December 9, 1928 – October 18, 2022
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Esther McIntyre, age 93, on October 18, 2022. Esther passed peacefully at home with family by her side.
Esther was predeceased by her husband Don, parents Jacob and Maria, sisters Emily, Mary, Emma, and Minnie, and brothers Lorenz, Raymond, and Alexander. She leaves behind her daughters Donna (Wally), Brenda, and grandchildren Shannon (Peter), Adelle (Dan), Jessica, Kristen (Leroy), Amanda (James), Lauren (Jeff), and Emery (Will). Esther was “Aunty” to many nieces, nephews, and their spouses, and showed unconditional love to many others.
Esther was born in Rhein, Saskatchewan and moved with her parents and siblings to a farm in Togo, Saskatchewan at a young age. She worked hard on the farm - peeling every log for the barn and the house, working the fields with her dad, stooping hay, churning butter, and keeping the house with her mother. Esther loved music, and throughout her life she played accordion, guitar, harmonica, and keyboard.
In 1949, Esther moved to the big city (Winnipeg) with her sister, Minnie, where they both worked at a sewing factory. Esther and Minnie frequented Patterson’s Barn for live music and dancing, where she met her husband Don in 1953. Esther and Don were married in 1957, then came daughters Donna and Brenda. Esther described becoming a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as “so fulfilling”.
Esther made trips back home to Togo to see her parents. She travelled around Canada and the U.S. with Don in his big rig, and later made trips to Quebec to visit Brenda’s family, and to California to visit friends.
Esther was a seamstress for many years and eventually worked as the manager of the drapery department at Fanny’s Fabrics until her retirement in 1993. She sewed, crocheted, and knitted hundreds of items over the years, including clothing for all her grandchildren (and for their dolls), as well as quilts, throws, cushions, slippers, Christmas crafts, and draperies for her families’ homes – all made with love. She shared her talent, skills, and joy of crafting with her children and grandchildren.
In her retirement, Esther challenged herself and learned to how to use a computer. She sent e-mails, joined social media, and even learned how to burn CDs and DVDs with her own playlists and favourite movies. Esther made a point of staying connected with family and friends near and far.
Esther'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.
Special thanks to the nephrology team at HSC Winnipeg, and the homecare and palliative care teams for all your support. A private celebration of life will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Kidney Foundation of Canada (Manitoba)
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