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PATRICIA ELIZABETH GREENFIELD (published on October 01, 2011)



PATRICIA ELIZABETH GREENFIELD (nee GILL) Pat passed away peacefully, with family at her side, on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Selkirk General Hospital at the age of 81. She was predeceased by her father, Clifford Gill; mother, Margaret Gill (nee Hunter); husband, Kent (Edward) Greenfield; brother, Alan (Betty); brother Cliff; sister Eileen, and sister-in-law Barbara. Left to cherish her memories are her sons, Keven (Mary), Cliff (Laura), Ray (Diane); grandchildren Vanessa (Shawn), Kyle, Sean, Logan, Robyn (Colby), Devon, Nelson; great-granddaughter Jillian; brother-in-law Oliver Greenfield (Elaine); brother-in-law Erich Vogt, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and very dear friends Muriel, Trida, Doris, Frances, Martha and others. Pat achieved many goals in her life such as going to university and obtaining a BA, travelling to and touring Europe, working for a summer at Banff Springs. She travelled many times to see Keven, Mary, and granddaughter Vanessa in California, and added a later trip in life to Tofino, BC in 2010. Her greatest accomplishment was raising and caring for her family and always putting others before any needs of her own. She met Kent through Kent's sister Barbara whom she had befriended in university and they married in 1956. After the birth of all three boys these two city kids bought the five acre property in East Selkirk that would be home to the Greenfield family until 2010. After Kent passed away in 1985, Pat remained on the acreage continuing to do what she loved. Gardening, manicuring the five acre yard with the aid of her little John Deere tractor mower and trailer, and feeding her pets. When it came time for her to move into Selkirk, it was the pets and the wildlife and the memories that she found hardest to leave. It was a slow adjustment over the year that Pat had lived in Selkirk, but it gave her reason to make regular drives out to the country and down the old road. Her life was filled with visits from Cliff, Ray, and all the Manitoba grandchildren although, we knew not to over extend our welcome and cramp her laid back, no fluff, kind of lifestyle. As well, outings with Oliver and Elaine including a trip to Manitou to see baby Jillian and a trip to Tofino for time with the Greenfield, Vogt tribes were a highlight. Since being diagnosed with cancer only a few short months ago, there were still many things that Ma was able to accomplish. With the help of modern technology, she was able to be a part of Vanessa's, her oldest granddaughter's wedding in June, in Seattle. In July she spent time in Winnipeg Beach with Keven, Mary, and Kyle as they visited from Washington and in August there were visits with Ray, Cliff, and Oliver as well as their families. Ma continued to hold her independence not only by living on her own but also in the pride of her driver's licence and in early September, she drove herself to Manitou, MB to attend granddaughter Robyn's wedding. She remained such a tiny, independent, strong woman right up until the time of her passing. In the final week of her life she managed a trip to visit with Oliver, Elaine, and some of Elaine's family, an afternoon at Oak Hammock Marsh with Cliff and a drive into the city for a visit with Ray. Family and friends were very important to Pat and she will be missed dearly by all of them. At the time of Pat's passing she was tired, she was accepting, she was ready, and she was very much at peace. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gilbart Funeral Home and there will be a private memorial service as per Patricia's request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society of Canada, as four legged friends were a passion of Pat's. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com


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