Deidre Ann Boyer
1957 - 2000
Deidre Boyer resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia passed away on November 3, 2000 in Edmonton Alberta at 43 years of age.
She was born on August 17, 1957 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia to Claire and Octave Hebert.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday Nov. 11 at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, officiated by Father Chris Lynch. Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe, B.C.
"Deidre, the most wonderful woman I have ever known. The best mother Justin and Derek could ever have had. The friend of thousands, my lover and my best friend. I really thought we would have forever together. Even when you told me you would not see Christmas from this side.
God, I thank you for the gift Deidre has been to me the past 27 years. I know while she was here, she let all she knew who your son is. Now you and Jesus have her, please take care of her. All I have left is my tears and the knowledge that we will meet again in heaven.
I love you Deidre and miss you, oh so much.
All my love,
your Hubby Dave."
"Just a little note, from your mom:
Deidre, words can't say how much we'll miss you. You were such a treasure to all of us and those who got to know you, but it was too short. I always enjoyed our travel, camping and going to church with you. You were joyful most of your life, even with all of your suffering. You were a loving daughter, a loving wife, a loving mother, a loving sister and a loving friend.
We all love you, Louis, Marlene, Travis, Alana, Carl, Robert, Mom and Dad."
Deidre will be lovingly remembered by her husband Dave Boyer; sons Justin and Derek Boyer; parents Claire and Octave; brothers Louis (Marlene) Hebert, and Carl Hebert.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
Elzear 'El' David Boyer
Elzear Boyer, better known as El Boyer, resident of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, passed away on May 6, 2001 in Dawson Creek, at 69 years of age.
A funeral service was held on May 10, 2001 at 10:00 am at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Dawson Creek, with Father Chris Lynch officiating. Cremation followed.
El was born in Batoche, Saskatchewan on December 1, 1931. He was the fourth of ten children born to Edmond and Berthe Boyer. As a young man, El worked for farmers in the surrounding area.
Later, he moved to Prince Albert where he worked for the railroad and met his future wife, Buelah Halliday. They were married on November 28, 1952, and together they raised five children, June, John, Dave, Marlene and Ed.
Between 1954 and 1968, he worked heavy construction, moving approximately every two years across Canada, from Toronto to Hudson's Hope.
After being injured at the Dam in Hudson's Hope, El made the decision to buy a house and put down roots in Pouce Coupe. His entrepreneurial spirit let him to residential construction. As time went on, his sons, John and Dave, joined him in his business as carpenters. Later, El went into a restaurant venture named 'Cooky's' in Pouce Coupe.
El enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. As a member of A.A. for 41 years, El made lifelong friends. His children and grandchildren enjoyed his birthdays and A.A. round ups. He always had time for a coffee, loved a good debate, and the restaurant was a perfect setting in his later years.
He had a big heart and was very generous, especially to those who were down on their luck. His grandchild recalls working at the restaurant, where El would feed him, fill him up with coffee, overpay him and then give him advice on girls, vehicles, money and how to go about getting some of his own one day.
El had a strong sense of family history, which he did his best to instill in his children. He renewed ties with family and friends often as he traveled back home to Saskatchewan.
He loved music; from old time fiddle to AC/DC. He loved playing guitar and singing. He also enjoyed spending time and talking to his grandchildren.
He loved shopping with Buelah for their grandchildren, finding value in the smallest items and cherishing them all.
His all time favourite vehicle was the Studebaker, until the early 70's when the company went bankrupt, at this time he was forced to switch to Datsuns. He gave one of his cars to a grandson, helping him fix it, buy parts for it, as well as giving him the money to insure it.
Elzear David Boyer; a husband, a dad, a great-grandfather, a friend. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by the people whose lives he had the chance to touch.
El leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Buelah; children, June (Bill) Montgomery, John (Judy) Boyer, Dave Boyer, Marlene (Louis) Hebert, and Ed Boyer; grandchildren, Krista (Kirk) Gammon, Shawn (Tammi) Montgomery, Kara (Len) Weibe, Conan, Daniel, Angela, Joshua, and Megan Boyer, Justin and Derek Boyer, Travis and Alana Hebert; great-grandchildren, Shyla, Alex, and Braedon; brothers, Ralph Boyer, Raymond (Evelyn) Boyer, Madeline Bohn, Estelle Newman, and Rosemarie Muhlhauser.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Elmer Watton Braden
1916 - 1999
Elmer Watton Braden, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away on December 1, 1999 in Prince George, British Columbia at the age of 83. Elmer was born May 4, 1916 in Vancouver to Ernie and Florence Braden, they brought Elmer by train to Spirit River and then by horse and wagon to Rolla in October 1916.
His parents homesteaded between the Alberta border and the Pouce River east of Rolla. He called this place home for many years. Elmer helped with his parents' stopping place on the Pouce river, later to be known as Braden's Crossing.
When Elmer was 14, he had a trap line on the Pouce River. Elmer related many stories of hauling freight by horse and sleigh to Spirit River, Alberta, with his father. Theirs was the only sleigh on the route with a cab that was heated by a wood stove.
The closest school was eight miles away, in Rolla, which he rode on horseback in the summer, and boarded out in the winter. Elmer always said the trip was uphill - both ways!!
After Elmer's schooling, he drove a truck for his uncles, Braden Brothers, who had a garage and trucking business in Rolla. He later farmed with his father and then took his own homestead in 1937. In 1938, he bought a truck and hauled freight, a year later he purchased his grandmother's homestead and started farming on his own.
in 1940, he married Violet Little. He spent the better part of his wedding night fighting the big fire of Rolla. Elmer and Violet were blessed with three children, Gloria Jean, Connie and Bud.
The war years were a busy time for Elmer. He trucked on the barely constructed Alaska Highway and worked on the oil rigs. These were the building years to a very successful farming operation for Elmer and Violet.
They moved their family to Rolla in 1947, so the children could go to school. They bought three-quarters of prime Rolla land from Violet's father, which remained their home for 32 years until they retired and moved to Dawson Creek in 1979.
In his youth, Elmer enjoyed many sports over the years, especially hockey and baseball. He would willingly travel miles in the worst weather to shovel the ice rink to play hockey. He later discovered curling and enjoyed many years of the game.
Elmer loved the outdoors - hunting, fishing and camping. Farming went on hold every May long weekend for the traditional fishing trip!
Community service was very important to Elmer. His hard work was rewarded by life memberships in the Elks Club, the Curling Club and the Senior Citizen's Association.
He was always there to give his share of help and maybe more than his share of advice! With his help, many family building projects were finished with his professional touch.
Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Violet; Children Gloria Jean (Lester) Heaton, Connie (Doug) Cooper, and Bud (Sue) Braden; Grandchildren Ed (Penny), Kathy (Kelly), Ron (Charmaine), Jody (Al) and Dean; Great-grandchildren Brian, Sheena, Jennifer, Amy, Nathan, Jessica and Haley; Brother Ken (Nellie) Braden. Everyone who knew him will cherish his memory.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, 1999 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel. with Reverend Judy Hare officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek.
Eldon Meredith Brewer
1941 - 2000
Eldon Meredith Brewer died suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital at the age of 59. He was born on March 3, 1941 in Butts Corner, New Brunswick. He is survived by his two daughters, Dawn Lee Paulson of Lubbock, TX and Heather Ann Brewer (Jack Reichel) of Kelowna, B.C.; granddaughters Sarah Glenda Dawn Paulson of Austin, TX and Kristen Alexandra Reichel of Kelowna, B.C.; two sisters Sylvia (Edward) Guidry of Fredericton, N.B., Patricia (Arthur) Munn of Butts Corner, N.B.; one brother Malcolm (Teresa) Brewer of Brampton; three nephews, Conrad and Trevor Brewer of Brampton, Ont. and Leon Guidry of Fredericton, NB. He is also survived by a multitude of friends on both coasts. All will sadly miss him.
Meredith is predeceased by his parents Eldon Delbert and Clara Mae Brewer, and his son Scott Eldon Howard Brewer in 1991.
Meredith attended the University of New Brunswick. His entire career revolved around hydro power in New Brunswick, Churchill Falls, Labrador and a final move to British Columbia with B.C. Hydro where he worked in Hudson's Hope as well as Duncan and Burnaby.
He was a long-standing member of IBEW and the Royal Canadian Legion, most recently Branch #263, the Lions Club and Eagles Lodge. In his spare time he was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant/first responder. One of his greatest loves was music and his ability to play various instruments. He was a member of several different bands from 1956 - 1971 including Lew McInnis and the Rhythm Maker, the Corvettes, the Jaguars and the Golden Bel-Aires that made at least one record. He was also a long-standing member of the music scene throughout the Peace Country.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Royal Canadian Legion, the Elizabeth Frye Society or a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #263, 1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam, B.C. V3J 1S4, on Thursday Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Interment in Butts Corner, N.B. at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted with First memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna.
Barbara Suzanne Brocke
1947 - 2001
Barbara Suzanne Brocke was born September 25, 1947 in Montreal to Annette Cote Dewey and Robert Dewey.
Sue graduated from Ecole Secondaire Morin in 1963. She then worked as a secretary of English Studies for the University of Montreal from 1963 to 1965. From 1965 to 1967, Sue worked for the National Film Board of Canada, first as a secretary, and after as an Animation Assistant doing inking and painting under the training of Norman McLaren.
She worked on anti-smoking TV clips such as the one where the man chases a lit fuse once his last match was used to "boom". Various other places of employment in Montreal included the Hertz Rent a Car, Centraide and Computel.
In 1975 Sue met Dale from Dawson Creek who at the time was working for CNR. They fell in love and were married at the Peoples Church in Montreal on September 11,1976. The newlyweds moved to Nova Scotia where they lived at Spry Bay, making and selling candles and macrame. (Hippie Days)
Returning with her family to Montreal in 1978, Sue studied at the University of Montreal for two years.
In 1980 Sue and Dale, along with their two sons Shawn and Vincent moved to Dawson Creek.
Their original plan was to live here for two years. Sue was apprehensive about the change but was always ready for a challenge, and dove into small-town life at full speed. She had a great need to explore both the old and the new ways.
Sue was the type of person who held an interest in many things. She loved music, and especially she loved the times when Grandpa Brocke would get out his violin and everyone would sing together. She once tried learning the violin . . . that was interesting . . . and she loved Mrs Lopp's operas.
She taught French, she belonged to the Weaver's guild and loved nature in all its beauty. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and over the years taught Sunday School, children church, worked on the social committee, was treasurer, head of missions committee, lead youth group and was the moderator for church meetings. She helped organize daily vacation bible school each summer, worked at the Ark Youth Center Friday nights, and organized World Vision events. And besides that she organized Pastor's Appreciation Night and helped with Young Life. I guess you could say that Sue was a very busy lady.
Sue loved people. She loved her husband Dale and her two sons more than anything. Her French temper would come out when Dale would go on all the back roads during holidays trying to capture just the right shots. She was heard to say "That Dale, he always has to be an adventurer and take us down some godforsaken road."
Funny though, they were the pictures she liked the most. The ones that were taken in the majestic places God had hidden from those of us less adventuresome.
Sue took an active part in her sons, Shawn and Vincent's life and was proud of their accomplishments. She was involved in their growing up years, helping with school functions and praying with the Mother's in Touch group. She was involved in as many things as she could be so she could be part of their lives. And Sue loved and missed her family in Montreal, and if she'd have had her way, they would have all moved to Dawson Creek. She admired her Mother's strength and always thought her visits with her were very special. When she went to Montreal or if someone came to visit, Sue's life was just that much better.
Sue was a character. She once decided to make a sauna in the middle of the winter. She talked some men into stringing some tarps between two trees, got a bucket, some hot rocks and a bench and proceeded to enjoy her sauna. The problem was that the rocks cooled off and it was much too cold to sit outside in bathing suit. She soon abandoned the idea. That was our Sue.
We all have our memories of this precious beautiful lady. If one was to select a Bible verse for Sue it would be "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the Kingdom of God."
Sue hated it when people could not get along or if a situation couldn't be solved. She loved deeply and she hurt deeply, because she cared. Her faith in God was simple yet very alive and active. It prompted her to pray and serve with an undying love for everyone she met.
Towards the end, the heaviness of this world began to weigh her down and the battle was too strong. We your friends and family will miss you Sue. Enjoy your heavenly inheritance till we meet again. Au revoir ma chere.
Sue is survived by her loving husband Dale, sons Shawn and Vincent (Angie), her mother Annette Dewey, brothers Ronald (Francine), sisters Carol, Norma and JoAnne (Guy).She also leaves to mourn several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 10th at the Alliance Church in Dawson Creek. Rev. Ian Walker and Rev. Don Holloway officiated. Sue now rests in the Rolla Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
John Edward Brooks
1928 - 2002
John Edward Brooks passed away peacefully at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on January 23, 2002 at the age of 73 years.
John will be sadly missed by his wife of 48 years, Merba, his three sons Rawlin (Debbie Andrews) of Salmon Arm, B.C., Leonard (Lori) of Dawson Creek, B.C., Brian of Vernon B.C., daughter Nebra (Ernie) Friesen of Langley, B.C. and his nine loving grandchildren.
John was born on September 5, 1928 in Regina Saskatchewan and married Merba in 1953. They spent their happiest years in the Yukon where John worked for CN Telecommunications and their children were born.
They moved to Dawson Creek in 1966 where John worked for BC Telephone Co. until his retirement to Vernon, B.C. in 1989.
John was predeceased by his parents and daughter Susan Jean.
Cremation preceded a memorial service on Monday, January 28, 2002 at the Trinity United Church in Vernon, B.C. with reverend Bob Thompson officiating.
In lieu of flowers those friends wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Endowment Foundation, c/o Vernon Jubilee Hospital, 2101 32nd Street, Vernon, BC, V1T 5L2.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
Allen Lambert Brown
1919 - 2000
Allen Lambert Brown, resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, passed away in Dawson Creek on October 29, 2000 at 80 years of age.
A memorial service was held at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel on Friday Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., with Beverly Dunsmore officiating. Allen's cremated remains were interred in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.
Al was born and raised on a farm in Mossbank, Sask. He was born on November 26, 1919, the eighth child of James and Elizabeth Brown. He enjoyed school, but had to quit after grade 10 to help out on the family farm. At age 17, Al and family moved to Calgary, Alta. where they ran a livery stable. Al played hockey in Calgary. He broke his nose in one game and it remained crooked ever since.
He lost the sight in his right eye in a logging accident in 1938. Due to this accident, Al was not accepted into the Canadian Army, so he was hired by the American Army driving truck on the Alcan Highway. He entered and won many truck rodeos. Al's long time career and love was driving truck for Northern Freightways, and then Canadian Freightways. Following 25 years of truck driving, he worked at bush camps until his retirement at age 65.
He met his wife of 46 years, Verna Hatton at the Dawson Creek post office where she worked. They were married Nov. 20, 1944. They raised two children, Ken and Linda.
Al and Vera enjoyed country drives and checking out antique stores. Al also enjoyed hunting fishing and playing cribbage. In his later years, he spent a great deal of time at the home of his nephew, Bob and Pat Steeves. Their granddaughter, Shiane, was very special to Al.
Al was predeceased by his wife Verna, in 1990; great-grandson Zachary Myhre in 1993; son Ken in 1993; sisters Evelyn, Adella and Lily; four brothers Percy, Ernie, Bob and Ross.
He is survived by daughter Linda (Ray) Jones; grandson Jason, grand-daughters Wendy, Tammy, Jennifer and Rhonda; great-grandkids Marcus, Tyler and Taylor. He is also survived by one brother Glenn and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
1931 - 2000
Dennis Brown passed away on November 28, 2000 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 69 years of age. A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek.
Dennis was a gentle-hearted man who enjoyed the simpler life; the times he spent with his children and grandchildren, and the special memories he had of his earlier days.
He will be greatly missed by his children, Leonard Brown of Whitehorse, Yukon; Bev (Charlie) Lott of Slave Lake, Alta.; Les (Lyne) Brown of Strathmore, Alta.; Lloyd Brown of Dawson Creek, B.C.; Brenda (Mark) Gaehring of Fort St. John, B.C.; and Barb (John) Tasker of Whitehorse.
Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Jennifer, Charles, Calvin, Sonny, Marianne, Andrea, Eric, Amanda, Jennifer, Jessica (Josh), and Jill.
Dennis is survived by his sisters, Marguarite Trottier, of Valleyview, Alta. and Mavis Blake of Hope, B.C. Dennis was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Edith, brothers Walter, Alf and Webb, and two special grandsons, Robert Brown, and Christopher Lott.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the:
Canadian Institute for the Blind, 100-5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C., V5R 6B2.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, B.C.
Wilbert Ronald 'Webb' Brown
1929 - 1999
Wilbert Ronald "Webb" Brown, long-time resident of Dawson Creek, passed away Oct. 29, 1999 at the Dawson Creek Hospital.
Webb was born at Melfort, Sask. on Jan. 7, 1929 to Edith and Leonard Brown.
Webb moved to the Grande Prairie area at an early age. It was here he met his wife of 49 years, Pearl (McAvany). They married Oct. 12, 1950. They were blessed with three daughters and one son. Webb worked at different jobs in the early years.
In the spring of 1957 he moved his family to Dawson Creek where he worked first at the refinery and then for Canadian Freightways for 31 years, retiring in 1992.
Webb was very much a family man. He also loved to watch hockey and baseball games. He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons play hockey.
Everyone will remember Webb for his laughter and love of life.
Webb is survived by his wife Pearl; daughters Pat (Reg) Neufeld, Margie (Archie) Prince, Georgia (Dennis) West, son Wes (Cathy) Brown; six grandchildren, Angie (Wade) McLean, Jackie Prince, Mark (Angie) Neufeld, Travis West, Christie and Riley Brown, and four great grandchildren, Alyssa, Jessica and Kelsey McLean and Margus Neufeld.
Webb also leaves sisters, brothers as well as numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws to mourn his passing. He was predeceased by his mother, father and one brother.
Funeral services for the late Webb Brown were held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 at 2 p.m. from Bergeron Funeral Home. Rev. Judy Hare officiated.
Expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Webb to the Alzheimer Society.
1929 - 2001
Funeral services were held for the late Guenter Bruhs from St Pauls Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 7th, 2001 with the Rev. C. P. Denninger officiating.
Guenter was born January 15th, 1929 in Wanne-Eickel, Germany. He was one of seven children. In 1934 the family moved to Celle, Germany. During his youth, Guenter worked on a farm and helped support the family. In Celle, Guenter met Erna (nee Poppek) and they were married on October 23rd, 1948. On Christmas Eve, December 24th, 1950 their first child Christel was born. Guenter immigrated to Canada in November of 1951. His first jobs were working on a farm in Farmington and a railroad tie camp at Bear Mountain. Later Guenter worked at a lumber yard, Scot National and the Co-op. At the time of his retirement he was custodian at the school in Pouce Coupe.
Gabriel, their second child was born on May 16th, 1953 and Peter, their third child on October 22, 1957. The family lived in Dawson Creek from 1953 to 1973. In July of 1973 a farm was purchased outside of Pouce Coupe. Guenter lived there until his death.
Guenter loved music and played in a band out at Tomslake. He also loved soccer and played it well.
Guenter was pre-deceased by his loving wife Erna, his parents and two brothers. He leaves to mourn: his daughter Christel and grandson Waylon (Joanne) and great grandsons Nicholas and Nathan; his daughter Gabriel (Leonard) and grandsons Travis and Darcy; his son Peter (Faith) and grandsons Dusty, Colton, Tye and David; his sister Ilse and brothers Alfred, Werner and Hans; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends.
Guenter will be remembered with much love and admiration by those whose lives came in contact with his. Guenter now rejoices in the eternal life that has been given to him by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He is finally at peace and is forever with the Lord.
Funeral arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Madeline Margarett Bruun
1924 - 2001
Madeline Bruun, long time resident of Willow Valley, BC, passed away on November 10, 2001in the Dawson Creek & District Hospital, at the age of 77. A memorial service was held on November 16, 2001 at the South Peace United Church in Dawson Creek, with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating. Interment followed at the Willow Valley Cemetery.
Madeline was born in Cornack, Saskatchewan on January 10, 1924. She was the third child of John and Jennevieve Waldo.
She married Luther Bruun on December 29, 1972, bringing with her six children, and adding them to Luther's two children, giving her a family of eight children.
Madeline was a very caring and giving person, always involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as other family members and close friends.
She loved to camp, travel, garden, quilting, garage sales and numerous other activities. Madeline belonged to the Women's Institute, the Sons of Norway, and she also canvassed for the Cancer Society.
Madeline was recently predeceased by her grand daughter, Hope Fox.
She is survived by her husband, Luther Bruun; her Brian (Rae) Seay, Sharon Seay, Val (John) Crantz, Angela (Larry) Scott, Debra (Cliff) Kostiuck, Miles Sparks, Sharla Bruun, Tim (Gwen) Bruun; 16 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
She will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
1928 - 2001
Buckel, A.W. (Ad), (Ed), born in Berlin, Germany on April 4, 1928 died at home on Jan. 15, 2001.
He is survived by his loving family, wife Vivian; four sons; Rick (Gayle), Randy (Lynda), Roddy and Jason; three daughters; Christina, Kathy (Steve) and Lorinda (JeanMarc); eight grandchildren: Terence, Garret, Curtis, Devon, Kevin, Jennifer, Clayton and Adriana; two sisters, Olli and Kati.
A memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services in Kelowna.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of one's choice would be appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services.
Evelyn Jean McMaster Bumstead
1925 - 2000
Jean was the firstborn child of Mac and Ev McMaster. She was born September 4, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. Mac and Ev had been traveling around looking for work.
They returned to Canada a couple of months after her birth along with Jean's grandparents, Bill and Annie Burton. They then took up residence in Cranbrook B.C.
In 1931 they moved to Sheardale where Jean began school in the log school house Grandpa Burton built, which still stands today.
Jean talked about the wonderful childhood she and her brothers and sisters had. Despite hard financial times, they had a lot of fun. She said her Mom and Dad would often join them for ball games or skating. She remembered the fun and excitement of Christmas and Santa Claus. She said she never noticed then that times were hard because there was always plenty of food. She remembered staying overnight with a friend one time and they didn't have sugar for their porridge - she thought that family must really be hard up.
Jean loved to dance when she was young and she loved the memories of the community events especially the dances when the whole family would go and the children would play, dance, and fall asleep on the floor. Jean taught school at Seven Mile and Rose Prairie. She was proud of her short teaching career as learning was important to her. All of her children are voracious readers to this day.
Jean and Ross were married on Oct. 1, 1948. Throughout their married lives ,they lived in Dawson Creek, at the sawmill at Mile 330, on the farm west of Rolla, and finally back in Dawson Creek.
Jean had many friends as demonstrated throughout her life. Friends and family will remember her through the words of Helen Keller, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." That is how Jean is remembered. Felt with the heart.
George Bernard Shaw said that "Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family." Jean did a fine job of this.
Jean leaves behind her very special friends at Heritage Heights.
We thank God for her second family - her friends at Heritage Heights who helped her through all this.
Jean is survived by: three sisters: Helen Bumstead, Doreen Stromquist and Shirley Anderson; five brothers: Jim, Allan, Stan, Gerald, and Ted McMaster; five children: Barb Caldwell (Garry), Duane (Pat), Lynne Lario (Garry), David (Debbie), and Doug (Leslieanne); grandchildren: Cynthia Parker and Brad Caldwell, Mark and David Lario, Tammy Russell and Dawni Lahn, Katie, Timothy, Mathew and Ryan Bumstead, Peyton, Blair and Jessie Bumstead; great grandchildren: Chase and Cole Oswald and Connor Parker, Skylar Remfert and Hailey and Chance Russell, Petra and Christian Lahn; numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services for the late Evelyn Jean Bumstead were held in Reynar's Chapel on Monday Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Services were officiated by her family.
Funeral arrangements under the care of Reynar's Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Jay Peter Butler
1977 - 2000
Jay Peter Butler was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on April 29, 1977 and lived here until his passing on January 30 at the age of 22.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000 at Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, Dawson Creek, B.C. with Abe Born officiating.
Jay loved and excelled at any sport he participated in. He especially loved snowboarding, wrestling Kristy, water skiing with his friends, golfing with anybody, playing hockey and Nintendo 64. Jay loved listening to music and liked to crank up the stereo to his favorites: the GooGoo Dolls, Seven Dust, and many others.
Most of all, Jay was the proudest Dad to his "little Princess". When Baylen was born, he had the biggest grin from ear to ear. He came out of the delivery room to tell Grandma Jean who was anxiously awaiting the news "It's a girl, a big beautiful girl," he said, as tears were rolling down his cheeks.
Jay had a glowing personality and loved Baylen and Kristy so much, he would do anything for them, and he could always make them laugh, his voice could make Baylen smile. Jay was everything Kristy ever dreamed of having, he was her soulmate. He worked hard to care for them and have a happy family. He was an excellent dad and boyfriend to Baylen and Kristy - he made them and so many others so happy.
Jay was a good friend and loved all of his buddies. He was one of a kind with a one of a kind sense of humour. His nickname was Butthead. Jason Brandenberg was Beavis and Jay was Butthead from a cartoon they used to watch.
Those who knew Jay knew how outgoing he was. He loved to make people laugh - you could always count on Jay to cheer you up.
Some of the best memories his friends have are of snowboarding with Jay. One weekend, a few of them stayed at Powder King. After the hill closed, they grabbed some lunch trays out of the cafeteria, took them back to the hotel and waxed them up, and then went lunch traying down the mountain. However being the entertainer that Jay was, he tried it with just his boxers on. They will never forget the look on Jay's face when the lunch tray bucked him off about half way down, sending Jay sliding without his boxers before he came to a stop; he had trouble sitting for about a week afterward.
Jay was so full of energy, always wanting to try something new. Jay loved to live life.
Jay was predeceased by his great grandparents: Thomas Ernest and Mary Stafford as well as his grandparents James and Agnus Butler.
Jay is ever remembered by his loving Kristy and Baylen; mother Susan, stepfather Brian; father Jak Butler; sisters Stephanie (Kirt), Anne Marie, and Rebecca; brothers Laine, Joel, Jordan and Kenneth; Kristy's family: Ross, Jean, Jennifer and Mark Harcourt and numerous relatives and friends.