In Loving Memory
Saturday, May 5th
Foam Lake Community Hall
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital or the Foam Lake Water Park
Mom began her 63 year journey through life on March 6, 1955. She was the first born to Fred and Lillian Bricksaw, in Foam Lake Hospital. Her younger brother, Barton, followed in 1956. Although being only 18 months older than Bart, she tried to play the role of the older responsible sibling and take care of Bart, and usually keeping him out of trouble! The little family lived on a farm in the West Bend area, then moved to Saskatoon in 1959. They continued to spend summers and many weekends at the Kitzul Farm. Mom attended all her school years in Saskatoon, graduating from Nutana Collegiate in 1973. Her and her high school friend, Sharon, moved to Vancouver where she took a Business Accounting Course. From there the girls moved to Calgary were they worked for almost a year. Finally returning back to work in Saskatoon.
One weekend while at a wedding at Edmore Hall, she met the Love of her Life, Brian. They were married in Foam Lake on October 18th, 1975, and moved into their first home together on the Code Family Farm. In the short time before starting a family, she worked at the Royal Bank in Foam Lake. Mom and Dad welcomed their first son Michael, in 1978. Then came the mournful passing of her father, Fred Bricksaw, in 1979. In 1980, they welcomed their second son Darren. And finally a daughter Michelle, in 1983. The following year, her mom, Lillian Bricksaw, moved to Foam Lake, which ultimately brought them closer together.
When the kids were in school, Mom took a job as the receptionist at the Foam Lake Dentist Office, and was the smile behind the desk for many years. These years were also filled with ice fishing with her father-in-law Lawrence Code, vacations with family and friends, weekends at the snowmobile shack, morning tea with her mother-in-law Shirley Code, and establishing her yard. You would often find mom in her garden tending to the vegetables, or beautiful flowers, she tried to grow everything! And springtime was always the start of a new adventure. Some of her favourite summer memories included trips with her mom and Aunty Anne to Winnipeg to visit Ruby. Autumn brought long harvest days, ending in beautiful sunsets. Most winter days were spent at Edfield Motors doing the book keeping, but more importantly having coffee with her extended family and neighbours.
As the kids left home, mom and dad had more time to spend together restoring their old cars and attending car shows, which led to their passion of collecting antiques. Even though she would never fly, her and dad made many miles together, sometimes with friends, stopping at every nook and cranny along the way. Although petite in size, “Big D” had a strong presence, but yet was so humble. Her kindness and thoughtfulness made her who she was. She would never forget a birthday or anniversary, whether it be for a close friend, neighbour, or her many beloved nieces and nephews.
Mom took pride in providing for her family and her kitchen was the heart of the farm, where she made endless meals to fuel the operation. She added more chairs around that kitchen table as her family grew to include a daughter-in-law Jonina, and a son-in-law Marc. She was surrounded by family and when her brother Bart moved back to Foam Lake, the nest seemed complete, but it only got better! In 2012, she welcomed her first grandchild Gavin, then Lexi in 2013, and Everley in 2016. Her heart was filled with joy and her life took on a new purpose; to be Grandma! She was so happy. And she was the Best Grandma ever, always buying trinkets, willing to babysit, turning the spare bedroom into a toy room and even making her precious pond into a sand box. She was the grandma that got on the floor and played, cherishing every moment with her grandchildren.
In the spring of 2016, she was devastated by the loss of her mother, then shortly after that, more devastation with a diagnosis of cancer. Her family, whom she looked after for so many years, then looked after her. After a two year roller coaster, mom passed from this life on April 30, 2018, at the Wynyard Hospital.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to so many people, but it would be impossible to name everyone. So thank you to all who helped carry her along. Whether it was by providing meals, thoughtful gifts, or simply kind words, every gesture was greatly appreciated. Also thank you to the staff at the Wynyard Hospital, Royal University Hospital, the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic, and Tompkins Funeral Home. You were all such an important part of moms team.