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COLQUHOUN: Darlene Sonya of Brandon, Manitoba passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Palliative Unit of the Brandon Regional Health Centre, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s; at the age of 83 years. Darlene was born in 1936 and was raised in the northend of Brandon. Mom married Keith in 1957 and shortly after started their family. Daughters Kathy and Connie grew up in an amazing extended family, full of love and Ukrainian traditions, grandparents and greatgrandparents. Darlene worked many years and just loved her job, greeting the public. She was truly the “Deli Queen” at Stan’s IGA and other locations. She retired early to care for Keith but always missed her work life. Family was her greatest joy, especially her two grandsons. She had tons of energy, she was always busy and rarely would sit down and relax. She volunteered for years at the Ukrainian National Reading Association, she really loved all the ladies at the hall and spoke of them often. Darlene was the best cook and baker and made thousands of perogies, for family, friends, and the hall. Darlene always had a green thumb growing the most amazing veggies and flowers. Rarely did a weed escape her hoe and she always canned tons of garden goodness for her family. She baked dozens of cookies for her grandsons and they have the fondest memories of grandma making them restaurant style breakfasts when she got them off to school. Darlene was always fond of gambling and together with Keith’s family they spent many hours around Clare’s poker table. Rarely did she miss a day at the Brandon Shoppers Mall having coffee with her friends, what a great gang. Darlene was preceded in death by her loving husband Keith in 2015. She is survived by her daughters: Kathy (Bruce) and Connie (Gary); grandsons: Gerrad (Kevin) and Brayden (Ana); brother Alec (Lynn) and sisters-in-law: Vel (Alan) and Shirley (Bill). A private family service will held at a later date at the Brandon Cemetery. Mom would want to hug every staff member at Rideau Park Personal Care Home, especially Kerry, CGP, and the Palliative Unit staff. Her family wants all these amazing health care providers to know how much they appreciated and understood that the behaviours were a function of the Alzheimer’s and not the loving, kind and caring mother we knew. Donations in memory of Darlene can be made to theBrandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, ‘Geriatric Psychiatry or Palliative Care Unit’, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3
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2019-07-11 issue of the Brandon Sun