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HILDA HELEN BAIN (published on August 31, 2008)

HILDA HELEN BAIN It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom and Grandma, Hilda Helen Bain, aged 87 years, on August 25, 2008 (her wedding anniversary date), at Deer Lodge Centre. She gave us a wonderful opportunity to be with her during her final hours. Helen leaves to mourn son David, daughter Dianne (Les) and grandchildren James, Erin, Marcus, Ryan (Melissa) and great-granddaughter Violet. She is survived by one cousin, Hilda (Ted) and family. She was predeceased by our dad, Jimmy (1998), and her parents William and Helen Singer and her brother, Bill. Mom was born in Winnipeg on April 22, 1921. While attending schools in Winnipeg, she enjoyed singing in both school and church choirs (St. Andrews United Church). She worked at Eaton's until she was married, and later at The Bay. Mom was an active member of Melrose Camp, Sons of Scotland, and it was there at a dance competition that she met our Dad. She loved her roles as wife, mother, grandma and family homemaker. She enjoyed many hobbies, excelling at gardening, baking, and needlepoint. Mom was raised in a very Scottish home, forever loving its music, food and culture. Mom's first and only trip to Scotland (1990) was a lifetime highlight. As a Mother, Mom was absolutely wonderful, always loving, kind, caring, supportive and nuturing. She was truly a teacher of life. Mom's gentle ways enabled her to be a close friend to us as well. The family bonds were very strong, and family visits were dearly treasured. During the later years, Mom particularly cherished her time with her grandchildren. Mom had many fine personal traits. Her fun-loving personality and warm sense of humour ensured we could always share a laugh with her. Mom truly enjoyed many fun times with friends and family, whether they involved the piano, dancing or listening to music, including that of her daughter's and grandson's pipes and guitar respectfully. She was meticulous in all that she did with her hard-working hands. Mom was very non-judgemental, kind and thoughtful in so many ways to all, this being well-documented in all the cards and letters received from her by so many. Mom was truly a good sport in life, always rolling with life's punches. She remained young-at-heart, always keeping abreast with the many changes time brings. Mom enjoyed her visits to Swan River, the fun of camping with family and friends, and eventually, loved spending family time at the island cottage on Lake of the Woods, a place she fondly thought so beautiful. Despite her lung condition in recent years, until this year, she continued to make the journey to the lake, enjoying each moment she had there. Throughout her lifetime, Mom remained a consummate lady in all that she did and said. She was forever gracious, whether tending to her garden, baking a lemon pie at the cottage or enjoying a drink on the dock. Thank you to the many staff on 4 West, at Deer Lodge Centre, for the wonderful care she recieved from everyone there. That has meant so very much to us. You were always there when we needed you No task too great or small With a loving heart and a willing hand For us you did them all. Thanks for the years you gave us, And for the precious times we shared, We only pray when you left us You only knew how much we cared. According to Mom's wishes, immediate cremation has taken place, with internment at Brookside Cemetery. A family time of remembrance will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Mom gracefully fought the battle of, yet lived graciously with, having pulmonary fibrosis for almost seven years. Throughout it all, and never complaining, she truly lived the phrase, Keep right on to the end of the road. Keep right on to the end. To the end, Mom surely did. Love Always.

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