Johanna Minnie Magnusson
May 8, 1914 - January 14, 2021
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother Minnie at the age of 106. Minnie was predeceased by her husband Gunnstein (Steini) in 1997, her daughter Dolores (Stirling) Little in 1998 and son-in-law David Graham in 2002. She leaves to mourn her daughters Darlene Graham, Diane Thompson, Muriel Hanberg (Don), son-in-law Stirling Little, ten grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren.
Minnie was born in Arnes, Manitoba the sixth of seven children born to John and Sigga (nee Sigridur Peterson) O'Hare. She married Steini in 1937 and spent the early years of their marriage in Arnes. She was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid and also enjoyed many other community activities - a favorite was attending dances and concerts featuring local performers. She worked many years with her sisters seaming on nets for local fishermen.
In 1957 Minnie and Steini moved to Gimli. She joined the Good Neighbours Club and was a long time member of the New Horizons Club. She was also made a Life Time Member of the Icelandic Club on her 100th birthday. She was an active member of these clubs and enjoyed many activities, square dancing being a favorite. She also enjoyed curling. She worked many years at the Golko store. She loved to garden and was often seen looking after her flowers of which she was justly proud.
After Steini's passing she continued to live alone in her house, alternating winters with her daughters in Nova Scotia, Ontario or British Columbia. She loved to travel and this gave her the opportunity to spend time with her daughters as well as getting to know the next generations. Shortly before her 100th birthday she moved to Gimli Betel.
Our special thanks to Dr. RC Patel who looked after her with special care for so many years. To the entire staff at Betel - your attention and care helped give her the grit and determination to continue to race around the halls with her walker for so much longer. Without that care her life would have been much more limited and we thank you for that.
In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations being made to the Gimli Betel Foundation.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
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