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PEARL LESLIE (published on February 25, 2010)

PEARL LESLIE Sadly, after a brief illness, on February 22, 2010, a truly remarkable woman Pearl Leslie passed away. She was predeceased by her loving husband Don (2000), son Jim (1977) her parents and brother Earl. She is survived by her loving children, Marg (Frank Carr), Wayne (Barb), John (Lesley), Roy (Linda), Dawn (Charles Sherbo), Ken (Michele), Shawn (Cindy), Robin, Joan (Bob Thomson), her sister Ann, grandchildren Alison (Jake), Stephanie and Beth (Terry), Jennifer (Ryan), Andrea (Sergio) and Sarah (Craig), Ehren, Giana (Mark) and Celia (Owen), Oliver (Meghan) and Cleo, Jordan, Jack and Charlie, Caelan, Quinn, Brody and Riley, great-grandchildren Elijah, Kennedy, Indikah, Jackson, Connor, Paige, Lucia, her faithful puppy Bailey, and many, many, dear friends. Mom was born May 21, 1923 to Jay and Lela Whiteford in Denfield, Middlesex County, Ontario. She graduated with honours from Lucan High School. After a short office career she joined the RCAF in August of 1942, faithfully serving her country in the Medical Corp. Women's Division, achieving the rank of Sargent. While serving in southern Ontario she met her beloved husband Don, a Sargent/navigator in the RCAF. On September 28, 1945 they were married in Lucan, moving to Don's home town Vancouver, then to Edmonton and eventually to Winnipeg in 1952, initially to Silver Heights and then to River Heights (1964) into a larger home to accommodate their growing family. Mom was a dedicated member of the United Church, intially at Deer Lodge, and for the past 40 plus years at St. Andrew's River Heights. She, together with her husband Don served in many capacities in the church and made signifcant contributions to the church and its membership. Mom was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She touched the lives of many who to this day think of her as family - many children considered her their Grandma. Mom was always the first to greet new neighbours, the arrival of a new baby or anyone entering the church. Mom had an ability to get to know a person in record time and make them feel welcome. Some people have said she knew everyone in Winnipeg. She truly will be missed by all. Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at the Riverview Centre. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, 255 Oak Street. A celebration of Mom's life will be held at St. Andrew's River Heights on Friday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. (sharp).

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