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AGNES COLLIER (published on October 05, 2011)



AGNES COLLIER Peacefully, at Deer Lodge Centre, on Friday, September 30, 2011, with her family by her side, Agnes Collier passed away. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth (2008), parents, Margaret and Norman McGowan, sisters Helen (Fred) Warner and Margaret (Jimmy) Magill. She is survived by daughters, Kathryn (Bob) and Tannys (Neil), sons, Garth (Marijka) and Graham (Brenda), grandchildren Ross (Amanda), Allyson (Len), Keith, Gavin (Colleen), Ian (Krystal), Duncan (Alix), Liam, Marc, Adam, Daylon and Alena, great-grandchildren Caleb, Greyden, Rowan, Kieran, and Mason, the family cocker spaniel. Born in Emerson, MB on September 12, 1924, Mom was raised in Winnipeg, mainly in East Kildonan attending Prince Edward School and later graduating from St. John's Technical School and Dominion Business School. She volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital and, during the Second World War, at the United Service Centre. She was a member of John Black Memorial Church where she sang in the choir, belonged to and led C.G.I.T. and Mission Groups, and taught Sunday School. She worked for CBC, held numerous federal government positions and was employed at Winnipeg Electric before her marriage. Agnes and Ken were married at John Black Memorial United Church on January 24, 1948. They lived for a short time in Regina before making their home in Transcona. Once again, she taught Sunday School at Transcona Memorial United Church, volunteered at Pirates Community Club, campaigned for the Cancer Society and worked diligently for the Transcona New Democrats. When her children were older, Agnes returned to the work force, retiring from the Canadian National Institute of the Blind after 15 years of managing and supervising sheltered workshops. During her time at CNIB, she made many great friends. She was very kind to her workers and it wasn't unusual to have several visually impaired friends with their service dogs sitting around the family Christmas table. It was a pleasure that her husband and family also shared. In 1990, Ken and Agnes moved to Paradise Village where, for 18 years, they enjoyed the peace and quiet of their rural retreat. It was also an hour closer to their cottage at Ottermere, Ontario where family and friends shared many happy times together. After Ken's passing Agnes moved to an apartment in Transcona and, with the support of very special Home Care workers, Mom was able to live an independent life. In March of 2011, due to declining health, Mom moved to the Deer Lodge Centre where the compassionate care of staff allowed her to live comfortably until her passing. Thank you to great friends, Bob and Marlene Shannon, Bob and Ann Mills, Muriel Douville, Lee Gibson, Joan Davidson and Lois Mondor who continued to support Mom until her passing. Thank you also to Chad at Wheeler's Funeral Home for his support and guidance. At Mom's request, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, if friends so wish, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Not how did she die, but how did she live? Not what did she gain, but what did she give? These are the merits to measure the worth Of a woman as a woman, regardless of birth. Not what was her station, she had a heart? And how did she play her God-given part? Was she ever ready with a word of good cheer, To bring a smile or to banish a tear? Not what was her church, nor what was her creed, But had she befriended those really in need? Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say? But how many lives were touched as she passed their way Funeral Arrangements In Care Of WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 REGENT AVE. WEST AT BOND 224-1525


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