Carole Clara Belanger (nee, Young)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and friend, Carole Clara Belanger (nee, Young) at Miseracordia Place, January 2nd, 2020, two months short of her 90th birthday.
She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life, her children, Linda (Brian Clifford), Lawrence ( Marcia Thomson) and Ronald ( Susan).
Grandmother to: Rhonda, Tannis (Scott), Corbin (Danielle) Clifford; Mathieu and Christopher Belanger; Paul ( Nicole) Belanger and seven great grandchildren.
Carole was predeceased by Paul Belanger and her second husband, George Hallworth.
Carole Clara was born during the Dustbowl Era, in a horse drawn cutter on a cold March night, in 1930, while in transport to the nearest hospital in Manitou from the family farm in Snowflake. Mom was the last of her immediate family. She is predeceased by both her parents, Jack and Ida Young (nee Keen), and her three siblings, Richard, Walter and Clarence. Life was tough during the depression era when hard work was the basic for survival. Growing up on the family farm, mom acquired a variety of domestic skills to facilitate her needy brothers who worked the fields. Mom often mentioned that they would come to her on the weekends to have their shirts ironed or socks mended so they could spend a night on the town. Not so sure sisters would be that accommodating in this day and age. Mom’s earliest years growing up were spent in Southwestern Manitoba, later settling in the Selkirk area, where Mom met the love of her life, Paul Belanger and the two married in 1947. The married couple moved to Transcona where Dad found work and also found time to start a family. After a brief stint in Transcona, the family relocated back to Selkirk and built their first home on land that was selling for $66/lot. Mom said that they had to borrow the down payment from family to buy the property. Can you imagine? Mom began her married life as a stay at home mother. Working on the pipeline, Dad’s work often took him from home for weeks at a time leaving Mom to raise the kids. Raising the kids alone was not easy. Sometimes the black hat had to be worn if you know what I mean. After the children were in school she began her career as an institutional cook at the Selkirk Mental Hospital. In the later years, mom started a new position at the Middle Church Home, were she remained until her retirement. Mom loved to cook. She could whip up a family meal when there was seemingly nothing to eat. She would spend hours cooking for family get-togethers and she loved to entertain. Sunday’s were always a family tradition, meat and potatoes. Mom enjoyed many pastimes in life: gardening, knitting, fishing, card games, camping at Selkirk park with family, at Dorothy Lake and traveling to the coast many times pulling the trailer through the mountains. She loved going to watch sports (soccer/hockey/football) whenever family was playing. She could never sit still, always be seen to be doing something. She would often be caught with a rag in her hand wiping something down. Following the death of our father, Paul Belanger in 1982, mom spent a number of years as a single woman again until she met and married her second husband, George Hallworth, in 1992. Together they began a new life and shared many happy times. Both were kept busy in their retirement looking after and providing friendship to the grandchildren. Since the death of mom’s second husband, George, she has lived in the Selkirk area, enjoying her time with the Red Hat ladies group and her many acquaintances in the Town of Selkirk. During the last 4 years mom had been a resident at River Ridge 1, Independent Living and River Ridge 2, memory care unit. During the last one and a half years, mom resided at Misericordia Place P2, where she lived until her death.
Mom had an amazing love for life and “spunk” to go with it. Loving, compassionate, opinionated, humorous, competitive, challenging, she had it all. She will always be with us until we meet again.
Our family would like to express our deep gratitude to all the staff at Misericordia Place for the exceptional care they provided to our mother. It was deeply appreciated by her children and grandchildren to know that grandma was being lovingly cared for.
Love you Mom.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, MB.
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
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