We are saddened to announce that on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, a true angel left this world, our mother, Velda Currie.
Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters. Robin Miazga (Mark); Iva Mae and her children Ian (Ashley) Last & Glenna Last; Wanda Currie Steeghs (Les) and their children Rory & Graham; and Allyson (Bernie Weiss). Mom was predeceased by our Dad, J. Lindsay Currie on October 2nd, 2021. She was also predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Iva Mae (Cameron) Doty, her in-laws, Ralph & Mary (Fargey) Currie, her three Sisters-in-law, Margaret (Currie) Sawatzky, Jean (Currie) Morden Harvey and Carolyn Doty, and her three Brothers-in-law, Jake Sawatzky, Frank Morden and Al Harvey. Mom is also survived by her three great-grandchildren, Victoria, Kelsey and Eric Last.
Velda was born on her family farm south of Carlyle, SK on April 3, 1927, the eldest of four children. She is survived by her three younger brothers, Daryle Doty and Jack (John) Doty (Irene) of Carlyle, SK., and her youngest brother Jim Doty (Joy) of Simcoe, ON. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, beloved cousins and extended family members.
Mom started school on her 7th birthday at Moose Creek School, riding her pony each day. In the Dust Bowl 30’s the family moved to Kelwood, MB for 3 years, where Mom and her family enjoyed the company of their extended family living in the community, the Stewarts, Innes and Wilsons. The family moved back to the farm in 1940, and Velda resumed school in the district. She graduated from Carlyle Collegiate and in 1947 began her Nursing training as an RN at the original Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, MB graduating in 1950. Mom remained in contact with many of her Nurse classmates throughout her life.
It was fortunate that one of Mom’s Nursing school friends, Margaret Currie, had a brother named Lin. Three years after this introduction Mom & Dad were married at Carlyle United Church on November 1st, 1952. Between January 1956 and December 1961, four daughters were born of this union. Mom lived and worked alongside Lin at 13-3-7, Silver Spring farm for over 50 years. Here they raised their family and welcomed many visitors, including their daughter’s many friends.
In the community Velda was heavily involved in her children’s activities, including 4-H, Sunday School and CGIT, making costumes, etc. Her daughters all benefited from her skills as a seamstress. She was Treasurer of Knightcot Cemetery for over 40 years, and loved to participate in UCW, Horticultural Shows and Square Dancing jamborees. Mom kept a very large garden and orchard, and she started and ran a Saskatoon U-Pick for many years.
As a Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, Mom was sensitive, kind, thoughtful, sweet and giving. She loved her family and extended family deeply. She had many lifelong friends and many more benefited from her generous nature as through the years they hosted Up With People, Canada World Youth and Agricultural Exchange students. Velda maintained a connection with her Pen pal in London, England for over 74 years. Our parents enjoyed their travels around the world visiting extended family and friends.
A service for Velda will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Morden, MB in late October or early November. There will be a private family interment.