LEAH BURNICE COLVIN
July 14, 1921 - July 3, 2021
With heavy hearts, we announce that Leah Burnice passed away on July 3, 2021, 2 weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
Mom is survived by her children Don (Ronnie), and Dave (Barb); grandchildren Paul (Amanda), Jill, Andrea, and Maria and great grandson Oliver. Also mourning our loss are her many relatives and friends. Leah will be particularly missed by her dear pals Lynne and Betty.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Ted (1984), son Mike (1997), siblings Ray (Helen), June (Stuart), Leora (Tom), and Murray and much-loved companion Clarence Schaeffer.
Leah was born in Winnipeg, July 14, 1921, and grew up in the west end of Winnipeg. In 1946 she married Ted and they made their home in Morse Place, where they raised their three sons. Although previously active in the arts, sports, and other community pursuits, Leah’s life took a fascinating turn after Ted’s passing.
Fiercely independent, and always one who enjoyed the company of others, 63-year-old Leah took it upon herself to move forward with her life. She began, by taking a new job (her first, outside the home, in 40 years) Then the adventures started. These included spontaneously joining a group of young adults on a five-day Mantario canoe trip and embarking on an extensive European vacation with her sister-in-law. Unfortunately, a notable aspect of the trip, was her being mugged in Milan. Not satisfied in the victim role, mom attempted to chase down the villain through the winding streets. Fortunate for him, he wasn’t caught.
Besides rekindling her love of volunteerism, oil painting, travel, skiing and curling, mom joined the Manitoba 60+ All-Stars, where she became a longstanding member of this Seniors baseball team based out of Kildonan Park. She enjoyed playing (alongside her partner “Schaef”) well into her golden years. Mom proudly stated that although she was the only woman in the league, she remained on the team because of her love of the game and skill at the plate…not out of pity. Her ability to run the bases at 84 was a particular point of pride.
There was no adventure that was beyond mom’s grasp and no challenge that she wouldn’t face head on, and always with a smile. She adored her family and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Leah’s family would like to extend our profound appreciation to the compassionate and trustworthy staff of Kildonan Personal Care Centre for their kindness and care. Along with others at KPC, Kam, Catherine, and Pam are particularly appreciated. Thank you so much.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
In Accordance with mom’s wishes, cremation/burial has taken place and no formal service will be held. Leah’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
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