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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 16, 2015.

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Zoe Dowdle

Our Dearest Friend, Our Mother.

How does one even begin to pay tribute to the most kind-hearted, selfless individual to grace this world? Words cannot begin to express the honor this woman deserves.

In the small western town of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Zoe Jeanette Spencer, daughter of Victor and Alta Stoddard Spencer, was born on October 17th, 1924.

She met Dad, Lloyd Rulon “Bud” Dowdle, 78 years ago when he asked her to the scout dance. He called her his “Sparrow” and they’ve been sweethearts ever since. She worked at a bank while patiently waiting for his return from Europe following WWII and they were married in the Cardston temple. Their first two girls were born in Canada before moving to Salt Lake City in 1950 where they completed their family with two more girls and finally a long awaited son. The five of us are; Vickie (Brent Parrish), Leslie (Lee Teerlink), Jackie (Lynn Marsing), Gerrie (Dave Martin), and Spencer (Sheli).

Some of her many talents included sewing beautiful clothes for her girls, handmade gifts for every occasion, cooking incredible meals with often sparse ingredients which were regularly shared with those in need, and a life of church service to name a few. Never being idle, she always had a project to work on. These ‘tangible’ talents paled in her ability to shine. She brightened every life she touched. If ever there was an example of unconditional love and forgiveness it was our Mommy. She did her best to teach us to find the best in every situation and in everyone we met, never a negative comment towards others. We often failed. There was no boundary to her generosity and willingness to serve others. We teased her mercilessly and she always laughed the hardest, once she got the joke.

Mom left us on November 11, 2015 to reunite with Bud who has been waiting four long months for her to join him. She is survived by her children, eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great grands, and her sister DaNaze Steele.

A memorial service to honor our Mother was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Garden Place in This Is The Place Heritage Park located at 2601 East Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing was held prior to the service beginning at 9:30.

With all our love and deepest respect, thank you Mom, for our lives and your lessons.


 Rose Coombes
1937 – 2015
Rose Coombes, beloved wife of the late Larry Coombes, passed away in Taber on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the age of 78 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Helen Petker

1931 – 2015

Mrs. Helen Petker of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Peter Petker, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 4:00 and 5:00pm on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S. Lethbridge, AB.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am, on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the COALDALE MENNONITE CEMETERY. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00pm, at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18 St. Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sandy Regier of Martin Brothers.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp, c/o John Regier, 2225- 27 Ave S. Lethbridge, AB, T1K 6K5.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Jerry Pokarney

1937 – 2015

Mr. Jerry Pokarney of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Jose Afrodicio Solano

1927 – 2015

Mr. Jose Afrodicio Solano of Lethbridge, passed away on November 12, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

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