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Eleanor Hodgins

Posted: 08/15/2018 9:58 AM

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(nee McKay)
June 13, 1922 – August 4, 2018

Eleanor Elizabeth Hodgins (nee McKay) was born at home on June 13, 1922 to her Irish mother, Esther Adams, and her Scottish father, James McKay. She was one of eight brothers and sisters who grew up on the McKay family farm near Corning, SK. After completing high school in Windthorst, SK and normal school in Regina, SK, Eleanor taught for eight years in rural communities including Candiac, SK and the Franklin River Logging Camp near Ladysmith, B.C. In her final posting to southeastern Saskatchewan, Eleanor taught at Fairmede School where she boarded at Jim Hodgins’ nearby farm. One fall day in 1947, Jim’s younger brother George stopped threshing just long enough to catch a glimpse of the new teacher walking down the lane after school. That winter, while in Ontario for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, George plucked up the courage to send Eleanor a Christmas card. Many letters, phone calls, and visits followed. Some months later, on a moonlit drive home from the movies in Moosomin, George proposed. On October 20, 1950 the couple married in Kipling, SK. Together George and Eleanor raised four children: Vernon, Wesley, Ellen, and Bruce, and farmed the land of the Hodgins’ Fair Acres Farm for over forty years. In 1991, the couple retired to an acreage in Kennedy, SK. In 2014, they moved near their daughter in Manitoba, where they lived together in the Niverville Credit Union Manor in assisted living. Eleanor passed away in Morris, MB on August 4, 2018 after a brief hospitalization.

Over the years, Eleanor touched countless lives with her boisterous laugh, feisty nature, and generous spirit. She nourished many loved ones with an endless supply of tea, fresh biscuits, and homemade raspberry jam. Her knowledge of gardening was legendary, honed over nearly a century while tending her expansive garden plots on the farm and acreage, and later the plant pots on the deck of her manor suite. She was always quick to share her harvests, no matter how big or small. Those who visited with Eleanor were kept entertained by an endless supply of anecdotes that she gleaned from her many magazine subscriptions and the small Prairie towns she called home over her 96 years.

She was predeceased by son Wesley in 2010 and by granddaughter Marina in 1990. The bright light of her life shines on in the hearts of her children and spouses: Vern (Linda) of Prince Albert, SK, Doris of Regina, Ellen (Brent) of Niverville, and Bruce of Muenster, SK, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a vast network of family and friends across the country. Most of all, her memory will be cherished by George, her constant companion, gracious support, and enduring love through nearly 68 years of marriage. Our hearts are broken and full at the same time.

The family wishes to thank Dr. K. Kiani and the St Pierre hospital nurses, Steinbach ER staff, Dr. Ann Loewen and the Morris nurses, and the loving care of Niverville Credit Union manor staff. The memorial service took place in Niverville on Friday, August 10, 2018 and we were thankful for United Church minister Nancy Finlayson of Winnipeg.

Donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to Diabetes Canada or the Fairmede United Church Restoration Committee, Box 440, Wawota, SK, S0G 5A0.

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