Obituaries

April, 2018

Anita Gail Smith

October 3, 1946 to April 8, 2018

Anita Gail Smith passed away at the Jubilee Home, Lloydminster on April 8, 2018.
Anita is survived by her brother Donald (Loretta), uncle Norman (Verdella) Dodsworth, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents Dorothy Hilda Mary and Jesse Clifford Smith,
Her brothers Harold and Kenneth Smith, and her niece, Loretta Schliemann.
Anita was born in Lloydminster on October 3, 1946. She lived on the family farm near Streamstown, Alberta where she attended school in Streamstown.  They then moved to Lloydminster where her schooling continued.
Anita lived with her parents and found employment in the Janitorial and Cleaning Services.
Along with her parents, she spent many summers at their cabin at Whitney Lake. They loved picking berries and making lots of jams and jellies.
She had a great love of animals.  She took her dog Tracker on at least two walks a day if she was able to.
Last November she was hospitalized and needed surgery. She was under hospital care until early January when she was transferred to the Jubilee Home for long term care and recovery. She was hoping to recover and return home to be with her dog, Tracker.
The funeral was conducted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Creech’s Funeral Home, Lloydminster with Rev. McNeil officiating. Interment followed in the Marwayne Cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS
We would like to extend our sincere “Thanks” to the staff of Jubilee Home for their loving care, family, friends and neighbors for your kindness, Rev. McNeil, the pallbearers, Colleen Hozack for the lovely lunch, and Creech’s Funeral Home for their superb care and consideration.
The family ofAnita Smith

Michelle Darlene Curtis

June 15, 1971 to March 31, 2018

Michelle Darlene Curtis passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on March 31, 2018 at the age of 46 years.
Michelle was born in the Lloydminster Hospital on June 15, 1971 to Cecil and Ruth Flynn of Blackfoot, Alberta. She lived in Blackfoot and attended school in Kitscoty until her marriage to Daryl Oliver Curtis on November 4, 1989. They made their home in Lloydminster, Hinton and Edmonton throughout their marriage. They were blessed with three children:  Steven Daryl Curtis born March 23, 1990, Alexa Sylver Curtis born February 14, 1994 and Bradyn Oliver Curtis born March 1, 1995.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Daryl Curtis; her children Steven, Alexa and Bradyn Curtis; her father Cecil Flynn and wife Peggy: her mother Ruth Alchurch: her grandmother, Aurelia Ulan: her brother, Cecil(CJ) Flynn, wife Alicia and nephews, Bentley, Jackson, Carter: her father and mother-in-law, Wilf and Linda Curtis: brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Damon and Sherry Curtis and nieces, Jessica and Keira, nephew Aiden; her grandmother, Rose Cook: her step-sister, Jeannette and Grant Laundrie and Brody; her step-sister Corinne and Chris McGirr, her step-brother Mike and Cindy Perkins and Ethan and Aiden as well as numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins.
Michelle was predeceased by her grandparents, Cecil and Mary Flynn; her grandfather John Ulan: great grandparents Edmund and Wanda Berg. 
A celebration of life will be held on April 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Blackfoot Hall, Blackfoot, Alberta. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Donations can be made to the SPCA or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Vincent Scot Gagne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vince Gagne of
Edmonton, Alberta, formally of Lloydminster, on March 13, 2018 at the age of 58 years.
He is survived by his mother Sheila Smith, his brother Chris Gagne (Whitney), numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A gathering of family and friends was held March 23, 2018 at the Beverly United Church in Edmonton, Alberta.
The family of Vince would like to extend their gratitude to friends and neighbors for their thoughtfulness, kind words, cards, flowers, donations and visits with Vince.

Getrude "Gertie" James

Getrude “Gertie” James passed away February 6, 2018 at the Lloydminster Hospital.
Gertie is survived by her children:
Daughter Gloria (Cyril) Flury: Chelsey (Derek) Braithwaite, Donovan, Avery and Aurora; Cyrena Flury;
Son Victor: Jason, Haley and Braden; Jennifer Livingston, Jorden Graves, Jessica and Ryeland Livingston; Clinton, Emma;
Son Lyle (Helen): Chris James and Lindsey James - William and Orion
Son Bruce (Shirley): Luke and Chase and Kaylie (companion of Chase)
Daughter in Law: Mabel James; Lorri (Gordon) Rix, Mikayla and Lorna (Dave Ortnyski, Brittney and Bryar.
Gertie was predeceased by her husband Gordon March 24, 1997, and her son Merle January 19, 2005.
Gertie grew up East of Lloydminster in the Marie Hill District and as a young girl, loved to ride horses. Her family loved music and playing cards for entertainment – she enjoyed them both.  Gertie loved to dance.  She met Gordon at one of the dances she would have attended. They married November 14, 1942 and settled in the Bear Island District.  Life was a lot of work on the small farm, raising 5 children. She grew a large garden. Gertie milked 7 or 8 cows morning and night and by the end of the week would have a 5 gallon can of cream to ship, which she took to the creamery each week hoping to get Grade A for that can of cream as it meant a little bit more money to buy groceries they would need such as flour and sugar. She churned and made her own butter, baked bread and made the most amazing fried chicken. They raised their own animals and poultry for meat – no running to the market for them. There was no power for a lot of years, no running water to wash clothes with, she would heat water on the wood burning stove and hang clothes on the line outside to dry, great in the summer but terribly cold in the winter and would have to bring them in to finish drying them on a line in the house.
Every fall she would feed thrashing crews. Gertie was an amazing cook and she could bake the best bread around. Neil Kriek especially loved her chocolate pie. As time passed and the family got older, Gordon and Gertie took square dance lessons and enjoyed the outings. They were able to do some traveling 3 times to Alaska – different routes each trip including cruising (Gordon enjoyed Alaska). They travelled to Hawaii, Eastern Canada and to different parts of the US which included several trips to visit some of Gordon’s family.
They became very good friends with Neil and Nan Kriek, and Fay and Roly Look, and always celebrated their birthdays and anniversaries with each other, did some travelling together, and attended dances. Mom became a very good friend in Marion Belliveau, who enjoyed coffeeing with her. Through the years Mom continued her love of dancing and traveled to North Battleford to take clogging lessons, now that’s dedication.
Gordon and Gertie moved to Lloydminster and within a couple of years we had lost Dad and then Merle. Through it all Mom remained strong.  She continued to play cards, traveling around to the different centers and the Legacy Center entering in tournaments and many times winning. Also, she enjoyed nothing more at a family gathering than to beat her grandsons or granddaughters husbands at cards, and they enjoyed beating her, game on.
Mom loved visits from her friends, but especially from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren when she was no longer able to live on her own.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kerlis, the caregivers and health care workers at Points West for their services over the years. Thank you to Carol Morhbutter for her kind and compassionate words at our family grave side service.  A special thank you to Donald and the McCaw family for their assistance and kind words in our sad time. Also to all those who made donations, sent cards, and offered words of support. We appreciated it.  Donations can be made to the ALS Society.
The family would like to extend an invitation to friends and family to spend an afternoon at the Legacy Center May 5, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm sharing memories of Gertie. Please join us for coffee and lunch.

Leo Louis Joseph Lajoie

Leo Louis Joseph Lajoie passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta on Monday, March 12 at the age of 80 years.
Leo is survived by: his loving wife, Alma; his brothers, Raymond (Jeanne), Paul (Monique) and Ernest (Claire); his sisters, Irene, Isabelle (Erwin), Thérèse (André), Cecile (Roger), Diane (Cal), Lorraine (Leigh), Denise (Dave) and Jeannine (Brian); his sisters-in-law, Pearl Gervais, Eva (Ray) Gurnsey, Armande (Doyle) Haugen, Christine Gervais (Kathy McGuire); his brother-in-law, Allan (Mary) Gervais.
Leo was predeceased by: Alvin and Beverly Gervais, Jean Paradis, Arthur Lajoie, Louis Lajoie, Joseph Lajoie and Michel Lajoie.
The Prayer Vigil for Leo was held from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm with Deacon Michael Hall officiating.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Father Antony Michael officiating.
The eulogy was presented by Ernest Lajoie and Irene Paradis.
The leaders of songs were Lani Burry and Marlene Risling, accompanied by pianist Donna Weston. The songs sung were “Here I Am, Lord,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Ave Maria,” “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” “Be Not Afraid” and “One Day at a Time.”
The urn bearers were Ernest Lajoie and Irene Paradis.
The Father Dobson Council of the Knights of Columbus provided an honour guard.
Interment of Leo’s remains will take place at Ste. Anne, Manitoba at a later date.
Donations in memory of Leo may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church or the Thorpe Recovery Centre.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The family of the late Leo Lajoie wishes to thank all who were of support during our recent bereavement. We thank the doctors and nurses at Lloydminster Hospital and the U of A Hospital for the care given to Leo during his stays.  We thank Deacon Michael Hall and Father Antony for their spiritual support. Many thanks to Marlene Risling, Lani Burry, the choir and Donna Weston for sharing their musical talents with us.  Thank you to Ernest and Irene for presenting the touching eulogy for Leo.  Thanks to the ladies of the Catholic Women’s League for providing the lunch after the funeral service.  To those who sent messages of sympathy, flowers, for food brought to the house, for the phone calls and visits and the donations made in Leo’s memory, we thank you.  Your kindness is appreciated and will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Marion Espetveidt

Marion Espetveidt formerly of Marwayne passed away peacefully with her family at her side in the Dr. Cooke Extended Care on March 15, 2018. 
Marion was predeceased by her loving husband Leonard, her siblings and her parents.
Marion is survived by her four children: Doreen (Stan) Parke of Lloydminster, Roy (Helen) of Lloydminster, Melvin (Marie) of Marwayne, Luverne(Ian) Baron of Bowmanville, Ontario, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted on Thursday March 22, 2018 at the Marwayne Community Hall with Kevin Nelson officiating. 
McCaw’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Marion’s family would like to thank the following people: Shelly West and Joanne Horton for their special gift of music, Stan Parke for presenting the eulogy, Colleen Hozack for the luncheon. The family would also like to thank the nursing staff and care aides at the Dr. Cooke for the excellent care our mother received. A heartfelt thanks to all who sent flowers, food, cards, phone calls or emails of condolence, and donations to various charities. 
In lieu of thank you cards, the family has made a donation to the Dr. Cooke Patient Comfort fund.

Verna Eva McCrea

Verna Eva McCrea passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on March 17, 2018 at the age of 83 years.
Verna is survived by: her loving husband, Edward; her children, Marlene (Hugh) Bullerwell, Terry (Debbie) McCrea, Robin (Anna) McCrea, Kelly (Lucille) McCrea and Trent (Sherri) McCrea; her grandchildren, Travis Bullerwell, Kurt (Jenelle) Bullerwell, Richard McCrea, Jason McCrea, Carling McCrea (Ryan Myrfield), Kristina (Jesse) Vargo, Karsten (Katherine) McCrea, Kelsey (Calvin) Sawatsky, Stacie McCrea, Michael McCrea, Joshua McCrea, Zachary McCrea, Benjamin McCrea and Levi McCrea; her great grandchildren, Morgan Bullerwell, Cyndie Bullerwell, Mallory Bullerwell, Hallie Bullerwell, Sadie Bullerwell, Braxton Bullerwell, Madelyn Bullerwell, Brady Bullerwell, Kellie Bullerwell, Brynn Vargo, Kalyn Vargo, Kace McCrea, Kate McCrea and Kortlan McCrea; her siblings, Ruby Simons, Leonard (Marg) Jesse, Margaret (Leonard) Mock, Aggie (Gerry) Woolsey, Rose (Alvin) Shearer and Bill (Claire) Jesse; her sisters-in-law, Isabel Jesse, Gladys Jesse, Victoria Tollefson and Betty-Ann McCrea.
Verna was predeceased by: her parents, William and Elsie Jesse; her grandchildren, Chad Bullerwell, Terri Ann Bullerwell and Kristoffer McCrea; her brothers, Alan Jesse and Ted Jesse.
The funeral service for Verna was conducted from Southridge Community Church on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Ken Fisher officiating.
The eulogy was given by Trent McCrea.
Special memories were shared by Kristina Vargo.  Kelsey Sawatsky shared Verna’s testimony.
The soloist was Aggie Woolsey singing “How Great Thou Art”.
Hymns sung were “In Christ Alone”, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, and “Amazing Grace,” led by Loren Cox and accompanied by pianist Charlene Alexander.
The honorary pallbearers were Benjamin McCrea and Levi McCrea.
The active pallbearers were Richard McCrea, Jason McCrea, Travis Bullerwell, Kurt Bullerwell, Josh McCrea, Karsten McCrea, Michael McCrea and Zachary McCrea.
A private family interment took place at the Baldwinton Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Verna can be made to the donor’s charity of choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The family of Verna McCrea would like to extend our sincere thanks to family and friends for your kind words, food, monetary donations, generous donation of your time, and floral arrangements we received as Mom took her journey to her forever home in heaven. We are truly blessed! We would also like to thank McCaw Funeral Service Ltd. for their superb care. Your expressions of care are greatly appreciated. Our love to all!

Elaine Donna Jean Flury

Elaine Donna Jean Flury passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the age of 66 years.
Elaine is survived by: her loving husband Percy Flury; her son, Marty Etherington; her daughter, Lynelle Thiessen; her grandchildren, Taya Etherington, Jarett Etherington, Morgan Maughan, Kamryn Thiessen, Quynn Thiessen and Alexandria Scobie; her brothers, Robert Anderson and Gary (Karen) Anderson; her sisters, Debbie (Dave) Graham and Lynn (Ardell) Olsen.
The funeral service for Elaine was conducted from the First Baptist Church, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Doug Baynton.
The eulogy was presented by Lois Rewuski.
A message from family was given by Marty Etherington.
The pianist was Ava McCaw.
The pallbearers were Kerry Shellop, Dean Graham, Ryan Graham, Dawn Blades, Brady Garden, Justin Anderson, Alyssa Anderson, Micheal Anderson and Nadine Harbidge (Heavenly Pallbearer).
The interment was held at the Lloydminster City Cemetery, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Elaine may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
CARD OF THANKS
The Flury family would like to thank all those that came to the service. We are overwhelmed by the amount of people who showed their support.