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ELEANOR (SUSAN) SHAIL (published on May 16, 2009)

ELEANOR (SUSAN) SHAIL (nee HODGSON) Peacefully, on May 2, 2009, Eleanor Susan Shail passed away at her home in Saskatoon at the age of 50. She will be cherished and remembered by her beloved husband, Steve; her daughter, Jamie; mother, Eleanor (Nora) Hodgson and brother William. She will be missed by many extended family members and caring friends. Susan was predeceased by her brother Roy, in 1988 and her father, Glen in 2002. She was born in Calgary on January 24, 1959 and in 1967 her family moved back to Winnipeg. Susan received her education at Queenston, River Heights, Kelvin and Balmoral Hall schools. She attended Success Business College and obtained her first position at Robin Hood Multifoods where Steve was also employed. Always loving music, and gifted with a beautiful voice, while in her teens, she sang with her brother at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. They were married in 1979 and moved to Calgary where Steve had been transferred. Susan soon found employment and rose to the position of office manager. Susan had been diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of eight and while carrying Jamie, lost her sight, but never lost her optimistic attitude and her incredible sense of humour. In the next two years she regained partial vision and remained a stay at home Mom to Jamie and a second Mom to many of Jamie's friends. The tight-knit little family shared a special love and devotion to one another. In 1988 the family moved back to Winnipeg where they remained until 1995, when Steve was transferred to Saskatoon. From a young age, Susan loved her summers at the family cottage at Minaki, Ontario where her warm smile and sense of fun will be long remembered. Family and lake friends pitched in to help her get to and enjoy last summer at the island. In 1999 Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer and after several operations, remained cancer free for seven years until in 2006 it returned in another form. For three years, Susan battled this adversity with enduring strength and courage. Her positive, cheerful outlook touched the lives of all who knew her. As always, she remained more concerned for others than for herself. To the end, Susan never lost of her faith or her wonderful sense of humour. She was truly a beautiful and special person. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday May 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside Avenue, Fort Garry, with Rev. Millie Malavsky officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the charity of your choice. Love life, laugh often, do something kind for someone and remember Susan.

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