Elsie Lorraine MacNair Coates
March 21, 1937-April 11, 2023
It is with peace and sadness that the family announces the passing of our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Elsie was the 4th born child to Neil and May MacNair and grew up on the family farm south east of Graysville. After graduation she completed Home Economics from Brandon Agriculture College. In 1955 she married Walter Coates and they farmed south of Graysville and raised 3 children.
In 1998 she married Murray Coates and they lived in Carman. Then in 2020 she moved to the Boyne Lodge when dementia didn’t allow her to stay in her own home any longer.
Elsie hosted every holiday meal until it became too much for her, then the next generation took it on and she got to enjoy the grandchildren.
She was very proud of the skill of bread making she learned in Brandon and baked bread every week until she retired to Meadowood and decided she could buy her bread now! She served on countless committees and volunteered wherever help was needed. She loved to garden and reap and share the harvest. You never found a weed in her garden!
She enjoyed her curling, golfing, shuffling and all the socializing that came with it. Arizona was her winter home for many years where she enjoyed many activities and no snow! Church was very important to her and she took pride in being part of the UCW in Graysville and then in Carman.
Survived by sons Bill (Corrine) and Bob (Caroline)
Grandchildren Mark (Sarah) Coates, Jacquie (Eric)Griffin, Curtis (Jen) Faux, Jaymeson Coates, Amy Coates, Cody Faux, Eric Coates and Devin Coates.
Great grandchildren Ella, Tyler, Scarlett, Lochlan, Kip and Sienna.
Siblings Roberta Dyck and Neil and Linda MacNair and sister-in-law Shirley Harrison.
Predeceased by Daughter and son-in-law Beth+ Ray Faux. Walter Coates, Murray Coates. Siblings Jim+Mae MacNair, Isabelle+Gordon Rutter, May +Keith Braden. In-laws Dave Dyck, Luella+Don Kennedy, Olive+Jim Jenkins and Wes Harrison.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the Boyne Lodge Staff who cared for Mom and to all that took the time to brighten her day with a visit.