Leslie Dawn Papineau

Born: Thu., Dec. 28, 1950
Died: Tue., May 8, 2018


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(LESLIE) DAWN PAPINEAU:    Peacefully, on May 8, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer, Dawn passed away at home surrounded by the love of her daughters.  Dawn leaves to mourn her loss her beloved children, Trista (David) Doole and Tamara Papineau (Chris), her precious grandchildren; Connor and Chloe Doole, sisters; Linda Paluck, Faye (Alfie) Schalk, Tricia (Albert) Geurts, brothers; Merv (Lynda) Gunter, Terry Gunter, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd “Butch” Papineau and their son, Douglas Papineau, parents Jack Gunter and Irene (Gunter) Bell, step-father Victor Bell, and brother-in-law Eddie Paluck.

Dawn was born on December 28, 1950 to Jack and Irene (Bell) Gunter, the fourth of six children, in Selkirk Manitoba where she spent her childhood and early adult years.  Dawn married the love of her life, Butch, in October of 1968. Throughout their years together they called many places home, from northern Manitoba dredging camps to the northern edge of Canada, settling mainly in north-central Alberta.  The people they met along the way quickly became lifelong friends.  Everyone was always welcome and made to feel like family by “Auntie” Dawn.  Regardless of the distances Dawn maintained close relationships with her family in Manitoba, visiting often.

Dawn was an avid reader who shared her joy of traveling and adventures, particularly to the mountains, with her husband, children and grandchildren. She cherished her family and was thrilled to be able to spend many happy hours with her children and grandchildren.  Despite many losses during her life Dawn remained a positive beacon of love and strength. She was a wonderful, supportive, unconditionally loving mother and grandmother.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in Westlock, Alberta.  Interment and graveside service will be held at Little Britain Cemetery near Selkirk, Manitoba, at a later date.

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Willie & Sue Minns
   Posted Fri May 11, 2018
Trista and Tamara

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She will be remembered for ever by lots of people. Dawn was a great lady and she loved you girls very much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Love Willie and Sue

Susan Zdrill
   Posted Fri May 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you'se at this time.

Starr Durrant
   Posted Sat May 12, 2018
I extend my condolences to the family. You have all been so strong and loving and caring - she could not have been cared for better. She was a special friend, a rare friend and a loving, giving person. We spent many hours over the years talking, laughing and sometimes crying together - I will miss her more than words can say. I pray for all of you that you have the strength to deal with this pain and loss and I know you will be there for each other girls the way you were there for your mom. She loved you girls and the grand kids so very much - you were her gifts from heaven and she was so proud of you all. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Maureen Frolick
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
Hi Trista and Tamara,
Our deepest condolences. I am one of your Dad Butch's cousins. We live in Manitoba and have not get out to Alberta to visit the relatives too often. Your Grandma Edith was my Dad, Irwen Frolick's sister.
Thinking of you, Maureen, Randy and Family

Liz Rioux
   Posted Fri May 18, 2018
Trista & Tamara - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a most kind and friendly woman. I met her a few years back when she worked upstairs at Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre -(beautiful picture of Dawn)

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