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LINDA MARIE OLSON

OCT. 5, 1961-JULY 20, 2020

Peacefully, with loved ones at her side, Linda Marie left us and went to join her parents in heaven.

Linda leaves to mourn her beautiful daughter Kaila and son-in-law Jared Cummer. Her 3 beautiful grandchildren Eli, Axel and Astrid all of Elm Creek, MB. Her life long partner Bob MacDonald of Winnipeg, her sister Valerie Olson (Dieppe, New Brunswick), brother Robert (Carol Birch) Olson of Carman, MB and sister Crystal (Don) Zacharias of Elm Creek, MB. She also leaves to mourn her nieces Carrie (Jordan) Last, Shaylin (Ryan Owen) Olson, Cierra Zacharias and nephew Dustyn (Nicole) Zacharias. She leaves 2 great nieces Brielle and Sophie and 1 great nephew Asher and soon to arrive baby Zacharias!

She was predeceased by her parents, father Kermit Orval in September 2015 and her mother Eileen Joyce in April 2016.

Linda’s life started out in Elie, Manitoba where at the age of 3 along with her sister Val and parents moved to Elm Creek, MB. It was here that she lived her life till she graduated from Elm Creek High School! Linda was active as a child with figure skating, curling, Brownies and Guides. It was at Guides where she was able to attend the International Girl Guides camp on the East Coast. She loved playing piano and singing in her early years. After high school, she moved to Winnipeg and started working at Marshall Wells and then obtained her life long dream job at Manitoba Pool Elevators Office in Winnipeg, MB.

In December of ’86, she rejoiced with the birth of her daughter, Kaila Marie! She was so excited to be a mom and make her parents grandparents! A couple years later she met her life long partner Robert (Bob) MacDonald. Towards her end of life, she reaffirmed to her family that they were the best years of her life! Linda loved her flowers and gardens and had a great skill with them as well as being in the kitchen, which she inherited from her mother. She was active with work, being involved with Kaila’s social activities such as skating, Brownies, Guides, etc and continued on with curling and helping Bob with the Casino Bus Tours.

In February of “93, Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and her world was given a new challenge. She tried her best to keep life normal as she could for Kaila and Bob but through the years MS took over and made things complicating for her. She then decided to move to Carman, MB so she could be with family. In 2012, Linda’s quality of life declined and she moved to Carman Boyne Lodge where she resided for the last 8 years.

Even though Linda’s health declined, it never stopped her from living. The joy of her life was her daughter Kaila and son-in-law Jared who provided her with 3 beautiful grandchildren, whom she could not stop talking and bragging about. Her love for them was highly recognizable by her eyes that would sparkle and the excitement in her voice. Her room at the Lodge was filled with goodies and treats for them, as she was a typical grandma who spoiled them when they came to visit and they in turn provided her with drawings and presents of their own. It was never a question how much she loved her family! She said it all the time!

If anyone had visited Linda at the Lodge you would have seen her walls covered with postcards from around the world! The postcards started off as a small gift from someone who had travelled and it became Linda’s world and adventure. Every time someone travelled, she would receive a postcard from where they were, they became her life. She always said that although she could not travel herself, the postcards allowed her to travel their adventure with them and she got to see the world!!!

When COVID 19 hit…it was extremely challenging for Linda. It affected her deeply not being able to see her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Outside visits arrived and she was able to see her siblings and daughter briefly but was not allowed to visit her grandchildren and that broke her heart! They had a couple window visits but they could only hold up a sign for her. Towards the end of Linda’s life, she got to see them close at the window.

The last two weeks, Linda was surrounded by Kaila, Crystal, Rob at all times. Video visits with her sister Val were daily and she still cracked a smart remark every time. Her wit, humour, smile, love and compassion through the years were a family trait that she honestly inherited. Having her in the room with the rest of the family were always entertaining! We will miss her dearly, but knowing she is no longer in a wheelchair and is free from MS, we are at peace!

Our family would like to thank everyone who gave her an opportunity to live her life to the fullest, the best way it could be. It would never of happened if we didn’t have the following : Carman Home Care Services, The Dr.’s and Nurses at Carman Memorial Hospital, The Dr’s and Nurses at Boundary Hospital, Carman Handi-Van, her Companions that took her out and about, and to all the staff at Carman Boyne Lodge.

“With every life comes many journeys that brings love and joy. With every life brings hardships and sadness and with every life there leaves memories that can never be taken away. Go free… walk… run… hug… sing… dance and love like it was at the beginning of your life!

A private family graveside service will be held in the Elm Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the MS Society, 100-1465 Buffalo Place, Wpg, MB, R3T 1L8.

Comments  

#16 Mavis Martin 2020-07-23 16:16
My sincerest condolenses to all the family and friends !
#17 John & Myrna Veldman 2020-07-23 17:20
Our sincerest condolances to Linda's family. She was one of a kind with a smile that lit up the room. Cherish the memories.
#18 Karen Maxwell 2020-07-23 21:22
My deepest sympathy to Linda's family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you
#19 Simone Major 2020-07-23 23:14
My most sincere condolences to Linda’s family. I remember the smile on her face when she found out she was going to be a grandma. She was worried about not being able to hold the baby. The nurses and aides gave her ideas on who to do so and she had a smile from ear to ear thinking about it.
Cherish her memory and may they comfort you
#20 Marianne Watson Viau 2020-07-24 18:16
So sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to the entire family.
#21 Arla Braun 2020-07-25 10:16
I’m so sorry for your loss, I know Linda is at peace. Her and I had many laughs and great conversations when I’d go to take her for her outing.

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