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MANITOBA - Brandon - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 6

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Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2016, at 2:24 p.m.


Margaret “Peg” (nee Mayne). Margaret was born April 8, 1913, one of five girls and one boy born to Orwood and Laura Mayne. While growing up in Pilot Mound Manitoba, duty and service to others were part of everyday life. Margaret loved animals, especially dogs, and often brought strays home to be fed and sheltered. She also loved activity. To ski, Margaret would walk more than a mile out of town to “the Mound”, even in the dead of a prairie winter. Margaret also speed-skated, tried hockey, and played a little tennis in the summer. After high school, came a year at United College in Winnipeg, where she did well in history, then business school. The War years marked great changes in her life, as they did for her whole generation. On Boxing Day, 1942, she married a young flying officer, Morley Fraser Sparrow, and moved to an air force training base near Abbotsford, British Columbia. While Morley trained new pilots overseas in 1944, Margaret and baby Morlene returned to Pilot Mound. Like the rest of her family she worried over the capture of her brother Bill in the siege of Hong Kong, and rejoiced when he was released from prison camp. Post-war years saw Morley established in a teaching career. The family of five, which now included Murray and Helen, settled permanently in Brandon. Here Margaret became strongly involved with church (First Church United, then Central United Church) and community, where she was instrumental in establishing community supports for parents of developmentally challenged children, as well as serving on the Board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Margaret volunteered her secretarial and bookkeeping expertise to many good causes: Sunday School, Guides and Cubs, United Church Women, the Association for Retarded Children, the Brandon Light Horse Society and Daly House. Margaret’s childhood love of animals continued into her adult life. In 1960 she bought her first horse, “Fleet”. In 1965 Margaret and Morley purchased a farm acreage just outside of Brandon and named it “Woodhaven”. Margaret went on to acquire registered Welsh ponies, competing at Brandon and rural fairs, eventually winning a provincial championship. Margaret was even a prize winner at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. One of her greatest pleasures was driving in the pony cart and taking others for rides, especially her grandchildren. After moving to the farm, Margaret and Morley continued their community work, hosting CNIB picnics, complete with lawn bowling and turkey dinners. Both were involved in organizing an old-fashioned “threshing bee” each year to harvest the oat crop. Margaret’s diminutive size belied an enduring inner strength of will that helped her weather trials in their life. After Morley died in 1979, Margaret chose to remain on the farm. While living there she was “the very best” of grandmothers. With her playful spirit, she was able to lose herself in her grandchildren’s childhood fancies, to follow their enthusiasms and join in. Each grandchild and great-grandchild has special memories of the farm and time spent with “Grandma” or “Grandby”. This is her enduring legacy. With family members present, Margaret died peacefully at home, in her own bed, Friday morning January 24, 2003. Margaret will be deeply missed by her family; sister Laura Glenn (Pilot Mound, Manitoba), brother Bill Mayne (Thornhill, Ontario) and their families; her children Morlene Mogan (son Michael and wife Cori-Ann, son Brendan and partner Sandra Landry, sons D’Arcy, and Liam), Murray Sparrow (fiancee Erlinda Manito, daughters Kim Johnston (partner Kelvin Kelly) and Shannon Sokolowsky) and Helen Rankin (husband Gene, sons Paul and Everett, daughter Katie). There are five great-grandchildren: Levi, Jesse, and Maddie Johnston, Kayla Kelly and Alex Mogan. A funeral service to celebrate Margaret’s life was held Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Central United Church with Reverend Joan Jarvis officiating. Gene Rankin and Margaret Graham (long-time friend) spoke of Margaret’s fine qualities and accomplishments. Interment was at the Brandon Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her grandchildren: Michael, Brendan, D'Arcy, and Liam Mogan, Everett and Katie Rankin. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons Levi and Jesse Johnston. Arrangements were with Brockie Donovan. If friends so desire, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Brandon Humane Society.

Every morning lean
thine arms awhile
Upon the window-sill
of Heaven
And gaze upon thy Lord
Then, with the vision
in thy heart
Turn strong to meet thy day.
-Thomas Blake

We love you dad


Mary Wilkinson passed away peacefully on January 8, 2003, at the age of 76. Delma was born in Swan River on June 23, 1926. She was the only daughter of five children born to William and Carlotta Schenk. After losing her mother at the age of eight, Delma was raised between her grandmother Crawford’s home and the family farm near Durban, where she received her elementary education. As a young woman Delma moved to Brandon where she worked at McCallum’s Nursing Home. In 1957, she married Charles Harrold. The marriage was short lived as Charles passed away suddenly the same year. In 1962, she married Richard Wilkinson of Griswold, Delma then left Brandon and joined him on the family farm. From this union, two daughters, Carol in 1962, and Christine in 1967, were born. In the 1970’s they began taking in foster children. Over the next 15 years, they cared for many children, treating each as their own. Delma’s main focus in life was always her family, friends, and her love of God. She can be commended for caring for both her grandmother's and her own father until their passing. The light of her life were her four grandchildren. She took great pride and joy in them, always happy to be part of everything they did. In 1980 the family moved to Souris. After the sudden death of her husband in 1996, Delma moved to the Crescent Manor. Carol and Christine with the assistance of Home Care, cared for her until such time that Parkinsons Disease dictated a move to the Personal Care Home in 1999, which was her home until her passing. Throughout her life, Delma remained faithful to God and her church. She served as the President of the Ladies Group for many years and took a great interest in the Sunday School Program. The members of the Souris Gospel Chapel were always a great support for her and her family, remaining dear friends until the end. Delma was predeceased by her parents William and Carlotta Schenk, her brothers George and Harold, husbands Charles and Richard and sisters-in-law Flo and Carole. Left to cherish her memory are: brothers Bill Schenk (Betty) of Alberta and Hilbert Schenk of Durban; daughters Carol Bodin (Bob), Christine Swaenepoel (Paul) of Souris; grandchildren Ken Bodin of Brandon, Steven Bodin, Danica and Alissa Swaenepoel of Souris, numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral services were held January 13, 2003 at the Souris Gospel Chapel with Mel Moorman officiating. In memory of Delma, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society.

As children we can’t
comprehend or fully realize the meaning of our Mother’s love,
the patience and forgiveness
that are part of every day,
the unexpected “little things”
she does in her own way.
Years go by before we can
look back on life and see
through older eyes
and wiser hearts
her love and loyalty,
and yet it’s these and
other special things
we’ll hold so dear,
for memories of her steadfast love will keep her ever near.


Ellwood John, beloved husband of Joy and father of Shelley, Sandy, Mark and Danny, passed away peacefully in Brandon, Manitoba on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 60 years of age. A time of visitation will be held at Central United Church, Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, February 3, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. with funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ellwood’s memory to the A.L.S. Walk to D’Feet 2003, Site 115, Box 6, R.R. 1, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5Y1. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota, in care of arrangements. (204)764-2744.


At 102 years of age, Elsie Carnahan died peacefully at Fairview Home, Brandon, on Wednesday, April 2, 2003. Her life began at Brandon General Hospital on February 24, 1901, the first child for Herbert Humphries and Elizabeth Johnston. The Humphries family lived in Brandon City until Elsie was about twelve. At this time, Elsie's family moved to a farm in the Hunter School District, north west of Brandon. She completed her high school at Kemnay, trained to be a teacher, taught at Rounthwaite, Ninette and completed her teaching career at Hunter School in her home district. Her marriage to Stanley Carnahan of Kemnay, on November 10, 1926, began a beautiful union of 71 years. Family, church, hospitality and good citizenship were the focus of their life together. They lived and worked on their Kemnay farm for 40 years. Upon retirement, they resided at 457-12th Street and Scotia Towers in Brandon. Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, in November, 1997, her son -in-law, Bill McCreath in December, 1998 and by two brothers, Wilson and Currie Humphries. Loving family members are son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Pearl Carnahan, her daughter, Eleanor McCreath, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Marie, Brian, Nicole and Janelle Wotton of Brandon, Bob, Sharon, Pam and Derek McCreath of Neepawa, Lisa, Julie and Mike Alfred of Winnipeg. A sister-in-law, Beth Carnahan, lives in Sardis, British Columbia. A service of remembrance will be held at Knox United Church on Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Don Hudson officiating. Interment will be in the family plot at Alexander Cemetery. Donations in Elsie's memory may be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.


Joseph Benjamin Van Den Bosch. On March 31, 2003 after a short illness, Joe passed away in Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 67. He will be remembered by his children: Annette, Donald (Christine), Benjamin (Dianne), Daniel (Doris), Joanne (Ken), Scott (Paula), Riley, Brady, Nicole (William), Teresa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers; numerous relations and friends. Special thanks goes to the nursing staff of the Assiniboine Centre for their care and support during this difficult time. A celebration of Joe’s life will take place at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon on Monday, April 7, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. Reception will take place at the Central United Church Hall, 327-8th Street immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to his favorite charity, The WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals, 90 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 960, Toronto Ontario, M4P 2Y3, email:
Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan, 727-0694.

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