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Mabel Brown – December 8, 1922 – August 29, 2009

Mabel Brown – December 8, 1922 - August 29, 2009
Mabel Brown – December 8, 1922 - August 29, 2009

It is with deep and heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother/Nana/Sister who slipped away peacefully with her loving family by her side.

Mom was born in Sask. on December 8, 1922, to Charles and Daisy Prouty, one of 14 children. Her family moved to Dryden, when Mom was about 3 years old. Her school days were spent in Wainwright Township at Cainbrogie school, walking 3 1/2 miles each day. She married David Brown in 1940 and they had four girls, Lesley, Julia, Sandra and Beryl.

Mom and Dad spent most of their lives together in Britton Township, where they started a landscape and greenhouse business, called “Sunnyside Gardens”. Mom spent many years in the greenhouse, where she loved working with the flowers. She also spent many years as a 4-H leader, teaching sewing and cooking.

When her husband died in August, 1961, Mom took on odd jobs, babysitting and worked at Molly’s Flower Shop. In 1963, Mabel’s Florist opened, which she operated until 1965, when she moved to Thunder Bay to attend college, at the age of 42. She moved to Kenora, where she lived for the next 24 years. After retirement in 1989, she decided to move back to Dryden to 330 Van Horne Avenue, where she was presently living.

Mom loved to sew and made all her girls’ clothes when they were young. She also loved gardening and was known for her baking of matrimonial cakes, banana loaves, and knitting with her knitting machine. Mom with her quiet nature, was loving, humorous, and generous with all her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Lesley (Craig) Nuttall of Dryden, Julie (Bill) Radford of Thunder Bay, Sandy (Geoff) Knight of Pinawa, MB and Beryl (Rey) Le Vasseur of Smoky Lake, AB and grandchildren, Tom (Bev) Nuttall, Lisa (Greg) Brotherton, David (Louise) Radford, Penny Radford, Dan (Bev) Demoline, Kelly (Allison) Demoline, Nancy (Ken) Bjornson, Greg Demoline, Victor (Trish) Le Vasseur and Christopher (Dena) Le Vasseur, as well as 16 great grandchildren, her sister Rella Bailey of Kamloops, BC, and brother Sid Prouty of Dryden and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Daisy Prouty; her sisters, Sadie, Helen, Hazel and Viola, and brothers, Roy, Cliff, Carl, Marvin, Charlie, Don and Porky, husband David and son-in-law Ken Demoline.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Fund or a charity of choice, through the Dryden Community Funeral Home.

The funeral service to honour and celebrate Mabel Brown’s life was held on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the Dryden Community Funeral Home Chapel and was officiated by Ora Semeniuk. An Honour Guard was held by the Royal Canadian Legion.

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