Krishna Khushali Harris
Krishna Khushali Harris, resident of Tumbler Ridge, passed away on Friday January 12, 2007 at 56 years of age in Dawson Creek. She was born on June 21, 1950 in New Westminster, British Columbia to Paul and Ranjit Manhas.
Krishna was predeceased by her father Paul Manhas. She is survived by her husband Gordon Harris, children; Dale (Kimberly) Harris, Damon Harris, grandchild Deven Harris, mother Ranjit Manhas, brother Dave (Surinder) Manhas and sister Cela (Ron) Benedetti.
A memorial service was held on Saturday January 20, 2007 at the New Life Assembly Church in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. Officiated by Pastor Bill Hendley.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Krishna may be made by way of donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1000 – 105 Ave, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 2L4.
Memorial arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Richard Gordon Matheson
1933 - 2007
Richard Gordon Matheson of Progress passed away, January 18, 2007 at the age of 73 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He was born on February 25, 1933 in Cabri, Saskatchewan to parents, Ella and Gordon Matheson.
Dick lived and farmed in Progress for over 30 years, and also was active in fishing, hunting, and enjoying nature life.
He is survived by his siblings Howard Matheson, Beatrice Knorr, Roy and Bryle Matheson, Maxine and Dick James, Harry and Joyce Matheson, Inna and Stuart MacKinnon, Janet Withrow, Norman Matheson, Elizabeth Prosch and many nieces and nephews. Also will be remembered by Shelley and Todd Smith, and grandchildren Sarah, Janie & Flynn Smith.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Ellen Christina De Wetter
Ellen De Wetter was born on June 29, 1925 to John and Catherine McDonell. She was the youngest of four children; Margaret, Don and Ken. Ellen was raised on the family farm in East Pouce Coupe. Ellen’s father passed away early in life when he was struck by lightning in 1934. With her father gone and Ken away in the army, Ellen, Margaret and Don helped their mother keep the farm going.
Ellen received her education at the one room school in East Pouce and had lots of friends that she talked about often. She married Jack De Wetter on August 10, 1955. Her family began with the birth of a baby girl on October 2, 1956, whom she named Catherine, after her mother, John was born on April 9, 1958 and Gerald on January 20, 1962.
Ellen was a member of the Alter Society in Pouce Coupe for many years and when the church was closed in Pouce Coupe, she became a member of the CWL in Dawson Creek. When her children were old enough, she went back to school at Northern Lights College and became a book keeper. She worked at many different jobs in her life from being a cook at the Pouce Coupe Hospital to working at the Village Office until she retired.
Ellen had many hobbies, from helping her children with their projects, working at the museum; riding the snowmobiles with her sons and helping her daughter make a dress. Ellen enjoyed life to the fullest and would always have a word to say to someone, whether it be to an old friend or to a young person sitting on the steps of the museum. Ellen was a life member of the Pouce Coupe Museum, a charter member of the Briar Ridge Women’s Institute and her nimble fingers were responsible for beautifully embroidered linens, her quilting was unsurpassed, she made many crafts which helped to bring in funds for the Institute. Ellen could always be seen helping at the Pouce Coupe BBQ every July 1st. Ellen was a tireless volunteer.
In December of 1978, Cathy married to Bob Mulvahill and moved to Peachland B.C. This was a sad time for Ellen, as she was now the only woman in the house. She taught her two boys, John and Gerry, how to do many things from cooking to mending their own work clothes. She was a proud Grandma to John and Robbie. John, her oldest son, married Carol in 1991 and Gerry never married.
All who knew Ellen De Wetter will have lost something.
Ellen was predeceased by her parents, John and Catherine McDonell, husband John Aurther De Wetter, son John William De Wetter, and sister Margaret McDonell.
A funeral mass was held on December 28, 2006 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Officiated by Father Tom Shymko.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Arnold Sigvard Johnson
Arnold Sigvard Johnson was born January 18, 1912 at Bigfork, Minnesota, 2nd child to Axel and Klara Johnson whom had both emigrated from Sweden. Later that year they moved back to Rockford, Illinois where the rest of the family were living.
In 1913 Axel, Arnold’s father and his brother Emil came to Canada and worked on the Grand Trunk Railway. It was there they heard about the new land opening up in the Peace River Area. In the fall of 1914 they walked from Edson, AB to Rolla and filed on their land, built a cabin down in Rock Creek. The spring of 1915 they broke 10 acres of land and then went back to Rockford.
In 1916, Pehr, Axel, Klara, Elsie, Arnold and William came to Rolla via Grande Prairie on the railway. They hired a team and wagon from there, arriving at Emil’s cabin in 1916.
The first school Arnold went to was one mile east and one and a half miles north of Rolla. A new school was built in Rolla where Arnold finished his Grade 11 in 1929. That year also Arnold took a homestead in the Bonanza area.
In 1940 Arnold married Florence Watson and they moved to the homestead in Bonanza. Arnold served in the Canadian Army from January 1943 to September 1945. They had three children: Wayne, Vivian and Brian.
In 1952 Arnold married Helen Matthews from Edmonton. Helen had two children, Donald and Steve. In 1956 Arnold and Helen had one daughter Arnette.
In 1969 Arnold sold the farm and they moved into Dawson Creek. For two years he worked for the Prairie Farm Assistance Act Office, he then took his Real Estate license. He bought a couple of quarters east of Dawson Creek on Highway 49 where he spent time doing maintenance and improvements.
He traveling, fishing and hunting, I think we could all tell a story he told about his hunting experiences.
The Co-op was a favorite spot he liked to stop, have a coffee and visit with whoever was around. Arnold loved life, he was a hard worker, and up until a year ago he was still spraying weeds.
For three and a half years Arnold lived at Rotary Village and the last few months at the Pouce Coupe Care Home. Wayne, Vivian, Brian and their families were very good to visit and care for him during this time. It was hard for him the last while because of his poor hearing and eye-sight but his mind was always so clear. Arnold was truly a Pioneer of the Peace Country.
He was predeceased by his parents Axel in 1958, mother Klara in 1967, sister Elsie in 1982, brothers; William in 1978, Karold in 1981, Robert and sister Helen.
Arnold passed away December 25, 2006.
A memorial service was held on December 29, 2006 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1918 – 2006
Born in Fort William, Ontario, to Edith and Donald MacDonald;
Margaret grew up in Pardee approximately 30 miles from Fort William.
Margaret and twin sister, Flora were the second and third children born into the family.
Margaret married Bruce Hamilton in 1941 and they moved out to British Columbia in 1946. There they took up residence in Surrey where they had a small farm and raised their three small children; Ross, Phyllis, and Norman Hamilton.
After her husband passed away in 1957 Margaret moved her young family to Prince George and went to work as a bookkeeper for Carrier Lumber Limited. There she raised her family, built her home, and worked for the lumber company until she decided to follow her sons to Whitehorse, UK in 1974 to manage a small convenience store.
After several years in Whitehorse she moved once again to be with her daughter and her family in Dawson Creek, BC. She worked at Wright’s cold storage for a time until she retired. In her retirement she became well known as a crossing guard at Notre Dame Elementary and a fixture at local sporting events, watching her grandchildren participate.
In 1987 Margaret moved to the Okanogan where she had a very active retirement growing fruit and gardening most days. She remained there until the passing of her eldest son Ross when she decided to move back to Dawson Creek to be closer to her family.
Once again she became well known as she attended many events in Dawson Creek and the surrounding area. She traveled all over Alberta with her grandson, Ken Price, to his Boarder Collie events and was very well known in that venue. She was also very involved with her granddaughter Janelle Price’s horse related activities.
Margaret spent the last two years at Rotary Manor involved in the day program and became a resident there. The staff at Rotary Manor took excellent care of Margaret.
Margaret will be remembered for her compassion, courage, loyalty, love of animals, love of family, and dedication to her job – where she exhibited excellence in any vocation she chose. She did her best to instill these values to people whose lives she touched, leading by example.
Margaret is survived by her sisters; Flora and Dorothy, daughter
Phyllis Price (Ron), son Norman Hamilton (Anna), grandchildren; Ken Price, Janelle Price, Tanya Pavich, Cathy Hamilton, Jenny Hamilton, Elliot Hamilton and great grandchildren Jackson Price, Prestin Sorken, Alicia Sorken, Wyatt Sorken, Teneesha Merkel, Shana Merkel, Sara Merkel, Kyla Merkel, Alex Keene, Tyler Keene and many nieces and nephews.
As per Margaret’s wishes, she was cremated and there will be a memorial service in Surrey, British Columbia at a later date. Inurnment will follow in the Surrey City Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Edna Blanch Campbell
Edna Blanch Campbell passed away on December 18, 2006 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at the age of 85 years. She was born on January 28, 1921 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan.
As per Edna’s wishes no service will be held. Donations in Edna’s memory can be made to the Charity of Your Choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Julia Eva Coe
Eva was born, Julia Eva Thompson on July 6th, 1930 in Big Prairie, Alberta to George Edwin Thompson and Jessie Isabel, nee McMillan. Being one of ten children during hard times, her parents had to allow her to be raised by the Harder family from the age of three until adulthood. She attended elementary school in Carstairs and high school in Crossfield. During this time she babysat for the Wilf Carter family.
Eva married Steven Dvornik in 1950 in Calgary. Their first child, Donna Marie passed away at the age of five days. Her second daughter, Wendy was born February 1st, 1952 in Calgary. She moved to BC and lived in several towns. She was a waitress and told stories of working in lodges and getting big tips from American hunters. Her marriage ended in 1953 and Eva became a single parent working to survive.
During the next few years, Eva met a young RCMP Constable, William Coe. When he could leave the RCMP, they moved to Kitimat and were married. Terry was born July 6th, 1956 – Eva’s birthday… what a birthday present! Early in 1957, she and her family moved to Dawson Creek. Wanda was born April 15th, 1959. In 1960 her family moved to Fort Nelson for two years and then back to Dawson Creek. Eva went to work as a cook at the Wimpy’s restaurant. Larry, the son they were destined to adopt, was born June 15th, 1962. She always said he wasn’t born under her heart, but born in it. Her family lived in several homes in Dawson Creek, and she ran a number of ventures from Coe’s Hobbyland to a boarding house and a babysitting agency.
In 1968 the family moved to the Farm along Bissette Creek. There Eva and Bill raised their family along with many a strange animal. This home became appropriately named “The Funny Farm.” In 1986, Eva and Bill moved back into Dawson Creek. They lived there until 1995, when health issues and better medical services had them relocate to Barriere, BC.
In the fall of 1997, she returned to Dawson Creek, after Bill’s sudden passing. This allowed her to be closer to her children living in Dawson Creek. She remained there until 2001, at which time she moved to High River to be near her childhood stomping grounds, and Wanda and her family. In 2003, missing her younger grandchildren, she returned to Dawson Creek. In the fall of 2005, she moved in to Southview assisted living apartments. December 1st, 2006, she moved into the Pouce Coupe Care Home, where she lived for only four days and peacefully passed away December 5th, 2006
Eva was predeceased by her loving husband Bill Coe, daughter Donna Marie, sisters Ida, Isabel, Alice, Ester, brothers Norman and Charlie and granddaughter Loretta.
You are free of all this worldly burden now Eva – go in peace!
A funeral service was held on December 9, 2006 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.