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Private Celebration of Life Service: Friday June 2, 2017 at the Manitou Opera House Cremation has taken place. Private interment: Manitou Cemetery Donations: Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care Program or to the Nellie McClung Heritage Site in Manitou.


Remembering Dolores (Del) Biggar

At 81 years of age

Peacefully and surrounded by family, Dolores (Del) Yvonne Biggar (née Knouse) was eased of her suffering, at Boundary Trails Health Centre, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and is now resting in the arms of the Lord.

Our Mother leaves behind five children including Murray Biggar, Joanne (Ken) Rodeck, Barbara (Reg) Giesbrecht, Marilyn (Bruce) Ducharme and Elaine (Don) Hodgson along with 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, special nieces and nephews, as well as the children and grandchildren of Bruce Ducharme.

Del was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Goldie Knouse, brothers Vance, Glen and Bud, grandson, Michael Griffin, son-in-law, Rob Griffin, Wallace Biggar and many other members of the Knouse and Biggar families.

Del was born June 20, 1935 in Eston, Saskatchewan - a prairie girl who made Manitou her permanent home in the mid 1960's - a community still filled with many dearly loved, life-long friends.

Here, she committed herself to the community, spending years as a 4-H leader, an active part of the United Church, and as an avid curler.

She also was a fine gardener, baker and seamstress - skills critical in raising five children.

In the totality of life, however, nothing was more important to Mom than family. As children, she taught us, through her actions and commitment to Grandpa Cecil and Aunt Maggie, the importance of caring for others. It is a tradition we all proudly carry forward.

But it was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she held most dear. Until almost her final day, this ever growing brood put the biggest smiles on her face and the greatest joy in her heart.

As a comfort, she left her love behind in the dozens of quilts she hand stitched for each of us. Even as her eyesight faded and her energy waned, she raced to get one square after another embroidered to complete one last quilt.

Though her life was often full of challenges, Mom leaned on her faith and took comfort in knowing she would one day live eternally, in her heavenly home.

In her, especially this last year, we discovered a warrior spirit that will forever be a source of strength and determination for the three generations she leaves behind, as her lasting legacy.

Rest easy, Mom. You are well loved!

A private service will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Manitou Opera House preceded by a private interment at the Manitou Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Boundary Trails Palliative Care Program in Morden or to the Nellie McClung Heritage Site in Manitou would be welcomed as a tribute to our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.


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