ALECIA MARGARET RORRIE
May 16, 1928 - July 10, 2022
With heavy hearts, we announce that Alecia, passed away on July 10, 2022 under the loving care of the staff at the Poseidon Care Centre at the age of 94 years.
She is survived by her grandchildren Tammy (Dave), Danny (Vanessa),Matthew (Shannon), Krista, Carrie (Nathan), Linda and Edward (Robin), son-in-law Ed, daughter-in-law Debbie (Doug), numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Wilford James and Ida Mae Lamb, her 3 children Gail Will, Allyne Bartlett and Donald Roseveare, her sister Wilmet Bruce, family friend Len and Poseidon friend Al.
Alecia was born in Swan River, Manitoba on May 16, 1928 where her father owned Lamb’s Drug Store. She would often happily recount many a story of swimming in the river, working at the store and being a “tomboy” growing up. As many of her generation she would frequently push the female barriers by demanding to play baseball like the boys, finishing grade 12 and even shocking the school custodian by announcing that she planned to be a pharmacist after high school. When he foolishly protested “but you’re a girl!” she happily replied with “Yeah, glad you noticed!” - a phrase she would often find herself using when having to justify “being a girl”.
Dreams of pharmacy were put aside when she married George Roseveare in 1948 and then raised daughters Gail and Allyne (Margie) and son Donald in Winnipeg. In 1961 she surprised many when she decided that along with motherhood she also wanted to work outside the home and immediately got a job with the Government of Manitoba in Corrections, where she served for 27 years before retiring at the age of 60 years.
Family was very important to Alecia and she took a very active, present role in the lives of her grandchildren, enjoying many outings and activities that they too could participate in like swimming, crafts and the arts. She enthusiastically showed her great grandchildren support in all of their activities as well, encouraging them in their sports and creative events and in their scholastic endeavours. (Great) Grandma Rorrie was so very loved and she created beautiful memories that her family members will continue to treasure throughout their lives.
Alecia was an avid reader her entire life and she had the musical gift of playing piano. She was a talented craftsperson, above all all enjoying the process of doing ceramics as those close to her can attest to as the recipients of many a hand-painted specially-chosen birthday or Christmas gift.
In her retirement she enjoyed building her trailer oasis out at Rock Garden Campground in Richer, MB, where accepting an invitation to come out for the day often meant completing a list of tasks she wanted help with. The reward was a good meal, her famous “slush” and loads of laughter.
She was active in the Women’s Auxiliary in the Royal Canadian Legion and was a long-time member of Transcona United Church and later, Meadowood United Church. She actively volunteered in the community her entire life, recounting tales of being a Brown Owl leader with the Brownie Girl Guides when her daughters where young, all the way into her 80’s when she still did deliveries with the local Meals on Wheels program. When asked by family for Christmas gift ideas she would ask for sundries to be able to put together wellness packages for local shelters. Like many of her generation, sense of Community was important to Alecia.
Alecia will be remembered for her gift of being able to make people immediately feel welcomed, like they belonged and for her teasing sense of humour which always got a smile out of anyone she spoke with. She was both a stubborn, independent and feisty lady and a generous caring friend.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and an intimate celebration of life will immediate family will be held. Her family also plans to honour her memory and what would have been her 95th birthday by participating in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s next May. In remembrance of Alecia’s life, the family requests that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations and/or volunteer time to charity of choice.
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