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MARY LOUISE ALSIP (published on June 05, 2010)

MARY LOUISE ALSIP July 15, 1926 June 3, 2010 Peacefully, at the Victoria General Hospital, after a valiant fight with thrombosis, Louise finally succumbed at the age of 83 years. She was predeceased by her loving husband William Pitt (Alpine) Alsip on July 15, 1986. Her parents, Stephen Cornell Trewhitt and Alma Maude Trewhitt (nee Hepworth) also predeceased her along with her beloved brother, Stephen Cornell Trewhitt of Los Angeles, California, and her sisters, Helen Furney of Winnipeg and Margaret Colquhoun of Thunder Bay. She leaves to mourn her loss, her sons, William Pitt Jr. of Prince George, BC, Stephen Douglas of Nassau, Bahamas and Richard Andrew (wife Elizabeth) of Winnipeg, as well as her daughters, Marilyn Louise Cooper (husband Terry) of Winnipeg and Dr. Janet Alsip (husband the late Dr. Lakhdar Lamari) also of Winnipeg. She also leaves her doting adopted son, Jack Campbell Alsip (wife Janet Ingersoll) also of Winnipeg. Louise had seven grandchildren on whom she doted, all of whom also survive. They are Kathy Mihill of Ottawa, Dr. Jehn Mihill, also of Ottawa, Lisa Alsip of Geneva, Switzerland, Alarey Alsip of Montreal, Quebec, Adam Lamari and his sister Louise, Laura Alsip and her brother Stephen, all of Winnipeg. She enjoyed three great-grand-children, Lyon Alpine Alsip and his brother Atticus Potter (mother Lisa) and Willow Jehn Herbert (mother Kathy). She also leaves her many nieces and nephews who were very dear to her. Louise graduated from The Riverbend School for Girls in 1944 and attended the U. of M. (Home Economics) until she married Alpine on September 14, 1946. She started her family almost right away and took great pride in raising her children to be well educated, and value virtue, truth and conscience and yet still be fun loving. She succeeded admirably and still managed to bowl, figure skate, curl very competitively, play bridge, host innumerable parties, and produce works of knitting and crochet and needle point that were testaments to her perfectionism and very considerable skill, all the while putting three square gourmet meals on the table everyday for her large and thankful family. In 1965 she and her favourite dance partner Bill (Alpine) took boxcars to the holiday Mountain Ski Resort at LaRiviere and established a colony of chalets at the foot of the slopes. In her typical fashion she eventually mastered skiing and rightfully prided herself on her perfect parallel turns which she executed tirelessly. Later she suffered a brutal battle with breast cancer and after her recovery devoted herself to helping others similarly stricken. After the loss of her beloved Alpine, Louise was understandably grief stricken, they had spent only a few minutes apart for 40 years, but her incredible strength rose again and she devoted herself to family. She produced a monthly family newsletter with her newly developed computer skills and after a gift of art lessons from Lakhdar became an accomplished artist, eventually turning her ever perfectionistic bent to producing replications of French impressionists that adorn all our walls. We knew Louise as a woman who had a royal and noble character, style and bearing. The family invites her many friends to celebrate her amazing life at the Thomson In the Park Funeral Chapel at 1291 McGillivary Boulvard on Wednesday June the 9th, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to CancerCare in Louise's memory may be made.

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