It is with broken hearts, our family announces the passing of Bernadette (Bernie) Martin at the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at the age of 98.
Bernie was born on the Lobreau Farm in the RM of Cameron on August 20, 1924. Bernie attended Bede School and told many stories of riding horse and buggy with her 7 sibling to school. On November 12, 1952, Bernie married John and had a productive farming life together for 59 years, thus celebrating their 100 years farm designation in 1998. Bernie found great pleasure in preparing home cooked meals while farming was being done. Rural farm life for Bernie was special, which meant hard work and countless happy memories, raising children, milking cows, raising chickens, having an impressive garden, canning, sewing, picking cactus in the Lauder sandhills and special overnight visits from family. Bernie’s pastimes included the odd bingo game, word searches, lottery tickets, casino trips, her love of game shows, hummingbirds and bird watching, and card games with friends and neighbors. She was an avid sports enthusiast and regularly watched her children’s sports, and most recently fell head over heels for Bo Bichette. Go Jays Go! She was an avid member of the Catholic Women’s Auxiliary and a pillar in the surrounding community. More importantly she was a great mother and grandmother.
In 2011, Bernie and John made their home in Souris, where they made many new friends. Bernie spent the last 9 years in the Souris Personal Care Home, continually following her French traditions of giving out “Beks”.
Bernie was predeceased by her beloved husband John in 2015. Remaining to forever cherish her memory are her children: Claude (Diane) Martin, Lionel (Bernie) Martin, Val (Darcy) Dunbar and Gail (Travis) Martin. Grandchildren: Bryce (Megan) Martin, Andrea (Derek) Rothnie, Dillon (Erin) Dunbar, Mylen Dunbar, Riley (Bailey) Feser, Kalli (Tyler) Campbell and Shea Martin; Great-Grandchildren: Asher and Aria Rothnie, Jaxon and Jett Dunbar. Sisters: Leona Usunier and Rita (Louie) Robert.
The family would like to extend many thanks for the care and compassion given to Bernie by the doctors, staff, and palliative care staff at the Souris Personal Care Home.
Bernie was laid to rest next to her husband in a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the Grande Clairiere Cemetery Fund, Box 149, Hartney, MB, R0M 0X0, or to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund, c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris MB, R0K 2C0.