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CONSTANCE (CONNIE) MARIE MIKULA (published on August 30, 2008)

CONSTANCE (CONNIE) MARIE MIKULA August 3, 1929 August 27, 2008 Peacefully on August 27, 2008, with family near, Mom suddenly left us after a brief illness. Mom was born in the old Eriksdale Hospital in 1929. She was predeceased by both her parents (Leslie Carpenter in 1985 and Constance Carpenter in 1996) and her husband Andrew who left us in September 2006. Mom will be dearly missed by her six children Andy (Bev), John (Joanne), Myrna (Randy), Jim (Carol), Dolly (Ken), Carol (Grant) along with her 13 grandchildren (Charlotte, Wanda, Tammy, Candida, Tannis, Erica, Andrea, Megan, Jordan, Ashley, Adam, Bryce) and 11 great-grandchildren (Tess, Bo, Rebecca, Avery Carrigan, Anthony, Riley, Calley, Blake, Aiden, Joely). Mom will also be missed by her brother Chuck of Somerset England and sister Vera of Winnipeg. Mom and Dad were married for over 60 years. During those 60 years there were many hardships and challenges. One of the most challenging times was in 1989 when the fires went through, destroying the barn, many granaries, outbuildings, hay and livestock. Since Mom was no stranger to hard times, creativity was a necessity. She, like her mother before her, was continually challenged to make something out of nothing. Whether it was making a shirt out of a hand me down dress, tea towels out of rolled oats bags, or hair curlers out of cloth strips, the list is endless. She did what ever was necessary for her family. Mom was a great cook. No one could make potato soup or borscht like Mom. Mom loved her children dearly and in her eyes we could do no wrong. She could always see good in everyone and never a bad word for anyone. She had a heart of gold. Her sons provided her with much excitement such as skinning a deer in the middle of the night, or having her hold a magneto wire while one son turned the flywheel to see if there was spark, or having her jump from passenger seat to driver seat at 60 miles an hour with a black and white in pursuit. Her daughters were a bit gentler on her, causing a few grey hairs during our dating years for sure. Mom enjoyed being involved in her grandchildren and great grandchildren's lives, taking in dance recitals, skating lessons, and ringette and hockey games when ever possible. She enjoyed seeing different parts of the country both near and far. She enjoyed a trip to Palm Springs, CA this past April. In the last couple weeks she enjoyed going for rides on her trusty John Deere Gator to see her cattle. Mom loved her cattle and donkey as well as her faithful dog Sadie. Mom enjoyed having family around. Since most of us kids did not live near, it was always very special to her when we came home on weekends or holidays. Mom loved country music. She especially loved Charley Pride and enjoyed seeing and meeting him again this past June. Mom loved to grow a big garden. In the recent years, even though it was just her at home most times, she still grew a big garden. She was always more than happy to give the produce from her garden to family and friends. She loved her flower planters as well. With the recent addition of a new deck she was able to display her many flower pots and hanging plants, which she received many a compliment on. She loved watching her two hummingbirds come to drink. Mom was always a very hard working woman. For as long as I can remember she was either milking cows, building hay stacks, raking hay, pulling weeds, fixing fence or one of the hundred other things required to run a household and look after a family. In the summer months her house work would start once it was dark outside and she came in from the hayfield. Mom instilled a good work ethic in all her children. She can be proud of that as she finally rests. Cremation has taken place. There will be no formal service. A private family memorial will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mom's memory to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Suite 304, 1 Wesley Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4C6. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

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