With great sadness we announce that Ivy Franklin passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the Portage District General Hospital at the age of 82 years.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved cats Snoopy and Bobby, her roommates Corwin Riemer, Emillee Cassels, Ricky McBride and Peter Jensen, brother Robert Franklin, sister-in law Ellen Franklin, nephew Dr. Daniel Franklin, grandniece Anahita. As well her close friends Margaret Ayoub, Lisa Lacroix, Marlene Ritchie, Marilyn and Dawn McNally and all the staff at VOI who have supported Ivy throughout the years.
She was predeceased by her parents Alexander and Constance Franklin (nee Oppenheimer), uncle Lloyd Franklin, uncle Denis franklin, aunt Leona Smith and uncle Walter Oppenheimer and by her roommates Jeanine, Judy and Julia and her favorite friend Rhea (Rheba).
Ivy was born May 31, 1940 in Winnipeg and lived there until her teens when she moved to Portage la Prairie residing at MDC, for several years until she left and moved into the community. In her childhood years she enjoyed swimming and spending summers at the family cottage in Gimli. Ivy worked for many years at the Mayfair Hotel and the Bowling Alley/Bus Depot. She made many friends while working. Ivy worked very hard all her life and was very proud of her work ethic and would happily tell you off if she thought you were lazy. Ivy moved to St. Claude in 2017 and lived there until she fell ill.
Ivy was fiercely independent and became very frustrated in her later years having to rely on other people for some of her daily needs. She continued to work at trying to regain her strength and continued to make plans right until the end.
Ivy was well known for her quick wit, honesty and sense of humor. Everyone always remembers their first meeting with Ivy. If you were lucky enough to become someone, she trusted she might give you a nickname some of them being very colorful. Ivy was also a very caring person and was always thoughtful wanting to buy gifts for everyone. This was her Love language.
Ivy loved her cats she would stock up enough food and treats which she would share with all the neighborhood strays. She also loved everyone else's cats and dogs this was the way to Ivy’s heart! Ivy also had a love for birds and fed all the birds in St. Claude.
There will be a celebration of her life on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:00 am, led by Pastor John Blum, at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel in Portage la Prairie, MB. Interment will follow at Thomson in the Park Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB. The service will be live streamed to register and view the service visit Ivy’s obituary page at www.mckenziesportagefunrealchapel.com
As expressions of sympathy if friends so wish. Donation may be made in Ivy’s memory to Portage Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 121 12th St. NE, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 4A2.
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.