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VIVIAN SHELDON (published on January 11, 2010)

VIVIAN SHELDON With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Vivian Sheldon, at the Grace Hospital on January 9, 2010. She was in her 92nd year. She is survived by Alan, her husband of 68 years, her sons and daughters: Wayne and Sharon, Meryl and Doug, Verne and Marcelle, Karen and Jim, Nancy and Roy, 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Mom was eagerly awaiting another great-grand in February. Vivian is also survived by sisters Elva, Thelma, Ione (Lawrence), Frances (John); brother Roy (Deenie) as well as numerous special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, son Larry, sister Donna, brother Ivan, brothers-in-law Jack, Jim and Harry, sisters-in-law Marg, Isabel and Berna. Mom was born to Alex and Gwendolyne Airth in Gunton, MB on January 25, 1918, the oldest of eight children. After High School, she attended Normal School in 1937 and began teaching in 1938 in Dunlop School District near Grand Marais. She taught in Balmoral, Tecumseh, Rockwood, and Stonewall, retiring in 1983 with many cherished friendships. She was the consummate teacher, always interested in history and geography and was a whiz at Math. She had an exceptional memory for dates, ages, past students, relatives and friends. She was our go to person for information about Grassmere, Tecumseh and Stonewall communities. Vivian and Alan lived on the Sheldon farm for 41 years before moving to Winnipeg in 1988. They continued to regularly attend church at Grassmere and then Stonewall. Their most enduring friendships were formed with the people of Grassmere and Tecumseh district who were like family to her. She belonged to Grassmere UCW, Tecumseh Ladies Aid and enjoyed the Tecumseh plays. Mom loved music and belonged to the Quarry Choristers into her eighties, participating in the Dinner Theatre and going on tour . Mom enjoyed knitting and crocheting and quilting. We all, including the great-grands, have a handmade treasured keepsake. She enjoyed travelling to visit family, gardening and baking. She could whip up a dinner for ten at a moments notice. Mom's life was one well lived with love and devotion to her family that we felt every moment of every day. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren equally and unconditionally and was proud of their accomplishments. We will miss her dearly. Her strength is our heritage. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Grace Hospital for their care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grassmere United Church, care of Stonewall Pastoral Charge, 369 First Avenue N., Stonewall, MB ROC 2Z0. Funeral service to be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at Stonewall United Church, 369 First Avenue N., Stonewall. MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall in care of arrangements.

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