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KATHERINE GEORGINA (GEORGIE) BAWTINHIMER (published on October 01, 2011)

KATHERINE GEORGINA (GEORGIE) BAWTINHIMER Katherine Georgina Georgie Bawtinhimer passed away peacefully on September 26, 2011 in her 92nd year at The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, Winnipeg Manitoba, leaving a legacy of love. Born in Goodlands, Manitoba on June 25, 1920, Georgie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ken Dando, three granddaughters and their husbands, Sarah and Robert Gagné, Adrienne and Michael Penner, Katherine and Martin Hylland; great-grandchildren: Lucy and Charlie Gagné and Anna Penner; sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Clive Lewis; brother and sister-in-law, Murray and Margaret Stewart. Georgie valued her relationships with the many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Bawtinhimer and Stewart families. She was predeceased by her parents, Russell and May Stewart and husband Russell Howard Joe in 1991. Georgina was raised on the family farm and attended school in Medora, Manitoba. Prior to her marriage, Georgie worked at Henry Brother's store in Medora. She married Joe Bawtinhimer on December 1, 1943. Georgie worked side by side with Joe during their years on the farm, enjoying farming life and being part of the Goodlands community. Joe and Georgie retired to Deloraine in 1978, where they continued to be involved in social and community activities. During their 48 year marriage, Georgie and Joe demonstrated their strong commitment to each other. They embraced new experiences and shared celebrations with family and friends. As a mother, Georgie was always supportive, nurturing and fun loving. Her close relationship with her sister, Dorothy, remained loving and unwavering even through her struggles with her memory loss. In 2004, due to health concerns, Georgie moved to Winnipeg to be closer to her daughter Linda and her family. Georgie enjoyed knitting, sewing, curling, golfing, her art work and being an active member of the UCW and Royal Purple. She was known for her Green Thumb and liked nothing better than to work in her garden. A bouquet of garden flowers was a constant on the kitchen table. Georgie also enjoyed baking and decorating everything from cookies to wedding cakes. She looked forward to visits from her grandchildren; exposing them to new experiences. Georgie saw excitement and pleasure in ordinary day to day events. Her adventurous spirit was evident in her openness to try new things, the many trips that she and Joe shared with others and her outings with dear friends, Evelyn and Doreen. Georgie was the consummate visitor, interested in everyone's stories, empathetic and willing to offer a helping hand. A special thank you to the North first floor staff at The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre for their compassion and caring of Georgie over the past five years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on October 1, at Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Interment at Goodlands Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made in Georgie's memory to The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, 1 Falcon Ridge Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba or the charity of your choice. Good Bye Mom, you have earned your rest. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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