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Born: Nov 05, 1914

Date of Passing: Oct 31, 1999

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MARGARET PEGGY BATTEN (nee HOLMES) It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts, that we announce peacefully, on October 31, as the sun rose, God saw our mother and grandmother suffering, cradled her in His arms and took her Home. Mom was born at Portage la Prairie on November 5, 1914. With the loss of her own mother at the age of nine years, she became a foster child. She sometimes would share those painful memories with us. She spoke fondly of a Mrs. Pinder, whom she worked for, before moving to the St. Martin area, in the 1930s. It was at St. Martin, that she met and married Eleazar Batten. Together they raised six children, Jim, Richard, Shirley, Ruth, George and Jean. Mom was famous for her homemade mincemeat, plum puddings, Christmas cakes and baking homemade bread and canning. She had a great love for gardening and always looked forward to spring to plant again. She enjoyed trying new varieties of seeds and plants. Mom was always there to share her knowledge of farming, gardening and life. She could always find some humour in what was happening around us. Mom enjoyed her grandchildren when they came to visit, and shared their days adventures. She enjoyed reading and collecting poetry, western movies and in her early years writing, also she loved to knit mitts for her family and friends. She is survived by her children Jim Batten, Dick Batten, Shirley Pigeon, Ruth Ivaniski (Nick), George Batten (Bev), Jean Clearwater (Glenn) her grandchildren Terry, Donna, Mitchel, Val, Lana, Sherrie, Kelly, Gene, Holly, Bert, Wayne, Brian, Candace, Christopher, Curtis, Maria; great grandchildren Terrance, Richard, Jasmyn, Angela, Heather, Ian, Melanie, Jessie, Danny, Chelsey, Justin and Vanessa and three great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Harry, two grandchildren Allan and Gus; sisters Ethel and Marjorie; a brother Frank in The Second World War at Dieppe; brothers-in-law George and Bill; sisters-in-law Anne and Eva and a daughter-in-law Elsie. Friends and relatives may pay their respects between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Arnason Funeral Home in Ashern. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5 at the St. Martin Community Hall with Major Vi Chaulk officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the hall. With Margarets wishes, the service will conclude at the hall with cremation to follow, an interment will take place at a later date in the Gypsumville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. The family would like to express their appreciation to Doctors Piesas, Harris and Dellipizzi, to the nursing staff at the Grace Hospital whose compassion and caring was so greatly appreciated by mom and the family. They are Margaret, Ross, Sandy, Judy, Bev, Rita, Cheryl, Anne and Mohammed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 3M7 (Attention: Foundation Office). Arrangements by: Arnason Funeral Homes Ltd. Ashern-Lundar (204) 768-2072

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 04, 1999

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