It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on July 25, 2019.
Edna will be greatly missed by her two daughters and their families – Karen and Brian, Lisa (Patrick & Henrik) and Scott – Tracy and Brian, Michael and Amanda.
Mom was born in Fox Harbour, N.S. March 28, 1935. As soon as she finished high school she signed up with the RCAF training as a Nurse’s Aide. While posted in France she married Garry Mattin and started her family with the arrival of Karen. Returning to Canada, Tracy was born while stationed in Trenton. In 1971 Brandon became the last stop after many moves across the country.
Over the years mom made many good friends along the way and was one to keep in touch whether a Christmas card, Birthday card or a phone call. Mom was still connected with friends from school and the RCAF. She had many good friends in Brandon who she would meet for coffee or go out for lunch, a movie or play, always a busy social life. The East Coast always held a big spot in mom’s heart, a destination always on her list and along with her daughters she continued to travel into her late 70’s, out east every couple of years and visit friends from her childhood, sharing a little more of her history each trip and making new memories.
Mom was always about giving back and volunteered over the years for many organizations – Heart & Stroke, Canadian Cancer Society, Lung Association, Arthritis Society, UCT, Meals on Wheels, Kidney Foundation, The Sunshine fund and the list was always growing.
Mom returned to the work force after the move to Brandon with a few part-time jobs and then found her place at Fairview Nursing home for 23 years, retiring in 1996.
Mom had a green thumb and shared the knowledge and love of gardening with her daughter Tracy. You could always find something new and exciting in her gardens. At one point Mom had cherry, apricot, Saskatoon and plum trees, gooseberries, raspberries, tomatoes and a variety of veggies. Her roses were beautiful and her flower beds overflowing with color. Her favourite flower from her childhood was Golden Rod which flourishes in her yard today. She was also very creative and artistic, everything from ceramics to oil painting, playing cards and games, loved Scrabble and Crosswords. Growing up mom sewed many dresses and clothes for her girls. These were the traits Karen inherited and loved.
Growing up we traveled every summer, camping or the occasional night in a hotel, seeing Canada from coast to coast. Mom knew many of the flowers, trees and birds and shared the beauty of Mother Nature with her daughters creating an interest and love that was imbedded for life.
Mom loved and was very proud of her four grandchildren Michael, Lisa, Amanda and Scott. She was very excited about the arrival of her great grandson, Henrik last October and enjoyed when he came for a visit.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Edna’s memory can be made to – the Brandon Humane Society website or 204-728-1333.
There will be a time of Celebration and to share stories on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00.at the Don Glen Hall, which is located inside the Seniors for Seniors Co-Op, 311 Park Ave East, in Brandon Manitoba.
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