Arlyne Lawson (nee Towne)
It is with profound sadness the family of Arlyne Lawson announce her passing on December 18, 2009 (three days after her 85th birthday) at Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, with her family by her side. Arlyne was born in 1924 on the family farm at Halbrite, the oldest of four children. Arlyne is predeceased by her parents Henry and Mabel Towne, husband Doug, son Gavin, and sister and brother, Lorraine and Douglas. She leaves to mourn her son Brent ( Nadia) of Highgate, ON, their children, Marlin (Shelly), Alexis and Cody of Thamsville, ON, Kyle of Highgate, ON, Jordan (Katie), Laine of Calgary, AB; her daughter Tazma (Warren) of Ernfold and their children Dayton of Medicine Hat, AB, Brock and Palmer, both of Swift Current; brother Bryan (Liz) of Halbrite. Mom was raised during the 1930's, but had fond memories of her childhood with her close-knit family on the farm. Arlyne excelled in school and dreamt of being a journalist. She was a natural artist and the english language was her forté. In those days you usually became a nurse or a teacher, mom chose the latter. She attended normal school in Moose Jaw, then taught in several locations in Southeast Saskatchewan, until her children were born. During mom's teenage years an RCAF airforce base established a flight training school at Halbrite to train pilots during the war. This opened up a new window from the routine of rural life for mom. She and her friends rode their bikes out to the base for dances, movies and all the attention of the many young men stationed there. One who became a friend was transferred to Vancouver where Arlyne went by train to visit. In the 1940's that was a big adventure for a prairie girl. While walking in the street in Vancouver, she strolled right through a red light, and while autos honked and people shouted warnings, she kept walking, head held high. It was the first time mom had ever seen traffic lights and didn't know what they were. She often laughed at her naivete. Mom met dad at a rural dance. Mom's girlfriend had dared her to ask him to dance. She did and was intrigued by his unravelling knit reindeer sweater, and carefree attitude. The rest is history. After they were married they lived in Halbrite, Weyburn, moving to Swift Current in 1962 where they started their business Inter City Cleaning. Initially cleaning the newly built research station, they eventually cleaned most of the commercial buildings in Swift Current and at one time employed 25 people. Mom was the secretary and bookkeeper. Mom and dad shared a love of the great outdoors and both had a creative bend. They always made sure their kids had lots of opportunities to appreciate and enjoy nature. Lots of camping trips in their huge army tent, fishing, hiking, skiing and campfires. While the kids were growing up mom kept busy as the provincial president of the Home and School Association where she often wrote elaborate speeches to present to her peers. She also was active in the Homemaker's Club in Swift Current. Mom and dad were on the steering committee that helped establish the first Allied Arts Council in Weyburn. Mom's love of the arts also took her to Banff School of Fine Arts for a summer. When she worked at Woolworths later in life she was famous for her elaborate costumes, crazy antics and funny jokes and sayings. She was often called upon to roast fellow employees. Arlyne, Gramms or Mom as she was known to us, was an intensely private, shy person, until you got to know her. Her flair for the dramatics often found her quoting lines from long forgotten poems and limericks, some incredibly deep and beautiful, some behind the barn racy. She usually communicated indirectly using cliches, snipits of poetry, or colourful interjections to describe what she was saying. Her wit was boundless, well timed and always fit the conversation perfectly. Mom's manners were impeccable and she always made sure everyone was properly acknowledged and thanked for the smallest of things. She baked the most elaborate cakes and planned the best parties for her kids and grandkids. She loved all occasions and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Every season she would dig out her craft supplies and oil paints and create unique decorations. She was a beautiful oil painter and we have many to cherish. Every year in August she would start phoning her grandkids wondering what they would like to be for Halloween so she could start sewing and crafting their costumes. Mom loved photography, especially black and white hand-coloured pictures. She wasn't even too mad when dad tore apart their downstairs bathroom to turn it into a darkroom for them. She entered countless photos in the provincial travelling photo circuit and loved to judge photo competitions. Many trophies fill her house to attest to this. Mom loved shadows and lines and hiking in the hills with a thermos of coffee and of course a lunch. Ernfold was a favourite destination, she spent hours hiking with her grandkids and loved to go out to the cattle and poke around. She would always say she loved the sky here because you could not see it in the city. The grandsons would take turns having a Gramms weekend. This usually involved fishing, another love of hers, eating, doing crafts and watching movies. Once when Mom had a fender bender it was her boys she told and swore them to secrecy because there was absolutely no reason to worry Taz. She liked nothing better than having her grandsons take her out for supper. She said she liked to be seen on their arm. Mom called everyday to find out what her boys were doing. Even though some of her grandsons lived far away, she kept abreast of them through the phone. The grandsons called Gramms a food pusher because she was determined that you would eat in her presence. She always had a stash of treats in her house just in case you dropped by and a tub of fresh gumdrops on her coffee table. Mom thought her house was messy and cluttered but we all loved it there because it was full of memories and it was safe and unchanging. You could immerse yourself in pictures for hours or look up any subject you wanted to because chances are she would have a book tucked away on that very subject. Who needs Google or spellcheck when you could call and ask mom how to spell or what any word you could possibly think of meant. She would always say, "Just a sec I'll get my pencil." Mom's second family would have to be her friends at McDonald's. If you ever needed to find mom on any given day at 2:30, that is where she would be. It was her outing for the day and she said her car was on autopilot to go there. It got mom out of the house and gave her a reason to dress up and put make-up on. The friendships she developed there over the years were intensely important to her. Bob and Joyce who supplied her with jumbles and crossword puzzles, Agatha and Francis, the Sabach's and June to name a few. She valued their friendships. Garland, who helped mom with her independence, was more importantly a good trusted friend who she shared many a morning coffee with-she was also an important part of Mom's life. Mom was a member of the Image West Photography Club, Nature Saskatchewan, Archeological Society, and held many positions in these organizations over the years. She enjoyed the annual bird count, and sightings of nature at any given time of the year, and always had her camera ready to record these events on film. Mom leaves behind a lifetime of memories of a life well lived. Her strength is deeply rooted in those things that last, love of family, honour and responsibility, kindness and a giving heart. She is loved. Donations to her memory can be made to the CNIB (in honour of her non-sighted sister). A private family ceremony will take place at a later date.
Cecil Lloyd Cameron
Cecil Lloyd Cameron of Weyburn passed away peacefully on December 26, 2009 at the age of 95. Cecil was born September 21, 1914 in Creelman, the fifth child of James and Mary Cameron. On June 20, 1942, Cecil married Hazel Mott. They farmed at Creelman until 1964 when they moved to Kisbey and continued farming. In 1974, they sold the farm and Cecil worked as a carpenter. In 1986, Cecil and Hazel moved to Weyburn. Following Hazel's death in 2001, Cecil continued to live on his own until April 2009, when he moved to Tatagwa View. Cecil was a private man who was devoted to his family. He enjoyed being outdoors, farming, gardening, camping, curling and playing cards with his grandchildren. Cecil loved working with his hands and could fix anything. His famous saying was, "If man made it, man can fix it." Cecil built many clocks, which his family will always cherish. Cecil never procrastinated; he always did whatever needed to be done and did it efficiently. Cecil was predeceased by Hazel, his wife of 59 years, in 2001; grandson, Jim Cameron; brothers: Jim, Bill and Glen; sisters: Matilda Clay and Eliza LaValley. Cecil will be lovingly remembered by his children: Russell (Susan) Cameron of Hudson Bay; Linda (Don) Moffat of Weyburn; Donna Cameron (Ken Kerr) of Regina and Keith (Lucille) Cameron of Devon; eight grandchildren: Bonnie (Brad) Choumont, Scott (Tammy) Moffat, Christa (Rob) Vermeulen, Kevin Moffat (Janessa Walliser, Melissa Moffat (Tyler Hillstead), David Wagstaff, Ryan and Tyson Cameron; six great grandchildren: Brandon and Samantha Choumont, Dawson Cameron, Lilith Moffat, Jessica and Rylee Wagstaff; one great great granddaughter, Summer Wagstaff, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family graveside funeral service was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cecil's memory to the Weyburn Humane Society, P.O. Box 1062, 57 16th Street, Weyburn, SK S4H 2L3. Special thanks to the staff in House 1 at Tatagwa View, Weyburn for the excellent care and kindness shown to Cecil and his family during his last eight months. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (306-842-5432)
Clint Andrews, late of Weyburn passed away Thursday, December 24, 2009 at the age of 74 years. Clint was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Marjorie Andrews; a sister Beth; brother Garth; sister and brother in law, Glenda and Gordon McLeod. Clint is survived by his wife of 51 years Shirley Andrews, Weyburn; his sons: Shayne (Cindy) Andrews, Saskatoon and his children: Stefan, Jayne and Stuart, Trevor (Shannon) Andrews, Prince Albert and their children: Kayla, Cherise and Alicia, Troy (Cindy) Andrews, Weyburn and their children: Cheyanne, Crystal, Tiara and Tyson; one brother, Clayton (Alice) Andrews, Vulcan, Alberta; brother-in-laws: Harvey (Myra) Linton, Glen "Sonny" (Joyce) Linton, Elroy (Patricia) Linton and Garnet (Vicki) Linton; sister-in-laws: Gloria (Ernest) Kesslering, Gail (Ed) Nistor as well as several nieces and nephews. Clint was a loyal husband and family man. Despite his intelligence, you would never hear him mention his accomplishments as he felt that was a man's responsibility. Clint started his career with CN railway. This employment led him to his wife of 51 years, Shirley. From the railway, he moved on to being a grain buyer. He finished his work career as a bulk fuel dealer with Esso for 23 years. In his retirement, you could find him guarding at the jail, helping various farmers or developing his handyman skills on virtually every family building. Clint was actively involved in the community, whether leading as a team manager, Exalted Ruler of the Elks or President of Lions Club. As an active member of service organizations (Lions & Elks), he rarely missed a meeting. In Milestone, he was a volunteer fireman and ambulance driver. His varied interests/activities were wide ranging. He was an avid family sports fan who was able to attend most of his sons' hockey games, along with his niece Sherry's curling. Over the years, his favourite activity was fishing. He could not wait to get his shack out on the ice. He always showed a keen interest in his grandchildren, wondering what they had been "up to" (no matter how BAD that may have been). He especially enjoyed walking around and inspecting "Tyson's farm". Up to the end, he maintained his humour and sense of family duty. A Service of Remembrance was held on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from RD Family Funeral Chapel with Marj McLeod officiating. The honour guard were Elk members Vern Gammack, Rick Wanner, Jim Brown, Quint Patrick, Wayne Olson, Milo and Gladys Paulhus. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Clint to the Regina General Hospital Burn Unit or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Petrus Jan (Peter John) VanDeWeyer
Petrus Jan (Peter John) VanDeWeyer, of Weyburn passed away December 16, 2009 at Tatagwa View Long Term Care Facility, Weyburn at the age of 89 years. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Henrikus and Hanna VanDeWeyer; sons, Bernard and Anthony; daughter, Mary and three grandchildren. He leaves to mourn, his loving wife of 62 years, Johanna and their family, nine children: Ann (Don) Scott of Weyburn, Rietta VanDe Weyer (David) of Vancouver, Frank (Doreen) VanDeWeyer of Halbrite, Peter (Wendy) of Jaffrey, Elizabeth James (David) of Asquith, Teresa Balon (Mark) of Regina, Paula Murphy (Shawn) of Vancouver, Tony (Leanne) VanDeWeyer of Weyburn and Judith Packet (Larry) of Davidson; nineteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Peter was born August 24, 1920 in Venray, the Netherlands. He was one of eleven children born to a farming family. He loved horses and was part of a show jumping team as well as receiving his agriculture certificate in 1946. He also was a member of the Military for a brief time as a private in 1940, as he lived in the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II. Peter immigrated to Canada in 1948 with his bride of three weeks, Johanna Van Den Berg. He worked as a farm labourer in Beinfait for one year, then they moved to Lampman where he worked as a farm labourer for three years, and finally purchased land near Halbrite in 1953. They retired to Weyburn in 1984. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed coffee row and conversations regarding farming, cattle and horses. Peter was proud of his 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He cherished his time with them and they will all miss him dearly. A deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Phillip Fong and the staff of Tatagwa View House 2. Peter enjoyed the many staff who shared his sense of humour. Thank you to his close friends and neighbours who lent their helping hands and prayers the past few years. The Funeral Mass was held Monday, December 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn with Father Gerry Bauche officiating. Interment followed at Halbrite Cemetery, Halbrite. The Pallbearers were: Bill Bellamy, Eric Packet, Arthur MacKay, Shawn Murphy, David James and Ryan Lariviere. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peter may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (306-842-5432)
Myra Alice "Bonnie" Kalk
Myra Alice "Bonnie" Kalk of Yorkton, formerly of Regina, Buffalo Narrows and Weyburn passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. She was seventy-nine years of age. Bonnie was born on November 23, 1929 in Weyburn to Melvin Leroy (Rick) and Ruby Alice Carlisle. Bonnie's only sister Myrna was born in April 1931. Myrna and her family now reside in Santa Rosa, California. Growing up in Weyburn, Bonnie was an ardent member of the Weyburn Winter Club where she enjoyed teaching figure skating. After high school she worked at the Weyburn Co-op Creamery and later the Weyburn Mental Hospital. In the fall of 1952 Bonnie joined Fantasy on Ice, skating professionally for two years, touring Canada and the northern United States from coast to coast. In January 1956 Bonnie married Lyle Kalk of Indian Head. Her twins Kenneth and Kathleen were born in November of 1956. In 1961 Bonnie completed her training as a Psychiatric Nurse. She worked at the General Hospital in Regina for seventeen years rising to the position of Associate Director of Nursing for Psychiatry, and raising her children in Regina as a single parent. In 1978, at the age of 49, Bonnie moved north to Buffalo Narrows where she worked as the Community Mental Health Nurse for that region until 1987. During those years she developed a deep appreciation of the wilderness and people of the north, and in her words, "learned a lot about spirituality and acceptance." Her first granddaughter, Kennedy Warren, was born in 1984. Her grandson Joseph Warren was born in 1986 and granddaughters Megan Kalk in 1990 and Sheenah Kalk in 1993. Her grandchildren were a great source of joy to her, particularly in the latter years of her life spent in Regina on Leopold Crescent. In 1987, discontent with early retirement from the north, Bonnie re-entered the work force, this time teaching a two-year diploma program for chemical dependency workers at the Regional College in Yorkton. Later she was hired to write and deliver several personal development programs in Kamsack, Fort Qu'Appelle, Canora and Estevan. In 2002 Bonnie acted as a key advisor and player in The Weyburn Project, an innovative site-specific performance at the Weyburn Mental Hospital. Bonnie's contributions were varied and many and she touched the lives of countless people in both her personal and professional lives. She will be fondly remembered for her warm generous spirit and independent forthright personality. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care given by the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Yorkton Regional Hospital during the final days of Bonnie's life. Bonnie passed away on Sunday March 15, 2009 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Bonnie leaves to celebrate her life her two children and their families: son, Ken (Eva) Kalk of Yorkton and daughter, Kathleen Carlisle (Garry Walsh) of Bethune, one sister Myrna Stager, as well as numerous nieces, nephews relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life service was held on Wednesday, March 18 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Lenore Ostlund, C.L.A. of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church officiating. Special music played was 'Amazing Grace', 'It Is Well With My Soul' and 'The Goodbye Song'. Words of remembrance were shared by Lenore Ostlund and Kelli Schuster. Readings were done by daughter-in-law Eva and granddaughters, Kennedy and Sheenah. Granddaughters, Megan and Kennedy participated in a candle litany. Bonnie's children Ken & Kathleen served as the urnbearers. A memorial reception followed with family and friends sharing stories of Bonnie's life. Condolences for the family may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton.
Francis "Frank" Reginald Coleman
On Wednesday, March 18th, 2009, Francis "Frank" Reginald Coleman of Weyburn and formerly of Froude passed away at the age of 90 years. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Varo (Mitchell) Coleman; sisters, Violet Wright, Ursula Hovland, Priscilla Wright and Lavern Mott. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Eva (nee: Dueck) Coleman of Weyburn and their family; five children: Vivienne Smith of Rainham Kent, England and her children, Clive (Sarah) Gregory and their sons, Owen and Lewis, Ray (Lou) Gregory and their children, Jack and Paige; Bill (Karen) Coleman of Weyburn and their children, Lisa (James) and Ryan; Robert Coleman of Regina; Jolyn (Merv) MacDonald of Creelman and their children, Crystal (Miles) Mostowchuk and their children, Jordan, Natalie, Cory and Page, Scott (Sheila) MacDonald and their children, Eric and Amber; Chris (Mark) Thorn of Weyburn and their daughters, Carrie, Megan and Kim; sisters, Lavica Mahnke and Ethel (Louis) Toeppner, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Frank was born in Froude on November 22nd, 1918. He worked on the family farm and played fiddle and drums at barn dances in the Froude area, until WWII where he spent five years in various countries. While there, he married and had a daughter, Vivian. He divorced and returned to Canada where he met Eva. They were married and lived in Regina for a time where he worked at the Post Office. Bill and Robert were born in Regina. They then moved to Prince Albert where he worked at the Air Port, and Jolyn was born. They then moved to Okla where he purchased a gas station and Chris was born there. Later he worked at various jobs until getting one in Creelman in 1972. The family moved there at that time and he worked for the Massey dealership as a mechanic for two years until the Post Master position came available. He worked there until his retirement in 1983. He was a carpenter, plummer, small and large motor mechanic and worked for people doing odd jobs, building a new house for himself and Eva which they moved into on their 35th anniversary. Soon after he started to help out at Crocus Villa in Weyburn and for a few years he was the president. His eye sight started to deteriorate and he could no longer drive after his 80th birthday. Shortly thereafter he and Eva moved to Weyburn for easier access to health care. Frank will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. A graveside service was held on Monday, March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in Heward Cemetery, Heward Donations may be made in memory of Frank to the CNIB, the Weyburn Legion or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Retta Marilla Loucks
Retta Marilla Loucks, formerly of Creelman passed away on January 11, 2009 in the Fillmore Health Centre at the age of 97 years. The memorial service for Retta Loucks will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at St. Andrew's United Church, Creelman with Rev. Heather Lea officiating. Interment will be in the Golden Gates Cemetery at Creelman. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Clara Berry, her husband, Charlie Loucks in 1991 and her infant sister, Beth in 1923. Retta will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Beryl, Victoria, B.C.; her three sons, Eric (Marion), Weyburn, Roy (Lois), Calgary, AB., Dale (Val), Moose Jaw, and her daughter, Anne Smith, Regina. Grandchildren: Wes (Donna) Loucks, Joanne (Shaun) Fraser, Tamara (Paul) Spasoff, Kevin (Tara) Smith, Kirk (Terri-Ann) Smith, Natasha Anderson, Courtney (Ryan) Brazeal and Krystal Chow-Loucks; great grandchildren: Jasmine, Brandon and Katelyn Fraser, Riley, Rody and Kyler Loucks, Zachary and Emily Spasoff, Makayla and Keithan Smith, Tyler, Ashley and Avery Smith, Jayden Anderson and Dani Brazeal. Retta enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, knitting, growing plants and flower arranging. She was active with the Hospital Guild and the Home and School Association. Retta received her Life Membership with the United Church Women and her Life Membership with the Creelman Agricultural Society. In 2004 Retta became a resident at the Fillmore Health Centre but she remained loyal to Creelman, saying, "It is the BEST little town in Saskatchewan!" Although Mom's family meant the world to her, more importantly, she meant the world to us. The family extends their thanks to the wonderful staff at the Fillmore Health Centre for their excellent care they gave to Retta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Retta to the Fillmore Health Centre, Fillmore S0G 1N0. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Ronli Rose Nation
Ronli Rose Nation passed away March 17, 2009, at the age of 88 years old. Ronli was predeceased by her parents: Jacob & Geneveive Wanner, her husband: Lloyd Nation, daughter: D'Arlene, brothers & sisters: Emily, Kasper, Justine, Joseph (childhood), Madeline, Edythe, Jacob, Joseph and Clara. Ronli is survived by her son & daughter-in-law: Sim Nation & Elinor Ewert, Regina, grandson: James Patrick (Lana) Nation & their children: Grace & Lucas, Langdon, AB, brother: Michael (Berniece) Wanner, Weyburn, sisters: Caryl Sissons, Calgary, AB & Margaret Dashney, Leduc, AB. Also a special thanks to the staff of House 7 at Tatagwa View for their kind and compassionate care to Ronli. A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 a.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel with Fr. Gerry Bauche, officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Wanner, Michael Wanner, Jim Wanner and James Nation. A private family interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Regina. For family and friends so wishing donations in memory of Ronli, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Breast Cancer, Weyburn. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Ellen Cecilia Doud
On Friday, January 30, 2009, Ellen Cecilia Doud passed away at the Radville Marian Health Centre at the age of 89 years. Ellen was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Melina Doud; great grandson, Ryken Larocque; brother, Michael Doud; brothers-in-law: Joe Bangsund, Melvin Bangsund, Cressie Ward, Matt Duignan; sister, Bessie Bangsund and sister-in-law, Loraine Doud. Ellen will be lovingly remembered by her son, Aubrey (Mary) Doud of Radville and her granddaughters: Pamela (Brett) Larocque of Moose Jaw, Deanna (Jayme) Schwindt of Weyburn, Mindy (Clint) Fladeland of Weyburn and Vanessa Doud (Joshua Hlavka) of Macoun; great grandchildren: Kaden and Kyra Larocque, Aycen and Kyde Schwindt and Benz Fladeland; brother, Langan (Irene) Doud; sisters: Winnifred Ward, Borgie Duignan, Josephine Bangsund and Dorothy (Lawrence) Robillard, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The following is an account of Ellen's life, as told by her granddaughter. There is so much to say about someone who lived 2 months shy of 90. Ellen Cecilia Doud was born on her father's homestead on April 2, 1919. She was one of 8 children born to Joe and Malina Doud and was a real farm girl. She would milk the cows, garden, haul water; can food, and whatever else was needed on the farm. She had her own precious son, Aubrey Nicholas, on June 9,1953. Family was top priority to Grandma as she unselfishly chose to stay home and care for her parents while raising her son. She moved to Radville in the late 70's and purchased her own home. At the age of 60 Grandma got a job in the laundry department of the Marion Heath Center where she worked for 7 years. Some of Grandma's memorable dishes were her homemade donuts, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, lefsa, and her Christmas pudding. She would often take us out to her garden where she boasted in its beauty and allowed us to make our own bouquets. Along with gardening, fishing was a favourite pastime for Grandma. She took great pride in her appearance and had good taste in clothes. She often talked about her younger days when everyone would get together and visit. Doud reunions were extra special to her because she would get to socialize with many family members. She was always thankful for what she had and enjoyed the simple things in life, such as nature. Nothing brightened Grandma's day like seeing the great grandchildren. She loved to hold them and give us parental advice. Grandma made all her great grandchildren quilts and she loved doing this. She lived in her own home up until the last 2 months, when she moved to the Radville Marion Health Centre. There she had great care and was able to meet a good friend, Ivy, whom she had several moments of joy before her journey to heaven. We would like to end with an Irish blessing for Grandma as she journeys to heaven:
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand
We love you and will miss you greatly.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Radville with Pastor Martin Olson officiating. Interment will be at a later date. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Ellen to the Radville Marian Health Centre, Radville. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn and Radville. (842-5432 & 869-2566)
Lionel Doud passed away January 29, 2009, with his family by his side. Lionel was predeceased by his parents: Edward and Sarah Doud; his son Jody; grandchildren Cole and Nicole; his brothers: Jim, Irvin, Eddy and Dennis; Father and Mother-in-law, Henry and Veda Olson; brother and sister-in-law; Leona Doud and Vern Olson, as well as numerous aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He leaves to mourn his wife of fifty-one years, Gladys; sons: Jim (Jean), Duane (Chris), Boyd, Faron, Guy (Debbie); daughter, Eileen (Ron); Daughters-in-law, Una and Christine. Twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, Chleras (Elwood) Anderson; sisters-in-law, Myrtle, Dorothy and Pat Doud, Helen (Bob) Wilson, Darlene (Bill) McEwen and Edna Olson; brother-in-law, Elmer (Ann) Olson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lionel Doud was born on the family farm, December 16, 1931 the fifth mouth for Edward and Sarah to feed through the dirty thirties. Lionel started school in 1938, attended for two weeks, and quit for that term, needless to say he had to continue, so he went back in the fall of 1939 till 1947. Lionel always said he had three modes of transportation to school, which was horse and cart, horseback, or run; Lionel preferred horseback. Lionel had several jobs over the years. In the fall of 1947 and 1948, Lionel pitched bundles on the threshing crew in the district. He also worked for the PFRA. In November, 1951 Lionel headed to the oil fields of Alberta, for the big money. But Lionel's heart was home on the farm, and in April, 1953 he came back to work on the family farm. Lionel had a lot of love and pride in his life with the marriage to Gladys Olson in July 1957, and had a family of six sons and one daughter; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Lionel bought their own farm in 1964, where he still resided at the time of his death. Lionel had a lot of passion for his farm, horses, purebred Hereford cattle, music, and all the wonderful family members, and great neighbours. He will be missed by all. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Weyburn. The active pallbearers were: Jesse Doud, Riley Doud, Laramie Doud, Cody Doud, Orry Doud and Derrick Anderson. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Interment was held following the service at Maxim Cemetery, Maxim. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Lionel to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Norma (Denise) Wagner
Norma (Denise) Wagner (nee Trudgeon), late of Weyburn, SK, passed away February 3rd, 2009 at the age of 74 years. Denise was predeceased by her husband, Robert Wagner (January 17th, 1993), one son, Kevin (August 6th, 1994). Denise leaves to mourn one son, Bruce (Janice) Wagner and their sons: Chris (Lindsey), Brad, Jared and Dustin. One daughter, Colleen Anderson (Randy Hallberg) and their sons: Steven and Travis Anderson; as well as many other friends and family. As requested by Denise there will be no funeral service. For family and friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Denise to a Charity of Choice. Interment will be at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Gone but not forgotten, until we meet again, we love you Mom. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). If so desired, expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfamilymemorialchapel.com "Our family serving your family"
Clarence Whitaker Buckner
Clarence Whitaker Buckner was born on May 15, 1917 on the homestead at Ratcliffe. He was the youngest of four children born to Roscoe and Ella Buckner. Clarence was only one year old when his mother Ella passed away. His father Roscoe, known as R.J. then married Ella's sister Cora Hensley and they had five children together. Cora became the mother of the four oldest children but she was their aunt also and some of the oldest children called her Auntie. Clarence grew up calling Cora "Ma". It was his father, R.J. Buckner, that nick-named Clarence "Ike" and Uncle Ike's dear wife Jean called him "Ikie" and the rest of us followed her lead and all of his nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors called this great guy "Ikie". Uncle Ikie was a very healthy, happy and mischievous little boy; he always said he earned every licking he received from his dad. In those days if the teacher gave you a licking you received licking when you got home. His father always knew what went on at school because the teacher boarded in their home and R.J. was on the School Board. In his school days and later on Ikie played baseball with a passion, much the way he treated life. Ike fell in love with and married Jean Marie Gregory July 13, 1942. He always said he got the prettiest lady on the face of the earth and bragged about how smart his wife was. Anything Uncle Ikie did not know (and there wasn't much) he would say "ask my wife, she knows everything" and he meant it! Everything Auntie Jean read, she retained and she was very smart. World War II was announced and Uncle Ikie decided he should join the Air Force. Before this happened he was called on and enlisted in the Army and sent overseas to England. The day before his platoon was to go into Italy he had a motorcycle accident that landed him in the hospital. All of his clothes and most of his skin was torn from his body but he only broke a bone in his wrist. He told the story to all of us many times over the years. I often wondered if the Air Force had called first or if Uncle Ikie had gone into Italy would things have been different. We were so fortunate that the war spared our uncle's life. After the war Uncle Ike returned to the land he loved. He took great pride in his farm work and his cattle. The cutest story I have about his livestock is when he lost a gold bracelet Auntie Jean had given him and she was furious he had been wearing it while feeding the cattle. Uncle Ike assured her that his cattle would not step on it or damage his bracelet and he believed this! Curling and golfing were two other great passions of Uncle Ike's. Over the years he won several prizes and trophies but what he loved were the people he met from coast to coast. He was a host driver for many bonspiels and he could tell you the name of each person he drove, what province they were from and the score of each of their games. His memory was fantastic and he would recite his own games, rock by rock over and over again even if you didn't want to hear this again. Uncle Ike told these stories with passion, like the games had been played yesterday. We roasted and toasted Uncle Ikie on his 80 birthday and the Weyburn Curling Club gave him a key to the office. He always changed before the game in the office and they called the office Ike's change room. He was known as the 50 mile man and was never late for a game. No matter the position he played on the ice he was always a gentleman, and instilled this in the children he coached in this wonderful game. Uncle Ike was a very social person and spent his days downtown in later years visiting and telling stories which he loved. I think every family has a hero and our dear Uncle Ikie was our family hero, not because he had served in the services but because of who he was. He was always there to lend a hand, be a friend, drive someone somewhere, lend an ear. His presence somehow always made us feel better, like everything is OK now, Uncle Ike is here. Uncle Ike signed his name CW Buckner and his nephew Jack made business cards that read "Have no fear CW is here", that rather sums up the kind of man he was. Uncle Ike left us on Christmas Day 2008 to be with his beloved wife Jean. I can hear Aunt Jean calling him, saying "What the heck are you waiting for, I miss you deeply and I am in heaven on Christmas day without you." So our angel left us to be with Auntie Jean the way it should be. Uncle Ikie spent the last year and a half of his life in Tatagwa in house seven. He received the most wonderful care that is humanly possible by all of the staff. They treated him with dignity, compassion and love and made his final days as comfortable as possible. Uncle Ikie was like a father to so many of us and will be deeply missed by all of us. His battle is over and he is exactly where he should be, in Heaven with our dear Auntie Jean. Love your family XOXO.