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Born: Feb 18, 1933

Date of Passing: Nov 12, 2022

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STIMPSON: It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Gayleen Yvonne Stimpson (nee Scott). Gayleen passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Neepawa Health Centre. She was born in Hamiota Hospital on February 18, 1933 to the late Jim and Merle Scott of McConnell, MB and was one of six siblings. Gayleen was raised on the family farm and received her education in McConnell and Strathclair schools. She was a keen participant in the 4H movement and spent her spare time in the summer on several rural ball diamonds and skating and curling were her favorite winter pastimes. She taught on permit at Perth S.D. (near Rossburn) before attending Teacher's College in Tuxedo Wpg. Upon graduation she taught at Domain, Minnedosa, and Strathclair. Her marriage to Mervin Stimpson was an event in McConnell United Church on August 8, 1953. Their only son Watson Dana was born in Minnedosa Hospital in 1954. In 1959 the family moved to reside in Strathclair. She got pleasure from her interest in various crafts including ceramics, cake decorating, quilting, needlepoint, and wood painting, etc, examples of which she shared with many friends. She also was an annual exhibitor at local fairs for many years. She was a member of the United Church of Canada, volunteering as organist, choir member, and also choir director. She was a Life Member of the Strathclair Curling Club, played keyboard for the Starlight Serenaders dance band, was a member of the Strathclair Community Band, director for 30 years—the highlight of which was a trip to Havixbeck, West Germany in 1982. She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, being Grand Organist in 1992-93, co-director of the Grand Drill Team in 1989-90 with her husband Mervin, also a member of the Grand Choir, and Grand Representative of the Province of Manitoba in the States of Maine and Vermont, USA. In 2001, Gayleen was chosen as a Woman of Distinction sponsored by the YMCA of Brandon, MB. She is survived by her son Dana (Mary Jane); brother Glennis (Faun); sister Barbara Ann (Peter); sister-in-law Marguerite Scott; brother-in-law Harold Kopetsky; and several nieces and nephews. Gayleen was predeceased by her husband Mervin; sisters Lorrene Kopetsky and Fran (John) Doroshuk; brother Gladwyn Scott; and her parents Jim and Merle Scott. A private graveside service will be held at a later date, and she will rest beside her husband in the Strathclair Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Gayleen's memory to The War Amps, 2827 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1V 0C4 ( or to the Carlton Centennial Lodge, Box 126, Strathclair, MB, R0J 2C0. It's time to celebrate Gayleen's life to remember her as that special person, Mom, sister, aunt, and friend, who influenced all our lives with her caring and generosity. Gayleen was a very vibrant, independent, elegant person whose artistic talents and entertainment skills turned many gatherings into first class events.

Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744

As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was sorry to find out about Gayleen's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Gayleen and interviewing her when I was creating a short film on the history of the town of McConnell. And then I saw her once more when she played her organ in a little impromptu band along with some of my relatives who gathered at Hamiota for a reunion in August, 2013. Gayleen was a joy to be around, quick to laugh and smile and full of interesting stories of growing up on the farm. It was a privilege to meet such a wonderful woman. - Posted by: Catharine Parke (Friend) on: May 23, 2023

  • I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I was a “Kindergarten “ pupil in the first school she taught at - Perth. I went to her one room school room on Fridays. She boarded with my aunt and uncle who so enjoyed having her. She was always a ball of fire!! Loved to have fun!! I’m so thankful for the visit we had together one evening a few years ago in her suite at Strathclair. It was so good to reminisce with here as all my family who she new are gone now. She will be missed but memories of her bring a smile all the time. I will be thinking of you this weekend as you gather together. ❤️ - Posted by: Katherine Armstrong Moulson (Friend) on: May 09, 2023

  • Mrs. Stimpson had many talents and skills and shared these readily with others. She was a great asset to the community. My condolences to Dana, Mary Jane and the Scott family. - Posted by: Nadene Halm Marlatt (Former student) on: Nov 24, 2022

  • Saddened to hear of Gaylene’s passing. She was one of the best - and in many happy childhood and more recent memories. She had a spark and always ignited fun. She was a good friend to our family over the years. To Dana, Mary Jane and Gaylene’s family - our sincere condolences. RIP Gaylene. - Posted by: Cheryl Anderson (Friend) on: Nov 24, 2022

  • Condolences to the Stimson family. - Posted by: Arlene and Michael Foubert (Acquaintance. Formally from Strathclair) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • I’m sorry to hear of Gayleen’s passing. She and my folks spoke often on the phone in their later years, and of course had many enjoyable visits in the Strathclair days and beyond. Cherish the memories… thoughts are with u at this difficult time. Leila - Posted by: Leila Cummins (Friend ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Our Sincerest condolences Dana and Mary Jane. Her community and family have lost an absolute gem.💔 Our thoughts are with you, Jacki and Dean Maginel - Posted by: Jacki/Dean Maginel (Friend) on: Nov 19, 2022

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