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EDYTHE CORA MCLEAN (published on June 26, 2010)



EDYTHE CORA MCLEAN June 10, 1915 June 20, 2010 Peacefully on Sunday, June 20, our dearly beloved aunt and dear friend passed away at Misericordia Health Centre. Edythe was predeceased by her parents and six siblings. She is survived by her sister-in-law Peg McLean of Kingston, and will be deeply missed by Bill and Sherron of Winnipeg, her 32 nieces and nephews and by lifelong friends Dorothy, Oral, Shirley, Mary, Pat and Myrna. In the recent past, the love of her life was her great-nephew, Cooper Davis of Toronto. Edythe was a much loved aunt and friend to many. Indeed, the generations of our cross-Canada family have been so blessed to have had her in our lives. Edythe was a fun-loving lady who loved a good time. She had a great sense of humour and loved youth. Family and friends were her life. This is the end of an era but Edythe, being the very determined practical person that she was, knew when she could no longer be herself in any meaningful way, lost the desire to carry on. Edythe was born and raised in Waskada, MB and upon her graduation worked in the McLean Hardware Store in Waskada. She later went to Business College and worked in Lethbridge, AB returning to MB in 1944 and accepted a position with M.T.S. She moved to the Boissevain office in 1952 and in 1958 she accepted a position in the Winnipeg office on Corydon Avenue and was the Head of Service Analysis at the time of her retirement in 1980. She developed an excellent association with her staff and lasting friendships were formed. She continued to maintain friendships and camaraderie with her co-workers after retirement through her association with the M.T.S. Pioneers. Edythe was very talented. She was a beautiful seamstress and had a real sense of fashion. Knitting was also one of her passions and enjoyed knitting for all the family members. It was once said that the yarn she knit must have reached hundreds of miles. She never forgot a special occasion for family and friends and even in her 95th year was still able to ensure the greetings arrived on time. Her weekly phone calls to family across Canada were something she sincerely believed was so important and she certainly was the matriarch of this family unit. Another of Edythe's passions was cooking and her gourmet meals were enjoyed by many over the years in her apartment on Roslyn Road from 1967 until her move to Catherine Place in 2004 and most recently to Dakota House in 2007. Here she enjoyed making new friends, the musical entertainment and especially looked forward to meeting with the knitting club. She was so excited and enthusiastic to be part of the newly formed choir at Dakota House as she loved to sing. Over the years Edythe made many trips to visit family in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. She also enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Barbados, England and Aruba. The family wish especially to express their sincere gratitude to our cousins Bill and Sherron McLean for all their care, love and compassion for our Aunt Edythe along each changing step of her life's journey these past few years. We also wish to give thanks for the excellent care and compassion our dear aunt received by the staff, nurses and care-givers during her tenure at Dakota House, Concordia Hospital and Misericordia Interim Care Facility. Also, our sincere appreciation to our faithful family and friends for their many phone calls, special visits to Edythe and caring concern during these last few months Blessings and Thanks to all. Cremation has taken place and at Edythe's request there will be no formal service but rather a graveside service will take place at a later date in Waskada MB. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please consider a donation to the Waskada Cemetery Fund, Rural Municipality of Brenda, P.O. Box 40, Waskada, MB ROM 2EO or to a charity of your choice. Smith Funeral Home www.wheatlnd.com


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