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Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada

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Patricia Betty Checkley




Patricia (Pat) Checkley (nee Hodgson) of Carman, MB passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her in the Palliative Care Unit at the Carman Memorial Hospital on Oct 30, 2014 after a brief but courageous battle with colon cancer.


Pat will be sadly and lovingly missed by her husband of 60 years Floyd of Carman, son Myles (Shirley), granddaughters Melissa and Theresa of St. Albert, AB, son Brad of Edmonton, AB, daughter Dawn (Brad) Sanders, grandsons Ryley and Tarran of Delta, BC, daughter Tricia (Kirby) Bateman and grandsons Carter and Peyton of Stonewall, MB. She will also be missed by her brother Brian (Marg) Hodgson of Brandon, many cherished in-laws, nieces, nephews and special friends.


Pat was predeceased by her mother, Madeleine Hodgson, father Clarence Hodgson, step mother Ethel Hodgson, sister Jan Hryciw and her husband Myron, sister Bae Milne/Nordquist and her husbands’ Leask Milne and Hugh Nordquist, brother Bill Hodgson and sister Val Brown, mother in-law Elsie (Checkley) Beckett, step father in-law George Beckett, brother in-law Fred Checkley and wife Helen and brother in-law Alvin Checkley, nephews Darren Milne (Bae Milne) and Daryl Checkley (Alvin Checkley).


Pat was born in Virden, MB but soon after moved to Ste. Rose, MB and then in 1945 Manitou, MB where she did all her schooling. Following Grade 11 she moved to Crystal City to start her career as a telephone operator for Manitoba Telephone System and then accepted a position back in Manitou after 2 years. Pat met Floyd when she was 14 years old and knew immediately that they would be together for many years. They were engaged when Pat was 15 and finally married on May 29, 1954, 2 days after she turned 18. Their first son Myles was born Feb 21, 1958, Brad was born April 10, 1959 and Dawn was born on Myles’s 3rd birthday, Feb21, 1961, Tricia arrived to the family in Dec, 1968. Pat stayed with MTS until 1961 then started her own hairdressing shop in her home so she could be with the kids. In 1974 Floyd accepted a position with the provincial government and the family moved to Dauphin, MB. Shortly after moving Pat started her new career path with the Manitoba Liquor Commission. It was at the MLC that Pat excelled in her career. She started as a part time employee in the Dauphin store and when 3 of the kids had graduated from school she accepted a full time position in the main store at Brandon, MB in 1980. While living in Brandon she worked her way up to Assistant Manager in the mall store and then finally as manager in Thompson, MB. Pat kept a residence in Thompson but spent her time off in Brandon. After 1 year she decided she wasn’t meant for the northern lifestyle and retired from the MLCC back to Brandon, MB. With both Pat and Floyd being retired and all the kids being out west they decided they would like to try retiring closer to the kids so began the journey of short moves from Brandon to Windermere, Invermere, Golden, Tsawassen and White Rock, BC only to find that they were truly prairie people and were happiest back in Manitoba so moved back to Winnipeg and eventually Carman where they remained till her passing. Throughout Pat’s life journey she was involved in many community activities like hockey, figure skating with her kids, Kinettes, Al-Anon, the church choirs and made many lasting friendships with people from these organizations. She also cherished and enjoyed her Bingo buddies, the Carman coffee gang and the Carman Square Dancers in her later years.


She was the captain of the family ship, the leader that guided many of the family crew through stormy waters to calmer seas and then stood behind them as she gently set their shaky legs back on firmer ground. The family will miss that captain but true to her spirit we will continue to steer the family ship to calmer waters knowing that she is still watching over us and coaching us to take the step to firmer ground.


O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! Heart! Heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck the Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up --- for you the flag is flung --- for you the bugle trills,
For you the bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths --- for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning,
Here Captain! Dear mother, wife and sister!
The arms beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
Our Captain does not answer, her lips are pale and still,
Our mother, wife and sister does not feel our arms, she has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But we with mournful tread,
Walk the deck our Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


A celebration of Pat’s life journey will be held on Nov 5, 2014, 1pm at Doyle’s Funeral Chapel in Carman, MB with interment in the Manitou Cemetery following. Doyle’s Funeral Service is in charge of all arrangements.


If friends or family so desire, donations can be made to the Carman Palliative Care Box 610 Carman, MB R0G 0J0.

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