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Born: Mar 03, 1946

Date of Passing: Nov 09, 2022

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March 3, 1946 – November 9, 2022

Peacefully, after a long illness, Linda passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, with her family by her side.
Mom was predeceased by her mother and father, Edith (Lenton) and Fred Keil, and her stepfather Clifford Ward. She is survived by Bill, her husband of 54 years, sons, Jeff (Carolyn) and James (Bonnie), and grandchildren, Emma, Heidi, Bridget, and Jackson. She is the younger sister of Sharon (Lyle Chopp) and sisters-in-law, Margaret Nygren (Carl) and Barb Ivison (Barry).
Mom was born on March 3, 1946 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Growing up on College Avenue, Mom was surrounded by family and friends as the post-war baby boom was in full swing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from United College in 1967, Mom and Dad were introduced by Edith, who worked with Dad at Eaton's on Portage Avenue. They married in 1968 and started a family with Jeff in 1971 and James in 1973. After the kids were grown, mom re-entered the workforce, as a School Board Trustee for Winnipeg School Division 1 (WSD1), and eventually retiring as the Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services for WSD1.
Mom and Dad purchased a house on Ash Street from the original owner which became their home for 51 years. Mom loved her home, her flowers, her gardens, and her pets. She took such pride in each of them! Family was everything to Mom, and she made sure that everyone was showered with love and affection, attending concerts, recitals, plays, and as many events as she could manage. Mom was tremendously proud of her sons, her daughters-in-law, and her grandchildren. Her kids and grandkids were her greatest accomplishment in life.
Mom loved her summers. Camping, gardening, and travelling, at first in a tent before graduating to RV life. Later holidays included repeat visits to the woodcarving festival at Lake Bronson, Minnesota, trips to Hawaii, Palm Springs, and Disney World - these are just a few of the highlights, but being with family was most important.
The arrival of Emma in 2006 gave Mom the chance to spend time with her first grandchild. She took this opportunity as a sign to retire and spent the next six years looking after Emma and loving every minute of it. She would later have two more granddaughters and a grandson to enjoy.
Mom's last three plus years were difficult since being diagnosed with cancer. She was optimistic throughout and remained hopeful until the end. Mom received excellent care from everyone at CancerCare Manitoba, Health Sciences Centre and the Riverview Health Centre. The friendship, advice and support from Dr. Susan Green in particular meant so much to her.
Mom was an active and devoted member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church where Mom served on Council as Treasurer. Her faith was very important to her and gave her comfort in the last days. Thanks to Pastor Ron Long for providing communion to the family, and a special thank you to Rev. Olive Flett for her support during Mom's final hours.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge Street at Corydon Avenue. A reception will follow. The family encourages masks to be worn during the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare Manitoba, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (in support of the English Garden) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Publish Date: Nov 15, 2022


Peacefully at Riverview Health Centre, Linda Ellen Palmer passed away on November 9, 2022 at 76 years of age.
Full obituary and service details to follow.


Publish Date: Nov 12, 2022

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022, Nov 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We are very sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Cherish the memories of her and hold them close to your hearts. May each passing day bring peace and comfort to all of the family. - Posted by: Richard and Sandy Whittom (Friend) on: Dec 13, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the Palmer family. I had the pleasure of being Linda’s hairdresser for over 30 years. Would always look forward to our “visits” every 5 weeks on Thursdays at 1:30. Our conversations were based around family, her children and beloved grandkids and my kids as well. Will miss our positive and cheery conversations. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Cindy Leslie (Hairdresser) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the Palmer family. What I will always remember about Linda was her beautiful smile...she never seemed to be without it! Her laughter was contagious... - Posted by: Pat Moreton. (Aunty Pat Chopp) (friend) on: Nov 24, 2022

  • Linda and Bill have been our neighbours for forty-four years. When they moved recently, it was like a part of our lives left too. We promised we would go for coffee or out for dinner, and now that promise will never be fulfilled. Her death has made me realize how important it is to act upon your thoughts. I will miss her smile, her laugh and her love for all animals. Rest in peace, dear friend. - Posted by: Judy Danchura (neighbour and friend) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • The Lowcock family is thinking of you today as you remember and honour Linda. - Posted by: Janet Lowcock (Cousin of Bill) on: Nov 18, 2022

  • Linda and Bill were our neighbours on Ash Street for many years. Linda was such a sweet and positive person. When we took our dog for a walk we often saw Linda tending her flowers in the front yard. She always had time for a chat and some loving pats for our dog. Our condolences to Bill and his family. You are in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. - Posted by: Donna and Ken Chabluk (Neig(bours) on: Nov 16, 2022

  • I met Linda when we were both going to United College. She was a conscientious student with the neatest handwriting I can remember. Borrowing her notes was always a treat. I loved going to the "Caf" for coffee with Linda as our breaks were always extended ...she liked to let her coffee cool down before she drank it. My condolences to Bill, Jeff, James and the entire family. May your many fond memories of her be a comfort to you. Jeanette McCaskill (nee Dickie) - Posted by: Jeanette McCaskill (Friend) on: Nov 15, 2022

  • Sincere condolences to the Palmer family. I was saddened to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of serving on the Winnipeg School Board with Linda in the early 80's. She was a thoughtful and dedicated Trustee whose only interest was the advancement of education. She was respected by all who knew her. She was a lovely person who will be missed but not forgotten. - Posted by: Vincent J. Bueti (friend) on: Nov 15, 2022

  • Sincere condolences to the Palmer family. Her love shone through always when it came to family. Her spirit will always be with you. She is at peace and at rest. Feel the comfort of pleasant memories and happy times. - Posted by: Lil Arsenault (friend) on: Nov 15, 2022

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