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

Driedger Verla orig photoVerla Lorene Driedger, 72 of Carman, passed away on July 22, at the Carman Memorial Hospital.

Verla was born in Melita, Manitoba to Lawrence “Pop” and Hazel Quane on April 6, 1943. She went to high school in Melita and graduated in 1959. She went on to Nurses training at Winnipeg General Hospital graduating in 1965. It was during this time she met Jim Driedger and they were married shortly after. Verla nursed wherever the family moved, Portage la Prairie, Dryden and Ear Falls Ontario. The family settled in Carman in 1978, she served her community as the Head Nurse and later Director of the Boyne Lodge where she lobbied for and oversaw many additions and renovations including the establishment and construction of the ACU, the initiation of respite care, adult day and evening programs, as well as piloting co-operation among local health care providers. In June 2000 the Province of Manitoba awarded her the Recognition Award for her commitment to seniors. After her first short lived retirement Verla accepted an Administrator position at Salem Home in Winkler. Her passion for nursing never left and even in her second retirement spent time working as a homecare Nurse. She was active in the community serving on many committees and boards including the Carman floodway diversion, and the Carman Community Seniors Resource Council.

Verla was very committed to family and tried to spend as much time as possible with her grandchildren, even though their time with her was cut short by cancer and even shorter by the dementia that she struggled so mightily against she will always hold a special place in their hearts. She had many varied interests enjoyed sports both participating and as a fan, she was an accomplished fastball player in her younger years, an avid golfer and curler her entire life. She never missed a sons hockey game and could always be heard cheering with all her volume.

Verla is preceded in death by her father Pop and mother Hazel Quane. 

Verla is survived by her husband Jim, sons Brad (Kim) and Ryan (Trish), granddaughters Claire, Kara and Cameron, grandson Brendan, sisters Eleanor (Terry) Jenkins and Marilyn Armstrong, many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Boundary Trails CancerCare and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Boundary Trails CancerCare whose compassion and caring are a tribute to the profession Verla loved, as well as her many close friends and colleagues who never wavered in their support and friendship.

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