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Barbara Brandt

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Dearest Mom,


We are deeply saddened by your passing on Thursday, November 23, 2023, after battling cancer. You fought a good fight until you could fight no more!


You were an amazing woman with so much energy and drive, and you always made time for family and friends.


You were born to Jack and Betty DeGuerre on October 27, 1944, in Port Credit, Ontario. You grew up on an apple orchard with your parents and younger sister, Susan.


You taught in London, Toronto, and Galt, Ontario, before heading west to teach in Winnipeg at a few different schools.


Husband Robert Brandt (deceased in 2008), daughter Susan (Dave), son David (Holly), three Grandsons, Connor (Susan and Dave), Parker, and Austin (David and Holly).


Sister Sue and Ted Dobie; Jeff and Karen, Sister-in-Law Lynne and Dave Bell; Ian, Chris, and Peter, and Brother-in-Law Doug Brandt (deceased); Jamie, Adam, and Kenneth.


You loved to travel and visit new places, from exploring close to home to hiking at different destinations all over the world. Before Dad passed away, you two always traveled together, meeting up with family or friends.


You lived for the outdoors: walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, waterskiing, exploring, gardening, and even stopping to smell the flowers in your backyard oasis. You were an extremely active woman. These are just a few of the activities you took part in that come to mind: walking daily; walking with the Prairie Pathfinders walking group; having fun with the Bridge Club group; reading books and comparing them with your friends at book club; and taking the time to sit in your backyard, watching the birds, butterflies, rabbits, and whatever other wildlife would stop by.


Baking was one of your passions, whether it be banana chocolate chip muffins, peanut butter chocolate brownies, homemade bread, chocolate chip cookies, birthday cakes, apple crisp, or something new to try with the family.


You were a chocoholic like your sister. Even up to a few weeks before your passing, you would enjoy a bit of chocolate each day. Perhaps a chocolate cupcake with your lunch or a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast. Thank you, Mom, for passing on the love of chocolate.


The summer months were spent with family and friends at the cottage, Clearwater Lake, Clear Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Victoria Beach. Fall and winter were spent at the farm, just outside Riding Mountain National Park.


The last of our family holidays were spent in Mexico in early 2019 and early 2020 (before COVID) the Cook Islands with your sister.


You lived to see your three grandsons thrive and always loved being with them at their hockey games, soccer games, Christmas concerts, and school events. You always made one-on-one time for each of them. You always wondered what the boys would be when they grew up, their interests, and where they would end up. We hope you can find out from wherever you may be.


Thank you, Mom, for always making time for us, for providing us with so many wonderful places to explore, for having the family together on so many occasions, and for being an amazing person that so many people look up to. I am sure we all have stories to share about the time spent with you throughout the years we have known you.


Hugs and kisses to you, our darling mother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, grandma, cousin, and friend.


In accordance with Barbara’s wishes, cremation has taken place.


A celebration of Barb’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at The Gates, 6945 Roblin Blvd. The family will welcome guests at 1:30 p.m. The celebration of her life will begin at 2:00 p.m.


A big thank you to the Grace Hospice staff for keeping mom comfortable and for being caring, compassionate, and helpful.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or Ducks Unlimited.

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