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Date of Passing: Nov 25, 1999

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ARCHIE and BERNICE DAVIDSON Two Hearts Entwined Together As One Forever Archie and Bernice departed tragically together on Thursday, November 25, 1999 on Lake Manitoba. Archie was born in his amma and afis home at Oakview, MB on May 14, 1938. He received his education at the Darwin School. Archie went on to learn a trade in the plumbing and heating business, working for SE Johnson Co. in Winnipeg. He travelled to many places during his many years of employment, in adventurous occupations such as climbing towers and learning to fly. Bernice was born May 19, 1938 in the Eriksdale Hospital and grew up in the Nyland and Lundar area. She worked in Winnipeg for awhile before marrying Archie, and started moving around the country. She worked for several places in Lundar and Ashern, most recently at the pharmacy and C.I.B.C. Archie and Bernice were married on October 7, 1961. They had only recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. Both Archie and Bernice were active members of the Elks Lodge and the Royal Purple. But their roots were with farming and fishing and so over the past several years, they enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and socializing. They retired last year and moved from Oakview to Silver Bay. The Ashern One Box Sharptail Hunt was another activity that they participated in. Archie was a guide and also a judge, Bernice was active in preparing meals and providing entertainment for the visiting wives of the team members. Bernice was an active member of the Siglunes Ladies Aid having served on the executive in most capacities. She was a great one for fundraising and participated in the Granny Contest to raise funds for the Lakeshore Handivan. She helped to raise money to put artificial ice in the Ashern Arena. She always had a ticket for you to buy. She served as vice-president on the Handivan Board to promote the Handivan in the Siglunes and Grahamdale Municipalities. Bernice and Archie enjoyed curling and especially bonspiels. They are survived by their son Darrin from Vancouver, BC, daughter Dawn and son-in-law Craig Robson; also their precious grandchildren, Amanda and Kyle from Nesbitt. They have a multitude of brothers, sisters and in-laws, Villa (Mike), Leitold, Bert (Carol), Barbara (Hal) Sveistrup, Anna (Jim) Barnes, Malcolm (Ardith) Mitchell, Harry (Diane), Jocelyn (Barry) Proctor, Sherry (Greg) Bednarek, Linda Lennstrom, Leonard (Clara) Lennstrom, Larry (Patsy) McCauley, Gail (Barry) McNish, special Uncle Pete and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Archie and Bernice also enjoyed many friendships and treasured their friends and family. Archie was predeceased by his parents, Gusti in October, 1971 and Gladys in September, 1998; and a brother Malcolm. Bernice lost her mother Gertie McCauley in January, 1994, father Oscar Lennstrom in July, 1984, and stepfather Mel McCauley in July, 1965. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, at the Ashern Centennial Hall with Pastor Bob Lewis officiating. The ladies of the Order of the Royal Purple and the Ashern Elks Lodge, along with all friends in attendance are to be considered honourary pallbearers for Archie and Bernice. The family wishes to extend a very big thank you to Gordie and Gwen for everything you have done for us, also to Sgt. Joe Laughlin and the Ashern and Lundar RCMP Detachment, the Winnipeg Dive Team, the Natural Resource Officers and to our many friends, relatives and neighbours - your kind thoughts and gestures of friendship will never be forgotten. Also thank you to all who have donated and served the many dishes of food. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakeshore Handivan Association, Box 567, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0, the Lakeshore Hospital Guild, care of Runa Mangl, Box 591 Ashern, MB R0C 0E0, Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation, 301-352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2H8, or the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, 100 Olivia St., Winnipeg, MB R3E 9Z9. To Those We Love And Those Who Loved Us When we are gone, release us, let us go... We have so many things to see and do; You mustnt tie yourself to us with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. We gave to you our love, you can only guess How much you gave to us in happiness. We thank you for the love you have shown, But now its time we travelled on together. So grieve a while for us if grieve you must; Then let your grief be comforted by trust, Its only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. We wont be far away, for life goes on; So if you need us, call and we will come. Though you cant see us or touch us, We will be near, and if you listen with your heart, Youll hear, all our love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone; Well greet you with a smile and say "Welcome Home." arrangements by: Arnason Funeral Homes Ltd. Ashern - Lundar (204) 768-2072

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 1969

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