Beatrice Nancy Adair
Mrs. Beatrice Nancy Adair, of the Black Diamond, Turner Valley area, passed away quietly at the Oilfields General Hospital on Sept. 24, 1998 at the age of 81, following a determined five-year battle with cancer.
Born in Robinson, North Dakota, Beatrice was raised in the Swan Hills area of northern Alberta, later joining her sister Virginia and husband Harry Wileman in 1938 at Highwood Ranger Station. Beatrice was part of the kitchen staff for Mrs. Guy Weadick one Labor Day weekend. She married Delbert Archie Adair on Nov. 7, 1939 and for many years, life revolved around his job at the Purity 99 gas refinery northeast of Longview.
In 1961, Delbert, Beatrice and their two daughters set sail on the S.S. Canberra for Auckland, New Zealand, with a move a year later to New South Wales, Australia, returning to relocate in Black Diamond in 1964.
An avid gardener and zealous worker, Beatrice has been well known in the district for her thousands of volunteer hours helping people to understand the Bible. She loved travelling, learning, reading and life.
She leaves behind her daughters Margaret Anne Adair of Dubbo, Australia and Wendy (Cliff) Codd of Turner Valley; also grandchildren Travis (Shawna) Codd of Black Diamond, Melodie Codd of Calgary, Andrea (Jeremy) Oakley of Vermillion, and Jared and Lindsay Codd of Turner Valley. Beatrice is also survived by brothers Stanley Sloan of High Prairie, Allen Sloan of Merritt, BC, sisters Esther King of Calgary, Virginia Wileman of Kelowna, BC, Dorothy Sloan of Sundre, sister-in-law Ella Sloan of Kinuso, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Delbert Adair in 1985, parents Tom and Nellie Sloan, brothers Orville of Cold Lake and Wayne of Kinuso, AB.
A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Black Diamond on Saturday, Sept. 26 with family friend John Renwick officiating.
Mrs. Mary Snethlage, of DeWinton, passed away at her home August 27, 1998 at the age of 74 years. Mary will be deeply missed by her children; Marion (Brian) MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, Annemarie (Jim) Quinn of Calgary, Peter (Stella) Snethlage of Calgary, Lambert (Valerie) Snethlage of Alix, Alberta, as well as eight grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her sister Eke Tenhaft of Holland. Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Hank in 1980.
Mary and Hank immigrated to Alberta from Holland in 1954. Mary spent her last eight years in DeWinton.
Services were held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, Okotoks on Monday, August 31, 1998 at 10 am. Ms. Marilyn Evans of the Okotoks United Church officiated. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. 200 Woodgate Rd. Okotoks. Phone 938-3111.
Annie (Nance) Blakeman
Annie (Nance) Blakeman of Black Diamond, Alberta, born June 19, 1899 in Salford, Manchester, England, passed away at the Rising Sun Nursing Auxiliary on Aug. 23, 1998 at the age of 99 years.
Annie is survived by her three children, Denis (Mineko) Blakeman of Edmonton, Audrey Earl of Kamloops, BC and Bill (Bertie) Blakeman of Black Diamond; grandchildren, Richard (Lee) Blakeman, Laurie (Ben Henderson) Blakeman MLA and Robert (Diane) Blakeman, all of Edmonton, Caroline (Dan) Lamb of Okanagan Centre, BC, Eric Earl of Rogers, Arkansas, Russell (Linda) Earl of Terrace, BC, Dr. Nancy (Reg Schoffer) Earl of Calgary, Barry (Debbie) Blakeman of Calgary, Bonnie (Martin Hill) of Fernie, BC and Brian Blakeman of Black Diamond. She also leaves to mourn her passing 12 great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters as well as numerous nieces and nephews here and abroad, and a very favorite niece being Betty (Bill) Clennett of Willowdale, Ontario. She was predeceased by all of her siblings, one great-granddaughter Stephanie, and one great-grandson, Forrest.
Annie came to Black Diamond in 1924 when the hamlet consisted of little more than a few houses, and her husband John Blakeman's business, The Black Diamond General Store. She was a highly skilled dressmaker and talented knitter. She turned out hundreds of elaborately knitted garments, afghans and quilts, many of which items are treasured in her family today. In her retirement years, she also delighted in dressing dolls which she donated to various bazaars and charities in town. Annie was much beloved by her family and friends and a joyous celebration of her 99th birthday was held at the home of her son Bill and his wife Bertie in June of this year.
A service of remembrance was held at St. George's Anglican Church, Turner Valley, Aug. 29 at 2 pm. The Rev. Bob Griffin officiated. After the reception at the adjoining Church Hall, the interment of ashes took place at the historic Christ Church Cemetery, Millarville.
Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Rising Sun Long Term Care, c/o Oilfields General Hospital, PO Bag #1, Black Diamond, AB, T0L 0H0. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, Okotoks, 938-3111.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Doug Rayner (affectionately known as Cowboy or Mr. Magic) of Priddis, AB, at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on August 30, 1998 at the age of 67 years. His adored 'darlin' Ruth Ann was by his side as he found his peace.
Doug was always young at heart. His looks belied his age. He did everything to his fullest extent: an athlete of many talents - rowing, skiing, football (Hamilton Junior Tiger Cats), riding horses, hunting, playing golf, sailing and fishing. He loved his dogs, horses and birds. Doug was born in Galt, Ontario on Feb. 27, 1931. He lived in various places in Canada and ultimately made his home in Calgary for the past 25 years. Doug loved the open country of the west as reflected in his long standing participation in the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
He loved and adored his children, Jeff (Terry and granddaughter Lucille), Scott, Kathy (Randy), Howard (Hella) and Karen (Jim). He is also survived by brother Ron (Marlene) and their children; nephew Chris (Sue) and niece Cindy (Greg); and the many members of the Rozsa family and the Texas Clan. Thank you to all the nursing staff and doctors who helped us make his last days more comfortable and who were always compassionate to Ruth Ann, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 - 15 Ave. S.W., Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998 at 2 pm with the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made to his favorite charities: Ducks Unlimited, c/o Box 818, Brooks, AB, T1R 1B7; STARS Foundation, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, T2E 8M7; or the Canadian Cancer Society, 215 - 12 Ave. SE, Calgary, T2G 1A2.
In living memory of Doug Rayner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, 'Fish Creek Chapel', 14441 Bannister Rd. SE, Calgary. Telephone (403) 256-9575.
Bernard Charles Pallister
Bernard Charles 'Bud' Pallister of Black Diamond passed away at the Rising Sun Extendicare Unit, Black Diamond on December 17, 1998 at the age of 77 years.
He was the son of early pioneer Guy Pallister, who came to the Milk River area in 1892. Bud is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, Black Diamond; his brothers Hank (Joyce), Stettler; Stan (Rose), Edmonton; Albert (Angela), Calgary; Al (Dianne), Turner Valley and by his sisters Daisy King, Black Diamond; and Nora (Frank) Zebedee, High River; sisters-in-law Marjorie Pallister, Sarnia, Ontario; Isobell Pallister, Revelstoke, BC; Madge Pallister, Wetaskiwin, and brother-in-law Gordon Harford, Quesnel, BC, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Guy and Evelyn Pallister, his brothers Thomas, Frederick, Joseph and Jack and sister Betty.
A memorial service was held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, High River on Monday, December 21, 1998 at 1:30 pm. The Reverend David Robertson officiated. Interment of cremains followed at Highwood Cemetery, High River. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #114, 1212 - 1st St., S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 0G8.
Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River (652-2222 or 938-3111).
Andrew Dean Gillanders
Andrew Dean Gillanders, aged 32 years, beloved husband of Brenda Gillanders, Blackie, passed away tragically in an automobile accident near Blackie on December 10, 1998. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children Jason Andrew and Ashley Dawn Gillanders, at home; his parents, A. David and Gloria Gillanders, High River; his brother Dr. Ken and Lisa Gillanders, Fresno, California; and his grandparents Sicilly Gillanders and Kay and Bill Willocks, all of High River.
Andy was born on February 11, 1966 in High River and attended school in Blackie and at Senator Riley High School in High River. Upon graduation he attended SAIT, enrolled in Power Engineering. On completion of this course, he worked for Suncor Resources, Fort McMurray, and later IKO Industries in Calgary. In 1986 he married Brenda Fellows of Kalispell, Montana and in 1988 they moved home to the farm at Blackie. At the time of his death, Andy was serving on several boards: Blackie Agricultural Society; Blackie Minor Hockey Association; Gladys Hall Board; Alberta Wheat Pool representative and was the coach of the Blackie Atom A Tigers hockey team. Andy loved his family, the farm, all sports and had a great zest for living. In his short time here, he made a mark for himself and will be sorely missed by his family and his community.
Funeral services were held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, High River on Monday, December 14 at 2:00 pm. Sue MacDonald D.M. officiated. Interment followed at Highwood Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made in Andy's memory to a trust fund for Jason and Ashley Gillanders, c/o Bonnie Ferguson, 1520 - 11 Ave., High River, T1V 1P9. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (652-2222) was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Milton (Milt) Barnes
Mr. Milton (Milt) Barnes, beloved husband of Marjorie Barnes of Calgary, passed away at his residence on December 14, 1998 at the age of 78 years. Milt was born December 6, 1920 in Winnipeg where he was raised until he moved to Calgary in 1957. After working for J.I. Case Co. for 35 years, he took early retirement in 1975. He and his wife Marje lived on an acreage in Okotoks raising Arabian horses and enjoyed showing horses. Milt became a horse show judge and also worked with children from the 4-H Horse Club in Okotoks. When Marje became afflicted with Alzheimer's disease he sold the acreage and devoted the rest of his life to being a caregiver to the wife he loved so much.
Besides his loving wife Marjorie, Milt is also survived by his daughter Arlene Grad and granddaughter Kara Hansen, son-in-law Shawn Hansen and great-grandson Wyatt. Milt was predeceased by his granddaughter Kristine.
Funeral services were held at McInnis & Holloway's 'Chapel of the Bells,' (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary) on Friday, December 18, 1998 at 3:00 pm. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 1920 - 11th Street S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 3G2.
In living memory of Milt Barnes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, 'Chapel of the Bells,' 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary. Telephone: (403) 276-2296.
Kenneth Frankland Atkins
Kenneth Frankland Atkins passed away on Dec. 18, 1998 at the age of 80 years. Born in Springbank, Ken was a resident of Black Diamond since 1946. He was predeceased by his loving wife Muriel, his sisters, May Blake and Irene Standish and a brother, John. Ken is survived by his nephews, Norman (Marj) and Gordon (Jo Anne) Atkins and their children, brother-in-law Nelson Standish, sister-in-law Betty Atkins and cousins in England.
Ken served in the RCAF during WWII and was a member of the Turner Valley Legion. He served on the Black Diamond Town Council, was past-president of the Turner Valley Golf Club and the Black Diamond Athletic Association and was fire chief for 35 years. Ken owned Black Diamond Motors for many years and was named Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club in 1980. Ken will be greatly missed by many friends, most especially by Bill and Jackie Price who provided him with much love and support.
A memorial service will be held at the Black Diamond United Church today, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 at 1:30 pm with the Rev. Paul Rumbolt officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's name can be made to either the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Edmonton, AB, T6E 9Z9 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 114, 1212 - 1 St. S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 0G8.
Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Phone 938-3111.