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LEONA IRENE WATERMAN (published on October 13, 2010)

LEONA IRENE WATERMAN Suddenly, but peacefully, Leona passed away at the Betel Home in Selkirk, October 10, 2010. Leona is survived by her children, Reggie Jr. (Gloria), Dale (Colleen), Terry (Muriel), Dennis (Kristen), Leanne (Perry) and Kenny; grandchildren, Dana (Christian), Charlene (Trevor), Chris (Tina), Jason (Candace), Mandy (Tony), Patrick, Dylan, Ryan, Cody, Bretton, Tanner and Jared; great-grandchildren, Keeana, Treyson, Shay-Lyn, Nicholas, Jillian, Mason, Greyson, Bridgette and Zerick; sister Cindy (Cornell) and brothers Ron (Bea) and Joe; sisters-in-law Elenore Waterman and Eleanor Waterman; brothers-in-law Tom Waterman (Barb), Lefty Goodbrandson and Dale Tyler; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Leona was predeceased by her beloved husband Reggie; parents George and Annie; brother Martin; sister Adella; brothers-in-law Charlie, Bobbie, Bunty and Henry; sisters-in-law Marjorie, Harriet, Beverley, Jeannie, Gail and Lynne. Leona was born in Selkirk on February 28, 1932. In Leona's early years the family travelled around, following her father's employment with the railroad and mining industry, and finally settled in Selkirk where she met the love of her life, Reggie, while they were both working at Fairfield's. She stayed at home while raising her six children and later took a position working as a Health Care Aide at the Betel Personal Care Home, which she enjoyed as she loved caring for people. Leona was a great cook and loved feeding everyone; no group was too big or too small. Summers were spent at the family cabin in Husavick where everyone was welcome and no one left hungry. Family was everything to Leona (Grannie). She took pride in all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed going to all of their many activities. Her home was the central meeting place for family and friends. She will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who have known and loved her. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Selkirk General Hospital, as well as the Betel Personal Care Home for their care; and a very special thanks to her Home Care workers that allowed her to stay at home for as long as she did. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Christ Church, 227 McLean Avenue, Selkirk, with Rev. Brad Elliot officiating. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leona's memory to the Parkinson Society Manitoba, 171 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1M4. Gilbart's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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