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EILEEN CONSTANCE YOUNG (published on September 24, 2011)

EILEEN CONSTANCE YOUNG (nee HIGHFIELD) Peacefully, after a short illness, and surrounded by the love of her family, at the Riverview Health Centre on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, nana, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbour passed away at age 92. She is now united with her late husband Thomas who predeceased her on April 1, 1987 whom she loved deeply and missed so much. Eileen was born on March 17, 1919 in Foxwarren, Manitoba, the youngest daughter of Percy and Polly Highfield. She was predeceased by her parents and sisters Barbara Black and Marjorie DeBolt and is fondly remembered by her eldest sister Mary (Grant) Collins of Boissevain. Mom's love of music and support of the arts began in her childhood and continued throughout her life. As a child she sang and played the piano and violin, performed at concerts, festivals and in musicals many of which were directed by her father. Mom met Dad while they were singing in the choir at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Mom became an active member of St. Peter's Anglican Church and sang in the choir up until June of this year. She faithfully tended the Easter Garden Dad had constructed for the Church and provided beautiful African violets for it. Eileen loved to make jams and contributed homemade apricot jam each year to the church annual bazaar. The jam was made from the apricot trees she and Dad planted in their yard. She was fondly known as The Apricot Lady. Eileen worked candling eggs and in a butcher shop in Pilot Mound. Upon moving to Winnipeg, she worked in the office at Swifts until she became pregnant. She then stayed home to raise her family. She returned to work in 1959 for 25 years at Sears in Polo Park. Mom will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother and for her caring and compassionate nature, her generous and adventurous spirit, her positive outlook on life, her love of baking, sewing, knitting, crafts, camping, gardening and plants, her optimism and for finding the good in everyone. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Dorothy Young (Bill Cann) of Winnipeg and Marion Young (Robert Perry) of Vancouver and son Rodney Young (Eveline) of North Vancouver, grandchildren Katherine Young (Brendan), Nicole Cann, Lucas Young, Sheila (Ben) Bredo and Robert Perry Jr. and great-grandchildren Bradley, Nicholas and Owain. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbours. Mom was so happy to have spent time recently with her one year old great-grandson Owain and all of her family. She enjoyed looking out her big front window and watching the comings and goings of the birds, squirrels and rabbits as well as all of the activity on her street. The family thanks Mom's doctors and the Home Care workers who supported Mom over the last few years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Grant and Elm. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice.

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