Frances June Drysdale
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, grandmother & great grandmother on October 19, 2011. June Drysdale passed away peacefully at the Boyne Lodge with family at her side. Mom was born June 25, 1920 at Rockey's Nursing Home in Carman, Manitoba to Frank & Agnes Sylvester. June is survived by her three children, son Gregg Drysdale of Thunder Bay, daughter Maureen (Glen) Carr of Carman, and son Ken (Carolyn) Drysdale of Calgary, two grandchildren Kristen (Jay) Parker of Millarville, Alberta and Scott (Andrea) Carr of Dauphin, Manitoba and her two great granddaughters Aubrey Carr and Shelby Parker. She is also survived by her brother Quentin Sylvester, sister in law Dorothy Sylvester, brother in law Bern Drysdale (Doreen Sims) and sister in law Shirley (Arnie)Thomson and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her husband Wilf Drysdale in May 2000, her parents Frank & Agnes Sylvester, brothers Glenn Sylvester, Have Sylvester, Lyle Sylvester,and sister -in- laws Ethel Sylvester, Hazel Sylvester, Madeline Sylvester and Hazel Stanley, and brother- in- law Ed Stanley, nephews David Stanley and Dennis Sylvester.
Mom was raised on the family farm in Tobacco Creek, until she moved into Carman with her parents in the early 1940's. Mom worked at the locker plant, enjoyed playing piano and along with her brothers formed a band and played for dances. In March of 1946, mom met dad and they married in April 1947. With dad working for the Bank of Commerce, they had several moves...Dauphin, Naicam & Wiseton Saskatchewan, Fort Frances, Red Rock, Rainy River & Thunder Bay Ontario and Winnipeg. Mom was very active in each community. While still on the farm, mom was a member of the "Busy Fingers" and had a love for sewing..... she was an excellent seamstress and made most of her own clothes and costumes for our skating carnivals. Mom was a great cook and was always baking for a bake sale or her family. She was active in several organizations....Legion, Church, Kiwanis and held several executive positions. While in Red Rock, mom formed another Band... "The Gay Notes"...their music was enjoyed by many. She also enjoyed golf, curling & bridge.
After dad retired...they moved to Carman and later became snowbirds and spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona.... mom was involved in swimming, pool, cards, the kitchen band...they met so very many dear friends there. While living in Carman mom was involved in golf, cards, bridge, volunteering and her music. Until November last year, mom played twice weekly for the seniors at the Boyne Lodge. She became a resident at Boyne Lodge at the end of December last year and quickly received the name "June Bug" and was loved by so many....we will all miss her little smiles and the twinkle in her eyes....
In Lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made to Boyne Lodge, Carman Active Living Centre or a charity of your choice. Thanks to the Staff at Boyne Lodge for all the special care of our Mom.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from Doyle's Funeral Chapel with Pat Wotton officiating. Interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Carman. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boyne Lodge, or to the Carman Active Living Centre.