Obituary for Janice Lee Draper (Bennion)
It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that the family of Janice Draper (Bennion) announces that she passed away on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.
She was born in Brandon, MB on May 11th, 1948 & lived most of her life there. The past 7 years she resided in Belmont, MB. In 1968, she married Bill Draper of Elgin, MB and had two children, Suzanne and Mark. She was a woman of amazing strength and courage. She had many health issues in the past 10 years & faced every one of them with a smile on her face and an optimistic attitude.
She had a passion for horses which she passed on to Suzanne. They spent many years raising and showing horses & she loved spending time at the family cabin at Oak Lake Beach. She worked at the Brandon Clinic for 25 years as a stenographer and then as medical receptionist. She loved her job and seemed to be the go to person for her doctors and coworkers when someone needed help with something. She loved to cook, bake and sew. Her biggest passion in life was her family. She was an amazing Mom who taught her children so many wonderful things about living and living well. She supported everything her kids did. She was simply the best. She aspired to being a grandmother but when her kids hit 40 she didn't think that would ever happen. To her great delight she became a Nana in 2011. She was a Nana like no other. It didn't matter what was going on with her, she dropped everything for her grandchildren. They made her life worth living for the past 4 years.
She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Inez Bennion and her aunt Hazel Williams. She is survived by her daughter Suzanne (Dan) Spring and grandchildren Alex and Kylee, her son Mark (Chantelle), her brother Bryan Bennion, her uncle Wes Williams, her uncle Larry (Barbara) Klier and their children Susan and Shannon, cousins Donna Bell and Ron (June) Klier and their families.
Janice had an amazing attitude toward life right until the end. Where her body failed her, her personality still shone brightly. She will be forever loved and missed.
A Celebration of Janice's life will be held on Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Memories Chapel & Preplanning Centre, 330-18th St. N. Brandon MB with Colleen Gareau officiating. Memorial donations can be made in Janice's memory to Adopt-A-Family, Christmas Cheer Board, c/o The Salvation Army, 9 Princess Ave. E. Brandon MB R7A 1R8.
Rest in Peace Mom.