Olive Bonnett Weaver
On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Olive Weaver peacefully passed into the arms of her Saviour at the age of 97 years at the Dauphin Personal Care Home after a courageous battle with leukaemia.
Olive was born on October 26, 1924 to Charlie & Elsie Bonnett. She was the youngest of seven siblings, all of whom predeceased her. She went to school in Rorketon, then moved to Brandon to live with her sister May and husband Jack during the early WWII war years, to help with the boarding house and worked in a laundry.
Returning home to the homestead in Rorketon, she met Lynton Weaver and married him on May 2,1942 in Dauphin, MB. They lived in the house he built on their farm in Million for many years. In her life time, she was a true farmer’s wife, cooking, raising three daughters and helping out on the farm wherever she could. Growing a garden & preserving the food for later use. Milking cows and shipping cream for grocery money, Making meals for the threshing crews and firewood cutting bees. Doing the chores and looking after the horses, cattle, sheep and chickens when Lynn went out to work, or fishing on Lake Winnipeg. They started out using horses, but she came into her own when they bought a Massey Ferguson tractor. She cut a lot of hay with that tractor & drove it for transportation too. She operated all their vehicles and also did a lot of the driving.
Olive was a member of the Million Community Club, and worked, along with Lynn, helping to organize events at the Million Hall. She was an active parent at the Million School, helping with events there. She was also Post Mistress of the Million Post Office for a few years, worked in housekeeping at Tween Lakes Motel after she and Lynn moved to Dauphin, looked after a house in the winter months and lived at the farm in the summertime for a few years before retiring to Spruce Manor in 1990.
Olive attended church in the Million School with Pastor Roy Fordyce and in later years was a member of the World Wide Church of God for 52 years. She was head deaconess in the church and attended many Feast of Tabernacles with her husband all over Canada and into the USA. Olive also attended the Salvation Army Church in Dauphin when she lived at Parkview Lodge.
Lynn, Olive and family spent 6 months in Vanderhoof, BC in 1953, where Lynn worked with his brothers in their logging camp. But they decided they liked life on the farm at Million better and returned to their farm in the spring.
Olive and Katie made a couple of flights, one to Vancouver to visit May and Norman, another flight to England to visit their mother Elsie, and meet their step father, Walt Darby. They also visited with their brother Harold and his family, saw the places where their parents had lived and worked before they immigrated to Canada, and met all the relatives that were still around.
Olive leaves to mourn her passing her three daughters and their families:
Elaine Bonnett: her biological daughter Dalene (Roy) Smith, great granddaughter Brittany Smith; her son James (Brenda Hill-Bonnett), great grandson Jesse Bonnett:
Lorraine (Dan) Iwanchysko: their children, daughter Judith (Peter) Carter, great granddaughter Victoria; Step great grandson Daniel ( Melissa) Carter and their daughter Parker; son Gary (Pam) Iwanchysko and their children, great grandson Alex, great granddaughters Oksana and Talia Iwanchysko:
Lynda Beasse/Scott: her children: Susanne Clary, great grandchildren Lanise and great great granddaughter Torina, and great grandson Callahan Clary: Michelle (Randy) Dubrule, their daughter Amanda Dubrule: Mark Beasse: and Kirk ( Jacqueline) Beasse and their children: great granddaughters Maia and Claire along with many nieces and nephews, great & great greats; sisters-in law Annie Weaver, Carrie Creighton, Maxine Macburnie, and Marjorie Weaver.
Olive was predeceased by her parents, Charlie Bonnett & Elsie Bonnett Darby, her siblings; Ned (Frances) Bonnett, Katie (John) Robinson, May (Jack Wickert/ Norman) Curran, Gordon ( Margaret/ Gertrude) Bonnett, Harold (Mavis) Bonnett, and 19 month old sister, Florence Bonnett. Her husband Lynn of 63 years, brothers-in- law Bennett, Nelson, Drue, Charles and Donald Weaver. Her sons-in-law Laurent Beasse, Bob Bonnett, and Robert Scott. One granddaughter and one great granddaughter in infancy; grandson-in-law Rick Clary; step great grandson, Chris Carter; Several nieces, nephews and many friends.
We would like to thank Dr Mathison and the nurses and staff at the Dauphin Personal Care Home for looking after our mother this past seven years. Mom enjoyed the staff’s humour and compassionate care. They treated her like family and we will be forever grateful to them for caring for her when we couldn’t. Thank you all very much.
According to Olive ‘s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family burial service will be held at a later date.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Olive may be made to the Dauphin PCH or a charity of one’s choice.
We never truly learned what the words “I miss you, Mom” were, until we reached for your hand and it wasn’t there.
Rest In Peace Mom. Until we meet again.
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