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REBECCA ANN HAWLEY (published on September 09, 2011)



REBECCA ANN HAWLEY Peacefully, with loved ones at her side, Becky Hawley passed away at West Park Manor on Monday, September 5, 2011. She was predeceased by her parents, Mabel Hamm Bower and Thomas T. Bower, her brothers, Perry and Richard (Dick), her husband, Albert T. Hawley, and a niece, Marilyn. She is survived by two nieces, Barbara MacKichen, of Sunningdale, England, and Cherry Marshall, of New Jersey, U.S.A., and two nephews, Barry Bower, of Toronto, and Richard Bower, of Kitchener, by Bert's nephew, Douglas Hawley Clark, of Kingston, and by many cherished friends. Becky was proud to have celebrated her 100th birthday on June 26 of this year. A lifelong resident of the River Heights area, she was an enthusiastic promoter of Winnipeg. But as a strong, energetic child and a woman of action, spending summers at the family's island at Minaki suited her perfectly. She told colourful stories of her adventures there, which involved everything from dressing up for dances at the elegant Minaki Lodge, to swimming a cow to the island to provide milk for the summer, to boating alone through the dark to the cottage when she got off the train from Winnipeg. Her time at the lake instilled in her a true love of nature and a great respect for the environment. To the end, a walk in the woods refreshed her in a way nothing else could. In 1933, Becky left with her parents on an unforgettable round the world trip that lasted nearly six months. Some of the highlights were two weeks spent in Japan, a stay with Becky's brother, Dick, who was living in Java, and a camel ride to the pyramids in Egypt. In 1942, Becky married Albert (Bert) Hawley, a quiet, gentle man with his own law practice downtown. 18 years later he died unexpectedly, leaving Becky a widow at the age of 49. The couple had just bought a puppy when Bert died, and that opened a rich new chapter in Becky's life. She took the puppy to obedience classes and became interested in showing dogs. Soon breeding, showing, and grooming miniature schnauzers became the focus of her life and the source of many lasting friendships with both people and dogs. Often described by friends as feisty , Becky was very independent, with a strong spirit and character. She was also funny and fun loving, enjoying a good joke and a glass of sherry. Her easy grace, wit and charm endeared her to many. In keeping with Becky's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private interment at St. John's Cathedral Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Thomson Funeral Home 669 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsonfuneralchapel.com


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