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Ethel Bailey

Image by Nick Andréka


August 24, 1931 - April 23, 2024

With gratitude for her life and deep sadness for her loss in our lives, we announce that Ethel went peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

She is survived by her daughter, Ingrid Labossiere; her son, Garth von Buchholz (Helen); granddaughter, Tiana von Buchholz; and many, many close friends, especially her dear friend and “sister”, Carol Jaskie. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Thorsteina Bailey, and all her siblings: Charles Jr, Gordon, Inga, Irene and Thelma. 

During her childhood in Winnipeg, Ethel studied ballet and was also an Honours student in piano. After graduating from business college, she developed a career and became a highly respected legal secretary who worked for firms such as Kushner, Breen and Associates as well as Pollock, Nurgitz and Associates. 

In later years, Ethel worked as a Judges’ Secretary at the Court of Queen’s Bench (originally County Court) in Winnipeg, before her retirement after 18 years. This was the pinnacle of her career and she was honoured to work for Justice Daniel Kennedy, Justice Ruth Krindle and Justice Patrick Ferg.

Ethel enjoyed her many years of retirement in North Kildonan with her family and friends. Her faith was central to her life and she was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Winnipeg. In 2006, Ethel was blessed to become a grandmother for the first time and had many happy memories with her Tiana. 

A celebration of her life will be held later at First Lutheran Church.

Ethel’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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The Kelley Family

May 9, 2024 at 5:31 PM

We love you Ethel! What a beautiful tribute Ingrid and Garth. You have a new angel watching over you. She will forever be in my heart and on my mind. May her sweet soul rest peacefully and her light shine on you always.

With love,

Darrell Kinley

May 9, 2024 at 5:23 PM

A heartwarming tribute to an intelligent, loving and resilient gal. May she rest peacefully. To Garth, Ingrid, Helen and Tianna, my heartfelt condolences. Losing your mother is a most challenging point in life but be comforted by the your memories and the warmth of her love for you. Love and God Bless

Carol J.

May 9, 2024 at 4:36 PM

Ethel and I were close friends for almost 40 years.  She was a beautiful lady both inside and out, and will be missed by all who knew her.


May 9, 2024 at 3:40 PM

NOTE FROM ETHEL's FAMILY: A memorial service will be held for our mother at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 25, 2024, at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street, Winnipeg.

*****All are welcome to attend.

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