Gordon Miller passed away on January 1, 2003 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Gordon was born on September 22, 1913 on Gowancroft Farm near Pilot Mound, Manitoba, one of four brothers, son of Thomas Alexander and Dora Agnes (Godkin) Cavers. His mother died when he was eight years old. That was old enough to recognize the devastating effect on his father, Thomas, of her death and the death of a baby brother within that year. Gordon’s father called on aunts and a series of housekeepers to assist him in raising his children. Gordon learned the many tasks of farming as he grew up and he began full-time work as a farmer at age 16, in 1929. This very quiet, shy man took over the farm in 1951 when his father moved to Winnipeg. Gordon married Edythe Loretta Booker of Snowflake, Manitoba on December 27, 1951. Together they made a home on the farm, raising Debra, Robert, Landon, and David, with lots of humour, wisdom, patience, and much love. Gordon spent long hours making a skating rink at home, tying endless numbers of skates, there and over at the town rink, for so many children skating and playing hockey. There, all the children knew this strong, silent, very shy man as the “friendly giant” or, because he had a tendency to wear alot of green, the “green “giant”. Over the years Gordon was active on the boards for Gowncroft School, the Co-op and Manitoba Pool. He collected in the district for charities like the Red Cross, and worked as a Steward on the United Church Board. He was the handyman in the district, helping his neighbors in a variety of ways and doing alot of welding, using his skills and artistry to make the railings for the Prairie View Lodge, and the Gowancroft School Memorial sign, as well as things like a swing and teeter-totter set for his children. Gordon also was skilled woodworker, making a variety of furniture for his family. Most of all, Gordon loved the land and loved farming, and his sense of self-worth came from being a good farmer. He put in long hours out in the fields, often doing the work of two men. And he was a strong man, able to pick up a squirming market size pig and carry it over to weigh it on the scale. Several neighbors personally experienced just how strong he was. Gordon worked on the farm until 1982 (53 years) and then took on the job of “goffer” for parts, delivering meals to the field, and hauling anhydrous tanks to where they were needed. He never wanted to be in the way, but would come and sit on the edge of a field to watch what was going on. Gordon and Edythe moved from the farm to Pilot Mound in April 1990. Throughout his life, Gordon’s first thought was for the other person. When dealing with other people, he didn’t waste time dwelling on the negative, but concentrated on the positive in them. He was a generous, incredibly honest man, who was very proud of his family and all his grandchildren. Gordon felt blessed that he had a bonus fifteen years of life extended through the miracle of the heart pacemaker. He was on his third one. To the very end, his mind was sharp and he continued to be graced with that sense of humour. The affection with which Gordon’s children hold their Dad was particularly expressed to him on his 85th birthday. Each one wrote a letter to him, emphasizing their respect and love for him, and gratefulness for his hard work, honesty, integrity, patience, generosity, wisdom, understanding, support, and love. He taught his children carefully, worked along side them, helped each find his or her direction, laughed and cried with them, and supported each in his own quiet, calm way. Gordon planted seeds of love during his life and left his family with an abundance of treasured memories. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Gordon is survived by his loving wife Edythe; daughter Debra and husband Walter Finlay of Souris; sons, Robert and friend Lil Graham of Pilot Mound, Landon and wife Linda and children Kaylee, Shaun and Camden of Pilot Mound, and David and wife Sheryl and children Kyler and Konnor, of Brandon. He is also survived by one brother Ralph and one sister-in-law Florence and numerous nieces an nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers: Thomas Graham, Lloyd George, and Robert Walter. A service to celebrate Gordon’s life was held at Pilot Mound United Church on January 6, 2003, with Reverend Irene Onuch officiating. Pallbearers were: Ernie Cavers, Eddie Cavers, Ron Booker, Perry Gemmill, Glen Hanks, Earl Gilmour, George Gilmour and Ross Gilmour. Interment followed at the Greenwood Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Gordon to a charity of their choice. Arrangements were with Graham’s Funeral Services of Pilot Mound.
Eleanor "Ella" Ilene Curtis (nee Nevill), passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, January 23, 2003. Eleanor was born to Thomas and Henrietta Nevill, on December 1st 1914, at Brandon, Manitoba. She lived on the family farm and attended school at Robinville for grades 1-8 then went to high school in Ontario where she lived with her older sister, Dorothy Richardson. When Eleanor came back to the farm, she met Allan Curtis and they were married in June, 1941. They farmed until 1966 at which time their farm was rented out. When her family had grown up, Eleanor went to work at Fairview Home. She was a member of St. George’s Anglican Women’s Auxilliary and the Rugbyettes. Eleanor loved crocheting, gardening, sewing for the Red Cross and taking care of her family. She enjoyed the many happy hours she spent with the Rugbyette Ladies and the time she spent helping on the farm. Eleanor is survived by her son, David John (JoAnn), Catherine and Allan Curtis; Sean, Mike and Joseph Curtis; Thomas Leckie (Pat) Curtis; Korina Slack, Rob Curtis (Jen) and great granddaughter, Sabrina Slack. She was predeceased by her husband, Allan in 1975, her father and mother, five sisters and three brothers. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, January 30, 2003. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the C.N.I.B., 354-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4G1.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.
Cody James Dyck was born on October 30, 1995 in Deloraine, Manitoba. His arrival brought joy and excitement to his parents and two older sisters. We brought him home to Boissevain to a temporary home where he stayed until the new house was built. Since June of 1996, Cody has called 377 Cook Street in Boissevain his home. He has always loved his home, often preferring having his friends over rather than visiting them. He was a typical baby and toddler, he had his moments of getting into things he shouldn’t and disappearing when our backs were turned. As time passed, Cody grew into his own personality. He became independent very quickly, insisting at a very young age that he feed and dress himself. Cody was always at peace with himself, often leaving the commotion of a crowd to find his own space. In his first year of organized sports, more than once he’d sneak off after a while and find a more secluded setting. On long trips he was happy just to sit by the window and watch the scenery. He rarely got bored, he would happily occupy himself on his bike or reading or drawing or lego. He really enjoyed soccer, baseball, hiking, and especially swimming. He particularly enjoyed flower gardening - his plot was the one in front of the house and it was his ritual in summer to get up early and asses his “crop”. He would often run into the house demanding that we see another flower that had just opened up. Cody had a deep spiritual understanding. He loved Jesus and emulated Him in so many ways. He would never assert himself, he always gave others the first opportunity. He was easygoing, he never once complained about the glasses he had to wear for the last two years. Cody's life was short, but full in many ways. He’s been surrounded by a loving family including the most special grandparents, great neighbors, and a close knit church fellowship. In the last year, he’s seen Alberta, the Atlantic provinces and Florida. But he will be remembered by many quietly peddling his bike up and down the street around home. Cody James Dyck died tragically on January 27, 2003. He was survived by his parents, Robert and Tracy Dyck, three sisters, Stephanie Lynn, Laura Jean, and little Kristin Marcie, his grandparents Peter and Elsie Dyck and Bernie and Jean Plaquin, many aunts and uncles and cousins.
We’ll miss you Cody. Now, more than ever you realize that you were the most hugged and loved boy around. We’ll see you in heaven.
~ Robert & Tracy and family
On January 26, 2003, Allan Foxton left us peacefully for eternal rest. Henry “Allan” Foxton was born on April 9, 1925 to Mary and William Foxton in the rural municipality of Shoal Lake, Manitoba. He was raised on the farm and attended school in Lavinia and Decker. He left school early to join the work force where he gained employment on farms. It was on the farm that he was introduced to two passions that he carried on throughout his life: his love of the land and mechanics. At eighteen, he enlisted in the army with the Ft. Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg. He trained in Camp Borden, Ontario and then went overseas to serve his country as part of the Armoured Corps. He served his country in Germany and was wounded twice. When the war was over, he served as part of an occupation troop in Germany. For his bravery and serving his country, he was awarded the C.V.S.M. and Clasp, the Defence of Britain Medal, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-45 Star, the War Medal 1939-45 and one wound stripe. After the war he worked on farms in the Decker area and did carpentry and garage work in Nova Scotia. He and his brother Bill then took over the Roco Service Station in Minnedosa. When he left the garage, he continued farming. In 1954, he married Martha Johnson and raised six children in the Franklin and Hazelwood districts. Following his divorce, he left farming and worked as a labourer for the Highways Department. In 1984, he retired to Minnedosa where he enjoyed being a member of the Legion, reading, watching television, socializing and helping out his family, friends and neighbours. He leaves to mourn his family of which he was always proud. His six children, Karen (Ivan) Derbowka, Brian (Terry) Foxton, Sandra Ng, Valerie (Vernon) Gawel, Patricia (Edward) Hinsburg and Roger Foxton; thirteen grandchildren, Kyle and Drew Derbowka, Tyler and Haley Foxton, Christina, Deanna and David Ng, Sharmanda and Ashlynn Gawel, Stephen and Marcus Hinsburg, Dayna and Robyn Foxton. Also surviving are his siblings and their families; Bill and Kay Foxton, Libb MacInnes, Hannah Reid, Tom and Frances Foxton, Harvey and Barbara Foxton, and Sheila and Percy Pierce. He also leaves in passing his aunt, Elizabeth Weller as well as numerous cousins and their families. Also left to cherish his memory are his special friends, Margaret Nicholl and Mary Cooper. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary and William Foxton; brother, Jim Foxton; sisters-in-law, Vicki Foxton and Helen Foxton; brothers-in-law, Frank Reid and Donald MacInnes. The Legion funeral service with an Honour Guard was held at Memories Chapel, Minnedosa, on January 31, 2003. Legion Padre Tom Delgaty officiated and Eleanor Taylor presided at the organ. Pallbearers were his grandsons: Kyle Derbowka, Drew Derbowka, Tyler Foxton, David Ng, Stephen Hinsburg, and Marcus Hinsburg. Honorary Pallbearers were all in attendance. Interment followed at the Legion plot of the Minnedosa Cemetery. The reception was held at the Minnedosa Legion and served by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. The family of Allan Foxton wishes to thank everyone for the many phone calls, visits, cards, flowers, food, prayers and donations in Allan’s memory. A special thanks to Legion Padre Tom Delgaty, Eleanor Taylor, the Legion Honour Guard, Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Memories Chapel. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Allan to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind 354-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G1, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Westman Region B 727-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, Minnedosa, 867-3868.
Ivy Joyce (nee Turner) passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19, 2003. The Turner family arrived from England in 1926 and settled in the Cordova area to farm. Ivy married George Hume on February 14, 1934 and together they farmed in the Ingelow, Brookdale and Moore Park area before retiring to Rivers in 1976. She moved to Brandon in 1987, when George went to live in Central Park Lodge. It was at this time that Ivy found her natural talent for painting and become a prolific artist, winning prizes at art shows throughout Manitoba. Many of her paintings depicted the rural life that was so much a part of her. Ivy is predeceased by her beloved George, and grandson, Ramon Kutny, six brothers, two sisters and a number of brother and sisters- in-law. She leaves to mourn her children, Dennis (Louise); Douglas (Marcia); Donna; Darwin (Mardel); Dayle. She also leaves to mourn her grandchildren Karen (Brian Erickson); Katherine, Jo-Ann (fiance, Tim Holt); Jason (Diane); Kevin (Shelley), Nicole, Adrian and Tanis Kutny; Teresa (Ray Everett); Christopher (fiance, Marla); Bradley; Cynthia (Barry Tice); Michael and Valerie; seven great-grandchildren Cory, Cassey, Raeann Mears, Meaghan and Dwayne Erickson, Dustin Everett, Mia Kutny. A sister, Joan (Walt Bloomquist), sisters-in-law, Hazel (John Peters); Grace Smith; Isabel Hume; several nieces and nephews along with many special friends will mourn the loss of this special lady. A memorial service was held on Friday, January 24, 2003 at Trinity United Church with Reverend John Nesbitt officiating. Donations in Ivy’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7.
and dearly loved.
Jane Stuart - SRN, APR, DTM, BGS. Journalist, nurse, midwife, educator, media and church activist, grandmother, wife and mother. Suddenly, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Prescott on January 29, 2003, at the age of 68 years. Queen’s Guide and Gilwell Scouter, State Registered Nurse (Middlesex Hospital London), founder of Kirathimo Family Life Training Centre (Kenya) and Kirathimo International - primary health care in 25 rural villages of Belize (Central America), district health nurse in Nairobi (Kenya) and with East African “flying doctors” (EAMR), founder Kenya Public Relations Society, co-founder Westman Media Cooperative (Manitoba), graduate and gold medalist in Canadian history (Brandon University), co-founder World Media Institute and Editor WMI's “Tribute” publications, distinguished Toastmaster and District 61 Governor (Ontario, Quebec, New York), Anglican lay reader and religion scholar, devoted gardener, photographer and seamstress. Loving wife and partner of Wayne Kines at Wild Goose Harbour, R.R. #3, Prescott. Beloved mother of Robin Stuart (and Kathy) of St. Albert, Alberta and Helena Ziegler (and Philip) of Halifax. Grandmother of Christopher, Samantha, Nicole and Michaela Stuart, and Karl and Daniel Ziegler. Dear sister of Wendy Stuart Murphy of Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Jane will be remembered by Wayne’s children and their families David and Teresa of Toronto, Peter, Vibeke, Nicholas and Isabel of Denmark, Andrew and Rhonda of Toronto and Stephen, Iva, Sabina and Simon of the Czech Republic. A celebration of Jane’s life will take place Monday, February 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, Centre & James Streets, Prescott, Ontario. Donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Jane Stuart Project, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, 90 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1X7. Online condolences may be sent to www.irvinefuneralhome.com
Julia Alvina Medwid of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away on December 16, 2002 at the age of 76 years. Julia was born in Togo, Saskatchewan on September 21, 1926 to Amanda and John Ellingson. She went to school in Alpine, Manitoba. After moving to Brandon, Julia worked at the Brandon Mental Hospital for a number of years, then she worked at the Assiniboine Centre, where she retired as a nurse's aid. Once Julia retired she loved to read and listen to her tapes. She was an excellent cook and loved baking in which she loved to share with others. Left to mourn her passing are her children Dennis and Karen Medwid of Swan River, Sharon and Doug Zander of Brandon and Ron and Theresa Medwid of Swan River. Seven grandchildren Jon (Patti) Medwid of Brandon, Jennifer (George) Bernt of Winnipeg, Crystal (Jamie) Spence of Winnipeg, Corina Medwid of Winnipeg, Brad Zander of Brandon, Kristie Medwid of Swan River and Nathan Medwid of Swan River, four great-grandchildren, Tyrell and Ethan Medwid of Brandon, Seth Spence of Winnipeg and Emily Medwid of Swan River. Julia is survived by two sisters and five brothers, Selma, Ruth, Alvert (Vi), Gordon (Ester), Harold (Clysta), Carl and Donald (Pat). Julia also leaves to mourn many aunts, uncles and cousins, and many relatives on the Medwid side of the family. Julia was predeceased by her daughter Janice in October 1974, father John Ellingson in July 1964, mother Amanda Ellingson in November 1987, sister Mable Ellingson in January 1999, brother Merlin in February 1923. Visitation was held on December 20, 2002 at Brockie Donovan, Brandon, Manitoba. Funeral services were held December 21, 2002 at Valley Evangelical Covenant Church with Pastor Bob Dunlop of Rivers Baptist Church, Rivers, Manitoba, officiating. Interment followed in the Alpine Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jon Medwid, Brad Zander, Nathan Medwid, Rod Ellingson, Reg Ellingson, Dewayne Ellingson. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Back to the Bible, Box 10, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2G2 or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, Brandon and Paull Funeral Home, Swan River.
Judith Ellen. Peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at the age of 44 years, Judith Ellen Shewfelt (nee Myers) of Crystal City, formerly of Glenboro and Belmont areas. Judy leaves to mourn her passing her loving family, husband Kent, daughters Tara Shewfelt (Ian Beernaerts), Tannys Shewfelt, Tawnya Shewfelt, Laurie (Steven) Wahoski; father Harvey (May) Myers, brothers Larry Myers (Janice Myers), Bradley (Maura) Myers, sisters Pat (Ken) Gibson, Myrna (Robert) Forster, Linda (Louis) Cabernel, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 25, 2003 in the Knox United Church, Belmont with Reverend Doug Craig officiating. Urnbearer was Judy’s aunt, Jessie Myers. All those attending the service were considered as honorary pallbearers. Interment will take place at a later date in the Skalhold Cemetery, Glenboro, Manitoba. Memoriams were made in Judy’s memory to the Health Sciences Centre Departments of the Educational Trust Fund, Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Section of Neurosurgery. Jamieson Funeral Service of Baldur-Glenboro was in care of arrangements.
Phyllis Lorraine (nee Foster) October 25, 1951 - January 29, 2003. On Wednesday January 29, 2003, Phyllis Shiloff passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan at the age of 51 years. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Brian of Marshall, Saskatchewan; her daughter Dionne of Fort Saskatchewan; her son Bradley and his wife Kim Shiloff of Lashburn, Saskatchewan, three grandchildren: Jeffery, Christopher and Stacey Shiloff; her sister Joan and her husband Darol Solomon of Brandon, Manitoba; two nieces Jennifer and Elana Soloman of Brandon, Manitoba. A memorial service for Phyllis will be conducted on Monday, February 2, 2003 from the First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Nolan Astley officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of the donor’s choice. Creech’s Funeral Chapel, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan in care of all arrangements (780) 875-3200.