GOODWIN, Ellen slipped quietly away into God’s embraces at 6:30 PM on Sunday, February 19th, 2006.
Our mother, Ellen, was born at Boyle, Alberta on April 6th, 1922 to parents Anton and Maria (Swanson) Stromberg; and, is survived by two older brothers Alf & Fred Stromberg with their wives Beatty and Marie; her younger sister Annie Stromberg; her sister-in-law Lorna Stromberg; and, her brother-in-law Clifford Goodwin.
She was an aunt to many great nieces and nephews on both sides of the family tree – many of whom will recall how she used to quietly slip cold goat’s milk onto the kitchen table without comment on hot summer days.
In addition to being the fundamental mom; Ellen had enjoyed a career that ranged from co-managing a general store and slinging fish at a cannery to the hospitality industry in Surrey; and, she then had retired to the quiet farming community of Cloverdale, in Surrey, BC; living in the same apartment complex owned by Mister and Mrs Lim for more than 30 years; where she met with friends and family in a general social environment.
Coming from good old, Swedish stock, Ellen Goodwin was as familiar with sewing needles and kitchen ladles, as she was with a hammer and saw. And, she certainly enjoyed conversation and songs; being able keep a good set of lyrics going from Surrey to Edmonton without fail.