Wark, Linda

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A memorial service will be held at a later date with ash interment to follow at the Brandon Cemetery.  If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Katie Cares or to Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation.

Linda May Wark (nee Baskerville)

1944 - 2020 

Linda May Wark (nee Baskerville), was born on July 10, 1944 to Harold and May Baskerville of Boissevain. As farm kids, she and her younger brother, Barry, were raised to work hard and uphold their promises, and those characteristics lasted her entire life. Mom attended Bluevale School for elementary and Boissevain Collegiate for high school. After high school, Mom moved to the YWCA in Brandon and worked in the Brandon Woolen Mills while attending Brandon Business College. Mom then moved to Killarney and worked in the bank until she and our dad, Murray Wark, got married on July 25, 1964. They settled in Brandon and had three children: Darwin, Treva, and Loralea. On weekends in the spring and summer the family would go camping, and later to the cabin at Minnedosa, and there are many good memories from those trips. Mom loved the outdoors, especially trees, flowers, and birds, and she enjoyed nothing more than to sit at a campsite and read while eating campfire toast. 

Throughout her life Mom was a tireless volunteer, firmly believing that our world is a better place when people give their time to others. She served as Brown Owl and Den Mother, taught Sunday School, and was a parent volunteer at our elementary schools. She canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society for decades and served on the Boards for the Brandon Christmas Cheer Registry and the MS Society. She was an active member of the Brandon Crocus Lions Club and loved volunteering at the Boundary Trails Health Centre. She was always doing something for someone else, and she taught us the importance of being kind and generous.

Mom worked at the Panhandler, then moved on to be a receptionist for Dr. Larry Zoerb and later Dr. Trudy Corbett. Mom was excellent at those jobs because she loved talking to people, could start conversations with anyone, and she was always willing to listen. She was non-judgmental and warm and genuine and had a heart of pure gold. 

When Dad was diagnosed with MS, Mom was our rock, and when he died, Mom taught us how to cope with a loss with grace and grit: grieve, but remember that life goes on, and while you can mourn for the memories that will no longer be made together, you can never stop making those memories for yourself. While Mom’s heart was pure gold, her backbone was solid steel. After Mom met Leo Dupuis, she moved to Emerson with him. They enjoyed many years together, spending several winters in the USA in Leo’s fifth wheel. When Leo was diagnosed with cancer Mom once again assumed the role of caregiver with grace and love, never once complaining about life being hard or unfair: she always looked for the positive in any situation. They moved to Morden, and after Leo’s death Mom began to establish a circle of friends here, becoming actively involved in St. Paul’s United Church and the Morden Activity Centre. Mom had a wide variety of interests and hobbies that included reading, cooking, baking, sewing, playing games, walking and needlework. She loved to travel, and we kids will look back fondly on all of our adventures together, especially our family vacation to Nova Scotia and PEI last summer for Mom’s 75th birthday. 

Mom had a special bond with each of us three kids, and with her son-in-law, Duncan. Her favourite children, however, were her granddaughters, Kaylee and Kamryn. Mom cherished family and always said that it didn’t matter how much money you had, if you had a close relationship with your family you had everything. Mom was a beloved neighbour and friend, and this is evidenced in the outpouring of love and support we have received since her sudden passing on April 23. Some of Mom’s best friends - Shirley, Noreen, and Margaret - have been friends for over 60 years. Other friendships - Erle and Julie, Gail and Gordie, Dave and Verna, Edna, and Joan - were forged in Brandon over 50 years ago. Some - Sandra and Rob, Evelyn, Dora, Aileen, Cheryl, and Dennis - were made in the last decade. Through all of these friendships, Mom taught us the importance of being a true and loyal friend, and the value in shared laughter and tears over coffee and something good to eat. 

The lessons Mom has taught us about how to be good people, how to treat others, and what is important in life are things we will carry with us forever. We cannot begin to express how much she will be missed by us, and by the wide group of family and friends she leaves behind. Mom was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, Murray and Leo and several of Murray’s brothers and their wives. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Darwin, Treva, Duncan, and Loralea, granddaughters, Kaylee and Kamryn, brother, Barry Baskerville, brother-in-law, Ken Wark, her sisters-in-law, Helen Wark and Bobbi Wark, her aunt, Melrose, the friends she considered her siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, an extended Wark family and countless friends. 

A memorial service will be held as soon as pandemic restrictions loosen enough for us to have one. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Linda’s memory to Katie Cares or to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

#31 Charlene Friesen 2020-04-27 10:23
I got to know Linda when she came shopping at Pharmasave. What a beautiful soul she was! Always had a smile, so easy to talk to and very genuine. My sincere condolences to her family, who she spoke of and loved dearly. RIP Linda! ❤️ You will be missed by many.
#32 Dallas Dearman 2020-04-27 11:58
So much has been said about your wonderful Mom!! I could repeat every word!!
Just know, Darwin, Treva, Loralea, Kaylee and Camryn, how much she loved you!! She will be missed by so many!! R.I.P Linda! You where loved !I Will miss you!!
#33 Mavis Martin 2020-04-27 12:48
My condolences to all the family and friends Way too soon !
#34 Harry and Val 2020-04-27 18:53
My deepest sympathy to Linda’s family. I first met your Mom thru the Glenwood neighborhood. She was easy to converse with and loved fun! My prayers are with you all at her sudden passing.
Val Dahl
#35 Art and Celia Penner 2020-04-27 19:15
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom ...a beautiful person with a kind heart.and .friendly smile .Linda was always proud of her kids and especially her beautiful grandchildren!! We got to know Linda and Leo in Emerson as .our neighbors. She will be missed. RIP dear friend.
#36 Brian & Maureen Irvine 2020-04-27 19:35
So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Linda was a wonderful & caring lady & will be missed by many. Our prayers are with you.
#37 Bev Smart 2020-04-27 19:52
I am so sad to hear about your mom
Linda was a wonderful person.
#38 Terry Balcaen 2020-04-27 22:59
Linda was such a wonderful, beautiful person in and out. She had a way of making anyone feel at ease. As a neighbour in Brandon in the 1980's she always had a warm smile, coffee on and always "just a little something". As a friend it was for life - a friendship I cherished. Her children are carrying on her warmth and compassion. A very bright light went out when Linda passed but she leaves all who knew and loved her so much. Rest in peace Linda, we were the lucky ones to have known you.
#39 Brian & Lesley Andrew 2020-04-28 08:36
Wonderful and gracious lady. Sympathy to family and friends. Love and prayers
#40 Jane Young 2020-04-28 10:30
I am so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I was just a young girl when we lived next door to the Warks on 15th Street. Linda was always kind and welcoming, one always felt at home when in her company. Always there to help, I know Linda was a good friend and comfort to my Mom as we all transitioned as new immigrants to Canada. Our families had fun times together with meals, camping trips and parties in the back yard. Linda's love for family, friends and community was evident to me even way back then, I can only imagine how full her heart was at the latter end of her life. RIP Linda, my sincere condolences Darwin, Treva, Loralea and families.
#41 Susan Reimer 2020-04-28 19:22
So sorry to hear of Linda’s sudden passing. We used to go to Fitness classes together and had some great conversation after. Then we both volunteered with Palliative Care and had more opportunities to ‘run’ into each other. She always had something positive to share. Will certainly miss her warm smile and positive attitude. Sympathy and prayers to her family.
#42 Clint Harder 2020-04-28 19:29
I met Linda while doing my treatments at BTHC Cancer Center as a volunteer. She was a very sweet lady. My deepest condolences to all.
#43 Cindy 2020-04-28 20:19
I got to know Linda as a beautiful neighbor, caring, warm, so easy to visit with and then as a volunteer at the hospital. My sympathies to you, her family. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.
#44 Shirley Shore 2020-04-28 21:28
Our daughter Joanne stayed in their home at Brandon when she took her 4yrs of education It was like anther home what a great surprise when she moved to Morden
The story of her life says it all
She will be so missed missed by all of us
So sorry about your loss
You will have great memories
Haze,Shirl Shore and Joanne
#45 Jeff White 2020-04-29 00:12
hello Darwin and family so sorry to read of the loss of your mom she truly was a beautiful person.
god bless
Jeff White
#46 Kathie Mahler 2020-04-29 11:28
I was very sorry to hear of Linda's sudden passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know Linda through Treva and Loralea. I have fond memories of visiting with them and witnessing how Linda's kindness, generosity and amazing hostess abilities have been inherited by her daughters. She will be missed by many whose lives she touched in such a positive way. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Darwin, Treva, Duncan, Kaylee, Kamryn and Loralea.
#47 Lynda and Cecil Foster 2020-04-29 13:08
To Linda's family we were saddened to hear of the passing of your mom! We have known Linda for many years,and always enjoyed our friendship with her! Thinking of
You on your sad loss,
#48 Dale, Greg & Mary Moffat 2020-04-29 20:21
Darwin,Treva, Loralea, Duncan, Kaylee, Kamryn, ,
Our sincere sympathy in the sad loss of your mother. She was a lovely person. We are remembering many happy years of being neighbours in Brandon.
#49 Kathy & Kevin Foley nee Sager 2020-04-30 09:09
My heartfelt sympathy, Linda was a special person! I loved renting the upstairs suite from Murray & Linda ion 15th St in Brandon when I was first starting out in the world! Linda was like a second Mom! She loved to send up fresh baking, and was always interested in my day. Her kindness and positive outlook have inspired many.
#50 Dennis Macklem 2020-04-30 10:00
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time of loss. Death is devastating at any time, but during this time of COVID 19 it compounds everything 100x. I will miss the concerts, dinners, coffee breaks and visits with Linda and all her friends I had the privilege of meeting with Linda. I consider it an honor to have known Linda!
#51 SANDY FRIESEN 2020-05-01 07:41
So sorry for the loss of your Mother & Grandmother. Linda was a great friend and co-worker. Talking with her was always uplifting and she made everyone feel loved and special to her. My Thoughts and prayers are with you.
#52 Sharon Enns 2020-05-02 11:24
I met Linda through the BTHC volunteer palliative care program; Linda was such a lovely woman so full of care and compassion... she will be dearly missed as a volunteer. To Linda’s family- I am so sorry for your loss and I send my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to each one of you
#53 Lynda Penner nee Heide 2020-05-02 13:34
My sincere condolences to the family. I was not fortunate to know her in her adult years I was a classmate in Bluevale. I remember her even then as a very positive person. My prayer for you as family and friends is for peace and strength at this difficult time.
#54 Angus and Donna mccallum 2020-05-02 17:27
In memory of WARK, Linda May, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom Linda. I remember the first time I met her, she had this wonderful smile and was such an attractive well dressed lady. She was immediately liked and easy to visit with. When we lost our daughter in 1999, I remember your mom reaching out to us. What a lovely write up in the paper to describe a mom, friend to many who will be forever missed. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Donna and Angus
#55 Bev & Johnnie Bowden 2020-05-03 12:42
Our deepest condolences to the entire family as well as to Linda's countless friends and associates who will continue to be the benefactors of her legacy of love and compassion for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
#56 Tanya Cantlon 2020-05-05 14:53
Loralea,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a very kind and welcoming lady. May you have many wonderful memories. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
#57 Jessica Hammer 2020-05-07 20:12
Sending out love to all through this loss. O was a health care aide who took care of leo and of course your mom was the most sweetest human ever. We always continued having great conversations when I still worked there. You have the most beautiful angel looking over you all
#58 Phyllis McCallum-Hunter 2020-05-16 01:35
Linda's affectionate laugh is what I remember so fondly. She was such a lovely lady, and always ready for a visit. My heartfelt prayers go to all of you during this sad time. A tremendous loss to all who were blessed to have known your Mom.
#59 Barbara McDonald 2020-05-16 14:26
So sorry to hear of the of Linda's passing. She was truly a warm and caring friend and neighbor. Barb McDonald
#60 gordon & Verna Neufeld 2020-05-23 18:42
We were so sorry to hear that Linda had passed on to her new home in Heaven. We have good memories of Linda when we played games with her at the Morden Friendship Centre. She was a wonderful person.

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