Grant , Ellen
It is with great sadness that the family of Ellen Louise Grant announce her death, after a courageous fight with a rare blood disorder and kidney disease. She passed away peacefully at TBRHSC on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. Louise was born on February 29th, 1940 in Fort Frances, ON. She left home at an early age to work at a tourist camp. At 13 she moved to Winnipeg for work and then to Vancouver at 15 years of age. In Vancouver she worked in Central Supply and Emergency in Royal Columbia Hospital. She loved helping people and would have loved to have stayed and finished nursing school. While living out west she had her two daughters Karen and Kereasa. Louise moved back to Ontario in 1968 and married George Grant. She then had her two youngest children Laurie and Glen. They soon divorced and she found it very difficult being a single mom of four. In her late 30's she was diagnosed with heart difficulties and other medical problems. Still, it was important to her to have a loving and comfortable home for her family. She was predeceased by her parents Roy and Dora Snider, her sisters Mildred and Catherine, brothers Douglas and Patrick. She is survived by her long time companion and partner Thomas Leishman, daughters Karen (George), Laurie (Ross), Kereasa and son Glen (Kim), grandchildren Chelsea (Mike), Derek, Kolton, Sophie, Karen, David, Brandon, Christopher, Savannah, Shellie-Marie and Justin., great grandchildren Malik, Kiana, Kingston and Keira, sister Beverly (John), brothers Lyle (Linda), Ralph (Judy), Robert (Rose) and William. Louises greatest joy were her grandchildren/great grandchildren. They kept her going and were very special to her. She was proud of each and every one of them. Her most special bond was with Sophie, the youngest granddaughter. They spent many weekend sleepovers together and you could catch them on any Saturday morning going yard saling, shopping and having breakfast at their favourite store, Zellers. Helping Karen with her daycare would put an instant smile on her face. She loved the children and they loved Grandma Louise back, with lots of hugs and kisses more so after music and story time. Louise had a strong faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. She loved going to church, spending time in fellowship, singing and prayer. She loved her church family and was sad when she could no longer attend service due to her illness. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 9th at 11:00 am at The Church of Christ, 501 Edward Street North. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Northwest at St. Josephs Heritage or to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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