Nash, Isabel of High River, formerly of the Gladys Ridge area, passed away at the High River Hospital on May 23rd, 2004 at the age of 90 years. She is
survived by her daughter Lynne (Derry) Ellice, Blackie; her sons Dale (Harriet), Bakersfield, CA; Les (Ella), Ft. McMurray, Lyle (Janet), High River as well as thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister, Thelma Johnston, High River, uncle Alvin Wilson and sister-in-law Pat Peterson both of Claresholm. Isabel was predeceased by her husband Stan Nash and brother Ray Peterson. A memorial service will be held at SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, High River on Friday, May 28th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.. An interment service will follow at the Highwood Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may made to S.T.A.R.S., 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, The Alberta Children’s Hospital, 1820 Richmond Road S.W., Calgary, AB T2T 5C7 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222).
Payne, Janet Lynn (Ewashik) Payne, born August 30th, 1952, passed away peacefully on May 25th, 2004 at the age of 51 years. She leaves to mourn her children, Kaela, Talon and Mikel Payne all of Nanton along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her father Harry “Rocky” Ewashik and mother Della Ewashik. A funeral service will be held at the Nanton Community Centre on May 31st, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nanton Community Emergency Fund, Box 847, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222)
Poersch, Gwyneth of Nanton passed away at the Foothills Hospital on May 15th, 2004 at the age of 83 years. She is survived by her husband Ginu and her daughters Bev (Ken) Patton and Jean (John) Berger all of Nanton and by her grandchildren Wesley and Curtis Patton, Brad (Tricia) Berger, Carla (Mike) Ransom and Lori Berger and great-granddaughter Gracie. She will also be missed by her siblings, Phyllis Jones, Kelowna, Evan (Audrey) Williams, Lethbridge, Edith (Hubert) Warren, Champion, Bob (Grace) Williams, Lethbridge, Grace Macleod, Calgary, Glen (Helen) Williams, Nanton, along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service was held at the Nanton-Parkland United Church, Nanton on Wednesday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 - 1a St. S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G3, the Canadian Diabetes Association, National Life Building, 1400-522 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2R5 or the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum, Box 1051, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222).
Smith, Norman of Nanton passed away on May 23rd, 2004 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie ; his children; Luther (Sande), Eulana (Murray) Sears, Eldon (Léna) all of Nanton along with his grandchildren Shanon (John) Creason, Brad Smith (Kelli Husted) Scott Smith, Stephanie Sears, Jared Sears and Marie-Soleil Smith. Norman is also survived by his siblings; Maxine (Ray) Ohler, Stavely, Duane (Darla) Smith and Donna (Jorgen) Pedersen all of Nanton and sisters-in-law Phyllis Smith, Calgary and Leona Koenig, Lumby, BC. He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence. Born at Nanton on June 8th, 1931, Norman received his schooling at Parkland and Nanton. Following school he was employed with BA Oil until starting his own company, N.L. Smith Construction Ltd., in 1953. He and the former Marie Weber were married in that same year. Norm enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling and motorcycling as well as his work, all things that he was able to share with his family. A memorial service was held at the Nanton-Parkland United Church, Nanton on Friday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Britt Jessen officiating. Following the service, Norm’s urn was placed in the columbarium at Nanton Cemetery. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to S.T.A.R.S., 1440 Aviation Rd. N.E., Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222)
Stuart, Blanche May (nee: Tucker), passed away at the Oilfields Hospital, Black Diamond, on May 15, 2004 at the age of 89 years. Blanche was born at Attwood, CO. on July 14, 1914. She came to southern Alberta with her parents in 1917. She married Jack Stuart in 1933. Together they raised their 12 children in the oilfields area. Blanche was a chartered member of the Sheep Creek Weavers and Spinners Club as well, enjoyed all handy crafts. She moved to the High Country Lodge in Black Diamond in 1989. Blanche was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Ross, grandson Tom Steinbach and 6 siblings. She is survived by 11 children; Bob (Joyce), Ruth (Bernard) Steinbach, Joyceanna Berreth, Roy (Cherie), Wayne, Bud (Linda), Bill (Delores), Harry (Linda), Allan (Kathy), Lorne (Collette), Dale (Candy) and daughter in-law Carol (Ross), 38 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren, 3 brothers, 4 sisters as well as numerous other extended family. A visitation was held at Snodgrass Funeral Home, 200 Woodgate Rd. Okotoks, on Thursday, May 20 between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service was held at Lewis Memorial United Church, Turner Valley, on Friday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. Shirley Collard officiating. Interment followed at Foothills Cemetery. If desired, in memory of Blanche, memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Society, 200, 1301 – 8 Street SW, Calgary T2R 1B7. The family would like to express their heart felt thanks to the wonderful caregivers at the Oilfields Hospital and at the lodge for the compassionate care shown to mom. We would also like to thank her many special friends for their care and concern. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Telephone 938-3111.
Alexander, David It is with a heavy heart that I, Tracey announce the passing of my best friend and husband, David on August 24, 2004 at the age of 51 years. David courageously fought a hard battle with an undiagnosed tumor. Throughout this long battle David persevered with strength, will, integrity and wit all in tact. He was predeceased by his father Arthur and his sister June. David will be deeply missed by his loving mother Florence and two beautiful daughters Dallace and Lindsay. His brother Wayne, sisters Ruth, Kathy, Linda and their families as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. David’s life loves were sunshine, quiet times at home, and although not always in contact, reminiscing of dear friends and family. David will be remembered by all for the sparkle in his eyes, the warmth of his smile, his sense of humor and generous heart. “You touched my heart Dave – sweet dreams.” A Memorial Service will be held at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220 – 4 Street NW, Calgary, on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions in memory of Dave can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Telephone 938-3111.
Armstrong, Linda (nee Hebson) beloved companion of Gerry Antoni, of Calgary, passed away at Calgary on August 26th, 2004 at the age of 52 years. Linda is also survived by her son Rob (and Tawnya) Doak, Calgary, her mother Winnie Hebson, Okotoks, her sister Dorothy (and Bill) Jackson, Millarville, her brothers Bill Hebson, Okotoks and Bob Hebson, Calgary, her nieces and nephews George (and Iris) Jackson, Karen (John) Deck, Heather (Tim) Driedger, Kathy (Dale) Coutts, Brian Hebson, Susan (Peter) Iannuzi and her great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Okotoks on Tuesday, September 1st at 1:30 P.M. with interment to follow at Okotoks Union Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, T2G 3Y6. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (938 3111) directors.
Laycraft, Frances of High River, daughter of Mark and Jennie Yeomans of Blackie, passed away peacefully at the Extended Care Facility of the High River Hospital on August 16th, 2004, three days prior to her 88th birthday. She was raised in Blackie with five much adored younger siblings. After her marriage to Elmer in 1937 they farmed in the Dinton area prior to retirement in High River. She was an active member of the Dinton WI., Blackie Band and the Blackie United Church. She loved to square dance, play the piano, travel, her well-trained pets and having visits from her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her brother Clarence and Adelle Yeomans of Qualicum Beach, BC and sister Lorene McWilliam of High River, sister-in-law Evelyn Yeomans of Calgary plus twelve nieces and nephews and over thirty great-nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her husband Elmer, brothers Don and Lawrence Yeomans, sister Eva Elliot and two nephews. A funeral service was held at SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, High River on Friday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. An interment service was held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Calgary at 3:30 p.m. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the High River & District Health Care Foundation (2nd Floor), 560 – 9th Avenue W., High River, AB T1V 1B3 . Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222).
Laye, Joan beloved wife of Clancy, passed away at the Oilfields Hospital, Black Diamond, on August 19, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Val (Kym), Torie (Adrian), Candy (Les), Malcolm, Todd (Lisa), April (Glenn), Dixie (Richard), Laura, her sister Pat Reimer, 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Joan is also survived by her sister-in-law Verna (Abe), brother-in-law Marv (Leslie), sister-in-law Dorothy as well as Inga Fobes of Olds and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Joan was predeceased by her parents Eda and Mac, sisters, Alice, Maxine and twin sister Joyce. A Memorial Service will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, 200 Woodgate Rd. Okotoks, on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, in memory of Joan, memorial contributions may be considered to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Telephone 938-3111.
Rhyasen, Millie of Nanton, passed away in Claresholm on Tues., Aug. 24th, 2004 at the age of 92 years. Millie was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on Dec. 21st, 1911 and, together with her family, moved to Vermilion, Alberta in 1917. Here she met her soul-mate Clarence Rhyasen and they were married in Lethbridge in 1932. The family moved to Nanton in 1952 where they raised their 4 children. She was an active community worker, faithful member of the Nanton-Parkland United Church, life member of the U.C.W., member of the Rebekah Lodge, an avid bridge player and staunch supporter of all minor sports in Nanton. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence on July 6th, 1992. Millie is survived by her children: Mory (Vivian) of Granum; Clare (Carole) of Calgary; Carell (John) Harder, Priceville, Ont.; Allen (Renee) of Vancouver, Washington, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. At the time of her passing she was a resident of the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre. Thanks to the staff for the kindness and companionship given to Millie.A memorial service will be held at the Nanton-Parkland United Church on Saturday, Aug. 28th at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Lee Spice officiating. Interment will follow at Nanton Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to the Nanton United Church, to Thelma Fanning Library or to Nanton Minor Sports, c/o the Town of Nanton. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd., High River (652 2222) directors.
Staley, Robert Reginald of High River, Alberta passed away August 19, 2004 in the High River Hospital following a bravely fought battle with cancer. Robert is survived by three daughters, Susan Staley and Andrea Kabeary (Doug Kabeary) of High River and Roberta Staley of Vancouver; brothers, Allan and Ronald Staley of Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nephews, great-nephews and a niece. Robert is also survived by five grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Kristi and Henry Kabeary of High River and Alexander Mulgrew of Vancouver. He is predeceased by his wife, Jessie Grace Staley of High River. Born in Regina, Sask. on September 30, 1924, Robert enlisted in the army in 1943. He fought in Normandy and Belgium, where he was wounded by mortar fire. Upon his release from hospital, Robert joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment. His greatest pride was being part of the liberation of Holland in 1944. Robert was both athletic and scholarly. He achieved art and teaching degrees at the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary, respectively. He played hockey and baseball, although his greatest love was football. Robert was also an accomplished artist, especially in the medium of silkscreen; his works were exhibited across the Prairies. Most of all, Robert was an inspiring art teacher; many of his students won scholarships and achieved national and even international recognition. A Funeral Service with Honor Party was held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, High River on Tuesday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m. Burial took place at Highwood Cemetery's Field of Honour. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert Staley's memory to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 71 Scholarship Program in High River. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River. Telephone: 652-2222.
Wallator, Ivy May of High River, formerly of the Longview district, passed away at the Oilfields Hospital in Black Diamond on August 19th, 2004 at the age of 97 years. Ivy is survived by her daughter Betty & Robin Garstin and his son Ken Wallator & Gwen, all of Longview as well as her grandchildren: Clayton & Laurie Elliott, Dewberry, Alta.; Wade & Shannon Elliott, Longview; Ross & Jordanna Elliott, Whitehorse, Yukon; Sandra Davidson, Lethbridge; Mark & Debbie Elliott, Vermilion; Dale & Sue Wallator and Darcy & Wanda Wallator, all of Black Diamond and Bonita Peterkin, Fort St. John, B.C. and numerous great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Vera Lawrence and four nephews. Ivy was predeceased by her husband Charles Wallator on March 15th, 1990, by her parents Ada & Fred Lawrence and her brother Bill Lawrence. Funeral services for Ivy Wallator will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, High River on Monday, August 23rd at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Susan Lukey officiating. Interment followed at Highwood Cemetery. If desired contributions may be made to “Points of Light” Palliative Care at the Oilfields Hospital, Black Diamond. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (652 2222, 938 3111) directors
Charlton, Doritha “Daisy” A little to the east or a little to the west, Daisy Charlton was a true High Riverite. Born in 1909, Daisy grew up on the homestead which her dad started in 1889 after coming from England to Ontario and then out west. Her mother raised seven children, the youngest of whom was Daisy. Daisy attended Ridgeview school where she remembered a class of 28 students, all different ages, in one room to Grade 9. In 1931 Daisy married Milfred Thompson and the two moved seven miles west of High River where they farmed. George, Mary, Joe and Dorothy filled in the Thompson family. In 1962 they retired to High River; Milfred passed away in 1972. In 1977, Daisy married Otto Charlton (who passed away in 1982) and Daisy became step-mother to Izora and Alistair Watson; Ralph, Lee, Dale and Jean Charlton and Marie and Ken Stephenson. She sat on the executive of the FWUA, Legion Auxiliary, Red Cross and the Friendship Centre. Daisy was grandmother to 29 and a great grandmother to over 40 as well as a great great grandmother to 5. Her fifteen years in the Nursing Home were busy ones with crafts, music and trips. “I go into anything… and anywhere the Handibus goes,” said Daisy. Daisy’s kitchen fixin’s were often found at the High River Country Fair where in 1992 she won for her biscuits. “It’s hard to find her when you come here,” said George. Daisy was also predeceased by 2 grandsons, son-in-law Jon, step son Ralph, step daughter-in-law Lee, step son-in-law Alistair and 3 step grandsons. A Memorial Service for Daisy was held on Monday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Snodgrass Funeral Home in High River. Memorial donations may be made to the Abbyfield House Society of High River, c/o A. George Dearing, Barrister - 103, 14 - 2nd Ave. S.E., High River, Alberta T1V 1G4, or the High River & District Health Care Foundation 560 – 9th Ave. W., High River, Alberta T1V 1B3. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (High River) 652-2222.
Cowling, Barbara Louise (Connell) passed away peacefully on November 14th, 2004 at the age of 98 years. She was the beloved wife of the late George Cowling. Barbara is survived by her four children, Pearl (Ron) Laycraft of Millarville, Norman (Joan) Cowling of Edmonton, Lloyd Cowling of Innisfail and Ellen (George) Jones of Grimshaw, on brother Melvin (Audrey) Connell of Grande Prairie and one sister-in-law Alice Cowling of High River. She will be greatly missed by twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Phyllis Cowling, four brothers and six sisters. Barbara was raised by her parents J.H. and Elizabeth Connell on the Gladys Ridge. She left home at twenty-one and worked for several different families in the East Longview district before marrying George in 1934. In 1966, they sold the farm to Lloyd and retired to High River. Charity work was very important to Barbara and she was a life member of the U.C.W., at both Tongue Creek and High River, she was an active member in both the Farm Women’s Assoc. and the Red Cross Quilter’s Guild. Barbara belonged to High River District Old Timers’ Assoc. and the Southern Alberta Old Timers’. She loved to sew and crochet. Over the years she won many prizes at both the Millarville and High River Fairs with her handiwork, baking and flowers. In 1987, she moved to the Medicine Tree Manor. She truly enjoyed her life at the Manor and lead an active lifestyle. The family used to joke that you had to make an appointment to see her! In 2001, due to failing health, she moved to the High River Hospital Nursing Home. The Family thanks the many individuals who helped our mother through the years! In lieu of flowers, Barbara can be remembered with contributions to the High River & District Heath Care Foundation (2nd Floor), 560 – 9th Avenue W., High River, AB T1V 1B3, The Medicine Tree Place, 815 – 9th Street W., High River, AB T1V 1C3 or the High River United Church, Box 5520 , High River, AB T1V1M6. A funeral service was held SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, High River on Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend R.W. Slocombe officiating. An interment service followed at Highwood Cemetery. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222).
Diebel, Michael beloved husband of Florence Diebel, High River, passed away at the High River Hospital on November 8th, 2004 at the age of 79 years. Besides his loving wife, Mike is survived by his daughter Diane Diebel, Millarville and his sons Clarence (Diane) Diebel, High River and Harvey Diebel, Edmonton. He is also survived by 3 sisters, 2 brothers and 2 brothers-in-law. Mike was predeceased by his parents, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Born at Chamberlain, Saskatchewan on February 20th, 1925, Mike was raised and educated at Chamberlain. In 1951 he and the former Florence Zyla were married and they lived at Regina until moving to Lethbridge in 1956 where he was employed with Einerson Motors. In 1968 they moved to Calgary where he was employed with Metro Motors. In 1990 they came to High River where they have resided since. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, November 12th at 10:30 A.M. at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, High River. The Rev. Father Philip Le, celebrant. Cremation followed the Mass. If desired memorial tributes may be made in Mike’s memory to the High River Hospital Foundation, 560 – 9th Ave. S.W., High River, T1V 1B3 or to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, T2G 3Y6. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (652 2222) directors.
Lefthand, Beverly (Tunksijoo) sister, has gone to be with our heavenly father and Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 12th, 2004 at the age of 47 years. Among her survivors are her father Wayne Lefthand, brother Leo, sons Pierre (Melvandra), Wilbert (Melissa), Bradford (Sabrina), and Owen, daughters April and Chelsea, adopted brother Timothy Knight. Her grandchildren Morning Star, Mattias, Sonia, Monisha, Evonie, Dylan, Paetin, Santanna, Anissa and Ezra nephew Gabriel (Yvette) Wesley, nieces Enise (Lorne), Garina and Selena as well as numerous uncles and aunts, cousins, grandnieces and friends from Eden Valley and Morley. She was predeceased by her mother Susan, brothers Aurthur, Brian, and Peter, sister Elaine, grandparents Mark and Mary Lefthand, Johnny and Jean Smalleyes. Wake service was held at the residence of the late Beverly Lefthand on Nov. 15th and 16th. Funeral services were held at the Chief Jacob Bearspaw Memorial School Gym on Wednesday, November 17th at 1:00 P.M. Interment Eden Valley Cemetery.The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to nurse Albena of Eden Valley Wellness Centre, her Dr. Valerie Congdon and all her family and friends for their support. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (652 2222) directors.
Longson, Joy of the Meadowbank area, passed away at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, Claresholm on November 12th, 2004 at the age of 68 years. She is survived by her husband Cecil Longson, Meadowbank (R.R 2, High River); her children Cal (Wanda) Longson, Cayley, Jackie (Charlie) Gendre, Sherwood Park, Keith (Rhonda) Longson, Cayley and by eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ardell Chivers, Vancouver. A memorial service was held at SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, High River on Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 at 1:30 p.m.with the Reverend R.W. Slocombe officiating. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, Box 700, Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222).