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CLARA MARY ROBERTS (published on September 20, 2011)



CLARA MARY ROBERTS March 18, 1910 - September 17, 2011 It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Clara, surrounded by her family, on September 17, 2011 at Middlechurch Personal Care Home. Clara was born in Piney, MB on March 18, 1910 to Samuel and Elaine Stiner. Clara will now be joining her husband, Wesley; daughter, Grace Ruff; son, Bert; daughter-in-law, Eileen Roberts, and son-in-law, Jeff Liggett. She is survived by daughter, Mary Liggett; sister, Ethel Smith and family; son-in-law, Harold Ruff (Marian) and grandchildren: Glenn Ruff (Marian), Diane Isaak (Vic), Carol Warren (Cal), Sue Schindle (Bob), Rae Fraser (Dave), Blake Roberts (Marlene), Blaine Roberts (Dorian), Laura Roberts, 18 great-grandchildren and many more great-great-grandchildren. Clara lived in Winnipeg most of her life. Besides caring for her family, she was a very successful demonstrator. She demonstrated cookware and various food products at department stores. She could very easily convince you to buy her product. Clara was a very resilient and determined person. At the age of 91, she broke her leg and was told that she would never walk again, but she didn't give up and proved the doctors wrong. She was very active and loved to socialize. At various family gatherings we would all be exhausted, but she would be raring to go until the very end. If anyone asked her the secret of her longevity, she would have given you a full demonstration of her exercise routine with her homemade weights (4l milk jugs half-filled with water) Clara loved watching sports: football, curling, horse racing, and golfing. Her favourite TV shows were The Young and the Restless and British comedies. One of her favourite activities was getting picked up by handi-transit and taken to various casinos. She loved to play bingo and the slot machines. Assiniboia Downs was also a family tradition and she enjoyed placing bets on the horses. Clara liked to draw and paint. She was exceptional at crafts, she knit, sewed all her children's clothes and made beautiful crocheted table cloths that she gave to family as keepsakes. Clara was also an expert at tatting. Clara cherished her family and it didn't matter how long one visited, she always said: Come when you can stay longer . She loved to travel; her trips included Kelowna, Niagara Falls, Victoria, California just to name a few. One word people would use to describe Clara was sweet but to family she could be a little impatient and definitely the matriarch. She wanted everything done a certain way and if you didn't, she would let you know! There was always a right way to do things- and it was her way. One of her favourite sayings was, I tell it like it is which wasn't always a good idea. Clara never seemed to get old. If one was to ask her who she resembled, she would tell you, I think I look like the Queen Her strength and fortitude will always be an inspiration to the family she has left behind. Clara definitely liked to talk and sometimes it was hard to get a word in. Her memory was incredible and her mind sharp as a tack to the very end. She never seemed to get down and even the last few weeks of her life talked about When I get better . One of the last things she said was I love you all - We love you too. Special thanks to Dr. I. Mohammed; Arle Jones, Homecare Coordinator; homecare aides; the staff of Middlechurch Personal Care Home and the support from Nurse Betty the night of Clara's passing. In keeping with her wishes a private graveside service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, September 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made in her name to Middlechurch Personal Care Home, 280 Balderstone Rd., West St. Paul, Manitoba, or a charity of your choice. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 www.gleneden-mb.ca


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