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Born: Jan 09, 1935

Date of Passing: Oct 08, 2022

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WOOD: Elaine Margaret (nee Foster) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the age of 87. Elaine was born January 9, 1935 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan at Lady Grey Hospital to George and Margaret Foster. She is lovingly remembered by son Lawrence, daughters Dianne (Stephen), Brenda (Randy) and Karen (Ben), grandchildren Crystal (Dustin), Gregory (Candice), Katherine, Tara (Josh) and Kristina (Jeff) and great-grandchildren Malakai, Larissa, Sophia, Katrina, Grace, Maxwell, Austin and sister Gail, brother-in-law Guy, sister Lynn (Gary), sister Suzette and numerous nieces and nephews. Elaine was predeceased by her husband Lloyd, her son Garth, parents George and Margaret Foster, sister Lois Tremblay and brother-in-law Mike Lischinsky. Being born into a military family meant moving several times from Saskatchewan, to B.C. and finally to Manitoba. One of those moves brought them to Bradwardine when her father was stationed at Rivers Air Base. She attended school in Bradwardine where she met the love of her life Lloyd Wood. They were married February 13, 1951, in Yuma, Arizona. They began their married life in Brandon later moving to the Wood farm near Bradwardine. Like every farm wife she was busy raising five children and always available when needed to drive the grain truck (sometimes with 2 young kids in the cab). Or take meals to the field during seeding and harvest time, run for parts or lend a helping hand. Together they built two new houses. The first was built in 1983 just 1/4 mile down the road. Then in 1998 they built another new home in Rivers. By 2009 they decided it was time to give up the house and moved to an apartment in the Lions Manor in Rivers. Elaine still resided in her apartment up until the time of her passing. Her family was everything to her, making sure that each member felt special and loved and were all included and most of all well fed. She was a major presence at family gatherings always preparing amazing meals and desserts. She enjoyed baking dainties for Christmas and baked many (surprise loaded) birthday cakes for family members. Elaine and Lloyds were the place to go summer or winter. That farmhouse (always spotless) was filled with love, good smells, laughter and most of all, good memories. She loved taking care of her yard and garden. She took great pride in showing anyone who popped in for a visit all her beautiful flowers. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and made numerous items for her children and grandchildren. Elaine was a lifetime member of the Rivers Legion Ladies Auxiliary and received her 35-year pin in 2021. She attended meetings, baking and cooking for Fall suppers, teas, penny raffles. She also bowled for many years at Rivers Air Base and Minnedosa. Elaine and Lloyd enjoyed curling and participated in many local bonspiels. Together they enjoyed attending numerous Brier's across Canada with many of their friends. She enjoyed snowmobiling, watching baseball, playing bingo, board games and card games especially Rumoli or Chase the Ace every Christmas. Her huge smile, laughter and warm welcoming hugs will be greatly missed. She will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Elaine's memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 75, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5 (

As published in Brandon Sun on Dec 17, 2022

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