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DUMBLETON:Vera Helen Dumbleton was born January 6, 1919 in Stockton, Manitoba. Her parents, Alexander and Ethel Anderson, farmed near Stockton and worked hard to give their family of 12 a good home. Vera married James Dumbleton on October 11, 1939. They started their married life in Killarney until Jim joined the army in 1940, at which time Vera moved to Glenboro to be close to family. Once World War II was over, Jim returned home and moved his wife and two sons, James Dennis and Barry Don to Ninette, where Jim required treatment in the Ninette Sanitarium for tuberculosis. When Jim recovered, they moved back to Killarney. Vera was a strong, independent woman who managed a household and raised two boys on her own for long periods of time while Jim served in the war and convalesced from his illness. She was an excellent homemaker, seamstress and gardener. In the 1960’s Jim became the Postmaster of the Killarney Post Office. Vera worked with him in the post office on a part time basis until 1975 when they both retired. While living in Killarney, Vera was very involved in the community. She was a life time member of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and a member of the Royal Purple Lodge. Jim and Vera spent many happy years with the Killarney Square Dance Club which included traveling to various clubs in Southern Manitoba. In 1975, Jim and Vera moved to Edmonton to spend their retirement in closer proximity to their sons. Denny and his wife, Kathy, lived in Edmonton while Barry visited often from his Vancouver home. Vera quickly became involved in her new community. She attended the Church of the Good Shepherd and later St. Timothy’s Anglican Church. She continued her volunteer work at the Lynwood Extended Care Centre receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication. She enjoyed various card games, reading and was an avid sports fan. The Edmonton Eskimos have lost a loyal fan as she attended their games for years, following them on T.V. when she could no longer be in the stands. Vera passed away December 26, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton which had been her home for three years. The funeral service was held on January 2, 2009 in the Wheatland Chapel, Killarney with Reverend Reed of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church officiating. Vera was predeceased by her son Dennis in 1979, her husband James in 1982, her parents and all her siblings. She is survived by her son Barry, as well as several relatives and friends. Vera was always cheerful and placed the needs of other before her own. Although she will be sadly missed, we are grateful for the many ways she touched and enriched our lives.
2009-01-03 issue of the Brandon Sun