Fern Leona Hurst
1933 - 2009
Fern Hurst, resident of Dawson Creek, BC, passed away on April 17, 2009 at 75 years of age. A MemorialService for Fern was held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek and was Officiated by Captain Francie Lee.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Fern to the "The Salvation Army" 1434-104 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2J8.
Eugenie (Jean) Catherine Naylor
Eugenie Catherine Naylor passed away April 23, 2009 at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital at the age of 84 years.
Jean leaves to cherish her memory, children: Robyn, David (Debbie) and Stephen (Janis) ; grandchildren: Christoper (Colleen), Kevin, Andrew, Laurena (Dave), Brian (Stacie), Lynn (Ryan) and Amy (Chris) ; great-grandchildren: Kamryn, Addison, and David. She will also be lovingly remembered by her sisters Therese (Fred) and Marie; brothers: John and Bob (Eileen) ; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Renton, parents, a daughter in infancy, sisters Delina and Agnes, and brother Joe.
Jean was born July 13, 1924 in Hafford, Saskatchewan. She was the fourth child of John and Catherine (Oliver) Melling. When Jean was six her family moved to Makwa, Saskatchewan. The family moved back to Hafford in 1943. After this Jean moved to Regina, Saskatchewan where she worked in the hospital.
Later she lived in Ruddell, Saskatchewan where she met her future husband, Renton. Before Jean moved to Vancouver Island to be married, she worked at the hospital in Lashburn, Saskatchewan.
Jean and Renton were married in Courtney, British Columbia on April 7, 1947. They started out their married life homesteading in Black Creek, British Columbia. Their eldest daughter, Robyn, was born during this time. In 1951, they moved to Oyster Bay, British Columbia when Renton started working in the logging industry. Their son, David was born while they lived in Oyster Bay.
The family moved to Sayward, BC in the fall of 1952. It was during this time that their two youngest children, Margaret and Stephen were born. Sadly, their daughter Margaret died at the age of ten months.
Jean, Renton and family relocated to Dawson Creek, BC in March of 1957. Here Renton worked as a construction carpenter while Jean created a warm and loving home for him and their children.
Jean was very involved in her church, Notre Dame, especially with the Catholic Women’s League. She was also a member of the Royal Purple. Jean did a lot of baking for both of these organizations. Often her kitchen would be overflowing with delicious homemade pies for some catered event.
Jean was born into a musical family and she loved singing. Her singing was infectious and brought happiness to those around her. She enjoyed all genres of music from hymns to country.
Jean enjoyed a variety of activities including reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing scrabble and various card games. She liked watching cooking shows, old movies and Jeopardy on TV. At one time, Jean was an accomplished seamstress, knitter, bread maker, cook and enthusiastic flower grower.
She and her husband, Renton, liked to travel to visit family and friends throughout BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Two favorite trips were going across Canada and trekking around Banff and Jasper National Parks.
Jean will be remembered for the kindness and compassion when showed to others. She loved children and valued the time she could spend with her grandchildren. She lived her life with integrity and hard-work and where faith, family and friends were important.
A Funeral Mass, officiated by Father Michael Anyasoro was held in memory of Jean on April 28, 2009 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, BC
Jessie Lillian (Packwood) Newby
February 19, 1912 – April 14, 2009
Jessie Lillian was born to George Walter Packwood and Claudia Cecilia Hess on February 19, 1912 in Kamloops, British Columbia. She was the first of her family born on this side of the border and was always very proud to be Canadian.
In 1917, when Jessie was five, the family moved to homestead near Ensleigh, Alberta. After a brief stint in Calgary, they landed in Vulcan and finally settling in the Peace Country.
In 1933, after a short and disastrous stint trying her hand as a camp-cook, Jessie accepted a job at Harper’s Department Store. From then on, she spent the rest of her life as an active and contributing citizen of Dawson Creek.
Jessie married Fredrick William Newby on July 28, 1937 at Dawson’s First United Church.
Jessie and Fred curled, played tennis, golf, bridge and other card games; hunted and fished. They enjoyed travelling, usually by car, but once flying as far away as Hawaii. Jessie was an honorary member of the Dawson Creek Ladies Curling Club and life member of the Golf and Country Club.
At various times she was golf and bridge champion for Northern British Columbia and a founding member of the United Church where she loved the singing and social activities.
Jessie gave birth to two children: daughter Kathryn, and son Brian. Jessie took to motherhood like a duck to water, teaching her children the essentials of life: how to play cards, make a proper cup of tea and pour a proper drink if the sun was over the yard-arm, and how to have fun!
When both kids were teenagers, Fred and Jess purchased a recreational lot at Moberly Lake where they spent many enjoyable weekends.
In later years, as Kathy and Brian in turn married and started families of their own, Jess and Fred enjoyed spending much of their time with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and any other strays that showed up. Jess never turned anyone away and was in many ways a surrogate mom and grandma to many extended family and friends.
Jessie Lillian Packwood Newby died peacefully April 14, 2009 at the age of 97 years, with her son and daughter by her side.
Jessie was predeceased by her husband Frederick Newby, sister Vera Kruse and brothers George, Bill and Jack Packwood. She is survived by daughter Kathryn (Don) Stubbs and Brian (Lorraine) Newby, grandchildren: Paul (Juanita) Stubbs, Douglas (Linda) Stubbs, Petra (Kim) Rowell,
Jennifer (Emery) Van Patten, Alanna (Darryl) St Jean, Lisa (Mark) Brumm, Suzanne (Gordon) Currie, Sharon (Shawn) Norris, Carson (Kirsten) Newby and Curtis (Cindy) Newby, great-grandmother to Kyla and Chase Stubbs, Chris, Patrick and Jason Stubbs, Michael and Thomas Rowell, Myles, James, Troy Van Patten, Payton St Jean, Makayla and Kelsey Brumm, Alysha, Alyssa and David Currie, Ashley, Tyler, Sara and Casey Norris, Sydney and Nikolas Newby and Carey Newby.
A funeral service was held on April 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Interment followed in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Sarah Faith Bourdeaux
Sarah Faith Bourdeaux passed away Friday, April 17, 2009 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 33 years. Sarah was born on October 4, 1975 in Hay River, NWT to Tony Bourdeaux and Jocelyn Gregorowich (Bourdeaux) . Sister Stacey followed and then brother Curtis. In 1984 she moved with her father and sister eventually settling in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
Sarah’s mother Jocelyn remarried to Len Gregorowich which added to Sarah’s family to include her sister Kristina Bryant and Amber Gregorowich. Her dad remarried to Crosbie Hartford her family grew once again to include her brother John (Bourdeaux) .
Sarah made friends everywhere she went, her captivating blue eyes and bright smile made it hard for people not to be drawn to her.
Sarah had 3 children the GREATEST PASSION of her life, daughter, Kori Bourdeaux (15 years), Zachary Stenhouse (10 years) and Anthony Freeman (6 years), she referred to them as “my Kori”, “my Zachary” and “my Anthony”.
Sarah had several jobs the Pizza Factory in Houston, British Columbia and then the Hospital in Dawson Creek but her passion was to DRIVE TRUCK!! with determination and hard work she got her class 1. She was so proud of herself, as was her family. Sarah was petite and this had some wondering how she would manage in the field of truck driving where it is dominated by men! she had the men blushing! She started her driving career with Pocock Trucking and did a lot of highway driving, she then went to drive with Borek for a season and most recently April 2008 she joined Waste Management. She excelled in her career and learned quickly and was able to drive and operate Waste Management’s entire fleet of trucks in her short time working there.
Sarah had many struggles in her life but had great supports to get her through.
Sarah was predeceased by her grandparents John and Eleanor Bourdeaux, and Frank and Ruth Marsh, uncle Sean Bourdeaux and nephew Sean Fewer.
Sarah will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by: her daughter Kori Bourdeaux, sons: Zachary Stenhouse and Anthony Freeman; father Anthony (Crosbie) Bourdeaux; mother Jocelyn (Len) Gregorowich; sisters: Stacey Bourdeaux, Kristina Bryant and Amber Gregorowich; brothers: Curtis Gregorowich and John Bourdeaux; niece: Courtney Fewer; nephews: Cody, Caleb and Johnathon Cupples and Curtis Fewer; grandparents: Joyce and Austin Woodcock, George and Janet Hartford and Sadie Underwood; and numerous aunt, uncles, cousins and friends
A memorial services was held on April 23, 2009 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel officiated by Terry Coe and eulogy read by Shannon Taylor.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the trust fund for her three children set up at the Royal Bank in Dawson Creek for their education.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to everyone for their support and expressions of sympathy during this difficult time.
GOOD BYE SARAH YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN.
Elsie May Fisher
Elsie May Fisher died April 15, 2009 at the age of 86 in the Beaverlodge Hospital, Beaverlodge, Alberta. She was born October 24, 1922 in Huntsville, Ontario and moved to the Vermilion Area as a small child. She was the second eldest child of 6 children.
She attended school at Brockville and later in Vermilion. She then joined the Navy in 1942 and serviced until January 1946. She then returned to Vermilion where she married Gordon Preston. In 1964 she married Norman William Fisher and resided on the family farm at Marwayne, Alberta. After Norman’s death in 1977, she moved to Vegreville. Many years later, she relocated to Hythe, Alberta where she remained until her death.
Elsie is survived by her daughter, Kari Colleen Preston (Wilbur Berge) of Dawson Creek, BC. and her son William Calvin Fisher of Fort McMurray, Alberta; 4 grandchildren: Lauri, Les, Robin and Bill’s daughter McKenzie, granddaughter in-law Deanna and great-granddaughter Kailyn; 2 sisters, Sylvia (Gene O’Shea) and Alveso (Bernie Krebs) and one brother Jim. She was predeceased by her sisters, Cora (Fred Wutzke) and Olivia (Chris Boier) .
Funeral services were held both in Dawson Creek, BC at the Bergeron Funeral Home on April 17, 2009 and at the Park Memorial in Vegreville, Alberta on April 22, 2009 with interment in the Marwayne Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beaverlodge Hospital, Beaverlodge, Alberta.
A very special tribute to Dr. Mark Langer, the staff of the Beaverlodge Hospital and to each and everyone of those of you in Hythe who gave Mom a ride or did something to help her in any way. You know who you are and thank you so very much.
Anne Elizabeth Schilds
Anne Elizabeth Schilds (Newby), also known as Mom, mother, mommy, Grandma, Granny Annie, and Grandma Great, was born in Leeds England on November 17, 1912. Anne came to Canada with her family when she was 8 years old and settled just 5 miles south of Progress. She is a true Pioneer of the Peace Country having lived here for 87 years where she built a life for herself and her 10 children. Through good times and bad, Anne always put her family first and by her example, she taught them to be responsible, caring, and loving members of a very large, close family.
In her 87 years in this community, Anne grew to be somewhat of a legend. It seems that everyone knew her. She attended the first school in the Old Dawson Creek town site, played basketball on the high school team, she was at the first Dawson Creek Rodeo, she helped open the Hart Hotel pub in Pouce Coupe, and she saw Dawson Creek and area grow and change; first with the arrival of the American soldiers and the building of the Alaska Highway to the City it is today. In 1965 Anne bought her own home on 95th Ave. She spent 44 years in that house, and it truly was her home.
She was a store clerk for 13 years at Simpson Sears and she kept staff and customers entertained with her dry wit and stories of her children.
She took opportunities to travel and went to Germany, France, Belgium, and England and Spain. She visited her daughter Barb in the Okanagan every year, but her favourite trips were the drives around South Dawson where she grew up and could still remember the names and faces of those people who were involved in her life. Her first trip away from home was to Rolla to write her provincial exams (and back in those days that was a very big deal) . She got the top marks in the area on her provincial exams. Anne’s memory stayed very sharp even to the end of her days. She always said anyone can do the alphabet but can you do it backward? She could, right up to her time in the Prince George hospital just short days ago when she wowed the nurse by reciting it backwards again. She also loved to recite little poems and was always teaching her kids little jokes and poems and prayers that they remember from their child hood.
As the years went by and Anne’s children started families of their own, Anne’s family grew to include 23 grandchildren, and then 44 great grandchildren and lately 3 great-great grandchildren. True to form, Grandma became a big part of their lives. She was involved in hosting birthday parties, she had special Christmas traditions with the families, she displayed all of their graduation pictures, she was one of the first visitors in the hospital when her great grandchildren were born; she liked to tease the girls that they had to bring their boyfriends around for her approval. I do not think a day went by but she had a child or grandchild or great grandchild visiting in her home. For many of those who lived away from Dawson Creek, no trip home was complete without a visit to Grandma’s house where you would be welcomed to the kitchen table for a warm beer, or a cup of tea, and a lot of laughs.
Anne liked to say “it’s no disgrace to get old but it’s damn unhandy”. I am sure you would agree that growing old never stopped Anne from having fun. She went to the Co- op for breakfast every Sunday for the past 20 years, and she loved her Monday night meetings where she could catch up with all the news of her children and their families. She was always ready to go for dinner, drink a beer with her family, attend another birthday celebration, or hold another grandchild in her arms.
Anne passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her children at the grand age of 96 years, 4 months on April 5, 2009. She has left us a legacy of love, friendship and fun. She will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all of her family and friends. Toodle – Loo
Anne is predeceased by her parents Grace and Frederick Newby, husband Harold Schilds, son Lawrence Schilds, daughter in-laws Betty Schilds and Beth Schilds and son in-laws Duane Leffingwell, Ed Maguire, sister Nellie (Jack) Hall, brothers Ray (Helen) Newby and Fred Newby, and grandsons Daniel Schilds and Michael Reczka.
She is survived by her children: Ron Schilds, Fran Schilds, Doug Schilds, Norma Leffingwell, Barb Maguire, Barrie (Lorraine) Schilds, Ted (Rosinne) Schilds, Bill (Pat) Schilds, Betty Schilds, and Pat (Jim) Inkster; 23 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and sister Jessie Newby.
A funeral service was held on April 9, 2009 at the South Peace United Church, officiated by Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Interment followed in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.