Obituary of ELAINE JEANETTE JUNIPER
With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of Elaine Jeannette Juniper on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the age of 79.
Elaine leaves to mourn her four children, Robert (Cathy), Karen (Doug), Randy, and Lynda (Art); four grandchildren, Brian (Stacey), Jared, Jonathan (Shay), and Tyler and one great-grandson, Ace; two sisters, Trudy (Joe), Susan (John) and one brother, Donald (Maureen) and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Elaine was pre-deceased by her husband, Victor, and her mother and step-father, Millie and Walter and father, Joseph.
Elaine, the oldest of four children, grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from Tec Voc High School. Being the oldest, she was included in all the adult outings, where she learned valuable life lessons, including how to be a strong independent woman.
Elaine met the love of her life, Victor, was married in 1959, and went on to raise four children in Transcona. She kept busy in her children's lives by volunteering in various school and sporting activities. Elaine also belonged to the Transcona Streamliners Club, where she met and formed lifelong friends that enriched her life. Elaine had a special bond with her neighbor, Donna, and the two families became best friends.
Elaine and Victor ran a small business for many years until Victor's passing. Elaine went on to have a home daycare and foster children and worked seasonally for a few years at the Winnipeg Tax Centre until she retired.
In the early years, Elaine and Victor took their children to visit relatives and friends in Calgary, gather fruit in British Columbia, visit South Dakota, and took a retirement trip to Arizona, just the two of them. Later in life, Elaine looked forward to annual weekend excursions to Grand Forks with her mother and sisters, and then with her daughters and daughter-in-law. Elaine loved shopping for bargains at K-Mart's blue light specials and trying her luck at the Shooting Star Casino. Elaine loved to travel with her children exploring Canada from coast to coast. She had her first experience flying when she visited the Dominican Republic and fulfilled her dream of seeing Graceland on a road trip to Tennessee.
Elaine loved music and enjoyed going to concerts; she was overjoyed when she won a meet and greet with Wynonna Judd and attended not one but two Garth Brooks performances.
Elaine's greatest joy was being blessed with four grandsons, whom she loved beyond measure. She was even more proud when she became a great-grandmother. The most important thing in Elaine's life was family, and she enjoyed hosting Christmas dinners and parties in the summer to gather, share a meal, and make memories. Elaine may have had limited vision during her entire life, but she never complained and saw life as clear as day, living each day to the fullest.
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