Melvin Ray Lumley
Melvin Ray Lumley passed away at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the age of 81 years.
Mel was raised on the family farm north of Dewberry and always remained a country boy at heart. In retirement, his greatest pleasures were tending his garden, mowing the grass at the old home place and - most of all - picking berries. In 1955, Mel came to Lloydminster and worked as a mechanic at R.J.R. Noyes. This was followed by a partnership in BA Service Station, working at the Texaco station for Ron Jones, then off to Skinner Motors, the local Ford dealership. It was while working at Ford that Mel earned his Journeyman Mechanic ticket and he spent the remainder of his working years there under various owners. After an early retirement, he spent some of his time helping Barry Gory in his welding business and general puttering. He also enjoyed doing car transfers which involved traveling all over Saskatchewan and Alberta with Bob Bower, Joe Belyea and the rest of the gang. Although his first love was cars, Mel enjoyed carpentry and over the years built an addition on to the house, a cabin at Laurier Lake, many pieces of furniture and a multitude of sheds. Traveling to Winnipeg to visit his girls was always a highlight but became too much to cope with in later years.
Mel was predeceased by his daughter Lori Ludman of Winnipeg, parents George & Alberta (Dewey), infant sister Frances and brother Allan.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cynthia (McLaren), his daughter Berta Klause (Warren), son-in-law Clifford Ludman, granddaughters Kyra and Tara Ludman, brother Louis (Betsy), sister Doris (Gordon Robertson) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The memorial service for Melvin was conducted at the Legacy Center, Lloydminster, Alberta on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
The officiant was Glen Custer.
The reception followed immediately after the service at the Legacy Center.
Donations may be made in memory of Melvin to the Charity of Choice.
CARD OF THANKS
Cynthia and family would like to thank Dr. Van Der Merwe along with the palliative and home care nurses whose care and support were so crucial in our ability to allow Mel to live out his final days in dignity and comfort at home. Thanks also to McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. and their professional and thoughtful staff. To Glen Custer (officiant) and serving people, we could not have done this without your help. Finally an effusive and heartfelt thank you to all attending the memorial for helping to celebrate the life of our irreplaceable Mel.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Gwen (Ruth Gwendolyn) nee Stewart
Gwen (Ruth Gwendolyn) nee Stewart passed away Peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017, in her 88th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Johnston (Jack) Moffatt Hutchison, brother Fleming Stewart, and sister Lorna Covell. Beloved mom of Bob (Lynn Hillman), Laurie, & Holly (Stephen Patrick). Devoted grandma to Elias Hillman - Hutchison, Joseph Patrick, & Sarah Patrick ( Devin Fan), and great-grandchildren Napoleon, Ronin, & Juliette Fan. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Smiths Falls. A memorial gathering will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Laura Carol Ruth Belick
October 11, 1942 to December 13, 2016
Laura Belick, age 74, passed away December 13, 2016 in Lloyminster, SK. She was born October 11, 1942 in Meadow Lake, SK to Wilbert and Grace Benn, and was the fourth child in a family of five. Laura was married at the age of 17, and from that union she had two children, Mike and Lori, and three babies born sleeping (two full term daughters named Brenda and Carol, and a premature son who was born too early to name). When she was 27, the marriage ended, and Laura raised her children alone, always putting their needs before her own. She worked for many years at the Co-op in the Family Fashions Department in Meadow Lake, and took immense pride in her work. In 1980 she was honoured when she won the awards for “Most Courteous Employee” for the town, and also for the Co-op association. Laura was a member of the Racing and Sports Association for 14 years, and during this time she looked after the Rodeo Queen Contest which she enjoyed very much.
In 1984, Laura met Ernie and moved to Neilburg, where she enjoyed some of the best years of her life. Together they enjoyed traveling in the motor home following the CPCA chuck wagon circuit, where Laura could be heard cheering loudly for her favourite drivers (the Gorst Family especially)! In 2012, her and Ernie were honoured with the Gold Card Lifetime Memberships for the CPCA. Laura loved the farm life, and enjoyed gardening, baking, fishing trips, and especially visiting with her family and friends. She remained close with her friends from Meadow Lake, and made many more friends over the years after her move. She was very close to Ernie’s family, and was a kind and loving lady to anyone she met. She always put everyone else before her, never wanting anyone to worry about her.
Laura was predeceased by her parents Wilbert and Grace Benn, her sisters Dorothy Peterson and Alva Tsuji, her brother Ken Benn, and her three babies.
She will be forever loved and dearly missed by her husband of 32 years, Ernie Goulet; her son Mike Belick (Marilyn Lamont); her daughter Lori Anderson (Daren), and her grandchildren Kaylee Anderson (Cole Buchberger) and Brett Anderson (Caity Bobyk); Ernie’s children Rick Goulet (Cindy Mann); Rhonda Stasiuk (Dave); Paul Goulet (Gail); Kim Goulet (Jack Taylor); Vonnie Bosch (Richard); and his grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and numerous dear friends.
A celebration of Laura’s life was held December 20, 2016 at 2:00 at the Neilburg Hall, followed by interment in the Neilburg Cemetery. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. was entrusted with the arrangements. Donations can be made in Laura’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Shawna Lynne Willard-Thiessen
passed away at Lloydminster, Alberta on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the age of 48 years.
Shawna is survived by: her husband Darryl; daughter Nikki (Trevor); son Josh (Chantelle); grandson Jayden; mother Anne; brothers Mike (Ang) and their children Ally and Jim and Dave (Jennifer) and their children Julie and Erin; mother-in-law Ruth; and numerous relatives and friends.
The funeral service for Shawna was conducted from the Lloydminster Exhibition, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Friday, December 16, 2016 with Joyce Dickson officiating.
The eulogy was given by Dionne Lindsay.
The honorary pallbearers were all who shared in Shawna’s life.
The Broken Chain
We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Shawna touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.
CARD OF THANKS
The Thiessen and Willard families would like to give thanks:
To family and friends who offered condolences, sympathy and support; everyone who travelled to Shawna’s memorial; all those who brought food, donations, flowers and cards to the Thiessen and Willard families; the staff at the exhibition for the lunch, Joyce Dickson for officiating the funeral on such short notice; Glen and the staff at McCaw’s for going above and beyond in our time of grief.
Special thanks to Dionne Lindsay, Myrna Van Genderen and Danette Boisvert for their hard work on the eulogy and slide show.
Ivy May (Keast) Isert
passed away at the Vermilion Hospital, Vermilion, Alberta on December 26, 2016 at the age of 81 years.
Ivy will be lovingly remembered by children Arlene (Robert) Nelson, Bart (Brenda) Isert, Monty Isert, Billy (Rhonda) Isert, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by Mother Lyle Mawhinney, Husband Clarence Isert, Son Robert “Bob” Isert and Brother Dwight Mawhinney.
A memorial service was conducted from the Dewberry School on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
The eulogy was prepared by granddaughter-in-law Arlene (Bendixen) Nelson and was presented by great granddaughter Madison Nelson, and in part follows:
Ivy May was born on February 4, 1935. She was the second child born to Marjorie ‘Lyle’ Wilson and Cecile Keast. Ivy had 4 siblings Earl, Margaret and Marjorie Keast, as well as brother Dwight Mawhinney. She learned from a young age to care for her siblings, how to cook, clean and sew. There was nothing she couldn’t do if she put her mind to it.
Ivy attended school in Dewberry and enjoyed her school years. On January 8, 1951 Ivy became Clarence Isert’s young bride. They moved into an old granary in Clarence’s parents yard. Clarence told stories about how Ivy’s touches soon made it look like a little dollhouse. Ivy had Clarence hang some wooden orange boxes on the walls, which she covered with curtains to create cupboards, he splashed some paint on the walls, and Ivy placed doilies on the second hand furniture. They were proud of what they had.
It wasn’t long and their home got a little cosier, as their first child Arlene was born May 14, 1951. The following winter Clarence decided he would go find caterpillar work in Cranbrook B.C. Ivy loaded up Arlene and they all headed out in the 1937 Chev half ton and spent a year in BC before moving back to Dewberry. They soon had to add another granary in order to expand their home. Bart was born on March 14, 1954. Ivy was busy raising babies and doing all sorts of daily chores while she followed Clarence from job to job. 1955 they were in Clandonald, 1956 in Marwayne, then Ivy and Clarence decided they needed to lay roots in Dewberry as Arlene needed to start school.
On September 27, 1957 they had their third child Monty. That winter Clarence went away to Edson to work, leaving Ivy alone to raise three small children. She had to pack fuel for the oil stove and water from the town well for laundry and household purposes. She looked after sick children with pneumonia, flues, and cutting teeth. Doing all this at the age of only 22. That winter she only seen Clarence for two days at Christmas. A neighbour girl ‘Nonie Lunden’ would babysit so Ivy could go curling in the evenings. In the warm months, Clarence would pack Ivy and the kids up and they would live in a small camper near the construction sites. Ivy would cook meals for all the crew, and would drive the kids to and from Dewberry for school. What a busy lady!!! Ivy experienced a few years like this.
In 1963 it was decided that they would build a house on the farm one mile east of Dewberry on Hwy 45. This is where Ivy became a truck driver, gardener, full time wife, mother and homemaker. 1964 seen Ivy pregnant once again. When she was 8 months along Clarence grew concerned about Ivy. He felt something was wrong and he had been heard saying “she is either having an Octopus or a Litter!”. Clarence loaded her into the vehicle and took her to the hospital. Clarence waited in the vehicle, and upon Ivy’s return from the hospital she held up two fingers indicating TWINS! Billy and Bob were born on February 8, 1965.
Ivy wasn’t done raising her own children before grand babies started to appear. She was so happy to have the grandchildren for a visit, an evening, or an entire weekend sleep over. Ivy was able to be in charge of them when they had personal moments from chickenpox, to when the cops drove in with children in the backseat after being picked up driving a mini-motorbike down the backroads. The grandkids have so many fond memories with Grandma Ivy and Grandpa Clarence playing card games but most of all how to enjoy all that life had to offer. Ivy wasn’t your typical Grandma…she enjoyed every memorable moment with family and friends good or bad. She could be seen lending a shoulder while having a smoke and sometimes a beer.
After the kids were raised Ivy and Clarence spent lots of time travelling for Clarence’s inventions. Working on the Isert Fan, they travelled across much of Canada and USA. Other trips Ivy loved to take were camping trips with family and friends. She also attended many Isert Family Reunions over the years. Sharing stories around the camp fire and playing games in the big tent. So many treasured memories!
When Clarence became ill, Ivy cared for him and took him to his many different doctor appointments. When Clarence passed, Ivy was thankful to have family close when she needed assistance and companionship.
Ivy did not like to be a lone, so she decided she would take a job working for Irvin Garnier. She was a personal care giver for him. After Ivy was done working for Irvin she decided to move off the farm and into Dewberry down the back alley from Bart and Brenda.
Ivy kept herself busy socializing. She could be found in the Dewberry bar, numerous bingo halls, craft sales, musical jamborees, and travelling on senior tours to Casinos.
When she no longer felt comfortable driving, Ivy would host parties when there was a televised curling event on. She also joined Rhonda’s group of friends that played Bonko and was known to be an active participant. Ivy just loved to be around people! She liked to know the who, what, when, where and why to all current events.
Ivy loved family gatherings. Christmas was one holiday she loved to host. When her kids were young she would sew them all new outfits. Later years she would purchase items that she ran across when shopping throughout the year and save them for the Isert Christmas party she organized and hosted in the Dewberry Seniors Centre. She always had enough gifts for everyone who attended the party for a gift exchange. One year she even crocheted individual quilts for every one of her great grandchildren.
During the past few years Ivy’s health started a steady decline and had to be moved into the Vermilion Lodge. She was no longer able to be as independent and had to rely on family and friends to help in many areas of her life. This sometimes resulted in Ivy having a sharp tongue towards loved ones and friends, but in the next moment she could supply a huge shoulder for the same loved ones to cry on. This petite lady was a rare Gem!
Daughter Arlene sat down the other night and was thinking about all that Ivy was dealt over the past few years. It was calculated that Ivy had been transported by 15 different ambulances (4 ambulances in one day!), 1 air ambulance and she had been a patient in 7 different hospitals - all of this in a 10 month period! Through all diversities to follow she never lost her sense of humour, so strong in so many ways, yet so fragile in others. As in all her life, Ivy did the best with what she was dealt.
Ivy was so very excited for a phone call or a visit from family or friends. She was so very proud of all the people she loved! She would look at the pictures on the wall to see everyone’s smiling faces. Once she got a little teary eyed and said “Just look at all Clarence and I created… it is so hard to believe!”
Ivy will be sadly missed by all who knew her. I hope we can take comfort in knowing that she will be surrounded by many remembered past loved ones. They will be sure to care for her until we all meet up with the wonderful lady again!
CARD OF THANKS
The family would like to send their thanks and gratitude to the following: Pallbearers Grandsons Vincent Nelson, Curt Nelson, Drayton Isert, Colby Isert, Corbin Isert and Great Grandsons Ethan Nelson and Ryan Nelson, Pastor Kevin Nelson for the personal and moving service he conducted, The Bethel Lutheran Church Choir of Lea Park for performing the hymns “No, Not One”, “Peace in the Valley”, and “The River”, all of the Greenlawn Ladies who took part inpreparing and serving a delicious lunch, the Vermilion Valley Lodge staff and friends she has there, Dr. MacLean of Vermilion who did his best to help Ivy in her last years, Vermilion Lakeland Funeral Home for their professional, caring, sincerity and patience to help us through such a difficult time, to Madison and Arlene (Bendixen) Nelson for doing such a remarkable job preparing the eulogy, audio-visual presentation and poster board of photos, and to those who attended the service, and sent flowers and cards.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Slim Thorpe Recovery Center, the Vermilion Valley Lodge, or a charity of choice.
Arlene & Robert Nelson and families
Bart & Brenda Isert and families
Monty Isert and family
Bill & Rhonda Isert and families
Robert Gerald LaForce
June 25, 1925 to December 30, 2016
Robert Gerald LaForce passed away at the Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, Saskatchewan on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the age of 91 years.
Bob leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife Joyce, daughters Sharon (Gordon) Lorenz, Louise LaForce-Fertig, Laurie (Bruce) Dirk and Loraine LaForce, son Brian (Tracey) LaForce, 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sisters Betty (Bob) Pomeroy and Mae Schizkoske, brothers-in-law Bert (Phyllis) Imhoff, Ken Imhoff, sisters-in-law Dorothy (Blake) Baxter and Joan LaForce and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth, and his siblings Charles, Thomas, John, Joseph, Jean, Bill, Olivia and Mary-Ellen.
Robert Gerald LaForce (Bob) was born on June 25, 1925, in Renfrew, Ontario, to John and Elizabeth LaForce, a sibling to ten brothers and sisters. Bob joined the Armed Forces at age 18 and had several postings. When he was stationed in Whitehorse, Yukon, he met Joyce Imhoff and they married in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan, on July 28, 1958. They lived in Whitehorse where Sharon and Louise were born and then were transferred to Edmonton where Laurie and Brian were born. They later moved to Dundurn Military Base and Loraine was born while there. When Bob retired from the military in May of 1970, they moved to an acreage at Lashburn, Saskatchewan, where they resided for over 43 years. The years were filled with many wonderful memories of times spent with family and friends and tending to their beautiful yard and garden. Bob worked in Lloydminster before purchasing Wilford Agencies in Lashburn in March of 1976 which became LaForce Agencies Ltd. He was also very active in the community as Manager of Tighnduin Home, Treasurer of the Lashburn Legion and Catholic Church, and a member of the hospital board. He was always ready to volunteer and had a strong commitment to the community. An avid family man, he enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing, skiing, bowling, curling and a good game of cribbage.
The Prayer Service for Bob was conducted from the McCaw Funeral Chapel, Lloydminster, Alberta on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM with Father Sebastian Kunnath officiating.
The Funeral Service for Bob was conducted from the Lashburn Community Hall, Lashburn, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM with Father Sebastian Kunnath officiating.
The eulogy was given by Ken Imhoff.
The music played was by Vince Gerlinsky with a musical tribute of Amazing Grace performed by Brett Lorenz and Taylor Wilson.
The active pallbearers were Braden Lorenz, Charli-Loran Fertig, Ashton LaForce, Kyla Dickson, Corbett Fertig, Morgan LaForce, Brett Lorenz, Cavan Fertig, Paige Schock, Ariana Dirk, Anika Dirk and Brooke Schock.
Interment was held in the Lashburn Cemetery, Lashburn, Saskatchewan.
The reception was held at the Lashburn Community Hall, Lashburn, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Parkinson’s Society, Lashburn Veterans Gallery or Charity of Choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Cards of Thanks
The LaForce family extends a heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Stander, the Maidstone Hospital Staff and Lashburn Home Care for the compassionate care given to Bob over the many months, and the visits and phone calls from family and friends. Thanks to Father Sebastian Kunnath for his kind words of support, prayers and for officiating at the vigil and funeral mass for Bob, Vince Gerlinsky for his organization and musical contribution, Brett Lorenz and Taylor Wilson for their musical tribute Amazing Grace, the altar servers Ariana and Anika Dirk and Janice Schau, Ken Imhoff for the eulogy, the readers Sharon Lorenz and Brenda Thorsen, Lashburn UCW for the lunch, the Lashburn Legion for laying the wreath, ushers Kevin Imhoff and Murray Watt, and our grandchildren Braden, Kyla, Brett Lorenz, Charli-Lorann, Corbett, Cavan Fertig, Ariana, Anika Dick, Ashton, Morgan LaForce and Paige, Brooke Schock, acting pallbearers. Special thanks to all for your kindness and support, had masses said, made donations, sent cards, flowers and food, and to McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. for their assistance and professional service.
We are truly grateful:
Sharon, Gordon Lorenz
Louise LaForce Fertig
Laurie, Bruce Dirk
Brian, Tracey LaForce
Loraine LaForce and their families
Gayle Winnifred Robinson
January 18, 1948 to January 3, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Gayle: Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend to all. After a lifetime of caring so deeply for others, Gayle passed away peacefully at midday on Tuesday, January 3, a bright cold winter’s day, at the North Shore Hospice surrounded by family and friends.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Lone Rock, Saskatchewan, Gayle grew up with strong family values, a sense for community and a deep love for nature.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (BA; Diploma of Physiotherapy) and the University of Alberta (BSC Physical Therapy), Gayle was resolute in her commitment to health and healing. In her work as a Physiotherapist, she continually sought innovative approaches to enhance her patients’ well-being.
Gayle lived on the North Shore for the past 32 years, raising a family with her husband Frank, gardening, and welcoming friends for singalongs which she accompanied on piano or guitar.
When daughter Kara became a Special Olympics athlete, Gayle stepped into volunteer coaching, team managing, driving to games, and doing whatever was needed. She was deeply moved to receive a special award by North Shore Special Olympics in June 2016, for initiating the Athlete’s Council.
With her great interest in the arts, Gayle fostered her son Jesse’s creativity. She was an ardent supporter as he developed into a talented professional painter/ illustrator.
More than being merely ‘survived by’, Gayle is clearly celebrated by her loving husband Frank Williams and their children Kara and Jesse (Jen); her brother Morris; her niece Colleen, and nephew Christopher (Rochelle) and baby Ruth.
Countless friends, colleagues and patients have benefitted from her soul’s warmth and healing hands.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Paul Sugar and the nurses at Lions Gate Hospital and North Shore Hospice for their caring.
A celebration of life for Gayle will be held at the North Shore Unitarian Church at 370 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver, BC on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 am. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Gayle’s name to the Paul Sugar Foundation, Inspire Health or North Shore Special Olympics.
Robert "Bob" Henry Martin Code
passed away at Murphy Lake, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 85 years.
Bob leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Sophie, his children, Gail (O’Neil) Lavoie, Martin Code, and Janice Kika, his grandchildren, Lisa (Grant) Chahley, Lee Lavoie, Tyler (Lanna) Code, Lanny (Karen) Code, Marla (Ashton) Weber, and Clarke (Lisa Nohnychuk), his great grandchildren, Devin, Connor, Berlyn, Scarlett, Tessa, Kabree, Jaylee, Tanaya and Kylelyn, and his siblings, Marie Reeves, Rita Ives, Vi Rintoul, Ray Code, Sandra Federspeil, Ken Code, David Code and Mervin Code.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, George and Annabelle Code and his brother, Don.
The Memorial Service for Bob was conducted from the Three Links Community Hall, Marshall, Saskatchewan on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Jessie Pie officiating.
The eulogy was given by the Grandsons.
The reading of the Lord’s Prayer was given by the Granddaughters.
The IOOF Service was conducted by Harold Holtby.
The Golden Jubilee Rebekah Lodge #133 and the Independent Order of Odd Fellow #189 formed an Honor Guard and were the honorary pallbearers.
The urn bearers were Lisa Chahley, Tyler Code, Lanny Code, Lee Lavoie, Marla Weber and Clarke Code.
Lunch following the service was provided by the Golden Jubilee Rebekah Lodge #133.
Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Pioneer Lodge.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Sophie, Gail, Martin, Janice and families wish to thank all the friends and family that have called, visited, sent food, flowers, made donations to the Pioneer Lodge and provided their support through this difficult time.
Our gratitude to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows #189 and the Golden Jubilee Rebekah Lodge #133 for providing the Honor Guard, participating in the service and providing the lunch. This meant a lot to us and would have meant a great deal to dad. Thank you to Rev. Jessie Pie for officiating.
A very special Thank you to the Pioneer Lodge staff for making this past year so much more enjoyable for dad.
Thank you to Dr. Kerlis for taking care of dad for these many years.
Audrey Edith Earl
passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the age of 91 years.
Audrey is survived by: her daughter, Evelyn (Ernie) Brazunas; and granddaughters, Richelle (Todd) Connaghan and great grandson, Adam, and Marnie (Cam) Davidson and great grandson, Logan; and Kara (Steven) Reynolds; her son, Ken (Maralynn), and grandchildren, Dustin (Nicole) Earl and great granddaughter, Kaitlin, and great grandsons, Jarret, Lucas, and Riley, and granddaughter, Kim (Lyndon) Ford, and great grandchildren, Denver and Mayla; her daughter, Cathie (Paul) Winterhalt, and grandson, Aaron, and granddaughter, Ashlyn; sister, Doris Brown; brother, Chris Bysouth; special friend, Gail Sawchyn; brother, Bob (Kaye) Bysouth; and numerous nieces and nephews, and dearest friend, Edith Paul.
Audrey was precedeased by: her beloved husband of 58 years, Elric; her parents, Gifford and Rosa Bysouth; brother, Eric (Helen) Bysouth; sister, Phyllis (Vern) Langston; sister-in-law, Jennie Bysouth; brother-in-law, Len Brown, and all Elric’s family.
The eulogy was given by Richelle Connaghan.
The soloist was Ida Grocock and organist Gail Sawchyn.
The hymns sung were “Old Rugged Cross”, “Sweet By and By” and “Because He Lives”.
The honorary pallbearers were everyone that was able to make it to the service.
The active pallbearers were Dustin Earl and Aaron Winterhalt.
The memorial service was held for Audrey on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:00 at the Kitscoty Community Hall, Kitscoty, Alberta. with Reverend Bob Aldrich officiating.
Donations in memory of Audrey may be made to the Lloydminster Handi Van or Lloydminster Hospital Palliative Care.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Card of Thanks
Audery’s family wish to thank Dr. Jolene Kenyon for her many years of caring for Mom, the nurses and staff of Lloydminster hospital, especially those on the palliative care unit. We also wish to thank Rev. Bob Aldrich for his touching memorial service and his kindness in coming out of retirement (again), the lovely music of organist Gail Sawchyn, and soloist Ida Grocock, Richelle Connaghan for her loving eulogy for Grandma, Ashlyn Winterhalt for the great job on the power point, Dustin Earl and Aaron Winterhalt for being urn bearers, Kari’s Country Kitchen for catering the lunch, all our friends and family for the lovely flowers, donations in Mom’s memory, food brought to our homes, the cards, phone calls and visits, and to Brett and all the staff at McCaw’s for their help and professionalism at this time. We appreciate it all so much.
Evelyn, Ernie Brazunas and family
Ken, Maralynn Earl and family
Cathie, Paul Winterhalt and family
for Audrey Edith Earl (nee Bysouth)
My Grandmother, Audrey Edith Earl, was born on March 25, 1925 at the Lashburn Hospital to parents, Rosa and Gifford “Tom” Bysouth. Her great inner strength and independence was evident from the very beginning. She arrived 2 months early, in the middle of a snow storm, after her parents had to journey by horse and wagon 24 miles to arrive at the hospital just in time for her arrival - an extra 4 miles as apparently her dad had forgotten his tobacco pouch and had to turn the team around 2 miles in to the journey.
Audrey was one of six children in the family. Together with her sisters and brothers, Doris, Eric, Phyllis, Chris and Bob, they were raised on the homestead her dad started in the Lenwall District near Hillmond, Saskatchewan. Grandma acknowledged it was a difficult life for all - which likely resulted in the close-knit relationships she maintained with all her brothers and sisters throughout her life. She would speak fondly of the good memories - of going on great adventures picnicking and saskatoon berry picking by the North Saskatchewan, of her brother, Eric, icing up an old table each night so that they could go sledding the next day, of her sister, Doris, telling grand stories to keep them entertained on their long walks to school, of her dad singing folk songs like “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, of her mother sharing stores of the magic of city life and of growing up in London, England, of wartime when her dad signed up again to join the Canadian Army and of feeling like a princess when she had a chance to visit him with her mum at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, and, of always such treasured and cherished care packages sent from Great Aunt Margaret in England to make their holidays special.
At the age of 4-1/2 years, grandma started her schooldays early at the Lenwall School District as the school had needed a certain number of children registered to become operational. Grandma remembers trying to run away from school on many occasions due to homesickness - jumping off the wagon as soon as they arrived and then running the 2-3 miles home. It was an ongoing family joke that grandma was always afraid of “bears in the bush” and between this fear and of the strict discipline she received at home on arrival, she never missed again. Grandma continued school until her grade 9 year when she fell ill and was hospitalized with appendicitis - the surgeon having to come in from North Battleford to perform the operation. It was a long recovery and by the time she was ready to return to school, her mom felt she had missed too much and it was time to start earning a living. Grandma always said education was our future and to seize whatever opportunity we would have in life.
Grandma became a “hired girl” at the age of 13 caring for a large family and completing the necessary household and farm labor required of her. Grandma acknowledged that she was still a kid herself yet had to work so hard and eventually did run away from this position due to the difficulties she encountered and her longing for home. Grandma was never one to give up and was always known as a hard worker and had been her entire life so we know these circumstances must have been far too much. Given the need for additional income and at her mom’s suggestion, she then tried to enlist in the Women’s Army traveling to Regina to enroll only to be turned away as she was too young - at just 15 years of age. Knowing she had to make her way, she faked her age and then applied for a position with the Young Women’s Christian Association and was trained to use a metal lathe to make gun barrels as part of the war effort. Grandma worked long hours in this job and took on extra positions as a cleaner as neither provided her with enough money to live. Eventually she was forced to return home again after being hospitalized from malnutrition. Given the ongoing need for money and again at her mom’s urging, she applied to work at the Alberta Psychiatric Hospital in Edmonton however ended up running away as a result of the working conditions there. She shared that it was war time and there were a lot of people struggling with a number of psychiatric difficulties and that she saw and experienced far too much there. Every time she arrived home, her dad would always say “Home Again Audie?” and give her a hug. She notes that despite his gruff demeanor, there was always kindness towards her and she was her “dad’s girl”.
Grandma’s 18th year was a significant turning point for her as she returned to Lloydminster and started to work at the Royal Café. She always described her boss Mr. Don Lem as the kindest, most understanding and patient man she had met and how much she loved her work at the café. Grandma had been a very shy person up until this point but learning to work as a waitress introduced her to many people, people that would become lifelong friends and the start of her love of working with people. Together with her best friend, Velma, they rented a room at Aunt Dot Evans’ boarding home which is how she came to meet the Earl family and eventually my grandfather, Elric Earl. Grandma often shared the story of seeing grandpa’s picture displayed on the piano at the Evans’ home with that of his brother, Brison. They were both serving overseas at the time. She said she would often joke with others pointing to grandpa’s picture saying ‘that was the man she would marry’. Then, with a smile, she would tell us “and I did”.
Grandma was introduced to Elric after he returned from WW2. Grandma always spoke of him as the one she loved and they were engaged during Christmas of 1948 and married on Easter weekend in 1949 surrounded by family and friends. Their marriage was the starting point of their life together and of many treasured memories that would follow. Sometimes, I wonder if my grandmother is the only woman in the world to have been courted with the words of grandpa’s much-loved poet Robert Service and the poem, the Cremation of Sam McGee, which grandpa would recite by memory to her often.
Grandma always said you make your own world and always considered herself lucky in life. She said that the dreams she had in life that really counted happened for her and that at each sunrise and each sunset, she would thank God for her blessings. We know the first years were tough for our grandparents as they made their way in the world but grandma would always say that this was the same for everyone at the time. She spoke of the first year being especially difficult and lonely for her on the farm as grandpa had to leave for work during the day and sometimes would not be able to return until the late hours of the evening. She notes that this changed when one day grandpa surprised her with a dog to keep her company - the first of many dogs you may remember named “Mike” in the family and a lifetime of many well fed dogs and cats in her house.
The next beginnings of my grandma’s blessings arrived with the birth of my mom, Evelyn Louise, in March 1950, my uncle Kenneth Elric, in June 1954 and my aunt Catherine Janice, in October 1963. Grandma spoke of the absolute treasure and of how wonderful it was to hold her own babies, raise them and love them. Family was always so important to grandma and she was always so fiercely proud of all of us.
Grandma’s Thomasville days and memories of life on the farm were some of her best. Grandma cherished the mutual support and lifelong friendships that grew from their Thomasville days - memories of everyone gathering to help one another, of picnics, ball games, dances, card games and events at the local hall. Grandma always had a pot of coffee and a tin of butter tarts ready to serve any neighbor that might drop by for a visit. I think it was her own mother, Rosa, that taught her the ability to nurture and love others through the gift of food. Her friends and neighbors, the Allen’s, the Paul’s, the Barrett’s, the McKay’s, the King’s, the Green’s, the Earl’s and the Willouby’s were always so dear to her. She loved these times and always said that being outdoors and living the farm life recharged her. There was always the daily struggle of life on the farm with seeding, haying, thrashing, care of the animals, gardening, canning and berry picking, but this was also a source of her joy.
Audrey’s greatest wish was to help others. She did this through her years of life on the farm, raising her family, being a part of the Thomasville-Kitscoty community, as a cook at the Wheatfield Inn, and later, her many years as a volunteer at the Interval Home Store. She came from a very shared experience of growing up with nothing , being thankful for everything, and giving what she could to all those who came into her world. She loved serving others whether it was treating customers to her homemade buns and famous cooking at the Wheatie, working at the Interval Home Store with the many amazing women she met, or of spending time and showing love to the children that came through the store or Interval Home and in so much need of this. She was particularly proud when her grandchildren would come spend time and volunteer at the Store with her.
Grandma and grandpa were able to spend some good times together during their retirement years traveling to many destinations in the United Sates, Yukon, Alaska, and across Canada to both coasts. Grandma loved to travel and loved seeing the ocean and the mountains, but was always a person who was happy to come back to the prairies as this was “home” to her. She loved visiting her sisters and brothers on the coast, spending time with their families and other relations that would visit from England - it was always a hectic time traveling with one another from place to place. It’s no wonder grandpa eventually just chose to stay at home and put his feet up. There was always visiting, singing, laughing, stories, and sleep-overs between grandma and her sisters and brothers when they were together.
She made us all feel special and loved - there was nothing better than a hug from grandma! She taught us to see the joy in the simpler but more meaningful moments in life like the beauty and promise of the first crocus in spring, the smell of roses, the feeling of sunshine on your face, sliding down hills on your bum in winter, getting together with family and friends and the fun and laughs that came from this, of quadding through open spaces through the countryside, hearing the heartbeat of a great grandchild for the first time in her life, of a campfire and wiener roast, the beauty of hoar frost, and of the fun of an apple and gingersnap drive.
Audrey’s greatest gift to us all was her love and the importance of family and friends. She was always thankful for the people in her life. I would like to think this service is just grandma’s way of having another chance to have just one more coffee and lunch with you - she was always happiest when people were enjoying the food she always prepared with love and always in abundance. I know that every day was a gift to her and that she cherished every bit of time spent with each of you.
I would like to share with you a poem my grandma wrote to my grandpa as part of her vows that I believe says so much about my grandmother and her outlook on life. Life was never about possessions but the people in it.
“Always my darling, I will love you. Sharing life’s worries and good times with you. I’ll laugh when you’re happy, I’ll cry when you’re sad. I’ll be that best friend - that you ever had. And at life’s sunset, together we two, I’ll be so thankful, I’ve shared life with you!”
She always believed she had been lucky in life and that she had always reaped more than she had sown. How do you fully capture the life and the woman that was our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend in so few words? Everyone will have so many different and positive recollections and memories of their lives with my grandma. I know her hope and wish for each of you would be for the sun to dry up your tears and leave only the happy memories of her wthin you. She said she was never sure why grandpa chose her - she would say, “I guess I was a fun person?” She was amazing!
On behalf of our family, thank you everyone for coming to share this day with us.