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It is with deep sadness that our family shares the passing of Lorraine May Purchase (née Burnell) at the age of 87 years. With her family by her side, Lorraine passed away peacefully in her home, in her journey to join her loved ones who have passed before.

Lorraine was pre-deceased by her parents Bob and Eleanor Burnell; her beloved husband of 56 years Don Purchase; her daughter Deb Peterson; sisters Edith Gauthier, Audrey Purchase, and Joyce Beck; brothers Oscar, Herb and Gordon Burnell.

Left to mourn her passing are her daughter Cathie (Larry) Mieyette; sons James (Loretta) Purchase and Donald (Lizette) Purchase; Brother in Law Gary Peterson; grandchildren Bud, Tammy, Laurie, John, Carrie, Will, Austin, Brandon, and Cody; many great-grandchildren; sisters Frances (Bill) Faragher, Ruth (Norman) Bachinski, Dorothy (Ted) Pott; brother Ray (Denise) Burnell; and her beloved cat Maggie May, who was always by her side. Nieces Phyllis (Casey) Kuypers and Lori (Larry) Fiola had a special place in her heart. Her long-time friends Millie, Helen, and Ken will also miss her dearly.

Lorraine was born in Middlebro, Manitoba in 1933, and was raised on the family farm near Richer where she grew up with her 10 siblings. She moved to Winnipeg where she met and married the love of her life, husband Don Purchase, in 1954. They raised their family in St. Boniface and over the years, many happy family memories were shared at their cottage in Winnipeg Beach.

Mom lived life to the fullest. She loved her visits with her large and loving family. She enjoyed visiting the horses at the racetrack, gardening, and painting lawn ornaments. She always loved baking and shared many of her creations with Spirit of Hope Rescue, where she helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars through her bake sales. She often sent cards out to family and friends, which often included a little poem and a $5.00 bill, and a wish to have a tea or coffee on her. Lorraine will always be remembered for her kind, generous nature, and her warm hugs.


Lorraine’s family would like to thank Father Tomy from Holy Cross Parish, Palliative Care Manitoba, Nurse Germaine and Tanya from Home Care. They would also like to thank all of the family and friends who offered their support over the last several weeks.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date, at the family farm that she was raised at near Richer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Spirit of Hope Rescue in celebration of Lorraine’s love for and contributions to the rescue.

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
We were so blessed
To have a mother like you

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