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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Dawson Creek - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 45

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Giles Dudley
November 26, 1932 - March 07, 2010

Giles Dudley was the first baby born in the St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Dawson Creek, on November 26, 1932.His parents were George Edmond Dudley and Florence Dudley, who had homesteaded just west of Dawson Creek, BC. Giles and his sister Gail grew up in Dawson Creek, where they completed their schooling. Giles father passed away, in August 1949, when Giles was 16 years of age. Giles left Dawson Creek after High School and Joined the RCMP, on August 06, 1951. He was given an RCMP regimental number of 17169. (there have been over 40,000 police officers to join since then) .After completing his RCMP training, he was first posted to Winnipeg, MB, where he completed his field training. In May, 1952, he was then transferred to Emerson, MB. He was then transferred, in March 1954, to Nipigon, ON, where he met his wife, Helen. Giles was then transferred to Ottawa, ON, in October 1955, where he became a Forensic Indenfication Officer. Helen followed him to Ottawa. Giles and Helen got married on November 10, 1956. Right after they were married, Giles was transferred to Edmonton, AB. On August 11, 1958, their first child, Theresa Lynn Dudley, was born. On August 12, 1959, their second child, Mark Allen George Dudley, was born. Florence Dudley took ill and passed away in Dawson Creek, in February 1959. Giles left the RCMP in 1960. On May 26, 1960, Giles brought his family back to Dawson Creek, to look after the family estate. In March 09 1961, John Arthur Dudley was born. Their family was complete. Giles opened up a photography business, known then as Dudley Studio. He hired a young worker by the name of Ken Seto, who took over the business and renamed it Seto Studios, which became a successful business in the community. In 1966, Giles went to work for Northern Glass and it was there that he learned to be a locksmith. In 1971, Giles ventured on his own and opened up a new business called L & T Services, at the corner of 8th Street & 104 Avenue, in Dawson Creek. In 1973, the business was moved to its current location on Alaska Avenue, near 11th Street. Giles did lock and glass work. Glass was fazed out in 1981 and he specialized in lock and safe work. The business has done well severing the people in Northern, BC. Giles enjoyed meeting and visiting with his customers. He enjoyed his work and was at work on his last day alive. After leaving the RCMP, Giles joined the Militia in 1961. He was an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. He retired as a Captain, with 49 years of Service. He became an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, becoming the President and an active past President, which he served up until his death. On Saturday, his last day alive, he went to the Legion to make sure all the accounts were up to date. In 1973, Giles became a member Royal Canadian Air Cadet 353 Squadron. He volunteered 40 years his time to the Air Cadets. He was a Command Officer and when he retired, he continued to help out the Squadron. Giles was an active member of the Peace Masonic Lodge, becoming a Grand Master. For over 40 years, Giles was the Parade Marshall for the Dawson Creek & Pouce Coupe parades. He also Marshaled the annual Remembrance Day parades. During the 60 & 70’s Giles was an active member of the Dawson Creek Ski Patrol. Giles served as a member of the United Church board for many years. Giles served as an active member of the Northern Winter Games for many years. Giles was actively involved helping out with the Provincial & Federal elections. On November 10, 1996, Giles and Helen renewed their wedding vows. On November 10, 2006, Giles and Helen celebrated their 50th wedding vows with their family. In 2008, Giles was presented with the Peoples Choice, Citizen of the Year award.

Giles is predeceased by his parents; George Dudley who passed away, in Dawson Creek, in August 1949 and Florence Dudley who took ill and passed away in February 1959.

Giles is survived by his immediate family: his wife: Helen Dudley, of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia; his sister Gail Girbav, of Salmon Arm, British Columbia; his children; Daughter, Theresa Jorgenson and her husband Alvin from Grande Prairie, Alberta, son, Mark Dudley and his wife, Dianne, from Leduc, Alberta; son, John Dudley and his fiancée, Joan Harrison, from Nanaimo, British Columbia; his grandchildren; grandson, Aaron Jorgenson and his wife, Jeanine, from Beaverlodge, Alberta; granddaughter, CheriLynne Chapman and her husband Ryan, from Grande Prairie, Alberta; grandson, Tyler Dudley, from Leduc, Alberta; granddaughter, Kelsie Dudley, from Leduc, Alberta; grand-daughter, Sierra Head, from Leduc, Alberta; grandson, Tristan Dudley, from Leduc, Alberta; his great-grandchildren: great grand-daughter, Gabrielle Chapman, from Grande Prairie, Alberta; great grand-daughter, Dreah Jorgensen, from Beaverlodge, Alberta; great grand-daughter, Mya Chapman, from Grande Prairie, Alberta; great grandson, Andon Jorgensen, from Beverlodge, Alberta.

Giles will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, March 12, 2010 at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Dawson Creek, BC. In honor of Giles commitment to his country a honor guard was held by members of the Royal Canadian Legion branch #141. Following the service Gile’s urn was interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Ruby Oldfield Cameron
September 10, 1941 – March 10, 2010

Ruby Alberta Margaret McMillan was born to Angus and Elsie McMillan on September 10th, 1941 in Calgary Alberta. Ruby was the third child in a family of 5, living her childhood in Watervalley Alberta. She attended Watervalley School until grade 8, finishing her high school years in Cremona, Alberta. Ruby loved school and being involved in many school events. She had a passion
for music and belonged to the church choir as well as the CGIT (Canadian Girls In Training) . While in school she was influential in producing the school concerts. It seemed that whatever task Ruby took on she always saw it through to the end.

Ruby married Douglas Stuart Oldfield on Nov 1st 1958, and had 4 children, moving to Dawson Creek B.C in 1963. Ruby then met Albert Cameron in 1982 and spent the last 28 years of her life as a part of that family.

Ruby worked as a waitress and cooked most of her life. Her real passion was her family; she loved music and large get togethers. She volunteered her time to many organizations and spent a lot of her time crocheting, quilting, painting and doing many different crafts. Ruby enjoyed her 17 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Ruby was predeceased by her parents Angus and Elsie, stepfather Hubert Papke and brother Chuck.

She is survived by her partner Al Cameron, brothers Raymond, Rod (Mae) and sister Refa (Keith), children Rocky (Helen), Randy (Donna), Rhoda (Sheldon) and Robby, step children Danny and Darcy (Tammy) .

Ruby passed away March 10th, 2010 in the Dawson Creek hospital at the age of 68 years.

A celebration of life was held at Bergeron’s Funeral Home on Saturday March 13th, 2010 at 4:00pm for family and friends.

Donations may be made in memory of Ruby to the ‘British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation’ P.O. box 714, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 4H7 or to the ‘Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation’ 100-119 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1Z6.

Joseph Gerard Goulette

Joseph Gerard Goulette, also known as Gerry, resident of Farmington, British Columbia passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 78 years of age.

Gerry was born in Colburne Parish Restigouche County, New Brunswick on July 27, 1931. Brother to Norma (Raymond) St. Pierre and Madaline (Larry) Simord. Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Friend to Bill and Suzanne Sutherland, Len and Nichole Sutherland, Dwayne and Christy Sutherland, Jacqueline and Mike Tolsma and families.

At Joseph’s request, no service will be held.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Gerry may be made by donation to the ‘British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation,’ P.O. Box 714, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 4H7.

In Loving Memory

The Many things you did for us,

In you kind and loving way

You gave us years of happiness,

No one can take away.

A smile we will always remember,

A voice we will always recall,

Our memories to treasure,

Forever and a day,

Of one so dear to us all.

Sherry Lynn Loney
1957 - 2010


I am honoured to be able to present a tribute to a very special friend, Sherry Loney, who will be missed by all. For those of you who are not aware- I first met Sherry in 1971 when we became fast friends and stayed that way until she passed away.

When I was married in 1978, Sherry was my bridesmaid and then a year later I was privileged to be her bridesmaid at her wedding. Sherry touched our lives in many ways. The Psalmist writes in the 37th chapter, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord...." Truly, Sherry was a good friend.

I too have a long history with Sherry. We became close friends when our girls were born in 1981. Robin and Kristi are 5 weeks apart in age and Jeff and Tyler are 8 days apart. We raised our children together, with Brett and Cody bringing up the rear a few months later. We spent many hours watching sporting events, sharing cups of coffee and growing in our faith. Sherry's absence leaves me with a huge void.

Sherry was born March 27th 1957 in the Providence Hospital here in Fort St John. She was officially the 1st baby born in the Village of Aennofield. She was a very special baby to her mom and dad and her 3 older siblings who spoiled her rotten. When she was young she loved spending time in the playhouse in their back yard, telling us that she planned to raise 10 children, while living in that little house. A husband was not in the plan at that time!

Lorna says that she remembers that when they went on holidays they were both given the same amount of money to spend, and if she remembers right, Sherry usually came home with more money than when she left. This was partly because they both ended up sharing Lorna’s money. When their mom would tell this story, we would always have a good laugh. Although Sherry was quite frugal at that time, we all know how generous she became later on, in every way.

When Sherry was 9 years old she accepted Christ into her life at the Cecil Lake Bible Camp. Every night while she was there, she would pray and ask God into her life again. She was glad when she realized that asking God into her heart one time was all she needed to do. Nights were bad; she would get very homesick, and would want to walk home from camp, but then in the morning was glad that she stayed, because she truly enjoyed it there.

In her teen years, she was actively involved with a large Youth Group at this church. She continued to grow spiritually and made a number of lifelong friends there. She also followed the example of her mom and taught Sunday School to the younger children.

She became involved in candy-striping during high school which confirmed her desire to begin a nursing career. In September of her graduation year, she started her training at the Misercordia Hospital Nursing School in Edmonton. She graduated from there when she was 21 years old and 2 months later started her career at the Fort St John Hospital where she worked in the Maternity Ward for most of the next 30 years.Claire Harwood, Mrs. Oneill, and Mrs Godberson were three of the first nurses she worked with. They were her very respected mentors who took her under their wing and became like family. She assisted in too many deliveries to count and on special occasions, when the babies didn’t want to wait for the doctor, she was able to deliver them herself. This was always an exciting event for her. She made a point of getting to know the moms, always showing interest in their other children, and often kept track of them as they grew older. She taught moms the best way to keep a baby happy was to wrap them up snugly and hated seeing babies without a blanket. Sherry was a calm, caring and professional nurse who remained so even in high pressure situations. She was known & loved throughout the entire hospital by not only the nurses but other staff members who were the often the recipients of her acts of kindness.

Sherry and Tim met in 1977, and got married in 1979. Their romance started while Sherry was helping to build David and Val's new house. David’s young friend Tim showed up to visit David and pretty soon he was “helping” on a regular basis. They knew it was getting serious when Sherry hid her big ugly gumboots that she’d been wearing. Pretty soon David lost both his helpers and Tim and Sherry drove away in his yellow Jeep. Sherry had now joined the Loney family, and was happy to have Sharon, Judy, and Grandpa and Grandma Loney in her life. Grandma Loney's orange jello salad became a family favorite. They all loved Sherry very much.

As mentioned Sherry always wanted a family, and she was blessed with 3 beautiful children, Robin, Tyler and Brett. She was a proud mom. The children were very active in sports, as we all know. Whether it was taking Robin to a Volleyball Game, or Tyler and Brett to Hockey or baseball, she was always there for them. She never missed a game when she wasn't working, and all the fellow players on the team knew that she was there because they could hear her cheering from the bleachers. Although she could sometimes get a little worked up during the games, when the kids came home they quite often sat down and discussed the results, putting things in perspective by hearing “it’s not the end of the world”.

Sherry was fiercely protective of her children, her grandchildren, her nieces and nephews and her friends’ children. You didn't dare say a bad thing about any of them when she was around. You always knew when she meant business with her own children because she would use their middle names...isn’t that right Robin Marie, Tyler David and Brett Michael? and she made it perfectly clear what was expected of them.

Sherry's love of her life were her grandchildren. She was very blessed to be there for the delivery of all her grandchildren with pictures to prove it! She spent many hours and days with them, making sure they each received their own special time together. Taking the kids to her sister Lorna's was a special time and she loved watching them run around the farm and playing with the animals.

It was hard to know where Sherry’s family ended and her extended family began as she treated them all like they were “hers”. Reservations would have to be made early in the season to get enough camping sites for the whole clan to fit in. She loved spending time camping by the river with everyone around. She said she loved the sound of the river but honestly don’t know how she heard it when everyone was together having so much fun.

Sherry loved life. She had a very competitive heart; it could be in the game of Yahtzee, which if she won, the scream of ”YAHTZEE” could be heard for some distance. It could be Robin’s volleyball games, or the boy’s hockey or baseball games. You would always know when the score was close if you saw Sherry pacing. If it was really close, she would be pacing outside! She did everything with gusto, from toboganning to Cross stitch, to playing games.

Spring was Sherry's favourite season. She enjoyed the newness of spring as it reminded her again of God’s awesome creation. It meant the world to her to see the new growth as it started to blossom but heaven forbid a weed show its face in her yard! Everything that Sherry did was neat and precise, well done, and her life continued this way. One thing that she always will be remembered for is her beautiful garden and her yard. She was worried about someone taking care of her yard when she is gone. It was her desire to start a community garden on the church property by the college. The plan was to start the garden this coming summer, and we are hoping to carry out that plan.

Sherry was an avid photographer, which we all know. Everyone at the Wholesale Store Photo Department knew her by name and her family by sight. Business there will drop off dramatically and we hope they don’t have to lay someone off. Not only did she develop her own pictures but always got extra copies to give away.

She loved music. She took piano lessons for years and with mom’s “encouragement” practiced many hours to become a proficient pianist. She also performed special music in church with a group of friends and it was always a treat to listen to them. She enjoyed listening to contemporary Christian music and had it playing often when she was at home by herself.

Animals were a negative passion. This past Christmas, Lorna excitedly told Sherry that she had been given a horse. Of course, Sherry sighed rather heavily, but then Lorna told her quickly the she had also received a fridge and a stove and that made a whole lot more sense to her. She had special names for certain pets, especially Marilyn’s cat.

The most meaningful recent holiday trip in Sherry and Tim's life was their trip to Watson Lake and Muncho Lake in 2008. They enjoyed the beautiful scenery and Sherry was so happy that Tim stopped the truck whenever she wanted to take a picture.....Tims says that they stopped A LOT.

One thing that will be remembered in everyone’s minds will be Sherry's bone crushing hugs. They were like none other and just when you thought the hug was done, she’d give another squeeze. She taught our kids how to give proper hugs and wouldn’t accept a half-hearted attempt. Lorna wants us to know that even the last time she visited Sherry, she was able to give those bear hugs.

Many cancer patients enjoyed her hugs as well. Sherry was cancer free for 9 yrs and during that time she participated in Cancer Walks, Canvassing and Gift Wrapping. She worked diligently and personally with many cancer patients and helped them with their journey.

Sherry was a shining example of God, through every aspect of her life...the good times and the bad. When the cancer returned, she was naturally upset and shaken. She would say, “I’m ok, I’m ok, God knows what he’s doing and he’s in control”. We all found it hard to believe it was “ok”, but her positive attitude and strong faith led us by example to be at peace with the situation. It was her desire that God be glorified, no matter what the outcome. When she was able to be home, she enjoyed watching 100 Huntley Street in the mornings, and spent many hours in prayer and reading her Bible.

Tim was beside her and supported her in every way. He has so much love for her, and did everything he could to keep her at home during her illness. He was the love of her life, an all giving husband and father.

Sherry, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your fine example of a Christ-like attitude. Yes we will miss you, but we will take good care of Tim, and the family. We will miss you deeply.....with love...

Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Sherry to either the 'Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, '100 Huntley Street' or 'World Vision'.

1929 - 2010

Delbert Crandall was born on June 17, 1929, at Ponoka, Alberta, and raised along with his brother, Glen, on a farm in the Ferrybank District. His parents were Alva Crandall and Ada (Bjorklund) Crandall.

Del married Nola Friestad on July 4, 1948, and five children were born to this union: Blair (1949), Brenda (1951), Marilyn (1954), Cody (1961), and Alva (1965) .

Del and Nola farmed and trucked in the 1950s and 1960s. Del also drove chuckwagon in 1958, 1959, and 1960. Del raced in Central Alberta, including the Calgary Stampede, and in the USA, including Cheyenne, Wyoming; Casper, Wyoming; and Great Falls, Montana.

In 1966, the family moved to Dawson Creek, BC. Del worked at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, drove truck for Gavin Rosie, and worked on the farm. In 1968, Del and Nola moved onto a homestead in Alberta, northeast of Dawson Creek. They cleared the land and farmed there until 1971 when they moved to Rolla, BC and started a water, gravel, and grain hauling business. In 1989, they sold their property in Rolla and moved to a quarter of land in Doe River, BC. They were farming there at the time of Del’s passing on March 14, 2010, at the age of 80 years.

Dad was a great machinery operator and maintainer; he could make anything work. There wasn’t a machine he could not run. He was a great truck driver; he could back a rig up as easy as driving it forward. Dad loved camping. In the 1980s, he purchased a 20 foot boat just so he could take the family fishing every weekend – but nobody worked harder when there was work to be done. In his later years, his love for horsemanship came full circle when he began building and selling harness. Dad never outgrew the excitement of Christmas morning and the opening of gifts.

Grandpa loved his grandchildren, and he lived to tease them. When he and Grandma would babysit Jason and Corey, he would wake them up in the morning by tickling their feet, and Amy and Cole were always accused of stealing Grandpa’s cookies. When Travis was five, Grandpa bought him a Ferguson tractor... because every boy needs a tractor. He also taught Allison how to play blackjack when she was ten. On one occasion, he and Grandma kidnapped Clint and took him for a week-long holiday to southern BC. Clint loved it. He had a soft spot for all children.

Del is survived by his wife, Nola; brother, Glen; step-father, Dave Noble; children, Blair (Marilyn) Crandall, Brenda (Terry) Sewell, Marilyn Sewell, Cody Crandall, Alva (Billie-Jo) Crandall, and Carl Sewell; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; inlaws, Violet Hoar, Phyllis Wood, Eleanor Bakke, Marvin Friestad, Dwight Friestad, Verda (Steve) Egbert, Myron (Lorraine) Friestad, and Dale Johnston; and many nieces and nephews. Del was predeceased by his parents, Alva and Ada Crandall; and in-laws, Joseph and Verle Friestad, Dorthea Crandall, Morris Hoar, John Wood, Harold Bakke, and Dianne Johnston.

Del passed away on March 14, 2010 and by his request no service will be held.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Del to the Dawson Creek Hospital Foundation, Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation, 11100 – 13th street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8

Leona Jean Wilson (Miller)
February 6, 1922 – February 6, 2010

Leona was born February 6, 1922 in Didsbury, Alberta. She was the third child of Edwin Marshall and Viola Jane Miller, baby sister to Edna and Clarence.

In the fall of 1927, Leona moved with her family to the South Dawson area. There now were four children as Marjorie was added in 1923, followed by Thelma in 1929 and Bill in 1931.Leona took her schooling at theSouth Dawson School. She then worked at the Dawson Hotel as a waitress for a year from 1941 to 1942 when she left to work as a clerk in the Dudley and Wilson Grocery Store.

On October 26, 1943, she enlisted in the air force in Edmonton, Alberta. She was posted to Rockliffe, Ontario out of Ottawa were she did office work. She was discharged January 16, 1946.

Leona married Jack Wilson on November 20, 1946. They made their home on a farm in South Dawson. They never had children of their own, but always had a number of nieces and nephews who loved to visit. Both Leona and Jack were very crafty and they passed this making of things on to their extended family. Leona’s family also included her pet animals – Dash, her pat banty hen, Chubby, her cat and Bruin, her dog. Leona learned to drive after moving to the farm. You could see her tootling around town in her blue Hillman car with a couple nieces and nephews in the back seat. She would quite often be talking to herself, telling herself what to do next. She was always a very careful driver.

Leona was a member of the Royal Canadian Branch 141 and attended meetings whenever she could. She was always dependable and worked hard at whatever she endeavored to do.

Jack passed away in February 1982. Leona stayed on at the farm until November 2004 when she moved to Centennial Manor, residing there until January 2008 when a bad fall put her in the hospital and eventually Peace River Haven, Pouce Coupe, where she was residing at the time of her death.

Leona was predeceased by her parents Edwin Marshall and Viola Jane Miller; husband Jack; sister Edna Proctor; brother Clarence Miller; nephews Marshal Peters and baby Christopher Peters; nieces Brenda Kerr and Jayde Peters and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Fondly remembered by sisters Marjorie Ketola and Thelma Yackel; brother Bill (Joyce) in Victoria; sister- in-law Beatrice Cameron of Pouce Coupe; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; special friends Doris and Dale Brocke who were always there for her, and many other friends.

Leona was buried next to her husband Jack in the Dawson Creek Cemetery on February 10, 2010.

Donations in Leona’s memory may be made to ' Peace Haven Society', Box 188, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, V0C 2C0.

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