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Date of Passing: Jul 25, 2020

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It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mother and nana, Thelma Meade, who passed away at the age of 77 on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
Thelma was predeceased by her father Chief George Barker and mother Ida. Thelma was the last surviving of 18 children and was predeceased by numerous nieces and nephews.
Thelma will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Rev. Norman Meade, her children, Loretta (Terry) Raymond, Shannan and Shauna. She leaves her grandchildren, Sara (Julian), Tyler, Jada, Dezarae, Trey and Everlee, great-grandchildren, Rhys, Olivia, JayLin and Hailey. She is survived by her brother Melvin (Yvonne). In addition she is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and community members.
Thelma's life accomplishments were in the area of public education and community service work. She earned her teaching degree through the University of Brandon and worked for Frontier School Division as a teacher in her home community of Hollow Water for 14 or so years. With her family, she moved to Winnipeg in 1983. After a couple of years of rest, she continued her teaching career at the William Whyte School in Winnipeg's North End for two years. She then moved on to work with the Employment and Training Program for the Core Area Initiative's Program of Winnipeg. When that program folded, she started her own Kikinamawin Training Centre to help young women and men get an education and find meaningful employment. She helped many women and men in the eight to nine years of running her own training centre in the North End of Winnipeg. After her program ended, she went on to develop the Aboriginal Seniors Resources Centre (Winnipeg) Inc. She became the Executive Director of ASRC and spent 15 years working and assisting seniors in various ways. Thelma served on many boards and committees in Winnipeg (too many to list) and was a well known and respected Elder in the community. She was truly a hard working, dedicated and accomplished person in whatever she put her mind to. Like her father, Chief George Barker, her motto was "perseverance leads to success". She will be remembered and missed by many.
A visitation service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Ave. E in Beausejour from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with prayers being said at 8:00 p.m. Due to COVID, we accept two separate groups of 50 in the chapel and 100 people in the parking lot.
An interment service will be held the following day on Saturday, August 1 at the Hollow Water Anglican Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Regrettably, due to public health restrictions we are unable to enjoy in a feast following the service.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
204-268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • Beautiful Lady and so full of knowledge that she so willingly shared to help those in need. It was a pleasure to know her. - Posted by: John Garrick (Friend) on: Sep 10, 2020

  • My condolences to Norman and the family. I loved Thelma so much....she had always encouraged me to speak my mind with love, respect, truth, and from the heart. She had encouraged me to go back to University to get my Education Assistance Diploma which I did at the age of 60....So Meegwetch for your guidance Thelma: you always took the time to listen and take me on a journey of wisdom which I will always treasure. Fly high with the Eagles and you will always be the most beautiful memory that i will keep in my heart forever....till we meet again dearest Thelma. Love, Mary - Posted by: Mary L.L. Graham (Friend ) on: Aug 14, 2020

  • Dear Norman and Family, My heartfelt condolences to you all on the sudden passing of Thelma. May you find comfort in reflection of your life together with Thelma, and the love of the community that surrounds you. "Death is life's pause but is not its defeat". We can love because we have been loved. Ruth, wife of late Oliver Heppner - Posted by: Ruth Quiring Heppner (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Norman and the whole family. Thelma always provided optimism and positive energy to discussions and community events. She would tell stories to make a point and to gently teach and guide people. Norman and Thelma were true partners in life and the love they shared was obvious to anyone who spent time with them. Thelma will be greatly missed but memories of her wonderful spirit will remain. - Posted by: Celeste McKay (friend) on: Aug 07, 2020

  • I was shocked to hear of Thelma's passing through a mutual friend Steve Heinrichs. Our heartfelt sympathy to Norman and his Children and Grands. I consider it a privelege to have known such a wise and caring lady that did so much for her community. Both Thelma and Norman are always in our thoughts and many prayers will go up on behalf of the family as they walk this difficult journey. May your precious memories keep you and all who knew Thelma happy to reunite once again with the Lord. - Posted by: Don and Carol Brown (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy to Norman and family. Thelma was a fine person whose kindness and sweet personality will be missed. Iris McKay - Posted by: Iris McKay (Friend) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • I will miss you so much Thelma. Condolences to the Meade family, Norman, Loretta, Ray and grandchildren. I can't believe you left so soon, love you - Posted by: Doris Clark (family friend) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • My heart tore into a million pieces when I received this news. Sending Blessings to all who knew Thelma, she was truly an inspiration to many including myself. I was a student of hers, and have been endlessly grateful for the teachings that she instilled in all of us. Condolences to everyone who knew her. - Posted by: Jacqueline Spence (Teacher) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • Our thoughts are with Thelma's family as they mourn her death and celebrate her life, her love, her strength,her wisdom, and her many contributions to a better world for all of us. Her gentle presence and her support at our gatherings provided warmth, wisdom and a strong message of respect for all people.The special person that Loretta is provides testament to Thelma as a wonderful mother and teacher.We will treasure and remember. Thank you to Thelma's family for sharing with us. - Posted by: Working In Support Of Equality Board (Friends and colleagues of Loretta.admirers of Thelma,Norm,and Jada) on: Jul 31, 2020

  • Please accept our deepest sympathy to the Meade family. Thelma has always been a special friend, mentor and supporter of our work and we will cherish these meaningful memories forever. We are also very grateful for her heart medicine work to improve the lives of our Indigenous community in Winnipeg. Her legacy lives on in the lives and hearts of the countless community members she helped over the years. We honour the Meade family during your time of loss and sending LOTS and LOTS of positive and loving energy your way today and always! - Posted by: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (in honour) on: Jul 31, 2020

  • Thelma was a ray of sunshine who always had a lovely warm smile when she dropped by to say hello. She was a tremendous source of inspiration and provided enduring support through difficult times. Thelma’s words of support and generosity will not be forgotten, our hearts go out to Norman during this difficult time. - Posted by: Rhonda & Scott Powers (Friends) on: Jul 30, 2020

  • Goodbye Thelma, over 30 years ago I was fortunate to live with you and Norman, Loretta & Raymond, You were an inspiration on the dedication you had toward family, education, and commitment toward guiding youth to success. You have truly made a difference In this world. I was so proud to have you a part of the Meade family, you will be deeply missed. Love Cathy, Chace & Cort. - Posted by: Cathy, Chace & Cort Joseph (Cousin) on: Jul 30, 2020

  • My heart goes out to you Norman, and to your family. Thelma left a wonderful mark during her life, and she has now gone home to be with the Lord, and my hope is that you and your family can have peace in the knowledge that you will see her again. "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" - 2 Corinthians 5:8 May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you and yours my friend. - Posted by: Barry Swain (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2020

  • Sending my deepest sympathies to the Meade family. She was a beautiful role model to me during one of the most difficult times in my life. I will always remember her fondly and with much gratitude for the kindness she showed me when I was her student in the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative program. Rest in peace Thelma and God's blessings always - Posted by: Lynn Ranville (Former Student) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • My appreciation, affection, and sense of loss go out to Thelma's much loved and loving family, who in their daily lives continue to share with all of us the love and lessons shared with them by Thelma, such a special, caring, wise woman whose presence was a gift to, and loss for, all of us. Her influence will continue. Betty Hopkins - Posted by: Betty Hopkins (appreciative admirer) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • My condolences to Norman and family. Thelma will truly be missed. I enjoyed our little visits. - Posted by: Lorraine Cameon Munro (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • Condolences to the Meade family. Mrs. Meade is very respected in the Indigenous Winnipeg community by many of our Indigenous organizations' leaders and their staff. Thelma touched many lives with her teachings and especially her dedicated work with our Elder/Senior community. Kitchi Miiqwetch Thelma! from Kathy Mallett - Winnipeg - Posted by: Kathy Mallett (Community member) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • We are so saddened to hear of your family's loss of our wonderful neighbour. Our heart aches for each of you. - Posted by: Doug and Debbie (Neighbours) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • My condolences to Norm and the family. She was a beautiful person who followed Jesus as she lived her Earthly life and now she walks with him in the Kingdom of Heaven. God Bless - Posted by: Bob Phillips (Friend) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • It is with shock and disbelief that we hear of Thelma’s passing. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Norman and your Family. Terry and Liz Quesnel. - Posted by: Elizabeth Quesnel (Friends ) on: Jul 29, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, sincere condolences to Norman and family. I will miss you Thelma such an inspirational lady. Always there to help even just to sit with her awhile she made me feel so much better gave me Hope. Thank you my dear Thelma. ❤️😢🙏🏻 Rest in peace. From cousin Geraldine & husband Steve Heinrichs. - Posted by: Geraldine Heinrichs (Cousin) on: Jul 29, 2020

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