McKerlie, Virginia

Virginia Mary Laura McKerlie (nee Pruden)

1933 - 2016


Virgina McKerlie sqVirginia Mary Laura McKerlie, age 83, of Miami, MB passed away suddenly on Tuesday May 31, 2016.  Virginia was born in Selkirk, MB on January 8, 1933 to Ambrose and Georgianna (Monkman) Pruden. She was the seventh child in a family of ten children. Virginia developed a lifelong passion for learning and education during her school years.  After graduating from high school in 1952, she moved to Dand, MB and taught school on a teacher’s permit. She then enrolled in the Manitoba Provincial Normal School in Winnipeg in 1953 and graduated in June 1954.  She taught in Dand for an additional two years and moved to Miami in 1956 where she taught Grades 5 and 6. It was here that she met Lorne McKerlie and on July 11, 1959 they were married and settled on the McKerlie farm.  While embracing the next stage in her life as a farmer’s wife and homemaker, they were blessed with four children.  In April 1973, the family moved to the Dunston Community where they enjoyed many years of farming together until Lorne’s passing in 1986.  Virginia continued to manage the farm, actively participated in the lives of her children and grandchildren and volunteered in the church and community. In the fall of 1999 she left the farm and retired to Miami. Although Virginia left teaching in a formal setting, she continued to enlighten many lives emphasizing the importance of family, community and education.

Virginia was predeceased by husband, Lorne McKerlie, parents, Ambrose and Georgianna Pruden, sisters, Victoria Ingram, Alice Hygaard, brothers, William, Jean, brothers-in-law, William Ingram, Howard Hygaard, Jack Kelly, Clint McKerlie and sister in law, Jean McKerlie. She is survived by her daughters Margaret Ann (Terry) Baker, Christine McKerlie-Gabrielle, Leslie Bezte, Lorna (Don) Bonner, sons in law Kevin Gabrielle and Darren Bezte, eleven grandchildren Lisa (Tyler) Maes, Terri (Mark) Kroeker, Lauren, Gloria, Adam Gabrielle, Amber, Tristin, Ethan Bezte, Jennifer, Megan and Ryan Bonner, sisters Madeline Pruden, Ruth Kelly, Georgia Pruden, Carole Pruden, Heather Clarke, sisters in law Dorothy Pruden, Jackie McKerlie and brother in law Almer McKerlie as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Miami Community Centre with interment at the Miami Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to the Miami United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements,


#1 Pam & Wayne Forster 2016-06-02 09:43
We extend our sincere prayers and sympathy to Virginia's family. She was a wonderful woman who touched many lives over the years. May she rest in peace and may family members be comforted by their memories of her.
#2 Laurie Connor 2016-06-02 10:07
Sincerest condolences to Mrs McKerlie's family. May memories of loving and laughing times together bring comfort during this difficult time and in the future.
#3 Cec & Carol Scott 2016-06-02 10:52
Our sympathy to Virginia McKerlie's family
#4 Jeannie & Ray Phillips 2016-06-02 12:40
Sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies to you all.
#5 Ed & Evelyn Elias 2016-06-02 13:23
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing! She was a wonderful lady. God bless each of you as you remember her at this time.
#6 Rish & arnold 2016-06-02 14:53
To Leslie and family. So sorry to hear of your mons passing. Our thought and prayers go out to you at this time of loss. Rish & Arnold
#7 Bernice Adams 2016-06-02 15:29
Sincere sympathy on the passing of Virginia to the girls and their families
she will be greatly missed !!!
thinking of you all at this sad time

Bernice Adams
#8 Gladys & George Sanders 2016-06-02 19:27
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing! I have fond memories of our time together when we were attending teacher training many years ago and also the time she spent as a teacher in our community. I'm sure you will all miss her! Our thoughts,prayers,and sympathies to you all!
#9 Sheila Leatherdale 2016-06-02 21:45
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing.
She was a lady who always dressed to the nines.
#10 joyce neufeld-bakun 2016-06-02 22:35
She was a special friend and will miss her forever.
#11 Paul & Sharon Warkentine 2016-06-03 08:13
Marg, Terry and family,
Our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your Mother. We pray for God's peace to be with the McKerlie family as you navigate through this difficult time of mourning.
#12 Ehsan and Shadi 2016-06-03 09:56
To Margaret Ann: So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
#13 Candi and Daniel Bezte 2016-06-03 12:18
So sorry to hear of Virginia's passing - she was a special person and will be missed by many. Take condolence in your beautiful memories of her and in knowing that she is in an amazing place of peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#14 Henry and Penny 2016-06-03 12:29
To Christine and family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother.
#15 Don and Karen Lumgair 2016-06-03 13:26
Our sincerest sympathy Margaret Ann, Christine, Leslie, Lorna and your families at this sad time. Your Mom was a special friend for many years. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
#16 Marc and Ang Grenier 2016-06-03 17:54
Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Thinking of you and sorry we won't be able to attend her service.
#17 Dale & Janet Ferris 2016-06-03 19:28
Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
#18 Tara Millar 2016-06-03 20:31
It is with much sadness that I find myself having to extend my sympathies to the McKerlie family. Ginny was a wonderful woman and a truly inspirational lady to be blessed with the privilege of calling my friend. Her love of life and vibrant personality shone through in everything she did. I will always look back fondly at our times shared around the campfire at Morden beach. Wishing that the continued glow of this radiant woman's memory brings you peace and guides you in the future.
#19 Warren & Kathy Brooks 2016-06-04 09:24
Christine and family. Sorry to hear of the loos of you Mom. Thinking of all of you at this time. Sincerely.
#20 Glen Whetter 2016-06-05 09:26
Dear Virigina's family, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have the fondest memories of your mom. When she taught school on Dand she stayed with my Grandma Whetter. On one occasion Grandma had to be away and your mom stayed with us. I vividly remember that she dresses my brother,Dale and I up in all her jewelry. I can remember attending your Mom and Dad's wedding. I also remember visiting them at your farm. I still see her beautiful smile and hear her laughter. She truly was a remarkable woman. Blessings, Glen and Erma Whetter

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