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IDELLA JANE SETTER (AITKENS)

Born: Sep 19, 1937

Date of Passing: May 07, 2004

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IDELLA JANE SETTER (nee AITKENS) On May 7, 2004, Della died peacefully at home, surrounded by her children, David, Mary Joanne and Robert. Della and her children were loved and supported by many friends and family members during her illness. This, along with the loving care of her nurses and home support workers, allowed Della to remain at her home in Sechelt, as was her wish. Della was born on September 19, 1937 in Boissevain, MB to Robert and Lenore Aitkens. She attended Balmoral Hall School for girls and St. Johns College in Winnipeg. After graduating with a BA in English and Library Science, Della pursued a career in education, a path that would become a lifelong passion. She began her teaching career at Balmoral Hall where she taught for three years before she and her family moved to Morden, MB. In Morden, Della worked to set up the first regional library in south central Manitoba. In 1969, the family had returned to Winnipeg and she was hired as the first full time elementary school librarian for Winnipeg School Division No. 1. During her teaching career, Della also worked as Library Consultant for the Winnipeg School Division and as the Supervisor of Libraries for the Manitoba Department of Education. Della completed her career as the Chief School Librarian of Daniel Macintyre Collegiate in Winnipeg. She retired to Sechelt, BC in 1996. During her retirement, Della continued to promote education through her work with the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), primarily by heading the Bursary Society with its mandate of assisting women in their pursuit of a university education. Della was predeceased by her parents and her husband, The Venerable James Setter, Dean of St. Johns Cathedral in Winnipeg. Della is survived by her three children, her sister Joey of Kelowna, BC, her granddaughter Katie, grandson Andrew, her nieces and cousins. Dellas memorial service was held in December of last year soon after she received her medical diagnosis. She was present and greatly enjoyed participating at her own farewell party, surrounded by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 11, 2004

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