had many laughs together. Fisher River community has lost a great humanitarian. - Posted by: Sharon Mason (Friend ) on: Aug 24, 2022
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