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ELEANOR (MISS ELLIE) FREEMAN (published on February 06, 2010)



ELEANOR (MISS ELLIE) FREEMAN Suddenly on February 3, 2010, at her residence, Eleanor Freeman of Ste. Rose, MB, formerly of The Narrows, passed away at the age of 65 years. Left to cherish Mom's memory are her daughters Kelly (Kevin), Alexis (Len) and grandchildren Haldon, Karly, Carter, Kowan, Kelsey, Kally, Jayden and Alexis; her mother Helen Yanke; brothers Ron (Marie), Barry (Barb), Rob (Donna), Jeff (Cindy); brother-in-law Charles Freeman and sister-in-law Ferne Zastre, along with many nieces, nephews and numerous close friends. Mom is predeceased by her husband Asi, father Art Yanke, brother-in-law Andy Zastre and sister-in-law Myrtle Freeman. Mom was born on January 2, 1945 and was raised just west of Ashern on the Yanke homestead. She met Dad and they were married May 4, 1963. At that time, Mom moved to The Narrows to help work at the family owned Snack Bar and to farm alongside Dad. Mom was never one to be shy of hard work and she put in many long hours with dad in the hayfield and in the corrals with the cattle. One of Mom's greatest passions was her yard and her flowers. She took great pride in each flower bed and was often found up to her elbows weeding and watering until dark. Even when she sold the farm and downsized to the trailer in town, her tiny yard was full of blooms. One cannot talk of Mom without mentioning her world famous homemade bread and her vinarterta. It was nothing to find mom punching down 30 loaves of bread and then to see her give half of it away. At Christmas, everyone close to Mom was guaranteed to get at least a seven layered vinarterta. Growing up, both of us girls were the focus of her attention. Mom was always there when we needed her no matter what size of problem we had to encounter. Her protectiveness only grew bigger when the grandchildren were born. They meant everything to her. When they succeeded, she was there. If they failed, she was there. If they were sick, she was there and if they just needed a hug, she was there. With Amma's passing, there will be a huge void in their lives that no one will ever be able to fill. In keeping with Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the Ashern Legion Hall with Pastor Bill Watson officiating. Service will conclude at the hall with a burial to held at a later date at the Oakview Cemetery. Urn bearer will be Ray Davey Anderson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakview Cemetery Fund in care of Solrun Reiner, General Delivery, Oakview, Manitoba R0C 2K0. Special thanks to the Ste. Rose EMS, Dr. Dave O'Hagan of the Ste. Rose General Hospital and to our many friends who have supported us at this very difficult time, to Pastor Bill Watson, the Ashern Legion Ladies for preparing lunch, Carol Surgenor for playing the organ and to John Gray of Arnason Funeral Home. The Clock of Life The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, To lose one's health is more, To lose one's soul is such a loss That no man can restore The present only is our own, So live, love, toil with a will, Place no faith in Tomorrow , For the Clock may then be still. Robert H. Smith Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593


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