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NORMA EVELYN DREWETT (published on September 15, 2011)

NORMA EVELYN DREWETT 1915 - 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Norma Evelyn Drewett on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Charleswood Care Home in Winnipeg. She was 96 years of age. She is survived by one brother, Gordon Drewett of Winnipeg, a niece, Ashleigh (Carolyn) Drewett-Laird (Glen), nephew Roy Drewett and great-nephew Andrew Morris, all from Winnipeg. She is also survived by a niece, Linda Blakney (Ross) of Brampton, Ontario, and Patty. She was predeceased by a brother named James in 1917, her mother Ida in 1960, her father Martin in 1965, two brothers, Allan and Douglas, in 2000, a niece Sandra Bradley, in 2001 and her sister Marion in 2009. Norma was born July 29, 1915 in Colborne, Ontario and was the eldest of six children. Her family then moved to MacGregor, Manitoba for a few years until they were transferred to Portage La Prairie to take up permanent residence. She spoke fondly of the years growing up in Portage, especially of the annual summer fairs and going to nearby Delta Beach. She often commented about the lovely tea parties and banquet hall dances she and her friends would attend. She loved playing tennis and ice skating in the winter. She said that Portage had much to offer its residents, considering its size. Norma was also a first rate student, excelling in all of her classes at school. Her favourite subjects were Latin and French, and she continued to study them at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba in later years. After completing grade 12 in 1934 at the Portage Collegiate, she went to a business college in Portage and completed a Business Diploma. She then went on to bookkeeping at Prior's Department Store in Portage. At age 23, she enrolled in the Nursing Program in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario and graduated from the program in 1941 as a Registered Nurse. Throughout her career, she worked in many different hospitals in Saskatchewan, Ontario and, of course, primarily in Manitoba. She finished her career at Deer Lodge Veterans hospital in Winnipeg in 1981. She often remarked that, had the opportunities been available, she would have liked to become a physician or a French professor. However, she would say that women of her generation were not encouraged to pursue such endeavours. Aside from her professional accomplishments, Norma had many interests. Her love of classical music and opera were very apparent. She was a season ticket holder for both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Opera Society for many years. She had a great love for the piano and played for many years, having completed her grade eight piano studies. Last but certainly not least, Norma had a great respect for the animal world. She adored all animals, but especially cats. As she lived in St. James for much of her life, her home became well known by the neighbourhood felines. Several, from all walks of life, would congregate at Norma's home for tasty meals and shelter on her porch. (Needless to say, Norma's own cats were not too happy to see the intruders!) Norma will be sadly missed by all those her knew her. She was a kind and gentle soul who always knew right from wrong and would always help those in need. She was a true example for humanity. May she rest in peace. Norma Drewett's Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, The Winnipeg Humane Society or any animal rescue shelter of one's choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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