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FLORENCE MAYFLOWER BROWN (published on January 13, 2011)

FLORENCE MAYFLOWER BROWN (nee KIRKBY) March 18, 1930 January 10, 2011 Peacefully on Monday, January 10, 2011, surrounded by her family, Florence passed away at the age of 80 years. Florence will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband John L (Jack), with whom she shared 61 years of married life. This marriage was blessed with seven children: Betty McConnell, Carol Szuminsky, Jack, Barb (Steve) Lamotte, Bob (Joanne), William, and Bonnie (Rod) MacDonald; 12 grandchildren: Wendy (Jon) McDonald, Ryan (Laurel) McConnell, Wade (fiancée Kerrie) McConnell, Andrew and Kristin Szuminsky, Lisa (Mike) Arsenault, Eric (Rose) Warkentine, Stephanie (Eric) Grenier, Sara Warkentine, Dionne Kinch, Kyle and Sean MacDonald; seven great-grandchildren: KC, Connelly, Amy, Emily, Allison, Jonathan, Eric, and Chloe; as well as by brother Harold; sister Alicia Kilfoyle; many nieces; nephews; special friends Ruby Dauphinais, Stella Howard, and Annie Mohr. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Alice Kirkby; brothers Lawrence, Roland, Lauder, Clarke (Mary), Irvine (Sylvia), Ernie; brother-in-law Harris Kilfoyle; and son-in-law Roy McConnell. Mom was a caring and selfless person who had a heart of gold. The most important thing in her life was her family and she especially loved spending time with the young ones. She enjoyed volunteering with children with special needs and took great interest in the hearing impaired. After learning sign language, Mom volunteered as an interpreter for the hearing impaired students in the Hunter Safety courses that Dad taught. As a schoolgirl and young woman, Mom was an excellent softball player. Her hobbies included entering (and winning!) countless contests, singing as she played hymns on the piano, and knitting. She took pleasure in dining out with family and friends and enjoyed her monthly seniors' bingo at Assiniboia Downs. Mom took up rollerblading at the age of 62 and rode her bicycle until she was 78. She was an excellent marksman and loved watching and playing golf. Mom made everyone in her family feel special. We will always cherish the fond memories of the times we shared with her. On Friday, January 14, 2011 a Celebration of Florence's Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue. The family would like to thank the staff at Grace General Hospital for the compassionate care and support given to Mom and our family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace General Hospital (Winnipeg) Foundation Inc.

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