Robina McKinnon Petrie
What is Life?
it is the flash of a firefly in the night
it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime
it is the little shadow than runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset
(Paul Goble: Beyond the Ridge)
On August 11, at sunrise, our beloved mother was called home.
Mum was born in Glasgow Scotland and came to Canada in 1961. She was one of seven girls born to John Whitten and Christina Dickson.
She is survived by daughters Donna Potenza (Roberto), Jacqueline Elston (Richard), grandchildren, Matthew, Jennifer, Michael, and Daniel: great-grandchildren, Sierra, Vivien, Alex, Connor, Joseph, and Yvette, and numerous nieces and nephews in Scotland. She was predeceased by Bill, her husband of 63 years in March 2019, grandson Alex Potenza, great grandson Euan Artus-Elston, twin sister Iris ( Joe), and sisters, Jean ( Larry), Ann( Peter), Agnes ( Bill), Isa ( Arthur), Christina ( Tommy),
Mum was sweet and kind with never a harsh word for anyone. She loved her grandkids and great grandkids, who affectionately called her GG. They looked forward every christmas to her « chocolate boxes », a tradition she carried over from her own youth, to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Every September she made a « Clootie Dumpling » for her daughters’ birthdays.
Her grandkids loved coming to after-church lunches every Sunday. She was an active member of The Sons of Scotland, and attended Knox United Church until ill health prevented her.
Mum loved baking and sewing, and attending activities in her building. She also enjoyed her weekly outings with her daughters, and travelling. She proudly served her country in the Second World War as an Airwoman First Class, and was a nurse at the Misericordia for many years.
We will miss her quick wit and cheeky smile. Thankfully, years ago mum had written out and recorded herself talking about her memories of her grandparents and parents, and her time growing up. She wrote out all our favourite Scottish recipes, and we will treasure them.
We thank the nurses and aides from N3 West at Concordia Hospital who made her last days comfortable.
A private family service and interment will take place.
Good night sweet mummy, now reunited with her husband, sisters and parents. We love you. May her memory be a blessing to all of us.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Robina McKinnon Petrie 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: West St Paul, Province: Manitoba