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Date of Passing: Apr 21, 2023

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December 2, 1930 - March 21, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ethel a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, friend and caregiver to many patients.

Ethel leaves to mourn her loving husband of 70 years, Russell; daughter Judy (Wayne); son Brian (Nancy); grandchildren Tyler (Carrie), Chad (Jessie), Shannon (Jared), and Clint (Tianna), great-grandchildren Wyatt, Walker, Paisley, McKinley, and Harper.

Ethel was born and raised on a farm in Dodsland, Saskatchewan to parents John and Anna Boyle. She came from a large Scottish family, brothers Donald and Bill, and sisters Mary, Jean, Ruth, Irene and Catherine. She attended elementary school at Jellicoe School and high school in Druid, Saskatchewan, then went onto study to become a nurse at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her nursing took her to practicums in Saint Rose Du Lac, Portage La Prairie, Brandon and Ninette hospitals where she continued to study and work to put herself through school. Her work led her to meet Russell.

Once she graduated she became a nurse at the Ninette Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients where she worked in the childrens' building. It was then that she married Russell and raised their two children beside Pelican Lake. When the Sanatorium closed the family relocated to Brandon where she worked until retirement at the Brandon General Hospital in the surgical ward.

Ethel was a huge community supporter over her life and spent countless hours raising money and working at events in Ninette. You could always find her on her days off cooking and running the canteen at the rink

and hall or helping out with the church, fall suppers, bonspiels, bingos, hockey tournaments and the town fair or Sanatorium annual picnic. Ethel and Russell spent hours together raising money and helping the community to grow.

After moving to Brandon this community spirit continued, and they organized and ran the annual curling bonspiel for the Brandon General Hospital and they continued to be involved in helping out with hockey and other sports and activities their kids were involved in. She also volunteered at the Royal Canadian Legion in various capacities.

Ethel was very creative being an avid sewer, crocheter, needlepointer, and painter, just to name a few. She loved creating and making things with her hands and was very helpful to Russell and her family in assisting with carpentry and renovating projects as well. She was never afraid to take on any project no matter the size.

As a young child Ethel was very athletic and was a very good baseball player and very competitive at the annual sports days with her siblings. Later on in life she took up curling, golfing and bowling and won many trophies that she was very proud of. Ethel loved to dance and play the piano and organ. Her and her siblings never missed a dance at a family wedding. When she and Russ had their cabin at Clear Lake you could find them every weekend with their friends at the Big Red Barn dances followed by a sing along afterwards. Even when they became snowbirds and headed south every winter to Arizona they would meet up with new and old friends to golf, dance and attend happy hour jam sessions and sing-alongs.

Ethel always had time for her kids and ensured that they had every athletic and educational opportunity they were interested in. Ethel will be remembered for her hard work, strong family and moral beliefs, and her exceptional care and compassion as a nurse, where she mentored many other nurses and touched the lives of many patients and their families.

A celebration of Ethel's life will be held in Brandon at the Victoria Inn, Salon 1 on May 27th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at a later date at Ninette Cemetery.

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As published in Brandon Sun on May 20, 2023

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