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MARY ANNE LOUISE ADAMSON DEBOLT (published on October 07, 2011)

MARY ANNE LOUISE ADAMSON DEBOLT (nee BALCAEN) With grace and dignity our mother has passed on to be with God. Louise passed on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Ste. Anne Hospital in Ste. Anne, Manitoba at 78 years of age. Left to forever cherish Louise's memory are daughters Nancy Kurmann and Susanne Adamson, both of Calgary; husband Howard DeBolt; sisters-in-law Lorraine Balcaen, Joan Balcaen; brother Harvey (Fern); sister Gail Balcaen; aunt Nancy Molden of Onamia, Minnesota; stepson Clay DeBolt (Diane Poulin); stepdaughter Debbie Yeo (Barry); stepgranddaughter Leanne; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as by many friends. She was predeceased by husband Claude Adamson in 1992; brothers Gerald in 2005 and Maurice (Moe) in 2006. On November 26, 1932 Mom was born in Selkirk. The family moved to Lac du Bonnet, and eventually to Winnipeg in 1942, where her father established Balcaen Sons Plumbing Heating. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1950 - the year of the great flood in Winnipeg. Her class had the distinction of being the only one to wear black for graduation, all others wore white. In 2010, mom attended her 60th high school reunion at St. Mary's Academy, a significant milestone we all can only hope to achieve. Mom, the St. Mary's girl, met her first husband Claude, a Kelvin High School boy while in school, and married in June of 1954. They raised two daughters; lived in Fort Garry and throughout the 1960s and early 1970's went on many family camping trips throughout Canada and the US. Living most of her life in Winnipeg, Mom was no fan of Winnipeg winters. In her retirement years she spent several enjoyable winters in Mesa Arizona. As a snowbird in Arizona, she discovered the enjoyment of casino junkets and factory outlet malls. This is also where she met Howie. They married in September 1995 and enjoyed many winters together in Mesa until her health precluded their ability to spend winters in the US. They also went on many cruises and traveled extensively together. During the last few years, Mom and Howie spent their winters in Victoria and Vancouver. Mom loved to travel. From the Great Wall of China, to a cruise on the Rhine though Germany, to Portugal, to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, she enjoyed seeing the world. Mom had a 26 year relationship with cancer, and survived three separate bouts. In the end, cancer proved more stubborn, so by the fourth time, she had little physical fight remaining although her spirit remained strong. In her last few months, Howie was dedicated to caring for her at home. Throughout, mom never complained; her only commentary being, old age is not for sissies . Funeral Liturgy will be Celebrated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Vital Roman Catholic Church, 1629 Pembina Highway, with Rev. Fr. Barry Schoonbaert, presiding. The family would like to express thanks and appreciation to Heather Wiens from the SE Health Branch of the Manitoba Homecare Program, palliative care nurses Anne Plett and Pauline Gosselin, and Dr. Nadine Chatel. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Winnipeg Office 304, 1 Wesley Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4C6. My Prayer To those I have loved and those who have loved me. There is a time to be born; a time to live and now it's time to walk down the path that God has laid for me. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I did not die. Be not burdened with sorrow, I would like to leave with an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times, laughing times and bright sunny days. My life's been full, I've savoured much. Good Friends, good times and a loved one's touch. When you awaken in the morning hush I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, the drops of a gentle rain. I am a rainbow across the sky, soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me and cry; I am not gone. I did not die. My life on earth is truly passed. I loved you all the very last. Weep not for me but courage take, that those we olive do not go away. I will walk beside you every day. No length of time can dim the past. Memories of you will always last.

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