Lorraine Elizabeth McIntosh, born February 12, 1927,
died February 21, 2019 in Lac du Bonnet at age 92. Her son Paul and daughter-in-law
Leslie were privileged to be at her side when she passed peacefully, late on a
beautiful winter evening.
She was predeceased by husband Ramsay, son Scott,
daughter Leslie (Peter) and brothers Lawrence, Paul and Gordon. Loving ‘Nana’
to Kristin Jarvis (Geoff), Scott McIntosh (Karla), JD and Rod McIntosh, Stephen
Wakeman, and great grandmother ‘Nana ‘Rain’ to Beatrice and Abigael McIntosh
and Sofie and Oceana Jarvis, always nearby with a card or phone call.
Born in Winnipeg to parents Paul and Elizabeth Dow and
raised in the city, she married into a farm family when she met husband Ramsay.
She embraced Lac du Bonnet life and was the consummate farm wife and partner –
delivering elaborate meals to the field, driving combine, raising a family and
handling the bookkeeping. Travel was her
passion; right into her eighties she could have a bag packed in minutes at the
mere mention of a trip anywhere. She started Lorraine’s Travel in mid-life and
began a career of chaperoning and selling travel. She and Ramsay saw the world.
She toured with childhood friend Shirley, with curling buddies to Silver Brooms
worldwide. Lorraine’s friends were her riches and she was a networker long
before it was a buzzword. She and Ramsay
wintered for 30 years in Florida with close friends. They hosted parties
in their homes often into the wee hours.
Music was always present: she loved to dance with Ramsay, played piano
at home, and the spoons in kitchen bands at parties. Busy and energetic would
be an understatement! She gave to her community working on the Arena Board, the
Health Auxiliary, at the Historical Society and as an early member of the
Chamber of Commerce in LdB. She was licensed to sell real estate and insurance
and loved learning anything new. Family came first, and she would host a family
gathering for 5 or 25 at a moment’s notice. She will be missed very much.
She had a long battle with dementia which was a cruel
fate for a vital and literate woman. Even in the final stages of the disease,
she maintained her impeccable social graces. She was grateful for friend and
care-giver Kristine who lived with her in her home. She was comforted by the
incredibly special staff at the Lac du Bonnet Personal Care home and her friend
Dr Bruneau. She loved visits from dear friend Caroline (and Magic the dog.) and her
sister-in-law Mary and niece Cathy. Celebrate her life, perhaps by having a
beer and peanuts at happy hour with a good friend, catching a musical, calling
an old pal, or planning a trip to that place you’ve always wanted to see.
Memorial Service will be at the former Anglican church at 10:30 AM on April 13, 2019.
Donations can be made in her name to the fantastic Lac du Bonnet Charitable Foundation, Box 744 Lac du Bonnet MB R0E1A0 or online at the Foundation.
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