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Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2022

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With sorrow but continuing love, we announce the passing of Frances Beryl Gordon (nee Bowley) on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in her 91st year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Beloved wife of Douglas for 69 years (Doug predeceased Fran on January 26, 2021); proud mother of Gayle Gordon Graham (John Graham) and Karen Gordon (Rod Mizak); and proud Amma of John A. G. Graham (Mira Breland) and Emily Graham (Kevin Anceriz).
Fran left employment to be a full-time mother on the birth of her first daughter. Homemaking was her forte, and she always ensured her daughters were well looked after. That continued when her first grandchild was born, looking after Johnny twice a week to support his parents' work schedule.
Fran enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics and supporting Doug in all his endeavours, whether it be home renovations, suggesting ideas for his woodworking projects, or the speed skating club. Fran also enjoyed watching hockey and football on TV, looking after Karen's dog Toby, visiting with friends, reading and baking delicious desserts. The speed skating club was a major focus for many years and Fran quietly helped out in the background, ensuring officials were well fed at the skating meets and supporting fundraisers. Both her time in Gimli and with the speed skating club were the start of many lifelong friendships.
Fran brought her Icelandic heritage to the family with every summer spent in Gimli. Gimli summers were something she enjoyed growing up and she wanted that experience for her children and grandchildren too. As her children reached school age, the common pattern was to leave Winnipeg right after the end of school in June and not return until the day before school restarted. Her grandchildren also spent summer vacations at Gimli, continuing to drive back to visit Amma and Grandpa even after moving to Owen Sound, Ontario. And, of course, Islendingadagurinn with the parade and fireworks was always the highlight of the summer. Christmas and Islendingadagurinn were the two times Fran would serve her delicious vinetarta, baked from her mother Aurora's recipe, and a very precious treat!
Fran lived the last year and a half at the Tuxedo Villa long term care home. She was content there and enjoyed the friendly staff, her meal tablemates Henry, Brad and Arlene, and playing bingo. She enjoyed in-person visits with her daughter Karen throughout this past year with Karen living in Winnipeg, and weekly video calls with Gayle from Owen Sound. This past June was a busy time for Fran, with visits from her whole family, including her grandchildren. Fran loved her family very much and was so happy to visit with them all! It is very special to her family that they had this recent time with Amma!
A special thank you to her niece Cindy Green and to Peter Baumstark for their kindness and support.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Fran's life will be held next summer.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through the Bardal Funeral Home in Winnipeg at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Gayle and Karen, So sorry for your loss of your mother. Losing both parents in a short time is heart breaking. So glad that you had a family visit. Take care. Donna - Posted by: Donna (McCannell) Keating (Friend) on: Sep 16, 2022

  • I was saddened to hear of Fran's passing although it was not totally unexpected the finality of it still hurts. My husband Jim Walton and her husband Doug were lifelong friends from Grade 1 and then working together in the CN Freight Sales Dept. for many years, and after that lunching with the retirees. Fran was one of the "wives" who also met for luncheons over the years and we had many good times together. My condolences to the family.....but they are united again and left so many good memories. Diane Walton, Kelowna BC - Posted by: DIANE WALTON (friend) on: Sep 10, 2022

  • Dear Karen , Rodney and your family, My feelings are the same as I've written in the earlier tribute . I'm so sorry you had to go through so many losses in such a short time. Remember they are your angels watching over you now and always. The one thing I said before was. I was so happy your mom got to enjoy some of my baking. Now knowing the baker she was I wish I would of tasted some of her what sounds to be delicious baking as well. One day we'll all be together and maybe she'll have a piece ready for me to try. I'm sure she's reading the special tributes to her and the sympathy so many of us your friends are saying or writing to you. Again I'm grateful you have Rodney that you both have each other and all your fur babies. Live life to the fullest your parents would want that , as they would also thank you for all you did and went through till the very end. Take care be well as my great aunt used to say. With love your friend Rita. - Posted by: Rita (from children to adults friends always) on: Sep 10, 2022

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