Kathleen Elinor Royer a long time resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away on January 30th, 2003, in her home at the age of 58 years.
A Funeral service was held on Wednesday February 5th, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Rev. Ernie Hamre officiated interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Kay was born on June 11th, 1944 on the family farm to Clayton and Eileen Haugen, a sister to Jim, Keith, Joanne, Pat and Lois.
Kay often reminisced about her childhood on the farm, it was here that her strong family values and work ethic were born. She often talked about bringing the cows home, packing snow and piling wood. Kay and Pat being less than a year apart often did these chores together. If one was in trouble the other wasn’t far behind.
Many gatherings of family and friends took place at the farm. Some of Kay’s dearest memories growing up were, evenings spent listening to Mom and Dad playing music whether it was in the living room at home, or at one of the many dances they played for.
Kay had a beautiful smile she was often teased about posing for Colgate commercials.
In 1959 Kay’s dad passed away, a devastating loss for such a young family. Kay was extremely close to her dad and often shared her fondest memories of him with her family.
In October of 1960, Kay married Harvey Royer. She developed a strong life long bond with his mother Mary, and was friends with his brothers and sisters.
Together Harvey and Kay had four daughters, Renee, Carmen, Kris, and Toni.
Kay and the girls moved back to the farm next to her mom, Lois and brother Keith, they say it takes a village to raise a child we had our own village in Haugen’s Hallow. There were usually a few extra cousins running around as well.
Kay had a great sense of humour, and was very accepting of people, if you happened to be around a couple of times there was a good chance she would adopt you.
Kay met Brian Graham and settled into a comfortable life. Together they had a daughter Tania. These years were filled with many hunting trips, camping, snowmobiling and riding horses, always enjoyed with many friends and family.
When Tania was three, Kay applied for a job at Northern Diesel, being the honest person she was Kay told Terry that she had no experience at all. She was shocked when he said that was exactly what he wanted and gave her the job.
Neither of them realized at the time that this was the start of a new career that would last longer than most marriages. She worked for Terry for 25 years in the early years there was just Kay and Terry. She was willing to do anything that needed to be done, from secretarial, janitorial, accounting, and fixing injectors in the back. Kay wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Many life long friendships were formed through her employment at Northern Diesel. Kay had nicknames for most everyone, little worm and your worminess were two of her favorites.
After a full day working at Northern Diesel she would continue working at home. Being on her own she learned to do her own plumbing, carpentry, mechanical work, actually anything and everything. She was the definition of the word independent a trait she passed onto her five daughters, much to the dismay of their partners. On weekends she would putter around the yard, canning or preparing her world famous roast beef dinner.
In the morning we could always look forward to pancakes, bacon and eggs, cooked sometimes on her beloved wood cook stove. She loved the simple things in life. Attending or hosting a gathering of family and friends was one of her favourite things. She made people very comfortable with her warm and loving personality. Often at family barbeques she would show off her favourite hat.
Ten of Kay’s happiest years were spent with Laurin Spiers on their farm in Arras. Farm life totally agreed with Kay. She loved the outdoors and working with the cows and horses. The whole lifestyle suited her to the tee.
During Kay’s years with Laurin, she met some of her closest friends.
When Laurin passed away, Kay moved back to the farm. She was again neighbours with Mom Eileeen, and Keith and Teresa who were a great source of support for her during this time.
Her relationship with her daughters and sons in law only grew stronger. You could actually say she had five best friends. She was so proud of the girls and their accomplishments. Her greatest source of happiness come from her six Grandsons Jason, Dallas, Austin, Quinn, Wade and Bryce and two Grandaughters, Ashlee and Shayna. Laurin’s grandchildren also held a special place in her heart.
No matter what trials and tribulations Kay faced in her life her family was never neglected.
When Kay’s illness progressed she sold her place to Grandson Jason and his girlfriend Tara. She moved to Renee’s. The family shared many happy times together during these months. The amazing bond we shared only got stronger and we were able to care for her at home till her passing.
Kay will be sadly missed by so many. Cherished memories will see us through the difficult times.
Kay was predeceased by her father Clayton, mother Eileen, brother Jim, and partner Laurin.
She leaves to mourn her passing Renee (Randy), Carmen (Bruce), Kris (Tim), Toni (Fred) Tania (Cliff), brother Keith (Teresa), sisters Joanne, Pat (Dale), Lois (Dennis), her grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Evelyn Sarah Mytron
Evelyn Sarah Mytron, better known as Eve Mytron, resident of the Pouce Coupe Care Home, former resident of Rotary Manor, passed away on February 9, 2003 at 80 years of age. Evelyn was cremated, and by request, no service was held.
Eve was born on March 28, 1922 in Plato, Saskatchewan. She was the second of three girls born to Peter and Anna Vindedahl. She grew up on a small farm in Saskatchewan and attended schools in Plato and Eston, SK. Her father died when she was very young, and Eve was very close to her mother and two sisters.
She worked at the Dawson Creek Bakery, then as a cook at the Co-op cafeteria until her retirement. Eve loved her family get-togethers, cooking Sunday suppers, and her visits to Saskatchewan and Vancouver; she especially loved to go to the lake in Saskatchewan. She had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh. She also loved dancing and singing, she was in the Parkhill Church Choir, and was also a member of T.O.P.S. She enjoyed crocheting, and made lovely afghans for her family.
Eve was very proud of her family. She loved sleepovers with her granddaughters, and watching her grandsons play hockey.
She was pre-deceased by her infant son, Trevor, and her husband, Marvin.
Eve will be lovingly remembered by her family: Sharon (Wayne) Lambie, Brenda (Richard) Frank, Karen (Marvin) McCrae, Randy (Celia) Mytron, Keith Mytron, Bill Cushing, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters, Betsy Proudlove and Alma Proudlove, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek - Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Gary Briggs passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Beth, daughter Tammy, mother Joy Pacheco, sister Gina, bother Mike and three grandchildren.
He was a motorcycle enthusiast and a long-time member of HAMC Whiterock until he recently retired.
A celebration of Gary’s life was held at the Elk’s Hall Whiterock on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003.
Peter James Harasym
Peter James Harasym of Pouce Coupe, B.C. passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday January 31, 2003, at the age of 76 years.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, February 6th, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Reverend David Roch officiated, Cremation followed, interment at a later date in Memorial Gardens in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Peter was born March 09, 1926 at Peterson, Saskatchewan and raised in Lanigan, Saskatchewan.
Following his retirement as a stationary Engineer at the Swift Current Union Hospital (Sask.) Peter and Fern moved a few times before moving to Pouce Coupe, B.C. to be near their youngest son, Harley and his wife Joanne.
Peter is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, Eileen Fern, One daughter „Dolly (Alan Carl) of Prince Rupert, B.C.; four sons, Glenn (Betty) of Wainwright AB. Rod, (Cindy) of Prince George, B.C. Wayne (Laurel) of Airdrie A.B. and Harley (Joanne ) of Pouce Coupe, B.C., Two brothers, Bill (Ona) Harasym of Lanigan Sask., Steve Harasym of Ethlebert MB., Two sisters, Pat Pyle of Regina, Sask. Pauline Hafichuck of Dauphin MB., Also Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Del and Darrallene Lapp of North Battleford Sask. Clarence and Charlotte Lapp of Prince George, B.C. Eleven Grandchildren, Jeff and Jamie Harasym. Leon and Shawn Carl. Steven and Jessica Harasym, Kristina Harasym and Ashley (Alicia) Dyck, Greg, Janiene and Todd Harasym.
Peter was pre-deceased by his parents John and Antuska. Brother in laws Ed Pyle and Bill Hafichuck.
Peter will be missed by, his best buddy Chiyanne, the family dog.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Douglas Randall McLevin
On Friday, January 31, 2003, Randy McLevin passed away suddenly at the age of 49 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Doug and Ina McLevin of Pender Island, B.C.; his sister, Margo (Les) Griffiths of Victoria, B.C.; daughters, Kristin (Ross) Briard of Calgary, Kathrin (Glenn) Langlois of Tangent, Leslie and John McLevin of Edmonton. Randy leaves five grandchildren, Colby and Kirk Briard and Kira, Devin and Kennedy Langlois. Randy will be sadly missed by many relatives and friends.
Services were held at Sands Funeral Chapel, Pender Island, on Saturday, February 8, 2003.
Carl Rousell, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and former longtime resident of Doe River, passed away on May 21, 2003 at 88 years of age. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on May 26, 2003 at the Rolla Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Interment followed at the Peace View Cemetery in Shearerdale, British Columbia.
Carl was born on August 17, 1914 in Asquith Saskatchewan, the third of 15 children born to William and Ethel (nee Knapp) Rousell. He came to the Peace Country on January 15, 1935. By 1937, he had moved here permanently, and filed homestead papers on November 28, 1939.
He married Olive Wellwood at Asquith, on November 16, 1945 and they raised five children. He farmed three quarters of land. The first house he built cost him about forty dollars.
In 1960, we had a house fire and no insurance, with help, we moved a log house to our land, it was home until 1981, when dad purchased a trailer. He and Olive eventually moved to Heritage Heights in Dawson Creek, where he remained until his passing.
Dad was a very loving and soft person, never one to get really angry. He lived his philosophy of “Don’t expect people to be what you want them to be - accept them the way they are.”
I never saw dad get in a hurry for anything. He loved to talk to people and always had the time to talk to you over a cup of coffee at the Co-op. He believed you used things until they were completely worn out, for example he apologized after a two week visit with his daughter, Pearl, that he “just couldn’t get two more days out of the second tea bag.”
Dad also had many one liners, some examples are:
“What you get for nothing is worth nothing.”
“Experience is the best teacher, but the hardest.”
“Expect the worst, and you will never be disappointed.”
“Always play your hunches.”
Dad was a great provider, we were never rich but always had enough to eat and a roof over our heads, and three tubs of ice cream in the deep freeze. There are different theories about the ice cream - maybe they were cheaper to buy three at a time, or if you could afford three at a time you must have it made, or perhaps it was that dad really just liked ice cream!
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Olive Rousell; Children, Calvin Rousell (Barb Slowinski), Mary (Wayne) Galloway, Manley (Lisa) Rousell, Norman (Mary-Lou) Rousell, Pearl (Terry) Mogardo and Lorraine Rousell; grandchildren, Neil (Darcie), Victoria (Chris), Davina; Cindy (Curtis), Dawn (Rob); John (Serena), Ashley; Sherri (Scott), Bryan; Joshua (Rachel) and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Carey, Kaiden, Dominic and Aaron; brothers, Hilton, Rod, and Tom, and sisters, Ethel, Dora and Joyce.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Dr. William Oliver Scott
Dr. Bill Scott, resident of Beaverlodge, Alberta passed away on Monday, May 19, 2003 at the age of 65 years.
Bill was born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 10, 1937. He graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario in 1966.
He began practice in the B.C. lower mainland where he lived for 12 years, before moving to Beaverlodge where he has practiced for the past 25 years.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He was a founding member of the Grande Prairie canoe club and loved to teach others this sport. Bill was an accomplished pilot and flight instructor.
His tragic death was the result of an ultralite plane crash caused by mechanical failure.
Bill is survived by his mother Elsie; brother Charles; sister Bernice Wright all of Surrey, British Columbia; special friend Cynthia Hanson of Grande Prairie; as well as numerous dear friends.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 2:30 P.M. from the Albright Hall, (located on Highway 43 between Beaverlodge and Hythe) with interment to follow in the Riverview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada Inc. 264 Woodlawn Rd. W, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1B6
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