In Loving Memory of
Predeceased by husband Jack,
children Donna & Rodney, grandsons
Myles Scharf & Dean Gardiner.
Lovingly remembered by children Sharon, Bruce,
Wanda, Dixie & Dwight, as well as their families.
June 26, 2019
Prairie View Lodge
Pilot Mound, Manitoba
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Rock Lake Pastoral Charge
Crystal City, Manitoba
Interment ~ Greenwood Cemetery
Donations in memory of Hazel may be made to
Prairie View Lodge, CancerCare Manitoba
or the Kidney Foundation.
With family by her side, Mom passed away peacefully on June 26th, 2019 at the Prairie View Lodge. Words of Remembrance were shared at her funeral:
“Hazel described her debut into the world; “I was born Feb 26, 1921 in the spare bedroom of 28-2-11, and that was my home for 72 years.” She was the first and only surviving child of Dwight and Gladys Gorrell.
She attended Huron School and, for the most part drove a horse and cart to get there. She said, “All the other kids had a buggy but Louis (her Clydesdale) didn’t waste any time getting me there.” The school was about 2 ½ miles from the farm.
She elected to take most of her high school courses by correspondence. After arguing with her parents, she agreed to attend Grade 12 in Pilot Mound School in October 1939.
Hazel taught “on permit” after Grade 12. It was a government program for teachers during the war years; then attended normal school and taught in Bobby Burns school, near Alexander, MB for 3 years. This is where she met Jack and was married in 1946. A couple of years later they moved to the Gorrell farm in Pilot Mound, where they farmed and raised their family.
Mom had a wonderful sense of humour that served her well raising 7 children. Through trying times she clung to her mantra taught to her by her own father, “The wildest colts make the best horses.” Another saying she would recite was “throw an extra potato in the pot; they’re will be a few more for supper.” Our house was always full of friends, relatives, and neighbours who were never turned away at meal time.
Mom was involved in various community groups, like the WI and UCW, was a teacher for 4-H and Sunday school and supported dad through meals and snacks for Forresters, the Ag Society and their political endeavours. They loved the square dance clubs and often hosted their own dances in the house attic. Reading, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting were some of Mom’s favourite hobbies throughout her life.
An immaculate house was never one of mom’s priorities. Her emphasis was on making people feel welcome with meals and a warm bed.
Mom handled life as it came. She calmly dealt with any dilemma thrown her way. She nursed her children through a myriad of childhood illnesses. She also revived baby pigs in a cardboard box, put up with calves in the basement and administered Buckley’s cough medicine to sick cats. We never saw those cats near the house again!
She nursed her father after a massive stroke, trying to honour his wish of dying at home; she spent hundreds of hours in Winnipeg while her husband donated a kidney to their oldest son, She quietly endured the deaths of her husband, 2 children and 2 grandsons.
We all have different memories from our childhood but the common thread is a stable home, lots of work, food, friends, music and laughter.
Mom looked on the bright side of life, made the best of situations and enjoyed herself till her last day at the lodge, where she peacefully passed away.”
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Jack, her children Rodney and Donna, her grandsons, Myles Scharf and Dean Gardiner and her son-in-law Kelvin Lints.
She will be missed by her family: Son-in-law Ron (Eleanor) Scharf, children Sharon (Fred) Lundgren, Bruce (Joyce) Davison, Wanda Lints, Dixie (Brent) Gardiner, and Dwight Davison as well as her16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at Rock Lake Pastoral United Church. Internment followed at Greenwood Cemetary. A memorial service was held at the Prairie View Lodge on July 10th, 2019.
Wheatland Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
Thank you card
We would like to thank all our family and friends for their heartfelt support, floral arrangements, cards, messages of condolence and donations made in memory of Hazel Davison.
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to Emily Lovell and Matt and staff of Wheatland Funeral Services for their compassion and understanding. Thank you to Heather and Garry Gardiner and Bill McIntosh, the church choir and the UCW Rock Lake Pastoral Charge for the delicious lunch.
To all the staff at Prairie View Lodge, thank you for the excellent care and compassion you gave Mom and our family. Thank you to Keith Gosnell for driving the handi-van whenever we needed you.
Folks are so kind, thank you all so much!
The Davison families