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(née Heaton)

November 16, 1925 – February 4, 2016


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Olive Burgess on February 4, 2016 at Misericordia Place, in Winnipeg.


Olive was predeceased by her parents John (Jack) and Dorothy (Dolly). She is survived by her daughter JoAnne (Alan); son Terry (Carol) and sister Joan Scow.


Olive was born in Preston, Lancashire, England and emigrated to Canada in 1929. She was raised in Hamilton, Ontario and Winnipeg, although she lived most of her life in Winnipeg. She married James Fuller Burgess on September 18, 1948. Olive was a long-time employee at Winnipeg School Division No. 1, where she particularly enjoyed her work as a library clerk at River Heights and Kelvin Schools.


Olive was proudly independent and courageous. After her retirement, she embarked upon her own journey of self-discovery. She took great pleasure in being a lifetime member of The Reh-Fit Centre and enjoyed the many friendships she developed there. Always one to surprise us, Olive got a tattoo of a butterfly on her upper arm at the age of 80, which she was delighted to show to family and friends. She spent many happy hours researching and documenting her family history and connecting with her relatives in England. She cared for all her loved ones, yet made all of us stand on our own two feet.


Olive will be greatly missed.


The family would like to thank the staff at Misericordia Place for providing Olive's care and support during her long journey with dementia.


In accordance with Olive's wishes, cremation has taken place. Notice of a Celebration of Life service will follow.

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