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EILEEN PATRICIA BURTON (published on April 24, 2010)



EILEEN PATRICIA BURTON ( PATSY MUNN ) Mother Sister Wife Advocate Volunteer Friend Dance Enthusiast Mom was born in Brandon on May 26, 1929, the youngest of three children (including Bill and Kae) to Jim and Eileen Munn. At the time Brandon was an archetypical picture-perfect prairie town of about 1,200 people in an era, now past, of predictability, safety and common interest. Tragedy befell the family early as father Jim died when she was very young. Although mother Eileen had difficulty with this transition, Mom had her robust brother Bill and older sister Kae to rely upon and they were very happy. You will not find one person who knew Patsy Munn who will not remark upon her sense of spontaneity and appreciation of fun. She was always effervescent , a going concern , and interested in everything . Whether playing with her cousin Clara at Uncle Hughes farm or attempting to tag along with big brother Bill and his friend George Burton, she was always up for fun. These characteristics stayed with Mom throughout her life, and people loved her for it. As a teenager, she had what must have been a dream job: usher at the Strand Theatre, likely instilling a sense of excitement in prepping for any kind of event. She developed incredible people skills, evident in the social gatherings at the house or elsewhere in Dauphin and Edmonton. But Patsy Munn became Pat Burton when proximity and mutual admiration blossomed into a true love story between her and the self same George Burton. They were crazy about each other and married at St. Matthew's in Brandon in 1948. They eventually settled in Winnipeg where post Second World War accommodations were hard to find, but they made it work. While Dad was busy shrewdly developing his career with CN telecommunications, bidding on out-of-the way postings and increasing seniority, Mom kept the home fires burning and soon enough there were two children, (Ricky AKA P.J. and Colleen) and a lovely bungalow in Fort Garry. When Dad was transferred to Dauphin, MB in 1965. Mom found herself on the threshold of another new and exciting world that had with it something she had never considered before: CURLING! It was the perfect introduction to this pretty little town as the CN bonspiel required at least one woman per rink. Mom was up for it and by God if they didn't win the whole Spiel. That was it. Now she was an expert at the sport and began to accrue trophy after trophy; if not just based on simple skill, at least a testament to unbridled enthusiasm! In Dauphin Mom and Dad made many life-long friends. Mom volunteered at ARC industries, with the Lions club, Shriners and numerous other community activities. Life was a potpourri of interesting activities punctuated with trips to Winnipeg to see old friends. Phil and Doug Johnson and Bob and Mavis Robinson were close friends, and there was nothing like seeing mom and her great pal Mavis sitting at the picnic table in the backyard under a blue prairie sky, in the bright sunshine, a wheat field beyond laughing their heads off. This was a typical circumstance of theirs: barely able to finish sentences without the both of them breaking out into gales of laughter. Good friends. This wonderful life transitioned when dad received his last transfer to Edmonton, retiring a few years later, where they lived in another beautiful suburban house in Sherwood Park, now with the benefit of proximity to Colleen and Larry (Ryan and Jarret) down the street. Mom was an active and caring nana who enjoyed taking her grandkids to many events. She loved being around young children and babies. Dad's involvement with the Shriners afforded a number of memorable trips, and a surfeit of incredibly interesting friends, all of whom agreed that when you met mom, you felt that you'd known her for years. Always welcoming and fun. She became the den mother for dad's friends when they first got to know Chick and Ken. She sewed Oriental band uniforms, attended many move outs and became a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Mom and dad always had a Grey Cup party at their house and enjoyed spending time at the Legion for the famous Saturday afternoon meat draws. Although Alzheimer's cheated us out of the last ten years of advice, wine on the patio, and merry reflection, the memories we have will suffice a lifetime. Mom loved Christmas, all the dogs and cats and all of us. The singular consolation we are left with is the knowledge that Mom and Dad, Pat and George (who left us in 2008) are happily back together and are probably, right now, on their way to an important Shriner's Do or maybe just getting ready for comp'ny . Or maybe Mom is just coming through their door, back from walking the dogs, where dad has been quietly reading, waiting for her to return home. Nighty night, Mom. We love you. We will never be able to thank the staff of the Strathcona Care Centre enough for the high level of care over the years that everyone gave Mom (and later Dad). Thank you so much. A Memorial Service will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home, south of Wye Road on Range Road 232, Sherwood Park, Alberta, on Friday April 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Society, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 4K1. To sign the book of condolences, please visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com GLENWOOD 780-467-3337 Funeral Home, Cemetery, Cremation Ctr. Serving Edmonton-Sherwood Park Area


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