1914 - 2008
EVELYN BLANCHE MURRAY (nee Myers) passed away at the Coaldale Health Care Centre on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the age of 94 years. Evelyn was the wife of the late John W. Murray of the McNally District.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter Jane and her three sons, Bruce (Linda) and their children Tricia (Ron) Hilgersom and great grandchildren Ty and Haylee Hilgersom, and Wesley (Jennifer) Murray; Ian (Jacqueline) and their children Harriet and Caroline (twins); Brian (Sandra) and their children Trevor and Tracy. Evelyn will also be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband John; her parents Blanche and John Myers; and her brother, Everett (Edna) Myers.
Evelyn was born June 14, 1914 in Danvers, Minnesota, U.S.A. In the very early 1920’s, the Myers family moved to a farm in Girvin, Saskatchewan, and there she received most of her early education. In the early 1930’s, the family moved to Evelyn’s Uncle’s farm in the Coaldale area.
Evelyn completed High School at L.C.I. in Lethbridge and went on to Normal School in Calgary. Her first teaching position was at Twin River School midway between Milk River and Delbonita. The salary was $500 per year with $30 per month paid for room and board. Evelyn taught elementary grades for a number of years in Southern Alberta Schools. In 1939, Evelyn attended and graduated from Guelph School of Agriculture with a degree in Home Economics. Returning to Alberta she taught Home Economics at several High Schools in the South.
After marrying John on September 4, 1943 they settled on the farm in the McNally district. Evelyn was active in the community and supported such organizations as Wilson-White Community Club and Women of Unifarm. Evelyn provided leadership and promotion of 4-H Clubs like the Sewing Club, Field Crops Club, Beef Club and Lamp Club.
Evelyn loved music, was an excellent cook, and enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and tatting.
Interment will be held at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are to meet at the main gate.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Elizabeth Brown officiating.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Coaldale Health Care Centre Long Term Care Unit, 2100-11 Street, Coaldale, Alberta T1M 1L2.
1920 - 2008
LEONA JANE MATSON passed away at peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at the age of 88 years.
Leona is survived by her sons, Alan (Sheila) Matson and Randy (Bonnie) Matson; daughter Ava (Doug) Matisz; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She leaves behind her sister Julie Nierenberg of Issaquah, Washington.
Leona was predeceased by her parents, George and Mary Santa; four brothers, George Jr; John; Joe; and Steve Santa; and two sisters, Mary Hutchinson and Anne Gatten.
Leona was born April 22, 1920 in the Milk River farming district of 1-17. She moved to Milk River at the age of 16 where she began her restaurant career. At age 19, she married Loyd Matson and began raising their 3 children. In 1970, she purchased and ran for 14 years, the successful drive-in on the highway known as “The Milky Way”. She never left home without a deck of cards in her purse, her hair done or earrings on. She loved her cards, music, dancing, gardening and cooking for all. There was always room at the table for one more.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Leona’s Life at the MILK RIVER CIVIC CENTER, 321- 3 Avenue NE, Milk River, Alberta, on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Terry Michaelis officiating. Interment to follow in the Milk River cemetery.
Donations may be made to the South Country Jamboree Society, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1 or a charity of one’s choice.
1943 - 2008
EILEEN McCARTAN (Nee Thompson), beloved wife of John McCartan, of Coaldale, Alberta, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the age of 65 years.
She is the loving mother of Jacqueline (Bill) Swann of Winnipeg; Pauline (Bill) Wong of Calgary; and mother-in-law of Mike Kawade of Lethbridge. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jessica; Cian; Zachary; Nikolas; Chloe; Naithen and Chayne.
She was predeceased by her son John George McCartan; her daughter Diane Kawade; and her parents Robert and Margaret Thompson.
Eileen was born on October 8, 1943 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the youngest of eight children born to Robert and Margaret Thompson. She went on to marry the love of her life, John Patrick McCartan, on October 3, 1964. They went on to have three daughters and a son together. In December 1975, Eileen immigrated to Canada with her family. After a brief bout of homesickness that took her and her family back to Scotland for a few months, she felt drawn back to Canada and has since called Coaldale her home.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on November 7, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
1926 - 2008
JAMES “JIM” MCKINLAY, beloved husband of the late Betty McKinlay, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the age of 91 years.
He is the loving father of two daughters, Barbara (Malcolm) Charlish, of Camberley, Surrey, UK; and Wendy (John) Bushell, of Lethbridge, AB; four grandsons, Iain (Lindsay) Bushell of Sherwood Park, AB; Ross (Cindy) Bushell, of Hong Kong; Michael Charlish, of Camberley, Surrey, UK; and Robert (Anji) Charlish, of Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK; two great-grandsons, Xander and Liam Charlish of Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK.
James is also survived by two brothers, John and Alistair McKinlay of Glasgow, Scotland, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Betty, his sister Betty, and his brothers Tom and Billy.
Jim was born November 26th, 1926 in Glasgow, Scotland, the eldest of 6 children. Due to the ill health of his father, he left school and began work at the age of 14. When war broke out he enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engine fitter, remaining in the military for 35 years. In 1944, he met and married his wife Betty and together they raised their two daughters.
Following the death of his wife, Jim came to Canada in October, 2000, to live with his youngest daughter, adapting to his new home and friends very quickly. Until his health began to fail, he was an active member of the LSCO Carpet Bowling Team, participating in the Alberta Seniors games on more than one occasion. Jim enjoyed the love and fellowship of his Church family, especially the men in the Thursday morning coffee group, and will be sadly missed.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bernadette Pahulje, the staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital, the Lethbridge EMS and staff of Columbia Assisted Living for the care and attention shown to Jim over the last few years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 1614-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB; or to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614-5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 4:00 P.M. with Dr. Bruce Martin officiating.
MRS. ELSIE MUELLER, beloved wife of Mr. Alfred Mueller, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at the West Highlands on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the age of 77 years.
Besides her loving husband, Elsie is survived by her son Karl (Susan) of Lethbridge; her daughter Eva of Calgary; her 3 grandchildren Christopher, Markus and Martina; and her great-grandchild Trinity, all of Lethbridge.
Elsie was predeceased by her mother and father, Amalia and Adolf Rissmann.
Elsie was born on July 21, 1931 in Sieradz, Poland. She married Alfred on December 25, 1953. In 1962 Elsie immigrated to West Germany where she worked with her husband in their delicatessen. In 1978, Elsie immigrated to Canada with her husband where with the help of their son Karl and daughter Eva, opened Mountain Sausage in Lethbridge, Alberta. Elsie spent her retirement travelling to Waterton and Arizona. Elsie loved to travel, garden and spend time with family and friends.
Relatives and Friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M..
A Funeral Service will be held at the CORNERSTONE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Kevin Powell officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
In memory of Elsie, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at #207, 542 7th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
HAROLD MANDEVILLE, of Lethbridge, formerly of Skiff, passed away at the Foothills Hospital on September 19, 2008, at the age of 83 years, after sustaining injuries due to a farming accident.
Harold was surrounded by his loving family and is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Pearl; son, Bryan; and grandson, Chase of Calgary; daughter Vicky, son-in-law Neil Pederson, grandchildren Travis and Julie of Blackfalds, Alberta.
Harold is also survived by his daughter Cathy DeVrye of Sidney, Australia.
Harold was predeceased by his father and mother, Tom and Lucy, and sister Mary Ann.
He was an 8 time Canadian Rodeo champion, held the title of Cowboy of the Year, has been inducted into three halls of fame, and founded the Canadian Rodeo News, the official newspaper of the C. P. R. A. Harold was a well respected man who would help anyone, and did.
He put everyone’s feelings before his own and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. As Harold faced his own passing, he said to his family, “It’s okay to cry because it’s sad, but I haven’t shed a tear and I’m ready to go”. He faced his impending passing with the same valor he showed in his life.
There will be celebration of Harold’s life at the main pavilion of the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowboy’s Benevolent Fund, c/o Northlands, Box 1480, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2N5.
The family can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
1922 - 2008
HAROLD “JOCK” WHEELER MARSHMAN, beloved husband of Viola “Vi”, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2008 at the Chinook Regional Hospital with his loving family at his side at the age of 86 years.
Jock is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Viola, daughters Marilyn and Suzanne (Bud) Grouette, granddaughter Amanda and mother-in-law Mary Lebsack. He also leaves to mourn two sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends.
Jock was born in Carmangay, Alberta on June 18, 1922 to Ed and Hilda Marshman and was the 2nd youngest of 7 siblings. He was predeceased by 3 brothers in infancy, brother William (Bud) and sister Ruth. Jock is survived by brother Bob of Champion.
Jock was raised in Champion where he met and married his soul mate and best friend Viola Lebsack. Jock worked on several farms in the Champion district until moving to Nobleford in 1962 where he became a successful cattle buyer until his retirement in 1979.
Jock and Vi moved to Lethbridge in 1979. They travelled extensively and enjoyed the special times as lifetime members of Norbridge Seniors Centre and Nobleford Seniors Centre.
Jock enjoyed and participated in all sports and his proudest moments were watching his daughters participate in their respective sports. His bragging rights were saved for his precious granddaughter Amanda as the best in Tae Kwan Do, soccer, basketball and rugby. Papa and Nana never missed any games she was involved in.
He will be missed dearly by all of us and lovingly remembered forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 – 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Del Bertsch officiating.
A private family interment will take place in Champion Cemetery at a later date.
In memory of Jock, donations may be made to the Nobleford Seniors Centre, Norbridge Seniors Centre, 1904 – 13th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 4W9 or to a charity of one’s choice.
1923 - 2008
MRS. CORINNE ELEANOR MILLER, (nee PITTMAN) of Milk River, AB passed away at the Milk River Extended Care Facility on Saturday, July 5, 2008, at the age of 85 years, following a prolonged struggle with her health.
Corinne was born on February 4, 1923 in Warner, AB and in 1943 married Merritt (Heavy). After the war Corky and Heavy returned to Alberta. They spent most of their lives on the farm near Milk River where they enjoyed the companionship of many relatives and friends.
Corky is survived by her children; Ken (Mary) Miller, Carol (Harold) Johansen, Marilyn (Jean) Bouchard and Gordon (Val) Miller. Corinne’s 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren were cherished by Corky and she will be missed by all of them.
She is predeceased by her husband Heavy and grandson David Johansen, as well as many other family members.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River, AB on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 7:30 P.M.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River on Friday, July 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Joseph T. Kalathiparambil Celebrant. Private Interment to follow at the Milk River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Tributes may be make to the Milk River Extended Care, for patient comfort, 517 Centre Avenue E, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.
1929 - 2008
MR. IRA MACDONALD passed away peacefully on June 30, 2008 at the Raymond General Hospital. He was a great dad and grandpa and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Ira was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia on February 7, 1929. He and his 12 siblings were raised during the great depression. In his younger years, Ira traveled extensively throughout the world as a merchant sailor. While in his twenties he worked on many major construction projects in Western Canada such as the Hart Highway, the Hudson Hope and Mica Hydro Dams. While employed by the Dominion Bridge Company, he worked on many bridge installations in the greater Vancouver area before being transferred to the Mackenzie Pipeline/ Alaska Highway upgrade project. It was this project that brought him to Dawson Creek where he first took to the air and eventually owned and operated the Safari Air Charter Company from 1953 to 1969.
Flying was Ira’s greatest passion; if it had wings on it, he knew what to do with it and made it look like poetry in motion. Despite the fact that Ira didn’t receive formal training, he was extremely knowledgeable and well read in many fields. There’s a saying that anyone’s life has the makings of a great novel. If mere words could capture the essence of one’s life, Ira’s would be such a novel.
Ira is survived by his family who would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Raymond General Hospital (LTC), the Wild Rose and the Green Acres Foundation; you folks are what make it flow.
At Ira’s request, there will be a private family service at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers, any who wish to do so may make a donation in Ira’s name to www.navigators.com or www.maf.org .
SHAWN MANY SHOTS
GEORGE SHAWNEE MANY SHOTS (WOLF CHILD) passed away in Calgary on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at the age of 37 years.
He will be sadly missed by his 3 children; Cohen, Cole and Rainy and adopted children Timothy and Cassandra. He is also survived by his brothers Albert, Marvin and Timothy, sisters Helen, Cecille and Ida (Cody), uncles Alfonse (Patty), Bruce (Anne-Marie) Wolf Child, John (Irma) Wolf Child, Tom Wolf Child and Albert (Madeline) Wolf Child, aunties Corella Hensly, Alice Wolf Child and Elizabeth (Albert) Hunt as well as uncles and aunties in Siksika, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife Pauline, son Colton and parents Louis Many Shots and Rita Wolf Child (Many Shots).
Shawn was born on the Blood Reserve and raised by his late grandparents Albert and Cecille Wolf Child. Shawn enjoyed travelling and loved sports, singing pow wow music and telling stories. He had a great sense of humour and telling jokes. Shawn was a medicine man; he liked to go to sundances, sweats and praying for himself and others. Bundle holding and other traditional ways were taught to him by Allen Shade and Joe Eagle Tail Feathers. Shawn was a people person and will be sadly missed by family and friends. His life wasn’t finished; he never got to reach his plans and goals. He will be sadly missed by all. We apologize for any names not mentioned.
A Wake Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moses Lake on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at CHIEF MOUNTAIN FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moses Lake on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM. with Father Pawel Andrasz officiating.
Interment to follow in the Blood Band Cemetery.