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Elsie Draward

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On October 31, 2016 @ 11:48 am In Obituaries | 13 Comments

1928 ~ 2016

Peacefully on Saturday, October 29, 2016, Elsie Draward passed away surrounded by the love of her family at Beausejour Hospital at the age of 88.

Elsie was born January 27, 1928 in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead, Manitoba. In the summer 1949, she married her husband of 62 years, Daniel Draward, and lived on the Draward homestead in Lydiatt Manitoba. Together they raised their four children and met the challenges of farm life until they moved to Beausejour in 2006.

Elsie had many loves: Her family, gardening, and cooking. She relished every moment she spent with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends. Everyone was welcomed in her home and she was always prepared for visitors with coffee, sweet treats and her amazing cabbage buns. In the summer, her yard was never without flowers blooming and plants heavy with vegetables, all thriving under her green thumb.  In the fall, family and friends were grateful to receive her bountiful harvest which she was more than pleased to share. Even her little garden in Beausejour produced an ample supply of potatoes. Elsie was skillful in making every ounce of her harvest into delectable foods that kept her family going throughout the year. Not only did she produce her foods through gardening and raising livestock and chickens, she gathered berries and mushrooms and helped her husband hunt a few times. Elsie was very resourceful in making her home and caring for her family. She knitted, crocheted, sewed, helped with the operation of the farm and was, as many women of her generation, a practitioner of recycling well before it became common practice.

She was her happiest when she had visitors in her kitchen, a sink full of produce from a day spent in her garden and a couple of pies in the oven. And it was a perfect day if she had all that as well as baby to bounce on her lap and phone calls from her sisters.

Memories of Elsie will be cherished by her children, Gail Peluk (Ted), Carol Schultz and Randy Draward (Autumn), her daughter-in-law Debbie Draward (friend Glenn), her grandchildren, Doug Peluk (friend Lorinda), Lee-Anne Peluk (Kevin), Greg and Neal Schultz, and Devin (friend Sam) and Drew Draward, and her great grandchildren, Thomas and Avery Peluk and Anya Matthews. Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband Daniel Draward, son Dennis Draward, and son-in-law Richard Schultz.

The family would like to thank the staff of Beausejour Hospital and Cancer Care Manitoba for their care and compassion for Elsie. In addition, they would like to thank Elsie’s niece, Iris Bialek, for the gift of her time and love that she had for her second mom.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 403 1st Street N., Beausejour, with Pastor Bart Coleman officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Elsie to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Cancer Care Manitoba.


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Condolence from Sandra Wronski on October 31st, 2016 6:18 pm

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time . Love to you all

Condolence from Debbie and Larry Okolita on October 31st, 2016 7:39 pm

Your mom was a nice lady and she will be missed by many.

Condolence from Caroline Howell on October 31st, 2016 7:53 pm

Carol and family, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from Sharon Martin on November 1st, 2016 9:51 am

The world has lost a kind hearted Lady. Our thoughts are with the family.

Condolence from Kelly Bush on November 1st, 2016 6:03 pm

Sending my sincere condolences to the whole family at this very difficult time.
I feel truly blessed & honoured to have gotten to know Elsie as my neighbor in the past 3yrs. I will miss my lil yard chats with this strong, amazing & kind lady.
Not a year went by that I didn’t receive my annual goodie bags full of her produce that I enjoyed immensely.
Rest in peace my dear neighbor/friend

Condolence from Marc and Marilyn Ruta on November 1st, 2016 9:11 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss

Condolence from Joel & Kristie Omichinski on November 1st, 2016 10:08 pm

Our thoughts are with you all at the difficult time. She was such a lovely lady. RIP Elsie ❤️

Condolence from Barb Baglole on November 2nd, 2016 4:19 am

Carol sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Glen & Lynda on November 2nd, 2016 7:52 am

Mrs. D. was a wonderful lady. She will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Bonnie and Al McLean on November 2nd, 2016 11:46 am

Autumn and Randy – our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family! We are so sorry to hear of your loss.

Condolence from Gerald & Ann Graves on November 2nd, 2016 1:56 pm

To Carol & family you have our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Gerald & Ann Graves

Condolence from Rosemarie Winnicki on November 2nd, 2016 5:35 pm

Gail and Ted, Carol, Randy and Autumn, Debbie , and families. Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Thinking of you in this time of sadness .
Rosemarie Zirk Winnicki and family

Condolence from Janice Hnatiuk on November 3rd, 2016 11:09 am

I remember having wonderful visits with Elsie many years ago at Marion’s garage sales. Elsie would bring her tomato plants to the sale and they would sell like hotcakes!

My thoughts and prayers are with Elsie’s family at this extremely sad time.

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