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


Verna Gene (Hill) MacLean

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Moms passing, January 18, 2019. Mom was born 4 July, 1924 and grew up in the small town of Lyleton, Manitoba. She was the chosen daughter of Fred and Winnie Hill. Mom helped on the farm delivering milk and eggs, taught piano and sang in church choirs. Her ambition was to become a school teacher but that was short lived when her mother got sick and she returned home to help on the farm. She met and married Dad in 1945 and shared a life together for 53+ years. She was always “Dad's right hand man”! The poem by Siera Shea “So God Made a Farmers Wife" must have been written about Mom as she was all of that from cooking, cleaning, sewing, shopping, gardening, running with meals, greasing the machinery, driving tractors and hauling grain. Winter time found them both at the curling rink and in later years watching it on tv as she sat with a jigsaw puzzle, knitting , quilting or some craft on the go. When cancer took her thumb, that didn’t stop her from still doing all the crafts she loved. This past year, she knit mitts, scarves, hats and small afghans for Siloam Mission. Gardening was always a passion and could hardly wait for the snow to melt so she could get on the John Deere garden tractor and “work the back 40"! Her little dog Brandi also gave her much companionship. In 2016, Mom moved to Carman, Mb to be close to family and lived in her apartment at Legion Lodge being very independent.

Mom will be remembered by her daughter Heather (Wayne) Phillips of Carman, grandson Travis (Michelle) of Treherne, step granddaughter Kerri (Nick) Malazdrewicz, Luke and Beckett of Brandon. Sisters-in-law Anna Tibbett of Neepawa and Muriel Schaff of Yakima, Washington, half sisters Doris of Regina, Jean of Okotoks Ab,  Kathy of Swan River, half brother Don of Minnedosa and many nieces and nephews. And special friend and neighbor Joan Vanbeselaere of Melita.

A private family graveside service will be held sometime in spring (Moms favorite time of year) at Melita Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and cards, donations may be made to a charity of ones choice.

At this time, the family would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards and visited Mom. Also a big thank you to the tenants of Legion Lodge, and to Dr Atchison and the staff of Carman Memorial Hospital for their caring.


#1 Jim & Donna Cameron 2019-01-19 15:40
So sorry for your loss Heather and Wayne. We never knew your mother, but certainly sounds like she had a full and active life. Our condolences , Jim and Donna
#2 Everett and Della Barker 2019-01-20 15:52
Heather and family. Our Sincere Sympathy to you at this sad time. Lots of memories. Many times talk about the chariot races especially Carman fair. She was a great neighbour and has been missed. Prayers with you all.
#3 Everett and Della Barker 2019-01-20 18:38
Heather and family. Our Sincere Sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Mother Gene. So many memories.Always speaking of the chariot races mainly Carman. Great neighbours and farming. Thinking of you at this sad time. Everett and Della.
#4 Gloria Holmes 2019-01-21 22:37
My Sincere Condolences Heather and Family. Your Mom was an Amazing Lady. She was very Kind and Caring to My Mother in law, Wyn . She not only vi[censored]d her several times a week but took meals, baked goods and Garden vegetables. She was So Special To Royden, Sandy, Craig and Myself. MyThoughts are with You .
#5 Bob and Marg Mogk 2019-01-21 23:52
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We certainly enjoyed her the day you had her here in Killarney. Our sincere sympathy to you all and cherish the great memories you have of her. Bob and Marg

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