Edna Kathleen Watts (Hibbitt)
Passed on September 9, 2020
March 12, 1932 to September 9, 2020
Mom peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Tudor House in Selkirk, at the age of 88. She was born on March 12, 1932 to Ernie and Elsie Hibbitt in the Ridgeway District, where she lived her entire life. Mom married Tom Watts in 1951, and together, they raised their 5 children while they worked side by side operating their dairy farm shipping milk, and later shipping cream. Church and her faith were an integral part of Mom’s life. She held several positions in the church, including teaching kindergarten Sunday School for several decades. Mom enjoyed the peacefulness of a quiet rural life. She enjoyed baking, bird watching, knitting, and tending her garden. A visit in the summer and fall would find her making jam, jelly and pickles, and canning and freezing fruit and vegetables. Mom loved to knit, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were lucky and proud to tell others that their Grandma/Great-Grandma had made it for them. Mom donated a large quantity of knit articles to local charities and the Health Sciences Center patients. In their retirement, Mom and Dad enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors in the Teulon area. One of Mom’s greatest joys was seeing all of her family gathered at the Balmoral Hall for special family celebrations.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Tom, in 2011, her parents Ernie and Elsie Hibbitt, her sister Annie, and brother Oliver.
She leaves to mourn, with fond and loving memories, her children: Jim (Colleen), Jean (Glenn Main), Brian (Shelley), Bruce (Shirley), and Margaret. She will be dearly missed by her 10 grandchildren: Andrea (Tom), Johnson (Lesley), Gordon (Darlene), Tammy (Brent), Brenda, Tim (Ashlee), Kyle, Chris (Brenda), Ken (Ange), and Carla (Jason). She is lovingly remembered by her 19 great-grandchildren: Elliot, Emma, Jack, Sybill, Mathew (Mary), Kaitlyn, Emily, Nathan, Nickolas, Ethan, Julia, Russell, Lyla, Levi, Cassidy, Samantha, Damon, Ella, and Alex. She is also survived by two special great-great-grandchildren: Elena and Louie.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a graveside service was held for immediate family. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please send donations to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, or a charity of your choice.
To all the family; so sorry for your loss. Kathy was one of the strong women...milking, doing chores, keeping a house and raising a family! Regards, Sandy & Stuart
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