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VERLIE JUNKIN (published on September 28, 2011)



VERLIE JUNKIN It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Verlie Junkin, our mother, grandmother, and friend, on September 25, 2011 at Misericordia Place. Verlie was born in Winnipeg on March 30, 1916 to Charles and Hannah Turner. She lived with her parents and sister, Muriel, in the North End, where she attended Saint John's High School, St. John's College, and the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Verlie excelled in the Arts at St. John's College, where she was awarded scholarships in English literature in her undergraduate years. After graduation in 1937, Verlie entered the Faculty of Education and completed her teacher's training in 1938. Verlie taught in Waskada and later Sanford, Manitoba. It was while in Sanford that she met her future husband, Lloyd Junkin. They were married in 1944. In 1945 a daughter, Joan, was born; in 1952 a son, Bruce. In 1959 Verlie returned to the work force, where she taught English and French at Sanford Collegiate. She loved the study of English literature, especially the works of William Shakespeare. It was during this time that her husband Lloyd suffered an aneurysm. It was Verlie's religious belief and her devotion to duty that allowed Lloyd to live a comfortable life at home for another 20 years. When her granddaughter Jennifer was born, Verlie retired from teaching. She and Lloyd enjoyed a quiet life on their acreage in Sanford until Lloyd's passing in 1986, following which Verlie moved to Winnipeg to be close to family. She resided at her home on Montgomery for 23 years, where she made many friends. Verlie, a woman of intelligence, determination and kindness, loved her family, her profession and her community. She was so admired in Sanford that a road was named in her honour - Verlie Road. Verlie is survived by her daughter, Muriel Joan Lukovich and her husband, Ted of Winnipeg; her granddaughter, Jennifer Verlaine Lukovich also of Winnipeg; her daughter-in-law, Roxy Junkin of Red Deer, Alberta; her sister-in-law, Noreen Junkin of Mesa, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friend, Miriam Crawford of Winnipeg. Verlie was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Hannah Turner, her sister, Muriel Bamford Turner, her husband, Lloyd George Junkin, her son, Bruce Turner Junkin, and her sisters and brothers-in-law. The family wishes to thank Dr. Heather Domke for her medical care and compassion over the years, as well as Misericordia Interim and Misericordia Place for their spiritual and health care. Cremation has taken place and the memorial service will be held on Friday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m., at Sanford United Church. Interment will follow at Sanford Cemetery. Thomson Funeral Home in care of arrangements. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Verlie will be missed, but fondly remembered by family and friends. Rest in peace, Mother.


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