Paula Thompson

19 avril 192619 mars 2021

On Friday, March 19, 2021 Paula (Polly) Thompson (nee Eleen) of Russell, Manitoba passed away at the age of 94 peacefully at home on the farm as she wanted to. We are forever grateful for this.

Paula is survived by her three sons, Clayton, Robert (Russell), and Jim (Winnipeg); sister-in-law Anne Thomson (Toronto); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Clayton Thompson; her parents, Pearl and William Eleen; sister Olga (Max Wolko); brother John Eleen; sister Anne (Lorne) Lester; and sister-in-law Luba Eleen.

Paula was born in Siniow, Poland on April 19, 1926. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1929 along with other Ukrainian families. They farmed in the Glenella area and later at Arden, MB. She remembered digging Seneca roots with her Mom to sell at the local store to help get by during the Depression. As a young woman, she had fond memories of working as a practical nurse at Ste. Rose du Lac Hospital and as a store clerk in Rorketon. After the Second World War she married Clayton Thompson and together they raised three sons. Paula and Clayton farmed at Glenavon, Kelso and Saltcoats, SK and, since 1964, near Russell.

Paula loved gardening, good food, lilacs, chickadees, and the warmth of a wood fire. She had a lifelong passion for reading. Her favourite book was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Mom was a person of great strength and of gentleness, kindness and compassion. She had a good sense of humour and loved people, hearing their stories, and seeing the best in them. She had a special knack for finding four-leaf clovers and sharing their luck with others. Her homemade cards with a four-leaf clover and hand-written messages of hope and love will be remembered by the many people who received them to mark special occasions and during difficult times. As a relative once said — she was a gem.

Mom was always thankful for Tommy Douglas, the Father of Medicare. She truly believed he was our greatest Canadian.

At Paula’s request cremation has taken place with interment in the Moffat Cemetery, Moffat, SK, at a later date.

If friends so desire, contributions of remembrance can be made to a charity of their choice.

We love you Mom and you will always be in our hearts.

“Life is short and we have not too much time gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark way with us. Oh be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” - Henri Amiel

“Every blade in the field - Every leaf in the forest - lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.” - Henry David Thoreau


  • At Paula’s request cremation has taken place with interment in the Moffat Cemetery, Moffat, SK, at a later date.


Paula Thompson


Anne Thomson

5 mai , 2021

I will always treasure Polly's gift of my four leaf clover which reminds me of my dear John's memory trip to visit family, friends and old haunts in Manitoba. We were not long married and my sister-in-law Polly made me feel so welcome and part of the family. To Clayton, Robert and Jim....you showed the love for your mum by your exceptional caring for her in her senior years, until her passing. She knew she was loved right to the end and was able to close her circle of life in her own home with her boys beside her. Well done, you wonderful sons.......Rest in Peace dear Polly......Love Anne

Cathy Smith

24 avril , 2021

Deepest condolences. It is sad that all the links in the Eleen family circle have passed, but we have our memories. I'm a proud owner of several four leaf clovers that I've kept safe over the years. RIP Aunt Polly!

Wanda Lester

27 mars , 2021

Dear Cousins
I remember that your mother was a wonderful cook and that she had a generous spirit.

Louella Lester

27 mars , 2021

Clayton, Robert, & Jim,

My condolences to you. I will always remember Aunty Polly and her four leaf clovers. I’m glad she went peacefully at home. I’m thinking of you.

Louella Lester