BURTIS EARL NELSON
1933 - 2009
Burtis Earl Nelson passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009 in Dawson Creek at the age of 75 years. Burtis was born, July 19, 1933 to Lavina & Bennie Nelson at his grandparents farm near Kelvington, Saskatchewan. Burtis was oldest of 5 children.
While growing up Burtis and his cousin Leonard Sonstelie spent many hours hunting, fishing and exploring the woods. Burtis attended school at Manchester and later Bellshill which according to him, "was four miles, up hill both ways." Here he met the love of his life, Bernice McLean. After leaving school he worked near home at various jobs. In 1952 he took the train to Dawson Creek. He went to work for his Uncle Warren Nelson, hauling fuel up the Alaska Highway. Uncle Warren's family became his home away from home. Trucking Fever had begun! During these early years he met Danny Friesen, Corney Friesen, Mirrel Lutz, Howard Alexander and Clayton Alexander who all became life long friends.
On December 24, 1953, Burtis and Bernice were married in the United Church in Dawson Creek. This union lasted for over 55 years, raising 3 children.
Burt became an owner/operator in 1956. He hauled lumber for Jack Alexander's sawmill, then spent a couple of winters up north hauling fuel. For the next 25 years he hauled gravel for Reg Norman Trucking
Burt was a handyman, building several homes, over the years. In 1954, he built his first home on 93rd avenue in Dawson Creek. For 8 years, they were neighbours to good friends Danny and Carol Friesen. Burt and his family resided in Hudsons Hope and Fort St. John returning to Dawson Creek in 1967. They lived in the Bessborough area for 25 years and then later moving to an acreage on the Reasbeck Road for 10 years. In 2005 they moved into Dawson Creek.
Burt loved to read and watch TV, especially the Discovery and History channels. Burt enjoyed playing cards. He also liked fabricating, fixing and building things
He enjoyed old time and country music, coffee stops at 3-way Texaco and in later years the Co-op. Burt enjoyed visits with family and friends but if they stayed too long, he wouldn't hesitate to turn out the lights or occasionally douse a campfire and head off to bed!
Burt always had time for his grandkids giving driving lessons, teaching carpentry and many other practical skills. He also shared advice on everyday life. An endless dish of jelly beans and jube jubes was always on hand. He enjoyed our many family gatherings and often commented on how lucky he was to have his family all living near.
Burt made the Peace River area his home for the past 57 years. Many good friends and acquaintances were made and he valued the time he spent with them.
Burtis is pre-deceased by his father Bennie in 1975 and his mother Lavina in 2003.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving wife Bernice, children Cheryl (Jack) McDonald, Faye (Paul) Geist and Ross (Joanne) Nelson, grandchildren Jeremy and Nikki McDonald, Erin and Stacey Geist, Karli and Shane Nelson.
Brother Wayne (Katie) Nelson, sisters Doreen (Bill) Huddlestun, Ann (Bud) Armstrong, Donna (Dale) Hall.
Sister-In-Laws Mae Markling, Joyce (Wallace) McPhee, Shirley (Dale) Ostlund. and Brother-In-Law Don (Irene) McLean, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held on April 3, 2009 at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Eulogy was read by Dale Ostlund. Burtis was cremated and his ashes will be interred at the Brookside Cemetery at a later date.
Kenneth Edgar Webb
October 1, 1933 – March 20, 2009
Ken Webb was born on October 1, 1933, in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
He was the second child to Arthur and Margaret Webb and a younger brother to Gordon.
Before moving to Dawson Creek, the Webb family originally settled in Rolla, British Columbia after relocating to the Peace River Region from Ontario.
Ken lived in Dawson Creek for his entire life. After completing high school he worked as a truck driver for the Army and Trail Transport. He then joined his dad at Shop-Rite Ltd and Webb’s Men’s Wear before becoming the credit and office manager for McCoy Brothers. Ken’s last job prior to retirement was with BC Commercial transport where he worked at the scales in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.
Ken had a great love for the outdoors. He was very involved in hunting and fishing and won many trophies as a marksman in his day. He also developed a love for aviation and owned a number of different airplanes either on his own or in a partnership. For many years Ken, Marie, Shawn and Crista enjoyed camping and vacationing in the BC Okanagan.
Ken was a volunteer member on the Dawson Creek Fire Department from 1956 to 1968. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #126 and the Mile Zero Shrine Club. He was the Shrine Children’s Hospital representative for many years.
Ken and Marie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July of 2007. In 2008 they traveled to Airdrie, Alberta to attend Tyler’s graduation and achievement awards then to Fairmont, BC to spend time with Gene, Crista, and his treasured grandsons Tyler and Braden.
Despite many health challenges throughout his life Ken had a great sense of humor and was known to be quite a prankster. In more recent times Ken enjoyed meeting with friends and acquaintances for coffee at Robin’s or a meal out at a local restaurant.
Ken will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marie, his son Shawn, his daughter Crista (Gene) Wiegand, his grandsons Tyler and Braden, his brother Gordon (Geri) Webb, sister in-law Shirley Tucker, brothers in-law John (Barb) Querin, Joe Querin and Harold Querin, along with many cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, and a lifelong accumulation of friends.
Ken was predeceased by his father Arthur in 1996 and his mother Margaret in 1999.
Ken Webb passed away on March 20, 2009 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He will be sadly missed but forever remembered, by all who knew him.
A Memorial service was held on March 27, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Don Moore. Interment to follow at the Brookside Cemetery in Dawson Creek at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Dawson Creek Child Development Centre, 9001-10 Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T1
Victoria Marzan Jones
Victoria Marzan Jones was born in Nagilian La Union, Philippines. Most commonly known as Vicky, she was the 4th out of 7 children. In grade four, she moved to the capital of the country, Manila. After graduating high school in 1970, she took her two year pre-nursing course in the Baguio city college. All she had left to do was her practicum but with four children all in college, the tuition of each sibling became expensive. To help out her parents, Vicky postponed her studies so that her younger sibling could finish their courses.
Vicky always kept her parents in her prayers. She had seen how hard they worked on the farm. Vicky wanted her parents to relax, travel and retire one day. Once she found a job in the shoe market as a manager, she sent home a good portion of her salary.
Eager to start a new career, Vicky applied in several countries to work abroad. After one year, she received a visa with her name on it. Vicky was to work in a furniture shop in Barren next to Saudi Arabia.
When she returned to the Philippines, Vicky was surprised to see that her parents used the money she gave them to build a new floor and roof to their house. At the age of 31, she applied to work in Brunei on the Island of Borneo in Malaysia. Vicky’s resume was accepted and she spent another three years working as a Cashier Manager in a department store. This is where she had met our dad, Victor Jones.
They got married on March 8th 1990 in the Philippines. A year later, Vicky gave birth to her daughter, Nathalie Jones. In 1993, she became a Canadian citizen. In 1995 she gave birth to her son, Jordan Jones.
Vicky’s height sure did not measure up to her outgoing personality. She always reminded her family, even though they were taller than she was, she was still the boss. Vicky was a very clean person and everything was always in order. At meal times, she was the last to sit down. Everyone had to be enjoying her food. Vicky would interrogate every boy that showed up at our house looking for her daughter. If any girls came to her home looking for her son, Vicky would feed them.
In 2004 Vicky was diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery. About a week after her Mastectomy and Lumpectomy she was back cooking supper for the entire family! After her treatments Vicky was cancer free for one year. On her 51st birthday, she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. She had one open surgery and two laser surgeries on her brain. Despite her efforts, the cancer insisted on coming back.
Victoria believed that God will not put you through anything you could not handle. On March 1st, God made his decision. Even though Vicky will be missed by all, she is no longer suffering by Gods help.
A funeral service was held on March 7, 2009 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Father Michael Anyasoro. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
1915 - 2009
Martha was born on July 5, 1915 in Burstall, Saskatchewan to August Graf and Christina Dorr. Her parents were both born in Russia. There were 10 children, Martha being the 6th. They resided in Burstall, Saskatchewan. The family then moved to Two Rivers (Halcourt area) . In 1935 she married Robert Howatt and took up homesteading in the Elmworth area. In 1936 Ron was born, Delbert in 1942, Terry in 1945 and Raymond in 1950. She was a very industrious person in her sewing, gardening, crocheting, tending the animals, berry picking, canning and cooking for her children and grandchildren. As the boys grew older she cooked for threshing crews to supply them with books and clothes for school. When Raymond turned 12, Martha and Bob cooked in many logging camps for the winters. This enabled them to build a new home in 1968. They worked with many friends and relatives.
Robert passed away in 1978. In 1980 Martha married Lionel Pinard and moved to Dawson Creek. He was instrumental in getting her to travel on bus tours, cruises and even RVing. She continued to garden and took in many seniors dances and Friday nights supper at the Co-op. Lionel passed away in 1990.
At the age of 88 she needed a heart valve replacement and pacemaker; she questioned the doctor as to why she could not have the pig’s valve, which was given to younger patients as opposed to the plastic valves given to older patients. She was the ‘Energizer Bunny’. Her accomplishments included getting her drivers license at 65. Some family members will remember that was the fastest in and out of a ditch while she was attempting to pick up magnetic flashlight on the passenger side floor which had fallen from the dash. She enjoyed the boy’s trapper cabin, back to basics sort of, short of the Eaton’s or Sear’s catalogues.
She loved to watch TV game shows and the Nashville music programs. She was independent and still living in her own home until she took sick a month ago. Special mention goes to Bob and Betty Hawkin’s for all they have done, Thank you very much.
Martha was predeceased by her son Ronald Howatt, husband Robert Howatt, granddaughter Sherri Lynn Howatt and husband Lionel Pinard.
Martha was survived by her sons: Delbert (Ann) Howatt, Terry (Louise) Howatt and Ray (Merwa) Howatt; grandchildren: Rene (Christina) Howatt, Steven Howatt, Brenda (Ray) Ensz, Allen (Jody) Howatt, Ken (Stacy) Howatt, Emily Howatt, Ryan Howatt, Ken (Darcy) Howatt and Deanna (Daryl) Friesen; 20 great-grandchildren; and sisters: Minnie Martinell and Annie McGee.
A funeral service was held on March 14, 2009 at the Beaverlodge United Church, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Interment followed in the Halcourt Cemetery, Beaverlodge, Alberta.
Blanche Ellen Parks
Blanche Ellen Parks passed away suddenly on March 24, 2009 at the age of 69. Blanche was born in Red Deer, Alberta on February 7, 1940 to Gordon and Dorothy Parks. She was predeceased by both of her parents and her husband Roman Rollack.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Darl Lindstrom, Vincent Lindstrom and Dorraine (Wassenaar) ; grandsons: David Welch, Codi Leigh Lindstrom, Clayton Lindstrom, Daniel Lindstrom, Mark Wassenaar, and her granddaughter, Ray-Ann Lindstrom-Smith; four great-grandchildren: Kaylen, Jordan, Danica and Aiden; numerous cousins and extended family members.
We are all truly blessed for having such a gentle, sweet lady in our lives. She touched the lives of many people with her kind, caring soul. Our family wishes to thank the staff at Rotary Manor for the caring attention given to our mother over the last four years.
A celebration of her life was held at Bergeron Funeral Chapel, 10200-17 Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm, officiated by Carol Loney. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Blanche by way of a donation to the “On Our Own”, 10423-10 Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3T8
Livvi Jean-Lynn Taylor
A Funeral Service for Livvi Taylor resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia was held on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Livvi, may be made by way of a donation to the:
"Canadian Cancer Society - Children's research"
1000-105th Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B9
Clifford Gordon Andrews
Clifford Andrews resident of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, passed away on February 22, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta in his 77th year.
A funeral service was held on February 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Cliff's memory by way of a donation to: your local Branch of the "Royal Canadian Legion" or the "Salvation Army" 10103-105 Avenue, Fort St. John, British Columbia V1J 2M4.
Marie Emily Eleanor Bunnah
Eleanor Bunnah, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 66 years of age.
A memorial service was held on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Pastor Cory Lizotte officiated.
Inurnment followed in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Eleanor, may be made by way of a donation to the
"Canadian Diabetes Association" Box 2361, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 4T9.