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SIGURROS GUDRUN DANARD (published on October 16, 2010)

SIGURROS GUDRUN DANARD (nee ANDERSON) Our family sadly announces the peaceful passing of our Mother, Amma, Sister, Sister-in-law, Auntie and friend, on October 9, 2010, at the age of 72, at Arborg, Manitoba, with her family by her side. Sigurros Gudrun was born on November 21, 1937, Arborg, Manitoba, to Arni and Sigridur Anderson. Sigurros (Sig) as she liked to be called, received her education in Arborg and began working at the Arborg Post Office in 1955. She later became acting Postmaster in a temporary position in 1957, and later continued as Assistant Postmaster until her marriage to Harvey W. Danard on October 14, 1961. Due to Harvey's work with the Manitoba Power Commission it required them to live in various places throughout the western portion of the province including a one year stint in Churchill. In 1969 they moved back to Arborg in which they resided for the remainder. Sig was an active member of the Lutheran Church. She spent several years teaching Sunday School and later became the Sunday School Superintendent for three years in the late 1970s. Sig also was an active member of the L.C.W. (now E.L.W.) and served in the capacity of it's executive. Mom's career continued with the Post Office for 10 years as part-time, and later became a full-time assistant from 1983 to 1985. Her community spirit included being a honorary member of the Arborg Kinettes, volunteer ambulance attendant, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, serving on the Arborg and District Hospital Board, and being an avid curler in both Local League and Bonspiels. Sig had several passions. Firstly her family, grandchildren and friends. Travelling was never an obstacle when it involved them, as she took in many of their firsts and accomplishments. Sig's second was to knit afghans for family and friends which were meant to keep you warm on the coolest of evenings as they were prepared with the utmost love. And third, her fascination of butterflies, real or ornamental, as she had them specifically placed on her windows throughout the house as if they were passing by every day even in the winter. And on a sunny day, regardless of the season they would send an array of colours from the stained glass of which they were made. Sigurros was predeceased by her husband Harvey, her father Arni, mother Sigrid, sister Thorunn Einarsson, sister Dyrunn Osborne, brother Arni (Bobo). Survived by her children, Gordon (Wanda), Larry (Bonnie), their children, Duncan and Erynne, Kristine (Matthias Hauser), their children, Sarah, Katelyn and Daniel, she is also survived by her sister Ingunn Palsson, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to acknowledge all of the visitation that she received over the past months prior to her passing. Especially her two childhood friends, Diane Sheppard of Atlanta, Georgia and Kris Elliot of Edmonton, Alberta. That was truly an inseparable bond that was formed some 70 years ago. Thanks to the doctors that assisted her in her care. Dr. Gerges of the Arborg Hospital, Dr. Krahn of the St. Boniface Hospital, Dr. Anozie of the Selkirk Hospital, as well as the many other health care professionals. An extreme heartfelt appreciation and Special Thank You to Mom's Home Care Palliative coordinators, Georgina Ball and Wendy Bobbee, as well as their team of caregivers: Shelley, Christina, Brenda, Rose, Joanne, along with her Palliative Care nurses, Jodine and Sheila. We truly could not have done this without them, as they are truly a compassionate and committed group of professionals that provided amazing care, both physically and emotionally to Mom and her family. The family would like to recognize and extend a special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Bjorgvin (Beggie) Anderson for the treasure that was handcrafted with love and presented to our Mom prior to her passing. As per Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, October 23 at the Arborg Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church, 2:00 p.m., conducted by Pastor Bruce Zinken. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Sigurros would request if a donation is desired it can be made to the Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church, Arborg, I.R.H.A. North East Region Palliative Home Care, Manitoba CancerCare or a charity of one's choice. You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back Or you can open your eyes and see all she's left Your heart can be empty because you can't see her Or it can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday You can remember her and only that she's gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty or be unable to turn back time Or you can do what she'd want Smile, open your eyes, love and go on (David Harkins) GODA NOTT ELSKAN Arborg (MacKenzie) Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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