Browne, Monique Michelle It is with wonderful memories and a deep sense of loss, we announce the death of our daughter, sister, and friend Monique Michele Browne. Monique was born on December 31, 1974 to Irene and Alan Browne. She was born with Down’s Syndrome complicated by a severe heart defect. When we were told of her special condition, we decided she should have a special and unique name so we named her Monique Michelle. The doctor told us Monique would not live through the night. But they completely underestimated the fighting spirit with which she was born. Monique lived most of her life in Edmonton where she met her guardian angel, Joan Nelson. Joan is a compassionate and rare human being. It was Joan who saw Monique’s possibilities and refused to accept the doctors’ dire predictions. Joan helped Monique reach her full potential learning to walk, talk, and read. Monique loved West Edmonton Mall and the Edmonton Oilers. One of Monique’s great personal achievements was when she graduated from Ross Shepherd High School in Edmonton. As she walked across the stage in her graduation gown, she raised both her hands and gave the victory salute. The whole auditorium broke into applause as they too recognized her great achievement. Monique and Joan moved to High River because Joan wanted more for Monique. The community of High River has a special group of people known as Foothills AIM Society. We want to recognize their presence here today. You are unprecedented in your commitment to our uncommon population. And Joan wanted Monique to be part of your program. Thank you for welcoming Joan and Monique with open arms. Through your programs Monique further developed her communication skills not to mention her sense of humor. Monique thoroughly enjoyed all the jobs offered to her and the extra curricular activities as well as the many people who touched her life in AIM. Monique was blessed to have two sets of parents as well as three sets of grandparents. In Milo, Alma and Pal Nelson and their extended family treated Monique as their own. Monique loved the days she spent at "the farm" helping her grandma bake cookies or garden. In Medicine Hat she spent days with the Browne side of her family and was always cherished there. About two years ago, Monique’s sister, Lana got married. Monique was given the job of the guest book. She enjoyed talking to everyone as they came into the church. But she added her own special touch to the wedding ceremony when she added a loud OOOOOOH when Lana and John kissed. When Monique was asked when she would get married, she quickly answered she was too old to get married or have children herself. Byron, Monique’s brother, is an athlete who always talked to Monique about one of her heroes, Hulk Hogan. Together they would strike wrestling poses including facial expressions and entertained everyone. Monique’s father, Al, found a kindred spirit in Monique when he learned how much she loved hamburgers. He could always make an unwanted medical treatment a little easier to bear when he told her he would bring her a hamburger if she was good. She had many medical procedures that were made a little easier because a hamburger was her reward. I’m sure you have many memories of Monique yourself. And we want you to feel free to write them down in the memory books that are at the doors of the church. Over the years, Monique’s Mom Irene tried to rationalize her small part in Monique’s life. She found it in this quote from Kahlil Gibran: ‘Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls,….. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness: For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable." It was a privilege and honor to be a part of Monique’s life. She taught us lessons of strength, determination, and unconditional love. Now we must say to goodbye to Monique. But here is one last thought from Kahlil Gibran: "You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?…. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams for in them is hidden the gate to eternity." A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, High River on Thursday, July 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes (High River) 652-2222.
Gill, Theodore (Ted) of Black Diamond, Alberta, aged 83 years, passed away on June 10 in High River Hospital. His family and friends will sorely miss him. Ted is survived by his loving wife Betty, and his children and grandchildren: daughter Anne (Stuart) grandchildren Noel and Sarah (Darren), son Tim (Julia) grandchildren Ben and Sam, son Mark, daughter Eva, and son Peter. The funeral Mass will be held in Black Diamond, at St Michael’s Catholic Church at 10:30am Monday June16, 2003, followed by interment at Foothills Cemetery, Reverend Father John Bastigal celebrant. A reception at the church will follow. The Gill family would like to thank the caregivers that have supported Dad from the High Country Lodge, The Black Diamond Health Care Center and the High River Hospital and Palliative Care. Your conscientious response, kindness and compassion is greatly appreciated by our family. We would also like to thank friends and the community for the support that made such a difference to Dad’s well being. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River (652-2222).
Hall, Albert J. of Gladys Ridge, AB passed away suddenly on June 23rd, 2003 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura of Gladys Ridge, his step-daughter Fran (David) Yip, Calgary, step-son Wayne (Phyllis) Humphrey, High River and grandchildren Darren(Cindy) Humphrey, Robin Henly, Dallas Humphrey, Steve (Shiela)Wooldridge, Curtis (Debbie)Wooldridge and Dava Yip and by eight great-grandchildren. Albert is also survived by his sisters, Gladys MacIntyre and her family Jim, Ross and Bill of Brock, SK and Lois (Don) Bratt and their family, Dixie, Greg, Karen and Scott of Calgary. He was predeceased by his parents Susan and James Hall and grandson Guy Wooldridge. A memorial service was held at SNODGRASS FUNERAL CHAPEL, High River on Friday, June27th at 11:00 a.m. with Gerry Watkins D.M. officiating. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Blackie Lions Club, c/o Box 271, Blackie, AB T0L 0J0. or the Blackie-Gladys United Church, c/o Box 154, Blackie, AB T0L 0J0. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME LTD., High River (652-2222)
Shimp, Della Elizabeth (nee Blake) passed away at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on June 16th, 2003 at the age of 83 years. Della is survived by her daughter Lorna Shimp, of Toronto, her son Leslie and his wife Nina Shimp, of Granum, her grandchildren Michael, Paula, Scott and Lana, seven great grandchildren, and her nieces Jean, Nelda and Hazel. Della was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1973 and her sister Georgina Comstock in 1990. A memorial service was held at the Nanton Parkland United Church, Nanton, Friday, June 20th, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Britt Jessen officiating. Interment followed at Nanton Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd., High River 652-2222.
Simpson, Marguerite of High River, passed away at the High River Hospital on June 15, 2003 at the age of 59 years. Marguerite will be dearly missed by her husband Roy; her children Kevin (Jackie) of Canmore, Patty (Raymond) LeRoux of High River and Colin (Rhea) of High River. Grandchildren, Quentin, Tykerra, David and Kaden. She is also survived by her mother Marguerite Watts of High River and mother-in-law Irene Simpson of Calgary, Brother Bob (Mitzi) Watts of Ghost Lake; sister-in-law Glenda (Harley) Stewart of Dalemead, AB. Marguerite was predeceased by her father David Watts in 1981. Friends were invited to a visitation at Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River on Tuesday, June 17th between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service was held at the Highwood Memorial Centre, High River, on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. If desired, in memory of Marguerite, memorial contributions may be made to the Headwaters Community Cancer Centre, 560 – 9 Ave. West, High River, AB. T1V 1B3. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (High River) Ltd. Telephone 652-2222.
Steedman, Elsie Ionee passed away at the McKenzie Town Care Centre, Calgary, on June 28, 2003 at the age of 76 years. Elsie is survived by her caring niece Jean Enns of Victoria, B.C., and cousin Frank Redford of Black Diamond. She was predeceased by her husband Cyril in 1962. At Elsie’s request, no funeral services will be held. Cremation and arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Telephone 403-938-3111
Wolstenholme, Dorothy passed away on June 15th, 2003 at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre at the age of 86 years. Dorothy is survived by her daughter; Dorie (Fred) Pople, son; Gordon (Penny) Wolstenholme, grandchildren George, Bill (Sybil) and Brandy (Cole) and great grandchildren; Taylor, Mckenna, Ainsley, Dakota and Grayson. Dorothy married George on August 3rd , 1938 and they moved to Nanton in 1955. Dorothy worked in their jewellery store and was active with the Legion Ladies Auxillary, Rebekah Lodge and the Nanton art club. A memorial service was held on Monday, June 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. at the Nanton / Parkland United Church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River, (403) 652-2222.