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WILMA OLIVE FURNISS

(Nee Miller)

Mom passed away suddenly, but peacefully, with friends at her side on February 22,2022.

She is survived by her daughter Sandy, son Bev and his wife Kathi, daughter Barb and her husband Garnet. Seven grandchildren and their spouses, Marcie (Brian), Mark (Kendra), Ryan (Sabrina), David (Ashley), Michelle, Scott (Jill), Darla (Kevin). Ten great grandsons, Kohl, Luke, Alex, Bennett, Brody, Lincoln, Jett, Kipp, Parker and Garrett. Two great granddaughters Lexus and Piper. One sister Hazel, nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arnold and Mary, her husband Vic, son in law Glen, brothers Tom and Jim, sisters in law Loreen, Bessie and Bet, brothers in law Ernie, Ian and Cyril.

Mom was born on March 9,1931 at Carman hospital.

Mom was the youngest of four children, known as “Babe”, to Arnold and Mary Miller. She grew up in a small three-room house on the farm just outside Elm Creek. She was the only one in the family to graduate with grade twelve, and went on to attend Normal School in Winnipeg. She taught at Swan Lake before coming to what was then known as Midland School, north of Manitou. It was while teaching there that she met our Dad at a dance. They were married on Dad’s parent’s anniversary, December 27, 1952. That ended Mom’s teaching career, as at that time you were not allowed to be married and teach! Mom and Dad resided on the home farm south of Manitou.

Mom soon found out that being a farmer’s wife was a whole lot different than being a farmer’s daughter! She had no driver’s license and needed one to haul grain, so she went to the town clerk, and explained she needed one to operate the farm truck, and she was given one right on the spot! Life on the farm kept her busy, hauling water from the well to heat on the cook stove, milking cows, feeding chickens, hauling grain, baking, sewing and raising three children. In 1963 they purchased land a mile up the road which came with running water, a bathroom and kitchen cupboards. Mom was in her glory! Still busy with farm chores, she found time to run the kids to school functions, canvas for the Red Cross, teach 4-H, work on the Christmas Cheer Board, … and the list goes on. She would organize school van picnics, and Sunday excursions with family and friends. Mom always enjoyed visiting with people, so one of her favourite jobs was being a news reporter for the Western Canadian for 30 plus years. Faith was always an important part of mom’s life. She was a Sunday School teacher, belonged to the Vestry committee of the Anglican Church, and regularly attended the ACW meetings, and Teas and Bazars. Mom and Dad spent many Saturday nights dancing at the Country Club dances, then with the square dancers, and later the Funtastics.

In 2005, Mom and Dad retired from farming and bought a little house in Manitou. They went on many trips with friends. They spent as much time as they could with their children and grandchildren, attending all their sporting events. Mom continued her volunteer work and took on another role of visiting the sick and elderly. She always loved people, especially children, and loved a good visit. Their retirement years took on a different time, when Dad suffered a stroke and was hospitalized at Manitou Health Centre. Mom never missed a day of going to see her beloved Vic.

In 2016 Mom sold the house and moved to the Pembina Manitou 55 Plus. A move she never regretted. She soon made many more lifelong friends. She continued on with all her activities, continued driving well into her 80’s, baking, and sharing her treats, exercises, floor curling and playing cards. With the help of her many friends and family, she was able to go for drives in the country, medical appointments, and trips to the Hutterite market gardens.

Mom faced many changes in her long life. She happily took those in stride.

It is hard to write in a few paragraphs the life of 90 years, but Mom’s philosophy says it all:

“Live life like today is your last, Love like you have never been hurt, and Dance like no one is watching”

Our hearts are heavy and saddened by the loss of our Mom, but we are more than grateful that we were fortunate to have our Mom for 90 wonderful years!

An Anglican funeral service will be held from the Manitou United Church at 11 a.m. on May 7, 2022.

If friends so desire, Mom had requested, that donations be made to: St. John Anglican Church Memorial fund, C/o Lindy Sharpe, Box 309, Manitou, Mb. R0G 1H0 or to The Children’s Wish Foundation, 305 St. Mary’s Avenue, Winnipeg. Mb. R3C3J2.

Card of Thanks

We truly wish to thank our many wonderful friends for the love, understanding, flowers, cards, baking and messages we have received, since the passing of our Mom Wilma.

To the EMT’s, RCMP, “the girls” at the rink, Mom’s friends, Dr. Martens at Boundary Trails, thank you for all your heroic measures. Thank you also to Dr. Nause of Menzies Medical for all her wonderful care of Mom over the years.

In Mom’s passing, we have come to realized how many lives she truly touched. What a wonderful community to be a part of!

Sandy Thomson

Bev and Kathi Furniss

Barb and Garnet Edwards

And Families

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