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FLORENCE ANNE DUNWOODY (published on January 06, 2010)

FLORENCE ANNE DUNWOODY (nee BLAIR) It is with deep sorrow and sadness the families of Florence Dunwoody announce the passing of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on January 1, 2010. Florence touched the lives and warmed the hearts of many with her concerned, but gentle nature. Born in Tyndall, Manitoba on March 13, 1918 where she obtained her education, leaving home for Winnipeg where she worked, met and married William Dunwoody in 1938. The family then moved to Dauphin, Manitoba in 1950 where she resided until 2002. She then moved to Portage la Prairie to be close to family and grandchildren. Florence resided at Regency House until her passing at the Portage and District General Hospital. Our mother quickly became proficient at caring for her brood of six children, doing prodigious amounts of cooking, sewing and gardening. Our fondest memories were coming home from school to the smell of her cinnamon buns fresh from the oven. Some of mom's happiest times were spent fishing the Waterhen River with her husband, sister Lyla and brother-in-law Fred with the promise of fresh pickerel for the table and the freezer. Other happy times came from the summer vacation camping excursions with the kids. Florence leaves six children: Bruce Dunwoody (Pat), Maureen Christiansen, Joan Zwarich (Dennis), Shelley Dunwoody, Grant Dunwoody and Carla Robinson (Tony) as well as 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brother Raymond Blair; sisters Lyla Downey, Doris Robertson, Mildred McMannus, Inez Goyeau, Dorothy Johnson and Doreen Jardeen. She was predeceased by her husband William Dunwoody, her parents Emil and Selena Blair, brothers Armand and Cecil Blair and sister Elsie Johnson. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel led by Wilma Shirriff. Interment is to follow at a later date in the Dauphin Cemetery. Florence will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Florence's memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, c/o Catherine Newham - Portage Office, 103 Wilkinson Crescent, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1A7 or to Portage District General Hospital Foundation, 524 5th Street SE, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3A8 or to a charity of one's choice. We wish to sincerely thank the homecare staff at Regency House and the staff at the Portage District General Hospital for their conscientious and caring nature. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 857-4021

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