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Alice Godin

GODIN, Alice - Alice was born on December 4, 1918, near Claytonville, SK. She left us on January 23, 2017 at Nipawin Hospital, at the age of 98. Alice was the seventh of eleven children born to John Archibald Vandine and Mary Virginia Vandine. She spent her early years at Strong Pine, east of Prince Albert, where her father was a conservation officer. She attended David School until her family moved to a district south-east of Shipman. There she met an area farmer, Laval Godin, and the two were married in April, 1937. They began farming together on Laval's homestead, and their only child, Lyle, was born in 1941. They spent 36 happy years on their farm home, surrounded by many good friends, neighbors and family members, until their retirement in 1973. After retirement, they lived briefly in B.C., but returned to Saskatchewan in 1975 and purchased a house in Choiceland. They remained there until Laval's passing in 2002; Alice continued to live there with her son Lyle for the rest of her life. During many of their years in Choiceland, Alice and Laval travelled back to Alberta and B.C. to visit family and friends. They also worked on home construction with her sister Chris and brother-in-law Rusty Haines, which they enjoyed greatly. After their working years ended in 1987, Alice returned to B.C. alone each year until 2007. Alice was predeceased by her husband and life partner pf 65 years, Laval in 2002, and Walter Long in 2007. She was also the last surviving member of her original family. Most recently, she lost her beloved sister and best friend for 95 years, Chris Haines, in October, 2016. Both had often said they did not wish to live long in a world without the other, and their wish has now been granted. Alice is survived by her son Lyle of Choiceland, and by Virginia Long (wife of Walter) of Lloydminster, SK. Also, left to cherish her memory are Virginia's children Glenn Long, Bridget Glover and Laura Long, all of Lloydminster, AB, and by their children and grandchildren, to all of whom she was a grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother, friend and confidante, and by her many nieces and nephews. She loved us all, and was dearly loved in return. The family of Alice Godin wish to express their profound gratitude to all of those who helped make her last days as comfortable and free of pain and anxiety as possible. To the first responders and paramedics of Kelsey Trail Health Region, the doctors, nurses and staff of the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and the Nipawin Hospital, and those who sent their best wishes - Bless you all. Special Thanks to Rosemarie and staff of the HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME for their kindness and compassion during our time of grief. Condolences to the family may also be expressed by email at or online at
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