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VIOLET DEARDEN (published on September 10, 2011)

VIOLET DEARDEN In the best of care, peacefully, and with dignity, Violet left us, late afternoon on August 29, while recovering from surgery resulting from a broken hip. Violet was an incredible woman. While in her teens, she began working as a nurse's aide at the old Children's Hospital, located near Redwood Bridge. She truly enjoyed looking after the children, and found it very rewarding to see how the patients were diagnosed and treated for various conditions. After the health care experiences, she then was at a local company that made frost shields. Later, another change of employment to Western Grocerers, had a more fateful impact on her life. Here she was to meet her future husband, Fred, leading to their marriage on September 2 of 1950. Then later in 1954, their son, Robert was born. She then choose to be become the best mother any son could have had. During the 1970s she enjoyed being extra staff at the post office to help sort the Christmas mail. As a wife and mother she made our house a warm and inviting home, particularly at Christmas, with the many kinds of cookies she would prepare, and inviting our neighbours over to share in the spirit of the season. For leisure time, she enjoyed reading many biographies, tending to her houseplants, or outdoor flowers, watching the British comedies, dramas, documentaries, and movies. Of particular interest were those programs that dealt with animals and nature. She always showed a profound concern for the well being of any bird or animal, giving her son, the same awareness, and interest to learn about nature. She delighted in the antics of her son's cats when one of them was over for a visit. Similarly, the attitude of treating others fairly with kindness was part of her love given to her son. In the last few years of her life she found great pleasure and happiness with her own cat named Tommy. Another past time much enjoyed was photography. Our family would all enjoy seeing each new set of prints or recent set of slides projected on our white kitchen wall. She gave a lot of suggestions to help in Robert's interest in photography, especially when they would do photographs together. She always encouraged Robert in whatever career direction or hobby he pursued, and would enjoy his telling of events from his daily life, appreciating the humour of the situation or what could be learned from the story. The best graduation was when she could be heard after the ceremonies, to say Way to go, Bob!, to show her pride of him receiving a professional accounting designation. Over the years, mom and son, would share many talks over a cup of tea. Another past time she relished in was being a member of a bowling league for many years. Again her kind regard for others was appreciated many times over. She was eagerly awaiting the start of this year's season, and seeing her many friends on the league. Violet was predeceased by her one brother, Tony Slom, her sisters, Jean Slom and Mary Manhard, and her husband Fred. Left to mourn are her most loved son, Robert, her good neighbours, and the many friends who knew her. The excellent level of care provided by everyone on 4U1, and the kindness of everyone at the hospital during this stressful time was deeply appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations made to either the Winnipeg Humane Society, an animal shelter, or the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated. A Private Memorial Service and interment has already taken place. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111

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