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Ruth "Elaine" (Tickner) Sprung

December 15, 1942 ~ September 27, 2009    

Elaine Sprung was born on December 15, 1942 at Morden Hospital to Joe and Rae (Switzer) Tickner.  She was the eldest of three children (siblings - Janie and Darryl) and grew up on their family farm north of Darlingford. 

Elaine attended school in the Barclay District, Darlingford and Manitou and entered nurse’s training at Misericordia Hospital. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1964 and started her career at the Manitou Hospital.  That fall, Elaine married her high school sweetheart, Maurice Sprung and together they raised a family of four children on the Sprung family farm north east of Manitou.  Their children are the fifth generation of Sprungs on this farm and they are proud of this prairie heritage.  Laurie was born in 1965, Leanne in 1968, Phil in 1971 and Kyle in 1972.  Elaine was predeceased by an infant son, Stephen in 1967. Maurice and Elaine operated a mixed grain and cattle farm until 1996 when they moved to Morden to continue their off –farm careers.

Elaine was dedicated to the profession of nursing and shared her compassion and skill in various facilities in the region over the years.  She met her true calling in health care when she began work at Eden Mental Health Centre in 1988.  She was a highly competent and caring nurse in the mental health field who was well respected for her care and expertise by her colleagues and patients. Elaine was an avid reader, lifelong learner and was committed to professional development. She was considered a mentor by many.

As a mother, she was the greatest!  She loved each of her family immensely and together, she and Maurice worked hard to provide many opportunities.  4-H, music lessons and choir, Sunday School, skating, swimming, skiing, sewing, Pony Club, riding lessons, trail riding and local fairs, all made for a busy family life.  Elaine’s childhood love of horses translated to the purchase of several for their family and the development of her interest in the Morgan horse breed. Her favourite mare, Tarita, provided her with much enjoyment as a driving horse.

Elaine was a lifetime a member of Zion Calvin United Church at Darlingford and had wonderful memories of camp, CGIT, youth group and confirmation classes.  She continued her faith journey with Maurice at Darlingford and they enjoyed choir, youth groups, bible study and Sunday School as a family.  Maurice and Elaine were active in the congregation, committees and as treasurers for several years.

Mom inherited her love of dance from her mother and her Grandpa Switzer and she especially liked fast polkas. She had fond memories of dances at Darlingford, Miami, Altamont, and eventually, dance lessons with Maurice. Old Time and pattern dancing was a favourite pastime for Maurice and Elaine and they enjoyed many friends and fellowship through dancing.

Elaine’s strong commitment to family ensured that her children grew up knowing all their extended family including Great Grandparents and Great, Great Aunts. She enjoyed family gatherings, events and visits and hosted many over the years. Elaine was a loyal and dedicated friend, living by the motto; ‘Make new friends, keep the old, these are silver, those are gold’. With a genuine interest, Elaine and Maurice enjoyed the companionship and camaraderie of many friends throughout life, sharing lots of laughs and sometimes a few tears.

In 1992, Elaine and Maurice’s family circle started to expand with the next generation. They were blessed with seven grandchildren, the light of their lives. Many hours were spent travelling to visit, watching the activities and spending time establishing individual relationships with each grandchild; Jenna, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Clayton, Kelby, Colter and Julian.

Elaine passed away on September 27, 2009 at the Boundary Trails Health Centre with her husband by her side.  She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Maurice and four children; Laurie (Michael) Crowe (Jenna, Tyler, Kaitlyn), Leanne (Jonathan) Sprung, Phil (Janine) Sprung (Julian), Kyle (Jennifer) Sprung (Clayton, Kelby, Colter).

A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Calvin United Church in Darlingford. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, Box 2000, Stn. Main, Winkler, MB, R6W 1H8 or to a charity of one's choice.

Doyle's Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements. 

Card of Thanks

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the care and consideration that has been provided to our family. We are grateful for all the love and support our family has experienced over the last few years, and especially in the last while - the kind words, shared memories, food, phone calls, visits and cards have all provided encouragement during this time.  Elaine faced her health challenges with a practical approach along with her strong faith, ongoing hope and the support of those around her. Her strength and courage was inspiring to us. The exceptional care and support provided by the Cancer Care Unit and Boundary Trails Health Center Staff was highly valued by Elaine and by our family - thank you.


Maurice Sprung

Laurie, Leanne, Philip and Kyle and families