Edwina Ola Amanda White
July 29, 1929 — December 26, 2023
Winnie passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023, at the Hartney Health Center in Hartney, MB.
Winnie was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on July 29, 1929. She was the only child of Ed and Ola Dorman. She leaves to mourn Dale, her loving husband of 73 years: Children: Val and Brad (Patty), Grandchildren: Lindsay (Kevin) Rowan and Landon (Kirby) White, and Great Grandchildren: Riley and Stella Rowan and Monroe, Fallon and Ledger White along with her fur grand babies Daisy and Lewy. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her parents, Ed and Ola Dorman, Winnie’s Mother-in-Law Eula (Stan) Blandford, Father-in-Law Gordon White. Sister-in-Law, Nyla (Frank) Smith, Brother in-Laws: Bob (Mary) White, Delmar (Hazel) White, Basil White (Charlene), Sister-in-Law Shirley and by her life-long friend Alene Welch.
Winnie attended school in Sherbrooke Quebec and met Dale early in life. As Dad says, we were married for 73 years but I knew her as a young girl, a total of 88 years. Winnie worked as a bookkeeper at Newton Construction alongside her good friend Alene Welch. Winnie also worked at RJ Atkinson for 8 years, Hartney Machine & Motors for 13 years, served on Hartney Town Council and drove school bus (in the day of the station wagon). Her most important job was making sure the White House ran smoothly and keeping Dale White Construction organized, while in operation.
Winnie married Dale on September 2, 1950 and started building their one and only home in Hartney before Val came along in 1957 and Brad in 1959.
Mom loved adventure as we took many trips back to Quebec to see family and friends, camping along the way. Winnie and Dale loved to fly their plane taking many local trips and a few longer ones to Bedford, Quebec and Hay River. The thrill of flying turned into a desire to holiday at McAllen, Texas. They purchased a vacation home and made some close friends in the 17 years spent down south.
Winnie and Dale were able to attend Lindsay and Kevin’s wedding in Vancouver in 2009 and Landon and Kirby’s wedding at Clear Lake in 2012. They were the winner of the “Infinity” dance for the longest married couple on the dance floor, what an absolutely beautiful relationship Winnie and Dale enjoyed. Winnie always wanted to know what each of her Grandchildren were doing and as Lindsay and Landon started their own families, she was thrilled to get updates on her Great Grandchildren and their activities. Winnie felt comfort in caring for the two family pets, Lewy who loved to purr on her lap while getting a ride around the house in her electric chair. Daisy loved to fetch any ball Winnie threw her way.
Our Family would like to thank Dr. Nell and the staff at Evergreen Place in Boissevain and Dr. Cram and the staff at the Hartney Personal Care Home. Mom’s journey with Dementia was a difficult one, made easier by the compassionate care she received each and every day.
Private service will be held at a later date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made in Winnie’s memory to the Hartney Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 280, Hartney, MB R0M 0X0 or The Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun; Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.