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Dorothy Phoebe Halstead

It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Dorothy Halstead, who passed away peacefully on May 8, 2020 at the age of 97 years. She will be greatly missed by her children Brian (Karen), Don (Carol Anne), Lyle (Allison), Ken (Dream), Shirley McCutcheon (Don) and Kathy Grenier (Mike). She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Jason (Stacey), Shannon (Mitchell), Mark (Kelsey), Jenn (Vaughan), Sara (Taylor), Duncan (Shilpa), Mint, C.R. (Rose), Cole, Jordan (Riley) and great grandchildren, Grace, Charlie, Asher, Eleanor, Chris, Rae-Lynn, Joey, Tessa, and Taylor, all of whom she was immensely proud.

Mom was born to Sarah and David Barlow on July 31, 1922 on the family farm near Myrtle, Manitoba; the youngest of three children, including her brother Albert, and sister Irene (Frith). Her eleven Barlow cousins who lived across the road were an important part of her childhood and helped to nurture her sense of humour and fun. Mom loved her time at Myrtle Consolidated School and was grateful to have had the education of the ‘Three Rs’ those four brick walls provided.

She married Elmer Halstead in 1944. They lived and farmed in their home community, working hard and raising their six children together until 1971 when Dad passed away. She was always a devoted mother who encouraged her family to obtain an education and instilled in all of her children a love of reading and learning. She was a full participant in all the aspects of her life. She handled the farm bookkeeping, and spent endless hours gardening, canning and baking. In 1954, she was designer and project manager for the new family home.

Legendary to the family were Sunday night chicken suppers, homemade buns, butter tarts and saskatoon pies. In the community, Mom was renowned for her popcorn balls for neighbouring children at Halloween and these same children grew up to pay a ransom price for them later at the church auctions. She was never idle, and was always at work on a project of some sort, sewing (including two family wedding dresses), quilting, crocheting, tatting or knitting. Skilled at all of these, she has left us with treasures we hold dear.

Mom enjoyed her connection to the community in so many diverse ways. She was a school trustee and later a local news reporter for the Dufferin Leader. She was active as a 4-H leader, and served in many supporting roles in the Myrtle United Church. She was civic-minded, with a strong position on one’s duty to vote and often told the story of how she and Dad once drove to town to cast opposing votes. She helped compile the Myrtle/Roland history book, Living Gold, and was very active in organizing the Myrtle School Reunion in 2011.

After years on the farm, Mom moved to Roland in 1986, and then to Carman in 2006. With each move, she developed additional friendships and joined the activities in her new community. She would welcome the adventures proposed to her; canoeing, a hot-air balloon ride, sailing, a 4-H leaders trip to Wisconsin or a camping trip with friends. Mom enjoyed travelling to visit her family and was delighted by the chance to dip her toe in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from Canadian shores and, most significantly, to take a trip to England to visit her parents’ homeland.

Most of all Mom enjoyed her time with her kids and grandkids. She always accepted any opportunity to have them visit or watch them perform or play a sport. She loved to host family gatherings where each time, there was a big meal to enjoy. All family visits ended with board games or cards, in which a fierce but fun competitiveness surfaced, where none of the children or grandchildren was given any leniency. To ease any disappointment of possible defeat there was much laughter and many treats served during and after the games.

Mom was loving and loyal and strong. With her, there was always time for the encouragement and acknowledgement of stories shared; sometimes with listening or through a kind few words, at other times with wise counsel, and always with a warm hug.

If friends so desire, in the spirit of Mom’s generosity, please share your time or talents with others as an act of kindness, or give to a charity of your choice.

There will be a private interment at the Myrtle Cemetery. A memorial service may be held at a later date.

Comments  

#16 Monique Hiebert 2020-05-20 15:28
She will be missed dearly. She always had a special place in my heart. My condolences to the family.
#17 Cheryl Enns 2020-05-20 21:24
So many great memories of “Grandma Halstead ” and me!
Condolences to the Halstead family.
#18 Lee and Ken Coates 2020-05-21 12:04
To all the Halstead cousins
Our sincere sympathy and love. Little Dorothy was one special lady and will be missed by so many. I wish I had her popcorn ball recipe, yes we went as children and adults and she always dressed on Halloween to the delight of my kids as well! As a 4-H leader she was always so encouraging. Her jokes and friendship brings fond memories. Hope she will be enjoying some laughs with Dad& Mom and all their friends! Warm thoughts and Hugs to all.. Lee, Len and family
#19 Paul & Deb Pfrimmer 2020-05-21 12:08
I have many Great memories of your Mom, as one of the "lucky" neighbour kids who always looked forward to her fresh homemade baking, and yes, those delicious popcorn balls at halloween. I will always remember her sharp whit and engaging conversations when visiting. She will be greatly missed, but I am grateful that she was part of my growing up.
Our sincere condolences go out to the Halstead Families.
#20 Lisa 2020-06-28 19:32
Always a very special lady to our family! Honoured to be in her memorial video. Could never go for a short visit when she moved to Carman - had to have a Scrabnle game. I always enjoyed being able to take my kids to visit her at Halloween.

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