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SYLVIA SHARPE (published on September 12, 2011)

SYLVIA SHARPE June 5, 1934 - September 9, 2011 Peacefully on September 9, 2011, Sylvia Sharpe passed away at the Pembina - Manitou Health Centre. Sylvia lived her life with honesty, compassion and generosity. Her early years were spent in Toronto and Montreal. Sylvia attended Normal School in Winnipeg and went on to teach in the St. James District. During her extracurricular activities, she met the love of her life, Bill Sharpe, whom she was married to for 32 years. Sylvia wrote, My learning experience began in earnest when a city gal adjusted to farm life and the raising of children. She was devoted to supporting her husband with the family farm and became an exceptional homemaker. Performances of live symphony, theatre, ballet and the Pembina Valley Festival were her passion. She also loved gardening, reading, community work and study groups. She had a flare for decorating and preparing for family celebrations. The St. Andrew's United Church family was very important to Sylvia. She drew strength from her strong Christian faith. Priority towards family and friends and their needs made her such a thoughtful and caring person. She touched the lives of so many people! Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Bill and her parents, Dorothy and James Pallett. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Christine (Dennis), Brenda (Mel), Don (Lindy) and her nine grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Bradley, Brittany, Brianne, Garret, Cory, Brooklyn, James, Will and Sarah. She is survived by her two brothers, Grant and Barry (Louise), sister-in-law Marj (Gus), and nieces and nephews Marta (Murray), Kari (Gio), Bill (Jackie), and Bob (Lisa). Many thanks to the staffs at Boundary Trails, Salem Home and the Pembina - Manitou Health Centre for their care over the past year. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the St. Andrew's United Church of Manitou at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Andrew's United Church Memorial Fund or The Pembina - Manitou Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care. Grahams Funeral Service in care of arrangements.

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