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Elaine DigbyNovember 4, 2017
Elaine Digby (Rolling D Charolais) 1943 – 2017
Elaine Digby of Dropmore, MB., entered eternal rest, after a battle with cancer on November 4, 2017 in the Russell Health Centre.
Audrey Elaine Morrison was born January 13, 1943, in Roblin, Manitoba to her parents Anne and Wilbert Morrison of Dropmore. Elaine has an older brother, Garry, and a younger sister, Judy. In 1947 Wilbert and Anne Morrison purchased a general store in MacNutt, Saskatchewan. All of the family worked in Morrison’s store; the store had groceries and dry goods including fabric and sewing, clothing, boots and shoes. Elaine attended school in MacNutt.
Robert Digby, from the Castleavery district and Elaine Morrison, from MacNutt didn’t have to go far to find love and at a rather young age the two began on the adventure of a lifetime; first getting to know each other as friends through church and community events, then girlfriend and boyfriend, and in 1961 as husband and wife.
Elaine and Bob were not scared to take on a challenge; they kicked off their first year of marriage with a baby, Cheryl, and starting a farm. Not long after came Brian, Donna, Barb and Jason. Elaine and Bob started farming in the Cupar Creek area, and in 1966 they purchased and moved to the Bartley Carmichael farm at Dropmore. They grain farmed and ran a commercial cow herd. The purchase of three purebred Charolais females in 1978, followed shortly by the purchase of a herd of Full French females, was the start of Bob and Elaine Digby’s “Rolling D Charolais” herd; for the past 40 years, the Digby family has been involved in the Manitoba and Canadian Charolais cattle industry. The Family Tradition Bull Sale has been hosted on the Rolling D Charolais farm for the past 14 years. Elaine was a full farming partner and has been an inspiration for many women working in the agriculture industry.
Bob and Elaine worked hard on their farm, but also played hard with their friends and family. With a seasonal camp spot at Pyott’s West Campground, friends would gather around the campfire late into the night telling jokes, fishing stories, sharing laughs and having a few drinks.
Elaine and Bob liked to travel, making a trip to New Zealand, Ukraine, and Cuba, and to both the West and East Coast of Canada. They would travel with family, to see friends, or to see cattle, but enjoyed the adventure of each trip and especially the many friends made along the way.
One of Elaine’s most amazing qualities was her never ending generosity. She was always willing to put another leaf in the table, add a few more potatoes to the pot, donate her time to helping out a friend in need, or to spend endless hours teaching her grandchildren to knit, cook, bake, farm or fish; Elaine’s time was dedicated to helping others. She has made quilts for every one of her grandchild’s high school graduations as well as their weddings, and has crocheted hats for many new babies born in the Yorkton hospital. Over the last 10 or so years, Elaine and the MacNutt quilters have made and distributed quilts to hospitals, cancer care units, new Canadian families, care homes, homeless and women’s shelters, for hundreds of people in need each year.
Elaine is survived by her five children, Cheryl & Ron (Funk), Brian & Robyn (Benson), Donna & Carman (Jackson), Barb & Ray (Airey), Jason & Jodi (Reichmuth). Elaine was predeceased by her parents Wilbert & Anne Morrison and grandchildren Breanne Digby & Clark Elder. Elaine was laid to rest in the Castleavery Cemetery, casket bearers were her 13 grandchildren.
Funeral Service was held November 9, 2017 from Knox United Church in Roblin, Manitoba with Rose Kieper officiating. Elaine was laid to rest beside her husband at the Castleavery Cemetery. Those who so wish may make memorial donations to the Living Legacy Community Foundation, Box 1343, Russell, ROJ 1WO for use at the Expanding Community Cancer Care Clinic at the Russell Health Centre. To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit Nairn-Chyzfuneralhome.com