William Gordon Elliott
1910 - 2001
William Elliott a long time resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away on November 2, 2001 at the age of 91 years.
A graveside service was held on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery.
William was born on October 1,1910. He lived in Dawson Creek for about thirty years.
Some of you may remember him from the Co-Op. William ate most of his meals there and would spend time visiting and having coffee with people he knew from the restaurant.
William was a very private person and spent a lot of time alone. This would explain his love for the outdoors. He loved to hunt and be in the bush for the quiet and peace that it would bring.
William will be missed by his friends.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Dawson Creek.
Louis Jules Alfred Ethier
1914 - 2001
A memorial service was held for the late Louis Jules Alfred Ethier of Chetwynd B.C. on Monday August 20 2001 at 11 a.m. from Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church, Father David John officiated. Interment to follow in Domremy Cemetery in Saskatchewan at a later date.
Louis Jules Alfred Ethier passed away in the Chetwynd Hospital on August 16, 2001 at the age of 87 years. Louis was born in Domremy, Saskatchewan on May 19, 1914. He was a resident of Chetwynd since 1958. He leaves to mourn, his wife of 65 years, Henriette (Guillet) and six children; Anita (Hector Comeau, St. Albert, AB), Edward (Chetwynd), Denise (Chetwynd), Leo (Nancy, Peace River, AB), Maurice (Evelyn, Smithers, B.C.) and Aline (Chetwynd). He also leaves to mourn 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, a brother; Walter of Clearbrook, B.C. and a sister; Clara Pridy of Kamloops, B.C.
Louis was predeceased by his father, Remi Ethier, and his mother, Albertine (Poirier), sisters Antoinette, Josephine and Parmelia as well as brother, Jean and numerous other relatives and friends.
Louis was a proud, principled and caring person and he touched many, many people during his time with us. He will be often and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege to know him.
Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Dawson Creek.
Lola Irene Evens
1914 - 1999
Lola Irene Evens, resident of Dawson Creek, B.C., passed away on Dec. 8, 1999 at 85 years of age. She was born on Aug. 29, 1914 in Stalwart, Sask.
She was the first child of six, born to Edith and Andrew Hatton. Her early childhood was spent in Stalwart. 'Stalwart' meant 'strong and brave' and it reflected the quality of the people who had settled in that area. Her family were part of an American colony who had immigrated from Oklahoma.
Lola's sisters remember her as a spirited and boisterous girl who loved to play 'kick the can' and 'leapfrog' - even though she was instructed that it wasn't very lady-like. She learned how to play the violin and became an excellent musician, she was very proud of her musical abilities, as were her family. She could also whistle a lively tune.
She arrived in the Dawson Creek Area at the age of 16. She completed her schooling in Dawson Creek, at that time, the school house stood where 8th street is today. Lola, accompanied by her sisters, rode on a two-wheel, horse-drawn cart to get there from Kilkerran. In 1932, at the age of 18, Lola married Herbert Evens. She and her husband traveled north by team and sleigh to the homestead. They farmed in the Rose Prairie District for quite some time. Over that time, they had six children: Art in 1933, Grace in 1935, Dennis in 1937, Joyce in 1939, Murray in 1942, and Alvin in 1945.
As the family grew, they moved from their original sod roof house into a one room log house, and then into the big log farm house, all of which they had built themselves. Like many women of that time, Lola gave birth to two of her children at home, Joyce and Dennis.
Lola was known for her hospitality towards visitors. She was a wonderful cook, and a fine seamstress. She made virtually all the clothing her children wore. She also loved animals, gardening, berry picking and rock collecting. She was fiercely protective of her children and her grandchildren. She was a good, strong and very outspoken woman, insisting on good manners and showing respect for others. She had a wonderful sense of humour as well, and could get the most mischievous twinkle in her eyes. Friends and family were of utmost importance to her, always making time to spend with them, and offering unconditional love and acceptance.
In 1949, Lola moved to Dawson Creek, she became the sole supporter of her young family. Her eldest, Art, was a great help to her in those days. She worked very long hard hours to support her six kids. She initially worked as a cook for local hotels, restaurants, and the hospital. Later, she cooked for the oil rigs, she spoiled the men with her cooking and became like a second mother to many of the younger ones.
Due to ill health, Lola was forced to retire at the age of 62. Still, she remained independent. She adopted several cats and a couple of dogs over the years, babying them as if they were her own kids.
Lola will be lovingly remembered by her children Art (Mabel) Evens, Grace Loucks, Joyce (Jack) Minnett, Dennis (Muriel) Evens, Murray Evens, and Alvin (Chris) Evens; her 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; her sisters Wilma (Elton) Hansen, Shirley Ross and Lois Lewis.
Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12, 1999 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
David Adolphus Fellers
1916 - 2000
David Adolphus Fellers, better known as 'Dave' Fellers, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on September 7, 2000 in Dawson Creek at 84 years of age. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2000 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1916 in Dupuyer, Montana to parents, Albert and Ivy Fellers, he was the third-oldest of their 14 children. The family came north from Montana and settled in Fellers Heights in 1928.
Our father was complex and yet on the surface appeared quiet and reserved. At our many family gatherings, Dad would sit back ever so quietly in his chair. No wonder he had a hard time getting a word in edgewise with so many of us yakking away. Yet often, when least expected he would sum things up with a few quiet words of wisdom. He was always proud of our endeavours, and would gently remind us, "Don't forget where you come from."
Each time he cradled a new grand child in those big strong hands, his chin would quiver as he reached for a hanky to clean those misty glasses. His little bread snappers could do no wrong. Our little people always gravitated to Grandpa's knee, an oasis of calm in our usual sea of chaotic commotion.
Dad was a strong and rugged man who weathered many storms in his 84 years. He served overseas in World War II, which would change a person's life forever, and make even the strongest individual come home with sad eyes. It was the simplest things that brought him so much joy. He loved the great outdoors and was in his glory hunting, berry picking "up Puggins", overseeing his homestead, watching the kids grow, or "heading out for a load of wood."
Dad was determined and did things his own way - a trait some of us find we have inherited. He had a way with words and a wry sense of humour. We know that the staff at Peace Haven, the hospital, and all of us, will surely miss his wit and one-liners. Just recently, he had the nurses in stitches with his stories of splitting kindling in his long johns and making bannock. Many will recall his spell-binding stories of being in the bush or out on the job.
Dad was a hard worker. He spent a large part of his working years at Finning Tractor, where you would often hear his co-workers say: "Dave is breaking in a new boss". As a matter of fact, one day when Dad took a day off, his boss caught up to him at the Dawson, and said: " I thought you were sick." Dad's reply was - 'I am sick - sick of working!'
Until the time of his retirement, Dad had a solid reputation at Finning - he was well respected, a meticulous mechanic, and was in demand.
When a machine went down, and Finning got a call, many times he was the one they requested. But working at Finning was just for his paycheck. Where Dad really thrived was working the land at his beloved homestead at Fellers Heights, just north of where his family settled. When the time came to sell, it stayed in the family.
Dad is predeceased by his second wife Betty, brothers, Alvin, Don, Ralph, Chuck, Jiggs, and sisters, Marj, Dean, Marion, and baby Ruby. Also, his son Bill, son-in-law Willie, and granddaughters, Kim and Debbie.
He is survived by his wife and partner, Margaret; his children, Dorothy and husband Dan Flath, daughter-in-law Maggie Fellers, Lillian Forbes, Rhoda and husband Bill Cornish, Margy Forbes, Judi and husband Larry McGowan, Betty and husband Rick Roth, Roy Forbes and partner Lydia Dixon, Brenda and husband Andy Devuyst; sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. As well as four sisters, Dorothy Bassett, Hazel Bassett, Gin Moe and Norma Landiuk.
Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Services Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
1916 - 2000
Former Dawson Creek resident Marjorie Field passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000 in Williams Lake, B.C.
She was born Dec. 8, 1916 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Marjorie lived in Dawson Creek from 1950 until 1964. She and husband Archie owned Field's Mens Wear until 1961. In 1964 she moved to Kamloops and on to Williams Lake in 1980.
She will always be remembered and missed by her family; Norma and John Bos and Donna McLeod; and her grandchildren, Jonathan (Shaun), James (Monique), Monieka, Catherine (Vinni) and Michael Bos, Sherry and Wade McLeod and great grandchildren Nathaniel and Emmalyne.
Alice Louise Fisher
1929 - 2000
Louise Fisher was born June 20,1929 in Hyas Saskatchewan. She passed away May 1, 2000 in Whitecourt Alberta at the age of 70.
Louise celebrated her first birthday on route to Dawson Creek from Saskatchewan when her family moved to British Columbia in 1930.
She attended school in Pouce Coupe where she enjoyed participating in school activities like basketball and track and field sports.
Also very independent and a self starter, Louise became the first female messenger delivery person in Dawson Creek at the age of 15. She worked as a telephone operator until her marriage to Earl Fisher August 31,1948.
Earl and Louise had seven children together so she was kept too busy to work outside the home. Earl died in 1970 and Louise was faced with the challenge of raising the remaining five children who were still at home, by herself. She got her driver's licence and went to work as a desk clerk.
When Louise was unable to work any longer, she extended her talents to growing flowers and entertaining herself producing crafts of all kinds. She took pride in creating excellent quality in her finished products. At this time in her life, Louise finally had the time to take pleasure in the antics of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all.
She leaves to mourn her children: Gayle (Barb) Fisher, Dianne (Ken) Shannon, Valerie (Wayne) Simmonds, Nancy Regner (Charles Berg), Dean Fisher, and Sandi (Don) Swant.
She also leaves to mourn her grandchildren: Mike (Cindy) Fisher, Selena Fisher, Gayleen Fisher, Chad Shannon, Jody (Dwayne) Dilworth, Davin Simmonds, Dory Simmonds, Ami Regner, Branton Regner, Jessica Fisher, Corrie Fisher, Maylee Swant and Melanna Swant; great grandchildren: Tyler and Scott Fisher, Tristen Shannon, Sawyere Dilworth and Brett McGregor.
Brothers and sisters; Herb (Laura) McAllister, Pearl (Stan) Isberg, Irvin (Rosalind) McAllister, Dorothy (Allen) McMaster.
Louise was predeceased by; husband Earl Fisher, son Wayne Fisher, grandsons Clay Fisher and Dyland Cripps, parents Hugh and Alice McAllister and brother Buddy McAllister.
Funeral services for Alice Louise Fisher were held on Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m. Arrangements were under the care of Reynar's Chapel and Crematorium.
Dorothy Mabel Forster
1912 - 2000
Dorothy Mabel Forster, resident of the Pouce Coupe Care Home, passed away on March 14, 2000 in Pouce Coupe at 87 years of age. She was born on October 2, 1912 in Elfros, Saskatchewan to parents Robert and Edith Forster, she was the oldest of three children.
A small private memorial service was held on Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 3:30 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, with Reverend Judy Hare officiating. Dorothy's cremated remains will be interred at a later date in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Robert and Edith Forster, and one brother Bobby.
She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Arthur 'Hank' (Marilyn) Forster, niece Susan (Randy) Keen, and great nephews Rodd and Rhyan Keen.
God saw you getting tired,
And the cure was not to be
So He wrapped you in His loving arms
And whispered, 'Come with Me'
You suffered much in silence
Your spirit did not bend
You faced your pain with courage
Until the very end
You tried so hard to stay with us
Your fight was all in vain
God took you in his loving arms
And saved you from all pain.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Julia Ellen Foster
1904 - 2001
Julia Ellen Foster was born Feb. 7, 1904 in Battleford, Sask. and passed away Sunday, July 15, 2001 in the Pouce Coupe Care Home at the age of 97. Julia was predeceased by her parents Agnes and John Callahan, her husband Harry, only son Bill, brothers Dewan, Oliver, Bert and sister Helen.
She is survived by brother Art Callahan (Gladys) and sister-in-law Charlotte Callahan, two grandsons Mark Foster (Monica) and Bob Foster (Tanya) and one granddaughter Kandy Vyse. She also leaves behind eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.
Julia lived most of her life in Dawson Creek. She married Harry in 1925 in Battleford and moved to Pouce Coupe with Harry and son Bill in 1943 and then to Dawson Creek in 1947 where she remained for the rest of her life.
Her cremated remains were laid to rest with her husband Harry.
Julia will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends. Her wonderful laugh is gone but not forgotten.
Services were under the direction of Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Donald William Friesen
1925 - 2000
Donald William Friesen, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on November 30, 2000 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at 74 years of age.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Cremation followed.
Don was born on March 1, 1926, in a little Mennonite settlement north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan called Hague. He would joke that he came from the Hague, Netherlands. Don was the second youngest of a family of 11.
Don completed his high school in Hague, and went to normal school in Saskatoon. At the age of 21, Don was the principal of a small town school for four years. Don's specialty was English. He enjoyed reading novels. Music was important in Don's life, as well. He loved to sing and play his guitar. Whatever he did, he did with all his heart, especially having a good time. He was a master mimic and impressionist, and was always the first to notice any idiosyncrasy, and blow you away with some off the wall comment, leaving you in hysterics or blushing. He loved flowers, especially the amaryllis.
Don read in the Star Phoenix about a reporter needed by Dun & Bradstreet, a Mercantile Agency, he got the job. He traveled the northern part of Saskatchewan and reported credit ratings on businesses for the benefit of wholesalers. Once a month he would come in to report to the Saskatoon office. There he met this cute, skinny, brown-eyed girl he fancied. She managed the office. It resulted in the marriage on October 20, 1956, of Vivian Vavra and Don Friesen.
This union produced four children and, after many years the loves of Don's heart, his four grandchildren: Jaron and Caverly LeClerc, and Alana and Drew Friesen, and twins on the way.
After leaving Dunn & Bradstreet, Don enrolled in Municipal Administration and obtained a Class 'A' Certificate from the Department of Municipal Affairs. He held positions as administrator in Mayfair, Hafford, Luseland, and Hudson Bay.
Don came to Dawson Creek in 1973 as city clerk. In 1975, Don moved to the school board office as secretary-treasurer combining his interests in finance with his earlier experience in education. While with the school board, he had many memorable trips and experiences, and made a lot of close friendships that continued even after he retired in 1986.
After his retirement, Don chose to run in the municipal election and was successful as an alderman. One of his portfolios was the Fall Fair board, where he was also treasurer of the organization. The next election, Don chose to run for trustee as well as alderman, and was successful on both accounts. Don spent a few years on Vandal Patrol watch. His last career was as a marriage commissioner.
Don enjoyed painting Walt Disney cartoon characters and made sure all the grandchildren were recipients of one, or two, or three of their choice. This will be a great remembrance of Grandpa Don to the grandchildren.
On Nov. 30, 2000 Don needed a change of scenery. He was bored with addressing Christmas cards. He said, "Vivian, I'm going to Grande Prairie to get a hair cut. Then I'll go and cook supper for J.J., Neil, Jaron and Caverly."
Don enjoyed cooking, and was rightly famous for his Caesar salads. Don got his hair cut and returned to Neil and J.J.'s home. He was suddenly struck down when a thin vein at the back of his brain erupted, felling him to the ground. J.J. and Neil's good neighbours called the ambulance and took their children so that they could follow the ambulance to the hospital. The eruption caused Don's fall. He lay on the cold ground lowering his body temperature to 32 degrees. Don passed away at 11:20 that evening with Dallas, Darcy, J.J., and Vivian at his side.
Don is now with is mother and father; sisters Helen, Ann, Alma, Verna, Elsie; brothers Herbert, Leander, Philip, Ernie, Algene, Ernest; and niece Laurie Friesen. Don is also happy with his mother-in-law, Anna Vavra.
Don is survived by his wife Vivian; children Dallas Friesen (Sharon Peterson), Darcy (Carrie) Friesen, Jae Friesen-LeClerc (Neil LeClerc) and Allyson Friesen (Ken Sunderman); grandchildren Jaron and Caverly LeClerc, Alana and Drew Friesen.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
Joan Victoria Fullerton
1930 - 2001
Joan Victoria Fullerton was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Norman and Mary Davis. The family eventually moved to Powell River, B.C.
Joan met Ray Fullerton in Ladner, B.C. and were married in 1949. They lived in Tsawwassen, B.C. until 1967 when they moved to Vanderhoof, B.C.
In 1994, Joan and her son Larry moved to Dawson Creek, B.C.
Joan enjoyed being near her family and she loved to visit with grandchildrean and great grandchildren
Joan was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was a very strong and independent woman who was never afraid to help others and always had time for everyone, even when her own life was filled with difficult hardships. She was never afraid to smile or laugh.
Her hobbies include camping and fishing with family and bowling with friends and teammates. She enjoyed making yearly trips back home to visit with family and friends.
Her free time was spent doing volunteer work at the hospital a couple of times a week.
There will be many things Joan will be remembered for, whether it is her love for sports, her appetite or even all her knick knacks that she kept around her house. She will be greatly missed and will always have a special place in our hearts.
Even though we all have to say goodbye, we just want to take this time to say thank-you for letting all of us have a chance to be part of your life in one way or another. We will miss you, but you will never be forgotten. Though it is hard it is time to let you go and say goodbye. Goodbey Gramma, we love you.
A special thanks to Reynars Funeral Home, Rev. David Roch, organixt Joanne Haukenfrers and soloist Phyllis Roch.
Joan was predeacesed by her husband Raymond Fullerton, her parents Norman and Mary Davis and sisters Norma Stronquist and Vera Davis.
Joan is survived by daughter Nina Duheme (Don), sons Larry Fullerton and Don McLaren (Sharron), sister Meg McNolty (Elmo), brother Bob Davis (Pearl), grandchildren Shawn Duheme (Kira), Tammy McGowan (Chad) Tina McKay (Ted), Dean McLaren, Rick McLaren and greatgrandchildren, many nieces and nephews.