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GLADYS EILEEN NATTRASS (published on January 05, 2010)

GLADYS EILEEN NATTRASS 1916 - 2010 Eileen Nattrass died peacefully at St. Boniface General Hospital on January 3, 2010 surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her parents Nelson and Margaret Ethel Barker (nee Douglas); husband Keith Nattrass; and brothers Alton, Ted, Bill, Cliff, Vernon and Jim Barker. She is survived by her son Ken (Jane); grandchildren Stacey (Damian Brown) and Carson (Sharon Bajer); great-grandchildren Maxwell Brown and Theodore Nattrass; and numerous nieces and nephews. Born June 3, 1916 at Holland, MB, Eileen grew up on a farm with her parents and six brothers. She learned early to look after and care for others. This applied not just in the household in which she grew up, but also in the local community. In her early adulthood she provided home care to elderly folks at the request of their families, decades before there was a program called Home Care. It was in just such a circumstance that she met Keith. She was providing live-in care to an aunt and he was working for the family as a farm-hand. Upon Keith's return from serving in the war, Eileen and Keith were married in Glenboro, MB on June 29, 1946. They settled in Winnipeg where they raised their son Ken. Following Keith's retirement in 1979 they enjoyed many camping trips east and west with their travel trailer. A favourite recreation was fishing. Their central focus, however, was family. Nothing gave them more pleasure than being with their parents, siblings and son's family over the years. After Keith's passing in 1991, Eileen lived on in her small Fort Rouge home, leaving it after 47 years to enter a personal care home in June 2000. Although dementia progressively robbed her of her memory for well over the past decade, Eileen's essential personality never changed. She remained loving, caring, friendly, sociable and witty to the end. In the past year, nothing made her eyes light up more than the presence of her great-grandchildren Max and Theo. The family is grateful for the care and support provided to Eileen by the staff of Pembina Place Personal Care Home for the past nine years and for the care and compassion shown by staff of E6 at St. Boniface General Hospital in the last week of her life. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, corner of Wardlaw and Nassau. Donations may be made in Eileen's memory to your favourite charity. NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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