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


Eileen Rose Marie Fraser

(Née LaRocque)

October 18, 1937 – April 1, 2019

Eileen was born near Endeavour, SK.  She was the eldest daughter of Ed & Lena LaRocque (Watermanchuk).  The family moved to Swan Valley, MB in May 1946.

Their new home, built on the banks of the Woody River, soon became a magnet to the neighboring children.  Here they enjoyed lots of swimming, fishing, tobogganing, skiing, and skating. Years later many still commented on all the fun they had on the “LaRocque Farm”.  The Swan Woody School was built in 1949, so the children had a mere 2 miles to walk to a brand new school house.

Eileen took her high-school education in Bowesman and Birch River, MB. She then went on to Normal School in Winnipeg, graduating in 1956.  She loved her independence living in a teacher age during her first rural school near Alonsa, MB.  Eileen then taught for 3 years at Columbine where she met and married Doug a local farmer in August 1960.

Doug and Eileen became parents to daughter Wendy Gayleen in April 1962 and son Barrie George in December 1964.  Eileen loved babies and little children.  Over the years they became foster parents, which led to opening her home as a day care facility in order to care for their grand children until they were of school age.

Eileen was a 4-H club leader and a director on the Dufferin Agriculture Society and presently a member of the St. Daniel Community Club.  She also enjoyed entertaining with the “Fiddling Grannies” at the local senior homes and lodges.

Eileen had many hobbies including crocheting afghans, sewing many patch-work quilts (all to give away), playing accordion, playing  cards, reading numerous novels written by local Manitoba authors, lunches out with her girlfriends, spending time in her numerous flower gardens and just visiting with whomever dropped by.

There were many family reunions held on the Fraser farm over the years, with always plenty to eat and drink with lots of fun and games.

Eileen loved spending time with her three grandchildren. They flew kites on windy days, slept outside in tents, baked cookies and pies together, built ice rinks to skate on, completed sewing projects and played many card games. They loved spending time with animals which included kittens, puppies, chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats. They also took trips and shared many other fun events. Recently, Alex and Grandma shared an interest in classic car shows.  At least Grandma did!

Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Ed and Lena, her parents-in-law George and Marion, her brother in-law Donald Fraser and two infant nephews Colin Hardiman and Clinton LaRocque.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Doug; daughter Wendy (Darryl) Schlichting from Brandon, MB; son Barrie (Cheryl), Nicole (Darren), Maddison (Brent) and Alex from Carman; chosen grandchild, Rhianna Alcock of Portage; Sisters: Eleanor (Frank) Poole of Falmouth, NS; Teanie (Robert) Stephenson of Prince George, BC; Luverne (Gary) Watchorn of Elm Creek; Dolores (Hugh) King of Keewatin, ON.  Brothers:  David (Lil) LaRocque and Richard (Kelly) LaRocque of Kenora, ON; Donald (Agnes) LaRocque of Ottawa, ON; Aunt Agnes LaRocque of Birch River, MB; Sisters in-law Betty (Norman) Wilson of Victoria, BC;  Joyce Fraser of Ft. Assiniboine, AB and many treasured nieces and nephews.

Should friends so desire, fond memory donations may be made to:  Boyne Lodge Capital Fund, Box 1644, Carman, MB R0G 0J0 or to a charity of their choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carman Active Living Centre.

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