Boorman, Isabella Mabel

BOORMAN:  Isabella Mable, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 10, 2013 at the Souris District Hospital in her 86th year.  She was best known as Isabel, Issy or Aunty Belle to countless nieces and nephews.  Born on May 22, 1927 to John and Lydia Denbow, and she always felt truly blessed to have eleven siblings, ten brothers and one sister.  She was second youngest.  Isabel grew up on the home farm and was educated at Deleau, Manitoba.  At the age of 10 Isabel would make 14 loaves of bread — every other day.  She drove the school bus when she was 16, and went to Winnipeg to work at 18.  In 1945, she met Fred Boorman, when he returned from serving in the Army.  Fred and Isabel married January 2, 1946.  They began farming 4 miles west of Souris in the Breezelawn District and went into the dairy business.  Fred and Isabel had their family of 4 from 1947 to 1951. In 1965 they moved to a larger farm 9 miles west of Souris, and continued with the dairy.  After 31 years of very hard work, they moved to Souris to retire in 1977.  Then in 2007, Isabel moved to the Souris Crescent Manor.  Isabel was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and a great friend to many.  She was a member of the Souris Legion for 31 years and belonged to the auxiliary for 53 years.  She worked for the Legion after Fred passed away. Isabel was very sports minded.  She was a terrific bowler, and played second base for the Souris ladies fastball team for many years.  She belonged to the Whitefield and Breezelawn Sewing Club.  Isabel learned to knit; she made sweaters and mitts for her kids plus she made afghans and slippers until her eye-sight deteriorated too much.  She loved to play bingo, card games, and could dance the night away!  She was an awesome cook — like no other!  Isabel was a hardworking, tell it like it is kind of gal with a wonderful mind. It took very little to make her content. She touched many people through her 85 plus years. Isabel was predeceased by her parents, John and Lydia Denbow. Her loving husband Fred on April 30, 1980, daughter Marlaine (Marnie) on April 14, 2012.  Her sister Eva and 8 brothers: Alvin, Harold, Scott, Les, Cleve, Lyle, Rueben and Lloyd.  She is also predeceased by Fred’s parents William and Beatrice and his sisters Jean, Em, Muriel, Kay and brother Roy. Isabel is survived by brothers Ross (Vivian), Carman, sister-in-law Rita Denbow and brother-in-law Orval Kreller She will be sorely missed by her 3 children: Helen Thornitt, Linda Baker (Mel) and Bill Boorman. Grandchildren: Carrie (David), Steven (Shelley), Pamela (Rick), Kathy (Bruce), Cora Lee (Darrell), Paula (Tony), Michael (Whitney), and Angela.  Great Grandchildren: Paige, Larissa, Connor, Allison, Tristan, Teagan, Jacob, Nevaeh, Bryson, Brandi, Austin, Jaden and Elayna.  A graveside service to celebrate Isabel’s life took place on April 18 at the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery.  Isabel’s family would like to thank all those in attendance.  A special thank you to grandsons, Michael Boorman who officiated the service and Steven Thornitt who shared our wonderful memories.  A huge thank you to Sandy Jasper, with a voice of an angel!  Pallbearers were nephews Jim, Claire and Art Denbow, Ron Cruickshank, Wayne Kreller, Barry Hudson, and nieces Edna Chohan and Nina Cowan. The family is very thankful to the Legion Auxiliary for serving a wonderful lunch. We are so deeply grateful to Dexter, Val and Bill from Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home for their compassion and professionalism.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Cram for his many years of unconditional care and to the staff at the SourisHospital for their personal kindness and support.

Rest in Peace Mom….You will be in our hearts Forever.


3 thoughts on “Boorman, Isabella Mabel”

  1. All our love and sympathy at this sad time. I remember all the fun times with your Mom whether it was bowling on a Saturday night, or playing ball at a tournament on the weekend.
    We really wanted to come to the funeral, but due to circumstances,we are unable to be there. Even so our thoughts are with you.
    All our love Bev, Hugh and families.

  2. Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. We remember watching her play ball, and always having lots of fun. Also watching her bowl at Patrick’s bowling alley when we were kids!

    Mike and Dianne King
    Turner Valley ,Alberta

  3. I have often wondered how your mum was doing. I remember her as a person who was happy and fun loving. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

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