August 2, 1973 – January 18, 2024
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Linda Gayle Renee Parr at the Health Sciences Centre on January 18, 2024, at the young age of 50 years.
Linda is survived by her mother Elizabeth Feschuk, Stepfather Patrick Feschuk, children Matthew Dueck and Tabrina McCombs (Nicholaus), granddaughter Mary-Jane McCombs, Aunts Jane Liske (Ivan) and Marion Sereda, siblings Aleta Watson (Brent), Robert Parr (Lynn), Vincent Parr (Shirley), Grant Feschuk and David Feschuk (Eric Gray), ex-husband Edwin Dueck and her many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her father, Clarence Parr.
Linda was the youngest of 4 children raised in and around Rivers, Manitoba. She had a tough start to life overcoming a diabetes diagnosis in her early childhood, as well as some other health troubles; however, despite those challenges, growing up she was always a happy child and loved to take part in sports, especially track and field and softball. She was involved in school theatre productions, and she loved to read and write stories and poetry. She also kept up a pen pal in Italy for many years.
When Linda was about 20, she moved to Winnipeg with her mother. While working at a coffee shop in Winnipeg, she met her soon-to-be husband, Edwin, and in 1996 the two settled down in the small town of Richer, Manitoba. Edwin and Linda married at the hall in Richer in 2000 and set about enjoying their small-town life with their young children.
Linda had the biggest heart and she loved animals. She would take in any animal or person that came her way and no one left without a full tummy and a big smile.
Despite having her first heart attack in 2004, and being unable to work long term, Linda threw her entire heart and soul into raising her children to the best of her ability. When she was well enough to work, she worked as a waitress at the Maple Inn. Linda was very creative and outgoing. She enjoyed taking part in many of the local programs like the Richer School PAC and local newsletter and was often found working on some form of project. She was well known in town and developed many friendships. She and her best friend, Kristy, were always off looking for garage sales or taking the kids on some adventure together (and it was ALWAYS an adventure).
In 2007 Linda suffered additional heart attacks and 2 strokes which left her almost totally paralyzed on her left side. She was later transferred to the Riverview Health Centre in order to pursue rehab. She never gave up even though the prognosis was not good and always had a smile on her face, no matter how hard things got. When we found the Movement Centre of Manitoba, we could not have asked for a bigger blessing. The staff was always amazing and patient with Linda and through many years of hard rehab and determination she built up the strength to relearn how to do nearly everything.
Linda moved to the River East Personal Care Home in 2009 and she quickly made friends among both the staff and residents. Linda often enjoyed bird watching out of her windows and watching tv. She almost never missed a Winnipeg Jets or Blue Bombers game as she was a devout fan of both teams. She also built a relationship with the home’s cat, Mira, who loved her dearly and was often found snuggled up in her room. Linda resided in the home until May 2023 when she was admitted to HSC. Linda underwent further heart, lung, kidney, and liver malfunctions over the course of the next 8 months. Through that time, she was always smiling and stayed positive. The world is not as bright without her, and she will be dearly missed.
Thank you to the wonderful staff in the MICU and IICU of HSC for always taking such good care of her, as well as the staff of River East Personal Care Home for making it her beloved home for 14 years.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Transcona Memorial United Church (209 Yale Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB) with refreshments to follow.
A livestream of the event can be found on the church's facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Movement Centre of Manitoba Inc. 1646 Henderson Hwy., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2G 1N7.
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