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JO-ANNE BATER (published on August 09, 2009)

JO-ANNE BATER (ALDYTHE JO-ANNE MARIE BATER) 8 July 1937 3 August 2009 Surrounded by the love of family and friends and in the presence of her husband and sons, Jo-Anne Bater (nee May) peacefully relinquished this life and stepped into the loving arms of God on Monday, 03 August 2009. Jo-Anne's courageous fight with cancer has been an inspiration to all who knew her. Involved with CancerCare and various cancer support groups over the past 30 years, Jo-Anne has helped countless individuals come to terms with their diagnosis and disease progression while maintaining hope in situations appearing most hopeless. Her faith in God and her conviction that God's love is powerfully present in any adversity inspired many struggling with this devastating disease. Sadly missed, but thankfully at peace, Jo-Anne is mourned by her husband, William James (Bill), her three sons, Sam (Tessa), Sid (Ted), and Andrew (Nicole), her grandchildren, Nick, Lee, Tia and Jada, her sister, Major Diane May, Nichole Bye, brother Stephen May (Gloria), nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. The eldest of three children born to Harold and Edith May (both deceased), Jo-Anne married Bill Bater in 1957. Employment opportunities took the family to Saskatoon, back to Winnipeg and eventually to Stonewall where Jo-Anne became very involved in her community and in the congregational life of Stonewall United Church serving both locally and at the level of presbytery. Wherever the family lived, Mom turned the place into a home for her family and many who were in transition. A devoted Mother and Grandmother, Jo-Anne lived for her children and grandchildren. The family would like to thank Jo-Anne's attending physicians, nurses, health care aides and the wonderful staff of 3 East, Riverview Health Centre who treated our Mom with such care and dignity. The family would also like especially to thank the many volunteers of the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba whose help and unwavering hope were both a gift and an inspiration for Mom. A service of celebration of the life of Jo-Anne will be held at Stonewall United Church (369, 1st Ave. N.) on Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Jo-Anne's memory to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, R3E 0V9.

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