1919 - 2010
Evelyn was born January 12, 1919 in Arcola, Saskatchewan. She was the second daughter of four girls born to Warren and May Foust. The family moved to Hythe in 1929 and to the homestead at Demmitt the following year after her father had built a house for them to live in.
Evelyn attended the school at Rae Lake until grade eight. To further her education, she would have had to go to Hythe and board at someone’s place. As this was during the depression, that was out of the question.
Evelyn was terrified of thunderstorms all her life. Her sister Madelon recalls that during one storm, Evelyn got out of bed and crawled under the bed. As there were three sisters sleeping in the same bed, Madelon thought that was okay as there was more room then.
When she was fourteen years old, two farming couples drove into the yard one day looking for help for their wives. Her Mom and Dad weren’t home, so her older sister Blanche and her left a note that they went to work. Evelyn went to work at a farm in the Valhalla area doing whatever was required on a farm at that time including cooking for threshing crews. She was paid $5.00 per month on top of board and room. She told the story that there were so many bed bugs in her bed, that she moved out to a grainery to sleep.
She married Nils Haugland in August of 1941. While living in Demmitt, they had a son and a daughter. They left Demmitt and moved to Tupper in the late 1940s and owned the store there for a number of years. Evelyn looked after the store and post office while Nils worked on the railroad. They moved to Dawson Creek in 1957 and separated in 1961.
She met Carmen Hanna and lived in Dawson Creek. During the years in Dawson Creek, Evelyn worked at various jobs. They also lived on a farm outside of Dawson Creek where she made her own butter and sold it along with cream and eggs to the neighbours. Her granddaughters, Juanita and Roxanne loved to spend time in the summer on the farm. Evelyn and Carmen moved to Hythe in the summer of 1989.
Evelyn loved to play bingo. There was always a large garden to be dealt with. Every year, Shirley would come to help with the garden. They would start early in the morning and supper had to be at 5 o’clock sharp so they had time to do the dishes before rushing off to Beaverlodge to play bingo.
Evelyn was a fantastic cook and enjoyed having company for meals. When you had a meal at her house, after you had eaten twice as much as you wanted to, she would insist that you eat more. Then came dessert.
At the age of 85, Evelyn decided that she was tired of cooking and cleaning, so she moved into the Pioneer Home in 2004 and lived there until May 2009 when she moved across the street to the Hythe Continuing Care Centre.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at the Hythe Continuing Care Centre for the wonderful care they provided to Evelyn during her time there.
A funeral service was held on Monday, June 28, 2010 at the Hythe Legion Hall, Hythe, Albeta. Interment followed in the Hythe Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Evelyn may be made by donation to the ‘Hythe Nursing Home Foundation’ P.O. Box 100, Hythe, Alberta T0H 2C0
Mary Louise Judge
1931 - 2010
My mom, Mary Judge, was born on December 25, 1931, the second of ten children and the first daughter. We always thought Mom's birthday was extra special, especially since her parents names were Mary and Joseph.
Being the eldest daughter, Mom's role was defined as she grew up. She was not only a big sister, but helped with all the household chores required in raising a large family. As such she became like a second mother to many of her younger brothers and sisters, a role that continued all her life.
Mom attended Devereaux school in Arras and in the 1950's worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dawson Creek. In 1952 she met a young man from back East, Stanley Judge, who on their second date asked her to marry him. “No way” she said, “I don't even know you.” But a year later, in 1953, they were wed. In 1954, their family began. By 1959, they had four children, three girls and a boy.
We lived in Arras in a small three room house. Mom made every occasion a celebration. Birthdays were always special with a fancy supper, a cake and a gift. I remember one Saturday waking up from a nap to the smell of freshly baked bread and also to the sound of Mom and Dad singing. Even then I thought it doesn't get any better than this.
In 1966 Mom and Dad moved to Dawson Creek and in 1967 our family was complete with the birth of our youngest brother, Vincent.
Mom was largely a stay at home Mom, a career that she filled with great cooking and child rearing. Mom was also a great seamstress. She made most of our clothes as we grew up and made many special dresses for my sisters & others including wedding dresses.
Mom had many strengths but two areas that stand out are her family and her faith. Mom's life really centered around these two areas. One of Mom's granddaughters, Anjoli, said she asked Grandma for advice one time about her kids and Grandma said "Just love them more and more." That's how Mom was. Friends always wanted to come to our house because Mom was there. Mom also was care giver to other kids as many would come and stay with our family for different periods of time as the need arose.
Mom's faith was the other centre for her. She raised us to know God, to attend church, to take our catechism and to participate in the sacraments. Mom's faith was very important to her and she relied heavily on it many times to get her through
Anyone who knew Mom, also knew she loved reading. We kids grew up reading with Mom. The Reader's Digest was never far away and there were always other books and many magazines around for reading pleasure.
In 2003, Dad died and slowly Mom's world changed. Mom's health issues began to catch up with her. A year ago, in 2009, Mom moved to Northview, a facility for assisted living. On June 12, 2010, Mom suffered a stroke and passed away with her family at her side.
She was small, quiet and usually gentle, but she has made a lasting impact on many of us.
A funeral service was held on June 16, 2010 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church with Father Michael Anyasoro officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mary, may be made by donation to the ‘British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation’ or the ‘Canadian Cancer Society’
Anita Dorothea Walter
1923 - 2010
Mom was born in Hamburg, Germany, the only child of Ludwig and Martha Jansen. Mom was orphaned at 14 and then raised by a foster mom called “Muddle”. She was a mischievous child and was young at heart her whole life.
In 1939, Mom worked hard on a farm which contributed to her bad back later in life. She worked in the air force for a while and then went into nursing where she contracted TB. so that stopped that career. Mom then went to England and there met our Dad, Max Walter. They got married in 1949. Veronica was born to them while in England.
Dad came to Canada first to get a home and job and Mom and Veronica followed in 1952. They settled in Saskatchewan where the rest of the family were born - Elizabeth, Gisela, Erika, Alma, Helga, and Linda.
The family moved to Dawson Creek in 1966. A few years later they moved to Mile 9 Hart Hwy. Mom loved animals, her favorite were a goat Judy, and a chicken Lively. Because she got a job as a Home Health Care Giver she had to learn to drive, she was over 50 yrs. old at this time, not an easy task. In 1980 she bought her own car, a Chevy Chevette, and literally drove it till it fell apart driving home from bowling one day. Due to Dad’s health they moved back to Dawson Creek. Two years after Dad’s death Mom moved to Heritage Heights where she got to meet some beautiful people.
She loved to bowl and did for over 35 years. Many friends were made and it also gave her an opportunity to travel. Bowling kept her young. Working for the Hospital Auxillary gave her great pleasure, she loved to help people. Mom became a member of the Peace Mission Church and baked many a fancy bread for the crew working on the addition to the Church. There she met some very special people, great friendships were made and her faith in God grew stronger.
Mom was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Max Walter, and her son Gustov Adolf. Her passing will be mourned by her daughters – Veronica (John), Liz (Daryl), Gisela (Glen), Erika (Glen), Alma, Helga (Ron) and Linda (Darcy) as well as 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She left a legacy of family and friends and will be missed.
A celebration of Anita’s life was held on June 18, 2010 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel. Pastor Lee Stevenson officiated.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Anita, may be made by donation to the ‘Dawson Creek and District Hospital Auxiliary’ 11100 – 13th Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8 or the ‘Peace Mission Chapel’ 908 – 104th Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2H7.
Roger Denny Ball
1948 - 2010
Roger was born on November 15, 1948 in Telegraph Creek. He came into this world along with Neil, his twin brother; they were fifth and sixth of 13 children. Roger moved with his family to Good Hope Lake at a young age. In order to further his education, he moved to Fort St John.
In 1967, he met the love of his life, Terry. They dated for a few years and married in 1970. Shortly after they started their family and had three children.
Roger worked as a heavy equipment operator which enabled the family to experience new places every summer. In 1984, Roger became an employee of Quintette Coal and settled in Tumbler Ridge. In 1991, their family expanded to include a nephew and two nieces.
During Roger’s life in Tumbler, he was involved in a variety of activities but his passion was the outdoors and everything it had to offer. Roger was a good provider to family and friends by sharing the rewards of hunting and fishing.
Every summer he looked forward to taking the family to his paradise of Telegraph Creek. The days were spent at Tahltan harvesting the salmon, visiting family and friends, and taking time to spend the evenings by the Stikine River. People who have visited Tahltan experience the spiritual essence of this magnificent place that Roger called home.
Roger’s family meant the world to him and he was extremely proud of his children. Roger will be remembered for his smile, sense of humour, teasing, joking, kindness, soft heart and his love for life.
Everyone who knew Roger knows that he never gave up his fight. Roger will be missed by his mother, wife, children, family and many, many friends.
Roger passed away peacefully with his family at his side on June 14, 2010 at home in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
A celebration of Roger’s life was held on June 19, 2010 in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Roger, may be made by donation to the ‘South Peace Community Cancer Clinic’ c/o The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation 11100 – 13th Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8.
1938 - 2010
Michael Cembrowsky was born January 5, 1938 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He passed away on June 14, 2010 in Whitecourt, Alberta and was laid to rest with a graveside service in the Clayhurst Cemetery on June 17, 2010.
Mike grew up with two older and two younger sisters on the family farm in the community of Clayhurst. He attended school in Clayhurst up to grade 8 and then in Dawson Creek for grade 9. Mike was a good student, excelling in math and technical work. Later he worked at the grain elevators, the Hudson Bay store, for area farmers, welding and as an equipment operator. He enjoyed carpentry and took pride in his work.
In November 1964 Mike married Heather McKay of Dawson Creek and they moved to the farm in Clayhurst. They had 3 children - John in 1965, David in 1967 and Nancy in 1968. They were divorced in 1977.
The last 25 years or so he lived in a rural community near Whitecourt, Alberta. There he farmed on a small scale. Over the years he raised chickens, cows and sheep, winning many ribbons at local fairs. He prided himself on his garden and this spring too, his garden was growing nicely.
Blue Ridge gave him the peace and quiet and a group of like-minded friends. There he found his farm roots and his culture again, even speaking Ukrainian to some friends and enjoying the Ukrainian music program Sunday nights on an Edmonton radio station.
Mike was predeceased by his parents Sidor and Ann Cembrowsky. He is survived by son John (Kelle) Tatlow Cembrowsky, and their sons Timothy and Ian, son David Tatlow Cembrowsky, daughter Nancy Tatlow Cembrowsky and her son Adam Cox.
Also ever remembered by his sisters Millie Billey, Pearl (Bob) Jerome, Mary Ann (Ed) Wall and Jean (Bernie) Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley Grace Bates
1930 - 2010
Shirley was born in March of 1930 in Nanaimo, BC where she grew up and spent much of her life. She attended school there with her 2 younger brothers Bill and Jack; and as a teenage girl was the envy of Nanaimo when she was crowned the May Day Queen.
Shirley met her soul mate Tom an Alberta boy, in Nanaimo when he was working at a sawmill. Tom soon nicknamed his fiery girl “Sapphire” as she was forever on his case for all the mischief he just couldn’t seem to stay out of. They married February 25th of 1950 and had 5 children in Nanaimo: Coreen, Gail, Dale, Wayne and Joanne before moving North in 1968. Tom had tired of relaxing island life. Looking for a real adventure, he said “Sapphire, pack up the kids we’re heading North!”
They settled in Fireside at Mile 543 of the Alaska Highway where Tom and the boys worked maintaining the highway. But Tom and Shirley weren’t quite sure if they made the right decision so they moved back to Nanaimo one more time before heading to the Sikanni and the NWT where they lived at “Jean Marie Camp” and Tom had a road maintenance contract.
The north brought many new experiences for Shirley. To continue exercising her well honed gift of the gab, she had to learn how to communicate on the CB radio. It wasn’t long before she was entertaining the airways and the road crew had coined her “Squirrelly Shirley.” Shirley also learned to love winter sports like squaw wrestling and curling.
By the early 80’s Tom and Shirley were homesick for their ever-growing family so they headed south and bought an acreage outside of FSJ in Grandhaven with a big beautiful house and shop. Tom bought a few trucks -one for himself and each of the boys and Bates Trucking was born.
Grandma &Grandpa’s place in Grandhaven was where we gathered many times as a whole family. It’s where the original Bates Brats reconnected and where the next generation’s bonds were built. Grandma & Grandpa gathered us for a party every chance they got, for Christmas, for boxing day, for new year’s day, for birthdays, for grey cup, for Sunday dinner.
We lost grandpa suddenly in December of 1990 and we all gathered at the house in Grandhaven one last time before Shirley moved back to Nanaimo with the Hanston’s and Cheriton’s.
Once Shirley reached senior citizen status she thought it was about time she got a job so she started volunteering for “Send Dial” grocery shopping for the elderly and disable. Ironically, she was both of these things so Joanne and Gail would pick her up and driver down to the grocery store so she could do her job.
In 2003 Shirley moved back up North to be closer to more family support as her mobility deteriorated. She lived in an apartment in Dawson Creek, then at the Pouce Coupe care home and finally at the Peace Lutheran care home in FSJ where she lived out the last 4 years of her life.
Shirley leaves behind a very powerful legacy that will live on through the generations that follow. We love you grandma and we will always remember you and the love you gave us.
A memorial service was held on Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Peace Lutheran Church, Fort St John, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Shirley may be made by donation to the British Columbia Arthritis Society 895 – West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1L7.