Peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Connie Blackmon of Dauphin, Manitoba passed away at St. Paul’s Home at the age of 83, one day shy of her birthday. She is survived by her daughters Frances and Anita (Bruce), sons Wes (Maureen), Greg (Barb), Kevin and Corry, eight grandchildren: Darran (April), Melissa (Kevin); Steven, Charles, Breanna, Myles; Dan; Brittany (Shawn) and twelve great grandchildren, as well as her only surviving sister Eileen Wakefield of Calgary, and numerous other family members.
Mum was predeceased by her husband Ray in 2005, as well as her parents, Elsie and Frank Burwood and siblings Nancy, George, Bill, Reg and Stan.
Mum was born March 5, 1936 in Calgary and enjoyed a very happy childhood. There she met Ray and at 18 they were married. Shortly afterwards, they moved to northern Manitoba where they started their family, and then spent the last 50 years in the Dauphin-Ochre area.
Her family was her world and she loved spending time with them.
She enjoyed history, especially genealogy, and in 2001 had the opportunity to make a trip to England with her daughters to explore her family roots. Her other hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting, growing flowers and veggies. In 2007 she took up stone carving, quilling, stitching cards. Her favourite places included home, watching nature, airshows and mostly being with family.
Mum was a remarkable woman and we thank God for the gift of having her as our Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma(GG) and friend. She taught us to forgive and forget and not to hold grudges. She gave us faith and strength so we could go forward, not knowing what the future would hold. She wouldn’t give advice unless we asked for it because she didn’t want to interfere in our lives. We learned important life lessons from her. Not only did she laugh with us, but also had the ability to laugh at herself. She loved Christmas and played Christmas carols all year ‘round. Mum loved crafts and was a great cook, and shared her life experiences with family and friends. She was passionate about helping others, but her greatest gift of all was her ability to make friends, bring people together, and make them smile.
She loved to entertain new and old friends alike, bringing them together in a circle of friendship where everyone was welcome. Our door was always open at Christmas and others were invited to join us for dinner.
Mum is very much loved and will be missed by all who knew her. We each have our own memories to hold on to.
Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 am from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB with Ilene Dowd officiating.
A Memorial Service will be held for Connie on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 am from the Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin with Ilene Dowd officiating.
Should friends so desire in lieu of flowers or any donations may be made in memory of Connie to Diabetes Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Dauphin First United Church.
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