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Born: Mar 25, 1939

Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2021

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WILLIAMSON: Adeline Violet Williamson (née Burdeniuk) of Brandon, Manitoba passed away at the Assiniboine Centre on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the age of 82 years. A Celebration of Adeline's Life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Left to cherish her memory are her beloved children: daughter, Lisa (Doug Burch) and granddaughters: Amanda, Christina and Breanna, of Brandon; son, Darin and grandchildren: Bethany, Benjamin, Brooklyn and Baleigh, of Maple Ridge; granddaughter Kristy (Travis Clews); great-grandchildren: Troy, Carla and Kayley; grandson Michael Gardner (Tiffany) of Edmonton, Alberta; sister Ruth (Glen) Sawyer of Brandon; nieces: Erin (Laurie) Wishira and family; Tracey and son Charles of New York; Aunt Iris, Uncle Louis of Lorette, Manitoba; and many cousins. Adeline was predeceased by her infant son, Dean Williamson in 1963; her father, Michael Burdeniuk in 1994; daughter, Carla Gardner in 2002 and mother, Helen Burdeniuk in 2003. Adeline was born in Ethelbert, MB on March 25, 1939 to Helen and Mike Burdeniuk. She was the first born of two daughters (sister Ruth). They made a move from the family farm so that the girls could attend school in Dauphin, Manitoba, where she grew up and finished her schooling. After graduating Grade 12, Adeline moved to Regina, Saskatchewan to begin her career with the government of Saskatchewan as a Stenographer II with the Department of Mineral of Resources at the Regina Legislature Buildings. While working there, Adeline had the honour of doing some work for Tommy Douglas. A few years later, she made the decision to get married, and moved back to Dauphin. Adeline had three children: Lisa Elaine (May 29, 1965), Carla Gae (April 27, 1966) and Darin Mark (June 23, 1967). Her children were her everything. Mom always stressed the importance of family closeness and love and to support each other through life. Her love for her family was apparent in everything she did. Mom supported us in all our activities whether school related, sports or piano recitals. In 1976, Adeline moved the family to Brandon, Manitoba. As a single Mom, Adeline did everything she could to be there, and provide for us all. Never a complaint, come what you may, Mom would push forward and always give credit in that strength through her strong faith. As children, we'd often see Mom coming home, after a long day at work, getting off the bus, carrying large milk jugs and other groceries. She always had a smile and wanted to know about our day. Mom was very much a people person. She enjoyed any situation to meet and chat with people, always with a genuine interest in what they shared with her. Mom worked at Zellers, where she was given many awards and accolades for her top notch customer service. She was also employed at the Information Booth at the Brandon Gallery at the height of its success, way back when. Mom became manager of Christie's Office School Supplies when it first opened in the Brandon Shoppers Mall. A job she very much enjoyed until her retirement. Mom loved to write, pens, books and was known for her beautiful handwriting. She also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. Mom's chocolate and coconut dipped and covered bread dessert were a favourite when Lisa, Carla and Darin were little. Her special jellied salads were a staple at all family gatherings. Mom loved gardening and grew almost commercial sized gardens while in Dauphin especially corn and potatoes. She later won awards in Brandon for her flowers. Mom enjoyed bowling and was a member of a league when we were little. She loved animals of all kinds and taught us the responsibility that came with owning a pet. Mom enjoyed reading, Christian music, dancing and was very proud of the 50's era. She'd keep scrapbooks of the top movie stars and music of the day. She'd often share stories of her youth with us, such as times spent at the local dances at Jerry's Night Spot, a popular social gathering facility in Dauphin, with special friends, Dance Land days in Clear Lake, etc. Sunday School was something Mom looked back on as a very special time. Mom was proud to be a Girl Guide and was asked to be a leader. She was chosen to appear in a National Film Board film promoting parks and recreation in Wasagaming. Mom had a great sense of humour and was always up for some fun! We've shared so many laughs over the years! Mom loved to travel. Some of her fond memories were of trips made with her son Darin and family to Disney World, Oregon, Washington and visits to B.C. Mom had two very special pen pals that she kept in touch with. One for over 69 years, the other for over 70 years! These pen pals became lifelong friends, Helen Neil from Nova Scotia and Christine Altridge from England. They started writing to each other in grade school. Mom had one special visit in person with Helen and her family, but never had the opportunity to meet Christine. They kept in touch for every birthday and Christmas, right to the very end. As a proud grandmother, Mom would always attend school activities or dance recitals and competitions; quite often sitting for hours and hundreds of dances to be able to watch the girls perform. Grandma would have special one on one days with them which included special outings and sleepovers. So many memories from those times that the girls have to treasure. Mom always made Christmas very special. Memories her grand-daughters in Brandon will always remember were the special boxes Granma made up for each one that were filled with special wrapped little gifts like a larger version of an advent calendar – one gift to open each of December until Christmas Eve. Each package or little box wrapped with ribbons, bows and stickers. The last gift in the box was always sugar cookies mixes and icing for the girls to make special cookies on Christmas Eve and Christmas pajamas. Christmas Eve always meant a special candle light Church service with Mom putting in the true meaning of Christmas into perspective for all of us. A special Christmas tradition Mom had for Lisa, Carla and Darin was to place one special tree ornament on our main gift. Each one in turn, would be added to our tree each year. We still have each one, now hanging on our own trees and are treasured. A tradition we have continued with our children. Mom's legacy lives on in Lisa, Darin and her nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mom is remembered today by all who knew her as "a wonderful and kind woman who always had a smile, gentle advice, a hug and most of all, gave anyone fortune enough to know her, a passion for family and life." Our hearts are shattered. Free finally from the pain and the indignities dementia forced upon her over the last few years. A huge piece of our hearts has gone; a best friend, a constant ear and a soft place to land through the trials and tribulations of life. Rest easy now, in God's loving care, our sweetest Mom. This is not goodbye and we will carry you in our hearts forever, until we are together again.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Sep 25, 2021

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  • The last time I saw Adeline was my last visit to Dauphin in 1969. I found out about her passing yesterday because of a get together with two other cousins Rick and Randy Burdeniuk. My condolences to all of her family. Gord - Posted by: Dr Gord Burdenuk (Cousin) on: Oct 16, 2021

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