1928 – 2019
Norma Kathleen (Gerrand) Minnis passed away peacefully on November 2, 2019 at East Gate Lodge, Beausejour, MB. She was 91 years of age.
Norma was predeceased by her husband Doug, parents Norman and Winnie Gerrand and her brother Symington Gerrand. She is survived by her son Bryan & daughter-in-law Cathy Minnis of Beausejour, MB / grandson Brad (Julia and greatgrandchildren Taylor & Lauren) Minnis of Oakbank, MB; / granddaughter Kim (Jess and greatgrandchildren Logan, Brooklyn & Everette) Minnis of Winnipeg, MB; daughter Kathy & son-in-law Drummond Brown of Winnipeg, MB / grandson Tyler (Mandy) Brown of Winnipeg, MB / granddaughter Cailey Brown (Jonathan Bauer) of Winnipeg, MB; daughter Debra Proven of Woodstock, ON / granddaughter Kerry (Tim) Pinder of Woodstock, ON; sister Gwenneth (Holland) Berry of Calgary, AB along with several nephews.
Born in Virden, Manitoba on April 3, 1928, Norma was the oldest of three children and grew up on Sunny Slope Farm, a few miles north of Virden. Norma married Doug Minnis from Bede in 1948 and moved to Melita in 1949 where they raised their three children and developed their close circle of friends. Norma owned and operated the Fashion Centre in Melita from 1974 – 1987. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed her weekly bridge games with the girls. In 2009 she moved to Beausejour to be closer to family.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Van Rensburg, the nurses and staff of East Gate Lodge – Crocus Unit for their compassionate care for mom over the past years. Flowers gratefully declined but if you wish, donations may be made to the East Gate Lodge Recreation Department, 646 James Ave, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date to accommodate all family members.
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Debbie A Okolita
Sincere condolences to Bryan and family.
We are very sorry to hear of her decease. Condolences to her son Bryan and Cathy. We offer our prayers to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and Comfort you at this different cult time!
Gerald and Pamela Hawranik
Kristal (Morrow) Benton
My condolences to the Minnis family. My parents, Agnes and Gerry Morrow, were good friends with Doug and Norma in Melita. I had a part time job working Saturday mornings for Norma at the Fashion Center when I was in high school. That was one of my first jobs so was thankful to Norma for giving me that opportunity. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
Ray and Colleen Smithson
Our Sincere Sympathy to the Minnis Family. I always felt welcome in their home and Norma put up with giggling girls on many a weekend. She was a big part of our Melita community in many ways and the Fashion Centre was a popular business. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Bryan, Cathy and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your mother, Deepest condolences to all of you.
Tara & Lisa Evans
Bryan & Cathy, Kathy & Drummond, and all your children and grandchildren- it’s been a long time- but both Lisa and I are sending our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful, kind woman. Hoping you are remembering her well.
My condolences to the Minnis family. I count myself lucky that I got to know your mother. I would take her shopping and to the hair dresser when she lived at Stony Plains. I loved her sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincere Condolences to you Bryan, Cathy, and family. She is resting peacefully now and and you have all your many wonderful memories of years gone by. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kathy,Bryan & Deb,
Just happened upon your mother’s Obituary last night and wanted to give my belated condolences. Your mom was a great role model with a warm smile and a willing laugh. Not a year has passed by, so there will still be days you want to pick up the phone and tell her about things that are happening in your lives.
Heather Lytwyn (Goodman)