Gayle Ouellette - Nov 14, 2020 at Private Service

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Gayle Ouellette (nee Elder), 80, of Carman, Manitoba, after experiencing recent heart issues. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Deb (Bill) Vanderveen and son Rick Ouellette (Rhonda Spencer).

Each and everyday Mom missed our father, John, who passed away in 2014. She was also predeceased by brothers Bryson (Lucille) Elder, Jim Elder, Lynn Elder; sister Cheryl (Ron) Muir; brother-in-law’s Norm Ouellette, Ray Ouellette, and Cliff Archibald. Mom will be deeply missed by her sister Sharon McCoy of Pilot Mound and sister-in-law’s Joyce Elder of Holland, MB, Aurore Ouellette of Cold Lake, AB, Darlene Ouellette of Langley, BC, Bernice Archibald of Elm Creek, MB; brother-in-law Delbert (Bonnie) of Lacombe, AB, and half-brother-in-law Stuart Hooey (Audrey) of Treherne, MB. She will also be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren (who called her GG) Chad (Naomi) Vanderveen, Makayla, Reed, Lucas, and Silas of Guelph, ON; Nikki (Chris) Kooiker, Scarlet, Sienna, and Hudson of Calgary, AB; Megan (Al) Visscher, Madelyn and Natalie of Carman, MB; Bryan Vanderveen (Breanne VanTol) of Fergus, ON; Ashley Ouellette (Matt Glowa) of Winnipeg, Derek Ouellette (Amanda Cannon) of Argyle, Mb; and Carson Ouellette of Stonewall, MB.

Mom was born in Woodbay, MB to William and Edith Elder. After finishing school, she moved to Elm Creek where she met the love of her life, John. Together their lives took on many adventures while dad was in the RCAF living in Gimli, France, Germany, Moose Jaw, Dartmouth, Shearwater, Elm Creek, Holland, and finally in Carman. She worked at the CIBC in Elm Creek at the age of 17 before their marriage in 1959, then rejoined the same branch when they moved back to Elm Creek in 1977. Mom had a vast number of talents including arts and crafts, sewing, crocheting, knitting and always an enthusiastic crib player. She was always a steadfast partner with Dad in every stage of their lives together whether making a new home for their family in each of the places they lived, fencing on a hobby farm, or weekend camping trips following the horse races.

Friends were important to Mom. After Dad passed, Mom kept busy staying connected to friends and family. She loved meeting up for long lunches and getaway trips with girlfriends no matter if it was a short drive to a restaurant or a 2 week long bus trip. She never lost her love of travel.

She was our Mom, but always our best friend as well. We will miss you dearly, Mom.