Alder, Elsie Janet

Alder: It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Elsie Janet Alder of Souris, Manitoba on August 28, 2020 at the age of 88 years.

Elsie is survived by her husband Les Alder; children Rob Dornian and his 3 children, Martin Dornian (Diane), Janet Dornian (Miles), Phil Dornian (Corrina) and their 3 children, John Dornian (Lorelee) and their 3 children and her step children Ruth Tombs (Mark) and their 2 children, Lynne VanBeek (Larry) and their child, Carole Baker (Mike) and their 2 children and several great grandchildren.

Elsie was predeceased by her first husband Peter Dornian, her grandson Barry Matheson and her parents, Robert and Christina Gray.

Elsie was born December 6, 1931 in Brandon, Manitoba.

For someone who was not raised on a farm, Elsie jumped in with both feet and accepted every challenge. She grew great gardens, did some canning, drove the grain truck a time or two, raised chickens and still made sure people were well fed!  Raising 5 children was at times a test of her fortitude but she always made sure her family was well taken care of and there was always an extra plate ready if family or friends stopped in.

Elsie was active in her church, attending most Sundays, bible study, playing piano, choir and helping with the community thrift shop.  Her sunny smile that always greeted people lit up her whole face.  Her talent and love for sewing, knitting and crocheting was shown in many ways. She made many baby blankets and quilts.  Her generosity was then shown when she would give her grandchildren blankets and donate baby blankets to the Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Winnipeg.

We will cherish many found memories of her and while she will always be missed, she will not be forgotten.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cram and all the staff of Souris Hospital for providing comfort and care prior to her departure.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie’s memory can be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Unit c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.

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