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Our mother, Florence Emily Owen was born to Emily Lenard Owen and John Little Owen in Glasnevin, SK, on September 24th 1928. She was the 3rd born of five children in the tiny town of Glasnevin on her family farm where they raised cows, chickens and grew various crops. At 18 years of age, in 1946 mom set off to school in Regina to pursue dressmaking at Belfort Technical School. It was during her time at school mom met the love of her life John Allen Clifford Kines. They dated for a time and were engaged by 1947 to then be married on July 12, 1948 at 8 AM at the Ceylon Catholic Church with a reception in Glasnevin around 1 o’clock for cold cuts, potato salad, and fruit cake. The newlyweds then took off to Moose Jaw for their honeymoon in a 1934 Ford Coupe. Mom became a homemaker, dedicated to her family. Together mom and dad raised 6 children, while stationed in several Air Force bases; Churchill, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Trenton, Medicine Hat and they also lived abroad in Marville, France. In 1975 mom and dad moved to Swan River to become proprietors of the Swan River Bus Depot and several other small businesses. Swan River became home for 45 years.
Mom was a master baker, making beautiful pies, quality fit for royalty, she was an excellent cook, loving gardener, a true green thumb, a talented artist and an amazing dressmaker. She made all her own clothes, including formal wear and parkas. She sewed for all her 6 children and even made her daughter in-law Julie's wedding dress, as well as all her bridesmaid’s and flower girl’s dresses too.
In retirement, Dad’s job was driving mom to visit her many grandchildren who she cherished. Mom loved to bake cookies for/with her grandchildren, read them stories, cuddle with them and she just plain spoiled them with treasures from the Avon and Sears catalogues. She was the best at all crafts, famous for making amazing animal sculptures from play dough. She loved Halloween and Christmas with the grandchildren, enjoying in their excitement.
Mom was the sweetest, most lovable lady, she had a great sense of humour, always in a good mood and happy to see you. She was a lovely person even while the dementia progressed. Our parents were married 73 years and Dad said if could do anything again in his life it would be to marry Florence all over again, she was the love of his life!
Florence has been predeceased by: her husband Allen Kines, father John Little Owen, and mother Emily Owen; sisters: Alma Hudson, and Blanche Rose; brother: John Owen; and son Brian Kines
Florence will be forever in our hearts, she is survived by; her children: Daryl Kines (Julie), Barry Kines (Laurie), Dale Kines (Debbie), Diane Holinaty, and Debra Trowell (Will); her grandchildren: Sheri Kines, Christine Kines, Travis Kines, Jason Kines, Michelle Kines, Alyssa Kines, Dylan Kines, Shane Holinaty, Steven Holinaty, Olena Holinaty, Ryan Kines, Tina Kines, Rebecca Trowell, and Meagan Trowell; great grandchildren: Bridgette, Ellienna, Mikaela, Dax, Isla, Kate, Elia, Ashlyn and Phillip; brother Earl Owen.
Mom lived in Swan River for most of her life and moved into Northern View Lodge Supportive Housing for 2 years and then most recently lived at St Pauls care home for the last 2 1/2 years. Our families will be forever grateful for the kind, loving, and compassionate care she received from the amazing staff at the Northern View Lodge and St Paul’s care home.
A celebration of life will be planned for a later date for her family.
If friends and family wish, donations can be made to: Alzheimer Society of Manitoba 10–1 20 Donald St., Winnipeg Manitoba R3C 9Z9
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 9Z9