It is with heavy hearts that our family wishes to announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of Ellen ‘Ilene’ Jackson (nee Eikel) on February 25th at her home in Winnipeg.

Ilene was born on July 22, 1935 in Big River Saskatchewan to Oscar and Grace (Anderson) Eikel. Growing up in Big River, Ilene helped with the family farm, the general store, and worked in remote sawmill camps across northern Saskatchewan. After attending business school, she later moved to Meadow Lake where she eventually met the love of her life, Harry Jackson and they married in August 1968.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband, Harry. She was blessed with two children, her son Cameron (Jacqueline) and grandchildren Valerie and Connor, and daughter, Cathie (Marty) and her grandchildren Isabelle and Zachary. Also left to mourn, her brothers George (Cecila) and Andrew (Adelle), sister-in-law Myrna (Erling), sister-in-law Ada (Paul), brother-in-law Bill (Alice), and sister in law Helen, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family in Norway including step-brother Per Folkvord and step-sister Berglijot Ogaard, and her wonderful group of friends that she cherished deeply. She is preceded by her parents, Oscar and Grace, stepmother Ragna, brothers John and Norman (Meryl), sister Evelyn (Erling), and brother-in-law Joe Hyde.

Mom, you earned your wings on Sunday. Thank you for always loving us all unconditionally. Although you are no longer here with us, we still feel your love guiding us through this difficult time. You were the glue that held us all together and you saw beauty in everything in life. You will always be a beautiful memory kept locked in our hearts. We love you Mom xo

Funeral Service will take place on March 2, 2024 10:00 AM at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB.  Ash interment.

Cropo Funeral Chapel of Winnipeg in care of arrangements.