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ELLEN PEARL THICKSON (published on May 16, 2009)

ELLEN PEARL THICKSON (nee GIRLING) After years of the devastation caused by Alzheimer's disease, Mom was finally set free on May 7, 2009. She leaves to cherish her accomplishments, her sons, Bert (Laurie), Jeff (Monica), Chris (Natalie), and Stuart (Diane). Also included are her grandchildren, Shannon (Ryan), Andrea, Kevin, Lindsay, Sean, Colin, Cameron, Morgan, Abbey; great-grandchildren, Kay, Emma, and Dawson. Mom was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father Leslie, brothers Howard, and Mel, and sister Lillian. She was also predeceased by her ex-husband Herb, and husband Bruce. Mom was born July 16, 1929 in Souris, Manitoba. She would share fond memories of her and her lifelong friends, Fran and Donna diving off the swinging bridge into the Souris River and riding bicycles across the bridge. As a young woman, the draw of the big city saw Ellen and her sister Lillian move to Winnipeg, where she resided until her passing. Mom worked at Eaton's department store prior to raising her family. To Mom, her family was her life. She was extremely proud of her four boys. She raised us the old fashioned way. We were expected to be seen and not heard and to have respect for others. Growing up, we remember our weekly dinner out to the Paddock restaurant, having other patrons compliment Mom and Dad on their well behaved children . During our formative years, Mom was a volunteer Librarian in the schools we attended. This passion continued for many years. She was well read and always interested in current events. Mom had a passion for entertaining. One of her greatest joys was to have family gatherings. The more the better. She loved having a house full of people gathered around the dinner table. The art of conversation was not lost on mom. Many an evening was spent discussing anything under the sun. Mom had her opinions and was not afraid to be in the minority. If you said white, she would say black. There was no grey. She loved and often provoked a good debate. Mom loved baking Christmas treats and making fancy rolled sandwiches. She did not seem to mind us sneaking butter tarts out of the freezer. You knew that you were an important part of the family if you were invited to make rolled sandwiches for socials and showers. She always made sure she made enough to send her kids home with care packages. Our home was filled with music. Mom had a passion for Elvis, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Daniel O'Donnell. Quite often we would come home to find the volume turned up to these artists. Family vacation destinations were always a mystery. Mom preferred travel by car, so we would basically point the car in a direction and go. Journeys took us across Canada, and the Upper United States. Regular visits back to Souris were a part of our life for many years. Mom and Dad did manage to fly to Mexico with her sister Lillian and husband John, and go to Disneyland. Animals were an important part of Mom's life. She taught our cats Jamie and Smokey to come to a mere whistle, and in her retirement years following Dad's passing, her Norwegian Elkhound Becky Brell, was her cherished companion. Mom was a proud supporter of the Winnipeg Humane Society. Mom had a taste for the finer things in life. She had an extensive collection of Wedge Wood pottery, Old Country Rose, Pettipoint china, and Swarovski crystal. She would proudly display items of interest in her Rosewood curio cabinet that dad built her. She also enjoyed interior design. Mom was the driving force behind all the home renovations and changes within the family home over the years. She was the designer, Dad was the builder. We have many handcrafted furnishings to remember them by. Mom loved to shop. She would cruise the malls for hours looking for that item that was just right . She was on a first name basis with many sales staff. We would like to thank you Mom for the values you have taught us, and the appreciation for life, love, and family. The family would also like to acknowledge the excellent care from the staff at the Maples Personal Care Home, and Bayshore Home Health, you know who you are. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mom's name to: D'Arcy's ARC (Animal Rescue Center), The Winnipeg Humane Society, or The Alzheimer Society Of Manitoba. A graveside service has been held. Go with care Mom Chapel Lawn 885 - 9715

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