Gilbert Duane Modien
Gilbert Duane Modien, resident of 100 Mile House, B.C., passed on June 20, 2001 at the age of 70 years in the Kamloops General Hospital.
Duane was born Feb. 24, 1931 in Shaunavon, Sask. the eldest son of Clarence and Anna Modien.
Duane, along with his family, moved from Simmie, Sask. to Dawson Creek, B.C. in July 1950. Duane was employed at numerous jobs and occupations, the longest being with Weldwood of Canada, 100 Mile House, from 1978 to his retirement in 1995. He was also employed with MacLeod Stores from 1955 to 1960. Duane left the Dawson Creek area and relocated to the 100 Mile House area in 1978.
During his youth, Duane played and coached baseball and in the later years resorted to fishing and hunting to pass the time. Duane was an avid reader and spent numerous hours reading and collecting all types of books and educational types of material.
Duane passed away after a brief illness. Up until that time he resided and maintained his own home on an acreage just outside 100 Mile House.
His mother Anna Modien and his father Clarence Modien predeceased him in Dawson Creek. He leaves to mourn his loss his sister Maurlice (Harry) Austin of Kamloops, B.C., his brother Mel (Carol) Modien of Dawson Creek and numerous nieces and nephews.
Although Duane never married, he was always a good brother, always there to lend an ear and will be sadly missed by his family, in particular his brother and sister.
Schoening Funeral Service of Kamloops was in charge of the cremation. Interment will be in the Brookside Cemetery in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heart Fund.
Elmer Floyd Moll
Elmer Moll, resident of Progress, British Columbia passed away on April 22, 2001 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 94 years of age. Elmer's cremated remains were interred in his father's grave at a graveside service held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2001 at the Dawson Creek City Cemetery. Reverend Warren Brower officiated.
Elmer was born on March 21, 1907 in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. He was the oldest child of Jacob Christian Moll and Sarah Ethel Moll (nee Osborn). Elmer's sister Louise, arrived in 1908, followed by another sister Alice, in 1909. Sometime after Alice's birth, the family moved to North Dakota. Elmer always said that he was really happy to have a brother when Vernon arrived in August of 1914. Two more sisters followed, Vera in 1917, and Phoebe in 1921. Tragedy struck the family when their mother passed away April 20, 1922.
The dust bowl years followed, inspiring the family to move to the Peace River District where there was free land for homesteading. The family arrived kit and kaboodle on October 31, 1931. The first years were pretty hard and Elmer often told about himself and his brother taking a team of horses and hay rack on a sleigh to go out to Dawson Creek to get a load of straw. It was during the depression, and the entire community was more or less in the same boat.
The young folks made their own fun with ball games, card games, swimming at the river and skating on the lake. At this time, Elmer had a trap line which ran along the Kiskatinaw River. During the 1940's and 50's, Elmer and Vernon had a sawmill which sawed lumber at Spruce Hill, East Pine and Puggins Mountain returning to the farm in summer. Finally they quit sawmilling in the early 60's and returned to the family farm where they raised cattle and some grain. Elmer remained on the farm until he went into the hospital on April 11, until his passing on April 22.
The family was always the center of Elmer's life and each and every niece and nephew was babysat at one time or another. His family was very important to him, he kept many photo albums and drawers full of memorabilia that showed the special place that family held in Elmer's heart. Each and every member of his family was represented in these photos and keepsakes, as well as many friends and members of the community. Elmer was a farmer at heart. Fame and position were unimportant to him, but family and neighbours were.
Elmer was predeceased by his four sisters, Louise, Alice, Vera, Phoebe; three brothers-in-law, Melvin McQueen, Art Fraser, and Joe Defries; one nephew Kelly Fraser; and one great niece, Heather Brown.
He leaves to mourn his brother, Vernon Moll; brother-in-law Norman Densen; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
William (Bill) George Monk
1911 - 2000
William (Bill) George Monk passed away peacefully on April 5, 2000 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. He was born in Sedgefield, England on May 18, 1911.
Bill was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie in 1988, his parents Fredrick and Alice and infant sister, Nora.
Bill is survived by daughter Muriel (Don) Frizzell of Whitehorse, YT, son Garry (Carol) Monk of Vernon and daughter-in-law Barbara Monk of Langley, B.C. He is also survived by grandchildren: Cindy (Jerry), Sandra (Ralph) of Whitehorse, and Lorelea Frizzell in Cambodia, Loretta (Kevin) in Bermuda, and Greg of Vernon, B.C.; great grandchildren: Jeff, Matthew, Chase, Conrad and Stephen in Whitehorse; sister Lillian (Fredrick) Campbell of Treherne, Man. and her daughter Shirley (Gerald) Rutherford of Glenboro, Man. and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Bill immigrated to Canada at an early age with his parents. He spent his early childhood years on a farm at Treherne.
After leaving the farm, Bill traveled and held numerous jobs such as a construction worker, longshoreman and faller in the woods prior to becoming a plumber by trade in Victoria and later in Dawson Creek, where he retired.
Bill moved to Vernon in 1991 and resided in the Windsor Apartments. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge, being a Life Member of the Peace Lodge in Dawson Creek and Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masons, District 11.
He also enjoyed and was active in the Mile Zero Shrine Club at Dawson Creek and Miriam Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Vernon.
He will be missed by many dear friends from all over the province of B.C. and the Yukon Territory. A Celebration of Life Service was held Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Homes in Vernon with the Reverend Bob Thompson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, Gizeh Temple, 3550 Wayburne Dr., Burnaby, B.C., V5G 3K9.
Laura Marie Moore
1912 - 2001
Laura Marie Moore, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, passed away at her home on June 1, 2001, at 88 years of age.
She was born to parents, Archie and Christina Fife on October 5, 1912, in St. Albert, Alberta. A memorial service was held at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 4, 2001 at the Kingdom Hall, in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Cremation entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Annie Moore 1927-2002
Annie Margaret Harris Moore (nee Marshall) passed away peacefully on March 16, 2002 after a valiant battle with cancer.
Annie was born in Scott, Saskatchewan, on January 16, 1927. Her family moved to homestead in the beautiful region of Rose Prairie in 1928. She married Melvin Moore in 1945 and settled in the Dawson Creek area where she raised her family.
She moved to Red Deer, Alberta, in 1975 where she enjoyed her many friends, bowling, playing cards and family. She moved back to Fort St. John in 1991 and renewed relationships with her siblings. She moved 'home' in Red Deer in May 2000 with failing health. She made many new friends and truly enjoyed playing cards most evenings.
Anie was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Janet Marshall, brothers, Harvey and Bob Marshall, sister Mary Ness, son Arthur, great grandson Marlin Soychuk, and long time companion Clarence Moore.
Left to mourn her passage are family: Margaret (Jim) McKenzie of Prince George, Nelda (Ed) Court of Tomahawk, Alberta, Vernon (Ruth) Moore and Bill Moore of Dawson Creek, Cindy Clark (Ron Bell) of Red Deer, Jeannette (Remi) Gauvreau of New Liskeard, Ontario, and Deborah (Ron) Taylor of Nisku, Alberta; her 18 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren; her sisters, Violet Wilson, Gladys Atkineon, Jean (Len) Copeland and Louise (Cliff) Babcock,, and brothers Eugene (Jean) Marshall, Bill (Thelma) Marshall and their families; her first husband Melvin Moore and his family, and countless friends throughout the country.
Her great legacy will be the love and caring she continues to spread throughout the country by her large family.
She was rich in spirit and love and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses in Red Deer Regional Hospital, U of A Hospital and the Cross Cancer Institute for their help.
A special thank you to the nursing and support staff on Unit 38 at Red Deer Hospital and to Dennie Hycha and pastors Bill and Jim.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Evelyn Florence Morin
1923 - 2000
Evelyn Morin, resident of progress, British Columbia, passed away in the Dawson Creek & District Hospital on August 26, 2000 at 77 years of age. She was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan on May 15, 1923 to Millard and Marie Rogers. She was the eldest of seven children.
Evelyn left home at an early age. After working on neighbours' farms for sometime, she then joined the army, where she served as a cook and secretary. She was a World War II veteran.
Following the war, she moved to the Peace River Country where she met and married Leo Morin. They farmed on the banks of the Kiskatinaw River where they raised their 11 children.
Evelyn spent 22 summers working at 'Progress Apiaries'. It was a job she loved and could spend hours talking about the 'bees'. It was especially rewarding as over the years she hired her own children and grandchildren to work for her.
She left her family and friends many wonderful memories. She was known as 'Gramma Kelly' to some grandchildren, 'Gramma Leo', 'Gramma Evelyn' and 'Little Gramma' to others.
She was noted for her mashed potatoes and gravy, and her homemade pies were her claim to fame. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Her goal was to ensure each child and grandchild had a quilt handmade by her. Mostly she enjoyed chatting with her good friends on the phone.
She had a great sense of humour and would share her jokes with everyone. She especially liked to visit the Dairy Queen to trade jokes with the girls there. It was always a highlight of her trips to town.
She was a very devoted wife and mother, and made sure Leo took care of himself. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in April of this year. The family reunion in July was a highlight in her life as she thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings.
Evelyn was predeceased by her mother, father, two sisters and one brother.
She will always be loved and remembered by her husband Leo, her children Max (Marie) Morin, Shirley (Roger) McPherson, Roy Morin, Gail (Gary) Olsen, Leonard (Ruth) Morin, Judy (Doug) Bentley, Wayne (Jackie) Morin, Faye (Dale) Graff, Terry (Lenny) Piper, Kelly (Kathy) Morin, and penny (Edward) Heaton, as well as her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Evelyn requested that no funeral service be held.
Cremation was entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Yvonne Emma Morrison
Yvonne Emma Morrison, 78, died peacefully on May 23, 2000 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Her strength, gentleness, humour, respectfulness, stoicism and indomitable spirit to survive were admirable amidst much physical pain.
She is lovingly survived by her daughters Loretta and Julie; her sisters Florence, Simone, Gertie and Louise; her brother Gene, her sister-in-law Emma; and dear and loyal friends.
We wish to thank all of the Hospice staff and her physician, Chris Toneff, for their consistent and loving kindness, as well as those who so faithfully visited and supported her in her time of need.
As per her request, donations can be made to Moog and Friends Hospice House, 1701 Government Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 8J7.
Ludmila (Laudy) Motzer
Ludmila (Laudy) Motzer passed away on October 24, 2001 at the age of 77, with her family by her side. A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on October 29, 2001 at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Interment followed in the Mountain View Cemetery, Sunrise Valley, BC.
Laudy was born on August 27, 1924 in Czechoslovakia and moved to Canada with her mother and two sisters in 1931 to join their father. They settled in Farmington. She was the third child of eight for George and Maria Strasky.
After going through the school system in Farmington, Laudy completed her grade schooling and one year of business school in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She then worked as a secretary for the American Army in Dawson Creek and Edmonton, and in the office of St. Joseph's Hospital in Dawson Creek.
Laudy met Vernon Motzer in 1945 at a local country-dance. They married on October 30, 1947. This October would have been the 54th anniversary of their long and devoted marriage.
The year 1948 saw the arrival of their first born, Sharon. She is married to Willie Litke. Sandi came along in 1957, and is married to Terry McEachen. There are five grandchildren: Brad, Karen, Kim (Sharon & Willie's) and Ryan and Scott (Terry & Sandi's). Brad married Shannon and gave Laudy her first great grandson, Jackson. Her children and her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Laudy was well known for her hospitality and the coffee pot was always on. Food was good and plentiful at the Motzer household. She always made sure that all who sat her table would never think of leaving until they were stuffed to the gills.
Laudy was always big hearted and generous. Even after she left the farm and went to work, she would return regularly with goodies, presents and treats for her brothers and sisters. She was always close to her family and was central to keeping them together, especially for special occasions. She was generous with her time and gave many years to the CWL, Royal Purple, and especially the Hospital Auxiliary.
She had a real green thumb and her flower garden was a real source of pride and joy to her. Her purple clematis covering much of the front of her house had many people stopping to admire it and take pictures. Her tomato crop was surpassed by none, and enjoyed by many.
Laudy will be greatly missed by all, especially Vern, her loving partner of so many years. What a great example of long lasting love, sacrifice and commitment.
We will all miss her deeply, but we know that our Lord has a place prepared for her that far surpasses what we could give her here on earth. We will see her again when the Lord next calls each of us.
Goodbye Laudy. May you rest in peace. We love you.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Robert Earl Alfred Murray
1952 - 2000
Robert Earl Alfred Murray better known as "Bob Murray" passed away on Friday, April 28, 2000 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, at 48 years of age. He was born on January 16, 1952 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the third child to parents Tom and Connie Murray.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 4, 2000 at 1 p.m. in the Bergeron Funeral Chapel Dawson Creek, BC. Officiated by Bev Dunsmore.
Bob was a very kind man. He would give his shirt off of his back and his last five dollars to whom ever needed it. Bob was a caring and understanding father who was always there to lend a hand. He loved children, and loved meeting new people. Bob was a friendly, talkative man and everyone who knew him loved him.
Bob was predeceased by his father Tom and his mother Connie.
Bob will be sadly missed by his daughter Pamela Murray, sister, Darlene Porter and brother Tom Murray.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1934 - 2000
Gertrude Iva Nicholson was born September 11, 1934 at her parents homestead in Fellers Heights. She was the eldest of 6 children born to Wordon and Marion Nicholson. She attended the Spring Hill School in Fellers Heights until 1945 when the family moved into the town of Dawson Creek, where she continued her education throughout high school.
Gertie married Wallace Ramage in April 1952 in Dawson Creek and had one daughter, Phyllis, born in 1953. In December 1954, Gertie was widowed when Wallace was killed in a truck explosion.
Her son Stephen was born in May 1955. In October 1957, Gertie married Lawrence Myatt of Cherry Point at the United Church in Dawson Creek. Howard was born in July 1958 and Loraine in October 1959. Gertie and Lorry made their home in Dawson Creek until 1965, at which time they built a house on an acreage on Marion Road which was her home until her passing on July 6, 2000.
Gertie was first and foremost a wife and mother. While Lorry drove trucks, she stayed home to raise her children and do the bookkeeping for the business. Artwork was her hobby - in her younger years she had taught herself to paint animals and wildlife. Many members of her family have cherished paintings hanging in their homes, all gifts from Gertie. She also had deep compassion for animals; for several years, Gertie volunteered at the SPCA, not only donating money and goods, but her time. Many years ago, Gertie committed to a bowling league on Tuesday mornings which led to lasting friendships. Friendships made at bowling then led to her passion for golf.
In 1997, Lorry retired from trucking. He and Gertie bought a motorhome and a team of horses and travelled to the local fairs and exhibitions to show and work the team. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in the early fall of 1997 with a large family gathering.
Gertie was diagnosed with cancer in November 1997 and bravely suffered through testing, biopsies, CAT scans and all the travel that her treatment required. She endured major surgery and a long recovery period without complaint. Within a year, she was back to bowling regularly and golfing intermittently as well as travelling to the Okanagan and
Alberta to visit relatives. In October 1999, Gertie took in a little white poodle named Buddy, they became constant companions and traveled everywhere together.
Gertie saw her fourth generation started with the birth of two great-grandsons in the past year. She saw the graduation of six of her grandchildren, three as recently as June. She was looking forward to the marriages of three of her granddaughters in the next year.
Gertie became ill again in December 1999, and received the news that her cancer had returned. Her only concern was to spend the holidays with her family. She started a treatment plan that devastated her body but not her spirit, and she was uncomplaining throughout treatment, facing her insurmountable odds with quiet dignity, and with her family and Buddy by her side. Gertie died quietly in the place she loved the most, her home.
Gertie was predeceased by her brother, Albert Nicholson; first husband, Wallace Ramage; father, Wordon Nicholson; and step-father, Howard Joy.
She is survived by her loving husband Lorry; her children, Phyllis (Dick) Kalmbach of Pouce Coupe, Stephen (Sigrid) Myatt of Fort St. John, Howard (Shelley) Myatt of Briar Ridge, and Loraine (Patrick) Mason of Dawson Creek; her grandchildren, Dean Larson (Shelley
Plourde) of Grande Prairie, Pamyla Myatt (Bruce Christensen) of Edmonton, Stephanie Myatt of Fort St. John, Alanna Myatt of Dawson Creek, Jessica Myatt (Daryl Baker) of Toronto, Sarah Myatt (Philip Leon) of Dawson Creek, Rebecca Myatt, Amanda Myatt, Rachel Myatt and Clayton Myatt all of Briar Ridge, Christy Mason, Noel Mason and Kaylea Mason all of Dawson Creek; her great grandchildren, Colton Leon of Dawson Creek, and Jordon Larson and Kerie Duckworth of Grande Prairie.
She is also survived by her mother Marion Joy of Pouce Coupe; brother Jerry (Kay) Nicholson of Dawson Creek; sisters, Ada (Rex) Rawlins of Calgary, Mary (John) Campbell of Taylor, and Beatrice (David) Neil of Sunset Prairie, as well as numerous relatives, in-laws, and special friends.
Funeral services were held Monday July 10, 2000 in Dawson Creek under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., and were officiated by the Reverend Judy Hare of the South Peace United Church. Cremation followed the service.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Gertie by way of a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, #102, 1005-102 Avenue, Dawson Creek BC. V1G 289, or the South Peace SPCA, 637-114 Avenue, Dawson Creek BC. V1G 3Al.