November 26, 1937 - February 02, 2011
November 26, 1937 - February 02, 2011
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Mom, Grandma, and Chapan. Peacefully with her friends and family by her side, at 4:03 a.m., Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas, Manitoba. Mom was called to her eternal rest to be with her loving husband Bill of 55 years.
Mom put in a brave two month battle after her surgery at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, but succumbed to complications at St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas. She told us that doctors were able to fix her heart but that they could never mend her broken heart.
Mom was born Friday, November 26, 1937 in Moose Lake, Manitoba. Mom and Dad were married December 6, 1955 at Grand Rapids, Manitoba, ten days after mom turned 18. They met in Moose Lake while dad was visiting relatives. They then spent most of their married life in Moose Lake but also lived in The Pas, Cranberry Portage, and Grand Rapids.
Mom loved to pick berries and pack special lunches for the outing. She was a whiz at cooking especially for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, birthdays, etc. She loved doing beadwork in her younger years, house cleaning after her loving children. Mom enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and chapans, and gabbing with her sisters on the phone. She spent her Sunday afternoons listening to Cree Hymns and singing along.
During her last few days of her life Mom often talked about her childhood memories spent with her childhood friend Margaret Jane Campbell. She told many stories of her childhood spent on the trap lines and fish camps. Mom followed her traditional values and customs and thus instilled them to her children, grandchildren and chapans. She devoted her time in raising her children alongside Dad. Mom worked at the old Moose Lake School as a custodian. Her most memorable days were when she and Dad worked at the Moose Lake Logging camp.
Both Mom and Dad loved to go camping at the Annual Spring Ceremony and at Flora’s Summer Camp at William’s Lake. Many relied on her for historical information because she had such a good memory.
Edna leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Flora (Ralph) Nasikapow, Denalda (Eugene) Sinclair, Lydia (Tom) Bercier, Malcolm (Jane) Cook, Ruth (Alex) Ross, Doris (Phillip) Buck, Clarence Cook, Gloria (Kenneth) Ducharme and traditionally adopted sons Dave (Bernadette) Pranteau and Simon (Marlene) McKay; and her sister Mary’s children she considered as her own, Lloyd Martin, Gladys (Keith) Guay, Janet (Nicholas) Moran, Harry (Cynthia) Moran, Clifford Moran, Brian (Angie) Moran and Annie (Ron) Haukaas.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Doris (Rod) Young; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rubena (Albert) Campbell, Anne (Leonard) Flett, George Cook, Jessie (Alfred) Anderson, Raymond (Sharon) Cook and Florence (Jack) George; Hazel Martin and Mike Zahayko.
She also leaves behind her godchildren, Darren Campbell, Abner Cook, Priscilla Martin, Monica Buck, Isabelle Taylor, Nevada Kirkness, Marie Campbell and Michael Cook; and her numerous grandchildren, chapans, nieces and, nephews.
Edna was predeceased by her beloved husband Neil William (Bill) Cook; parents Annie and Louie George Martin; brothers, Roderick Martin, John Robert Martin, James Martin, (infant) Samuel Rueben Martin; sister Mary Moran; mother-in-law Flora Cook; mother-in-law Charlotte Cook; father-in-law Neil Cook; brothers-in-law, Absolom Cook, Jonas Cook, Martin Jacobson, Harry Moran Sr. and Earl Wilkins; sisters-in-law, Rose Wilkins, Rubena Cook (infant sister), Eva Cook, Victoria Cook and Ethel Cook; nephews, Stanley Martin, Douglas Cook, Geoffrey Cook, Gordon Cook, Herman Cook and Douglas Flett; godchild, Lucien Nasikapow; chapan Falyn Ross-Whitehead.
Wake services were held Saturday, February 5, 2011 and Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Moose Lake Community Hall, Moose Lake, Manitoba.
The funeral service was held Monday, February 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Moose Lake Community Hall, Moose Lake, Manitoba with Rev. Clara Lambert, Rev. Donald McNabb and Lay Reader Hazel Martin presiding.
Interment followed at St. John’s Churchyard Cemetery, Moose Lake, Manitoba.
Active pallbearers were George Cook, Raymond Cook, Gabriel Cook, Andrew Jacobson, Johnny Mercredi Jr., Derick Gray, Harry Moran, Darren Campbell, Abner Cook, and Brian Moran.
Honorary pallbearers were all Edna’s grandchildren, chapans, and friends.
If friends so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6, would be appreciated by Edna’s family.
A special thanks to Dr. Lee, 2nd Floor Cardiac Unit Staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital, and especially Ernesto Paasa who loved to sing to our mother. Thank you to Missinippi Airways Medi-Vac and special thanks to Lena Thorne for bringing Mom home from Winnipeg. Thank you to The Pas Health Complex and Hemauer Funeral Home. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the friends and relatives in the communities of Moose Lake and Grand Rapids, Swampy Cree Tribal Council and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for all their support and care during our time of need. If we forgot to acknowledge anyone, it was not intentional. Thank you to everyone.
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