Trudy Carmelle Winter (December 4, 1950 - July 20, 2013)

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WINTER, Trudy Carmelle December 4th 1950 - July 20th 2013 Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, Mentor, Friend, Angel. We will forever love and remember you for being: Gentle. Kind. Caring. Fun. Loving. Loyal. Honest. Open. Accepting. Playful. Dedicated. Hilarious. Unconditional. Silly. Thoughtful. Environmentally conscious. Curious. Creative. Grateful. Peaceful. It is with great sadness, and a heavy heart that we share the passing of our beautiful Mother, Trudy Carmelle Winter. Trudy leaves behind the sunshine of her life - her two children Jesse Winter (partner Anna Robb and her beloved grandson Finn Winter), and Rachel Winter (partner Ian Willey, and their little baby who is due to come into this world in November). Trudy loved children, her friends, her community, gardening, recycling, laughing, walking, and being with the people she loved. She enjoyed the simple things in life, and was so grateful for each day. Trudy worked as an Educational Assistant at Evergreen Independent School for over 20 years. She also taught Figure Skating in the Cowichan Valley for many years. Trudy touched many young lives in her community, and enriched their endeavors with her kind and supportive way. A 'Celebration of Life' will be held at the Cobble Hill Hall (3550 Watson Avenue) on Saturday, September 14th @ 2pm. Please bring your memories, a small dish of your favorite food to share, your own plate, utensils, and a teacup. At Trudy's request, her 'Celebration of Life' will be a 'Zero Waste Event'. The family asks that if people feel that they want to honor Trudy (in lieu of flowers) please donate to Evergreen Independent School's Garden. We will have a donation box set up at her 'Celebration of Life'. Thank you to all of Trudy's friends for their support during this difficult time. Our beautiful Mother will be greatly missed, but will live on in our hearts eternally.

Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2013