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It is with great sadness that the family of Ellen Louise Grant announce her passing after a courageous fight with a rare blood disorder and kidney disease.

She passed away peacefully at the TBRHSC on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Louise was born Feb. 29, 1940 in Fort Frances, Ont. She left home at an early age to work at a tourist camp. At 13, she moved to Winnipeg, Man. for work and then to Vancouver, B.C. at 15 years of age.

In Vancouver, she worked in Central Supply and Emergency in the Royal Columbia Hospital. She loved helping people and would have loved to have stayed and finished nursing school.

While living out west she had her two daughters, Karen and Kereasa.

Louise moved back to Ontario in 1968 and married George Grant. She then had her two youngest children, Laurie and Glen. They soon divorced and she found it very difficult being a single mom of four.

In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with heart difficulties and other medical problems. Still, it was important to her to have a loving and comfortable home for her family.

Louise was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Dora Snider; sisters, Mildred and Catherine; and brothers, Douglas and Patrick.

She is survived by her long-time companion and partner, Thomas Leishman; daughters, Karen (George), Laurie (Ross), and Kereasa and son, Glen (Kim); grandchildren, Chelsea (Mike), Derek, Kolton, Sophie, Karen, David, Brandon, Christopher, Savannah, Shellie-Marie, and Justin; great-grandchildren, Malik, Kiana, Kingston, and Keira; sister, Beverly (John); and brothers, Lyle (Linda), Ralph (Judy), Robert (Rose), and William.

Louise’s greatest joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They kept her going and were very special to her. She was proud of each and every one of them.

Her most special bond was with Sophie, the youngest granddaughter. They spent many weekend sleepovers together and you could catch them on any Saturday morning going yard saling, shopping, and having breakfast at their favourite store, Zeller’s.

Helping Karen with her day care would put an instant smile on her face. She loved the children and they loved Grandma Louise back, with lots of hugs and kisses more so after music and story time.

Louise had a strong faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. She loved going to church, spending time in fellowship, singing, and prayer. She loved her church family and was sad when she no longer could attend service due to her illness.

A memorial service was held Monday, May 9, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ (501 Edward St. N.)

In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to Hospice Northwest at St. Joseph’s Heritage or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

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Celebration of Life

This is my party, be happy for me

As I go forward to a better place.

My time and work on earth is done

And my new life is just beginning.

I am leaving many people

I truly love and will miss.

I will be waiting for all of you.

When your time comes, I will watch for you.

Now I go to a place promised to me

By my God and His Son, Jesus Christ

Who died on the cross for you and me.

And rose again so that we might have eternal life.

“From the bottom of my heart” . . . Louise