It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our loving mom, cherished granny, dear aunty, special sister in law, and sister, great friend on April 24th, 2020 at age 70 years old at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg MB.
Amelia grew up in Split Lake with her parents and later went out to school in Norway House , Birtle and Dauphin at a young age. She was a survivor of the residential Schools. She started working for the Hudson Bay Company and she was employed with them for many years. She was asked by Chief and Council of Split Lake to manage the Social Development program and become the Welfare Administrator. She held that position until she met the love of her life, Donald, and moved to York Landing where they raised their daughters, Wendy and Tanya.
Amelia continued to work in York Landing in many capacities—social development, store manager, health, program, Keeyask project, justice program . She was also instrumental in obtaining a church for her community to preserve the Christian Faith for her people. Amelia overcame many obstacles in life, which made her a strong woman—breast cancer, loss of husband and her siblings.
Amelia loved to humour people with her jokes, enjoyed visiting sick people that she knew in hospitals, loved visiting her friends—Stella, Janet, Modeena, Elizabeth, and Nellie . She thoroughly enjoyed the company of her grandchildren whom she adored and loved with all her heart, and her girls that she loved dearly. She also loved to participate in community activities and enjoyed her work as a lay reader for the church in her latter years.. She was a respected Elder and a pillar of the community where she was appointed to many committees. She would express her views openly.
Amelia had many life long friends whom she enjoyed spending time with. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her…...
Amelia leaves to mourn her beautiful girls: Wendy, Tanya (Joseph) Grandchildren: Laura, Michelle, Conner, Myla Sister in law: Nora Jean , Freda, Molly, Alice, Isabelle, Leona, Josephine, Brother in laws: Francis, Howard, Tommy Robert, Rodney Sister/Cuz: Emily Brightnose and all her nieces and nephews and her numerous friends and numerous cousins.
Amelia was predeceased by her husband: Donald, her Parents Billy and Maryanne (Spence), brothers: Abraham, John Sisters: Lucy, Dolly, Angelina, brother in law: Fred Napoaskeesik, nieces: Lorna, Judy, and Jessie Napoakeesik, Her in laws: Isaiah & Mary Saunders and her godson: Jeremy Saunders
Conner, Laura, Michelle, Joseph, Howard Saunders, Rodney Saunders, Albert Saunders, Chief Leroy Constant, Wayne William Wavey
Viewing will take place on April 29th at the Boardman Funeral Home on April 29th.
Wake services will be held on April 29th at the St John’s Anglican Church in York Landing.
Funeral service on April 30th at the St John’s Anglican Church and interment to follow at the York Landing cemetery with Morgan Serger officiating.
Special Thank you to Boardman Funeral Home, York Factory First Nation Chief & Council, York Landing nursing station, HSC-Wpg, TCN Chief & Council, War Lake Chief & Council