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LILLIAN PRUDEN (published on September 14, 2011)

LILLIAN PRUDEN 1920 - 2011 On September 9, 2011, the long life of a much beloved woman came to a peaceful end. Lil Pruden (nee Norenberg) is survived by her son Bob (Theresa) and their children Jana Pruden (Evan McIntryre), Erinn Harvey (Mike Hannay), Brad Harvey and daughter Charly May, Lil's daughter Connie Gray (Ron) and their children Chelsea Kirkland (Jered), Tarra McCannell (A.J.) and great-grandaughter Alaina Lily. She is also survived by her brother Art Norenberg and her sisters Laverne Chambers (Neil), Ruby Janssen (Willi) and Irene Kapak. She was predeceased by her husband Vern and her sisters Edna and Ella. Lil was born on March 14, 1920 on a farm just outside of Steinbach and had a very happy childhood. We were poor but so was everyone else so we didn't even notice it, she used to say. We had parents who loved us and each other. That was all we needed. She moved to Winnipeg as a young woman and in 1946 she married Vern, who had just returned from overseas service during the Second World War. She always said he was the sweetest man she ever met. Vern worked for Winnipeg Hydro for 37 years but as he always said everything they had and were able to do was because Lil managed their money. They didn't buy anything unless they had the money. And for many years, they didn't. They were a lovely couple devoted to each other for over 61 years. When Lil lost her sight in 2003 due to macular degeneration, Vern became her eyes . Before he passed away in 2008, his great regret was that he was no longer able to see for her . He always said that meeting and marrying Lil was the best thing that ever happened to him and that it was as true in the 61st year of marriage as it was in the first. Lil was always a glass half-full person: I count my blessings and there have been a lot of them she often said as she recounted all of the good people and things in her life. At age 90, she was still flipping the mattress on her bed because it lasts longer that way. She never complained because: Complaining won't change anything. You just have to make the best of whatever happens. She was an inspiration to all and a role model to her children and grandchildren. Above all she valued family and friends. Quietly independent, she never asked for anything but she appreciated everything that was done for her. She believed in the importance of hard work and that the things you truly appreciate are the things you work to achieve. She was a kind, gracious lady who was a good listener and who was always a pleasure to be with. We are all better people for having her in our lives. She will be missed by many. Many people, too many to name, helped Lil after Vern died. We appreciate their kindness. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to do so could contribute to the Khartum Shrine Patient Transportation Fund, c/o 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg R3P 1B9 or CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9. A celebration of Lillian's life will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre (across from Brookside Cemetery). NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE (204) 949-2200

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