December 14th, 2017

FRIDAY, October 20, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 20, 2017.

BLACK PLUME

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of RANDALL MORRIS BLACK PLUME, 52, on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Lethbridge, AB after a valiant battle with Cancer. His devotion to his family, friends and his firm belief in our Creator supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. From Randall to family and friends; “A Limb has fallen from the family tree that says Grieve not for me but remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong”.

Randall was born to the late Morris Across The Mountain and the late Rosaline (Jim) Shot Both Sides on February 1, 1965 in Cardston, AB. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 21 years, Corina. Children; Monte (Winter) and Lacey. His grandchildren; Carson, Michelle, Bethanee, Macey, and twins; Jakalyn & Alistar. Randall was blessed and thankful for given the opportunity to be a grandpa especially to Bethanee and Macey and spoke proudly of the grandpa duties he would do; drop and pick them up from school, their visits to grandpa’s house, or just hanging out with him.

Randall is also survived by his brothers; Larry, Barry (Lorraine) and Jerry (Joanne), Ralph Jr. (Marcella), Virgil (HopeAnn), RJ (RoseMarie) and Jack, his sisters; Bernice, Rosaline, Virginia, Phyllis, Nina (Lee) and Deanna (Ed). His in-laws: Bruce and Anna Marie, brother in-law; Everette Eagle Plume and sisters in-law; Leanne (Alfred), Nada & Steph., his aunties; Maryann (Les) and Margaret (Ronald). Numerous nieces & nephews.

Randall was a person who carried himself with confidence and strength, yet caring and gentle in his ways. He enjoyed the simple things in life, his friendly and outgoing nature allowed him to have many friends. He was creative in his intelligence which gave him many opportunities in life as he excelled in school and received numerous academic awards. He loved to read, had a profound love for music and taught himself to play the electric guitar. Randall’s strongest character strength was his quick witted humour as he loved to make others feel good by entertaining them with his jokes and Blackfoot stories. It also helped him through his stress especially during his time of sickness.

Randall lived on the Blood Reserve throughout his life except for a brief time he lived in Edmonton with his sister Virginia where he helped with her children. He attended elementary school in Glenwood and Magrath. His Jr and Sr. High were completed at St. Mary’s School on the Blood Reserve where he also attended the Residential school. He worked in various locations throughout his life; Galt Museum, St. Mary’s Dam Construction, Elrich Tire, Canadian Tire, constructed man made pond at Paradise Canyon, but his most proud endeavour was being the manager at the Big K Records in the Centre Village Mall, Leth, AB. In his teen years he had a motorcycle gang which included Robbie Russell, Julius Spear Chief, Shaun Bull Shields, Kenneth Knife, Delbert Young Pine, Shaun & Virgil Reeves. He loved hockey. His favourite team was the Calgary Flames and he also played hockey and football in his younger years. He also loved playing hockey when mom had family dinners, his brothers and nephews would play all day if they could but that came to a stop when mom banned it because one of his brother’s goon style of hockey. He loved hunting with his cousins Clarence and Jr. Hoof. In his later years he settled down and loved to spend every moment with his best friend and wife, Corina They lived life to the fullest as a couple and brought out the best in each other.

Randall was predeceased by his father; Morris Across the Mountain, his mother; Rosaline (Jim) Shot Both Sides (nee; Hoof), maternal grandparents; Ronald & Nina Hoof, paternal grandparents; Joe & Lizzie Across The Mountain, his siblings; Lena and Francis Black Plume, niece Nicole Red Crow & Angie Wolf Child, brother in-laws: Ross & Dexter Eagle Plume, Melvin Red Crow, Cordell Weasel Moccasin, and Mike Whitehawk, Uncles; Ralph & Joe Hoof, Lawrence & Regis (Bella) Black Plume, Alfred, Dominic (Teresa), Joseph & Michael Across The Mountain, Aunties; Ada (Peter) Weasel Moccasin, Eva Hoof, Theresa (Martin) Hairy Bull cousins; Pam, Marie & Barbra Hoof, Lisa, Terrance, & Jr. ATM, Daynen, Darcy, Tama, Richard Jr., Leslie Ann, Kesley and Myron Black Plume. His best friend; Robbie Russell.

We would like to apologize if we may have missed any family or friends. We would like to thank Dr. Taylor and St. Mike’s Palliative Care Dr’s and staff. You were so kind & patient in Randall’s journey

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, Oct. 20th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, Oct. 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Randall Black Plume’s homestead.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


ELLIOTT, Harold Wesley

Harold Wesley Elliott of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the age of 74 years while in the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, AB. Harold is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Laurie (Bret) Baker and Teresa Elliott-Doersam; grandchildren, Jodi (Jeff) Atfield, Michael Baker, Paytyn Doersam; two great granddaughters, Jayda and Jemma Atfield; and brothers, William and Wayne. Harold was predeceased by his wife, Betsy and brother, Ronald. Harold was a free spirited and country loving man. He loved his family and being a social butterfly. A Private Family Inurnment will be held at the Rockyview Garden of Peace Cemetery in Rockyview County, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harold’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, #800, 7015 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB, T2H 2K6. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

http://www.myalternatives.ca.

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GAL

ELIZABETH “BETTY” GAL, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:00 Noon with Father Lukas Drapal celebrating.

Betty will be laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery following the Reception.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


John “Jack” Foster

1923 – 2017

John (Jack) Porter Foster, beloved husband of the late Beatrice May Foster, peacefully passed away surrounded by his children at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 94 years.

Jack was born on August 13, 1923 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He attended elementary and high schools there and at age 17 enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. The next four years were spent training, first as an Air Mechanic and then as an Air Crew Flight Engineer. Following his years of service, Jack worked for a brief while with the Canadian Pacific Railway which brought him to Lethbridge where he met his future wife Beatrice May Livingstone.

Initially working for Wheelers Jewellers, Jack eventually established his own store – Foster’s Jewellery, later to become Foster and Sons Jewellers. A man with a dedicated work ethic, he devoted his professional years to building the reputation of the store as a destination for premier jewellery and superior customer service. As a result, generations of customers returned time and again to purchase engagement rings, wedding rings and watches. Customers often asked to “speak with Jack” – he was recognized as a man of his word and these regulars often became lifelong friends.

Jack was a Lethbridge man at heart and his civic mindedness led him to join the Masons, the Shriners and the Rotary Club. He was actively involved in the Downtown Business Association and served for a period of time for both the Police Commission and Southminster United Church. Jack retired from business in 1983 and his son Neil and grandson David proudly continue the Foster family legacy at the downtown store.

During their golden years Jack and Bea enjoyed many happy summers at their Rosen Lake, BC cabin. Not too long after, they became snowbirds, living in Arizona in the winters and enjoying summers in the Kootenays.

After Bea’s passing in 2009, Jack enjoyed summers and holidays at Susie’s cottage and Sunday dinner at Peggy’s family home.

In essence Jack was very much a family man. He loved his dear Bea (Precious), had a special way with newborn babies and enjoyed being surrounded by his large family of kids, grandkids and in recent years great grandkids. He was always up for a chat, and ever the jokester, upon reading the daily obituaries he would ask — “Am I in there yet?” Well, sadly Dad, after 94 years, today you are.

We love you dearly and will miss you forever.

John Porter Foster is survived by his sister, Erma Jane Montgomery; brother, Alvin Perry Foster; daughters, Peggy Mezei (Bob), Nancy Stein (Sheldon), and Susie Staples (Tom); sons, Bob Foster (Janice), Neil Foster and Perry Foster (Theresa); grandchildren, Lindsay Sakamoto, Andrew (Lisa), David (Carina), and Robbie Foster; Michael (Bianca), Russell (Ashley), and Scott (Camille) Mezei; Danny (Ravina), Jacob (Brittnee), Perry (Chantelle), and Susie (Alex) Stein; Megan and Caitlin Foster; Jaime, Christopher, Matthew and Amy Staples, and six great grandchildren. Jack was pre-deceased by his wife Beatrice; brother, Layton Foster; sister, Lois Ross, and daughter-in-law Gail Foster.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rosen Lake in the summer.

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


OKEMAYSIM

Julia Okemaysim passed away on October 14, 2017 at the age of 26 Years.

A wake service will be held starting at 3:00 P.M on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Benita Okemaysim’s Residence. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday October 23, 2017 at St. Pauls’ Catholic Church, Brocket AB with Reverend Roy Jayamaha officiating. Condolences can be sent to: condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


Lillian “Avis” Hunt

1927 – 2017

Mrs. Avis Hunt of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Cyril “Cy” Hunt, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Canon James Robinson officiating. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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


MADISON

HAZEL BEATRICE MADISON passed away at Garden Vista in Magrath, AB on Friday, October 13, 2017, just 18 days before her 96th birthday.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday October 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Sarah Wallace officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. Interment will be held at Archmount Memorial Gardens, Lethbridge, AB.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


NAGY

RONALD NAGY, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


O’REILLY

O’Reilly, Laura Ellen, formerly of Black Rock Terrace and Vulcan and beloved wife of the Late Jim O’Reilly, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on October 16, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

Laura is survived by son Bryon (partner Lynn) of Edmonton, daughter Margo (Tom) Ellis of Champion, grandchildren Harry (Rhonda) O’Reilly of Calgary, Brock (Amanda) Ellis of Champion, Darrell (Jayme) Ellis of Lethbridge and LaRae Ellis of Edmonton, 7 great grandchildren, brother Howard (Lorraine) Hagg, an extended O’Reilly family and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the Vulcan United Church, Interment Vulcan Cemetery.

If friends so desire, Tributes in Laura’s memory can be made to the Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation, Box 28, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca


Priscilla Wills

1947 – 2017

Priscilla Wills, beloved wife of the late Bruce Wills, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the age of 70 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 23, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary or to send condolences, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com


Sheila Going

1970 – 2017

We as a family are extremely saddened to announce the passing of Sheila Going from Lethbridge, dedicated spouse to Dwight Gray, on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the young age of 46. A Celebration of Sheila’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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


TAKAHASHI

JAMES TAKAHASHI, beloved husband of Patricia Takahashi, passed away in Lethbridge on October 19, 2017 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


WAIT, Carol (nee; Eritsland)

Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Surrey Memorial Hospital on Oct 17, 2017 at 6 am. She is preceded by her loving husband Gary and by her sons Gord Wait, his wife Janet, Robert Wait and his Partner Shazaha. Carol has 5 grandchildren Leah, Michael, Jason, Brianne and Nicole. All of her family live close by and she loved the frequent visits. She was very kind and considerate and loved by all.


WALKER

Ralph Harris Walker (93) of Raymond, Alberta passed away at home on October 15, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Kitchen) Walker and his wife Michele (Grignon) Walker, and his daughter Lee as well as his parents and all of his 11 brothers and sisters. Ralph and Ruth had seven children: Roger (Elin) – 9 children, Ramsay (Boots) – 8 children, Reagan (Kim) – 3 children, Lee Harder (deceased) (Jake) – 2 children, Ros-Lynn Osaka (Clifford – deceased) – 2 children, Barry (Julie) – 6 children, Tim (Jim). Ralph was born August 5, 1944 in Raymond to James H. Walker and Fannye (Mary Elizabeth Ann) Harris. He was the ninth of their 12 children. Ralph spent his childhood and early married years farming and ranching in the Raymond area before moving to Calgary in 1956 where he worked in mining and petroleum then the investment industry. Ten years later he moved to Winnipeg, and then Montreal and Toronto where he lived and worked for the next 45 years. He returned to Raymond in 1999. He loved athletics and actively played basketball until moving to Calgary. He loved to travel, read, and going “… up to the ridge”. He enjoyed good discussion of current events and politics. Most of all, he loved people. Ralph touched many lives. For most of his life Ralph was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For the past several years he regularly attended the Cardston Alberta Temple. He was active and independent to the last day of his life and an integral part of the life of his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Raymond Stake Centre (2 N 200 W, Raymond, AB), with Bishop Noel Smith, officiating. Friends may meet with the family at the church from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017, or on Saturday from 10-10:45am prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Temple Hill Cemetery.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


WHEELER

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, ARLENE MAE WHEELER.

Arlene was loved by so many and will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and co-workers over the last 39 years with the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge City Police.

She is survived by her husband Gary, her children, Sheena (Steve), Maran (Jordan), and Adam (Emily) as well as her six beautiful grandchildren, Sy, Wynn, Max, Harley, Rylee and Haylee.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 2pm at SALMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME LTD, 433 Stubb Ross Road South, Lethbridge (entrance to the airport).

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


Priscilla Wills
1947 – 2017
Priscilla Wills, beloved wife of the late Bruce Wills, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the age of 70 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 23, 2017 between 7:00 P.M.  and 8:00 P.M.

 The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. To view the complete obituary or to send condolences, please visit our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Mitzi Ishida
1921 – 2017
“Mom quietly and peacefully was picked up by Dad around 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Linden View, knowing I was cared for. I will always cherish you, Mom, for the many lasting memories and sacrifices you made for me and for others”, Love Kerry.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 20, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Mitzi is survived by her son Kerry Ishida of Taber; her sister Mary Saruwatari of Taber and her family Kathy (Richard) Kaga and David (Brid) Saruwatari (their children Conor, Declan and Ronan); sister-in-law Tatsue Okamoto of Winnipeg and her daughter Emi; nieces and nephews Betty Honda, Diane Ishida, Del (Shelley) Ishida, Douglas (Erika) Okamoto, Bob (Deb) Okamoto and families, and her “number two son” Brian Conrad and “special redheaded daughter” Laurie Chomany.
She was predeceased by her husband Eikichi Ishida, her parents Shinkichi “George” and Misu Okamoto; siblings Macer (Marion), Sam, Haruco “Haddie”, Tamo, Stum, Irene and numerous in-laws.
Mitzi was born in Saanich, British Columbia on July 1, 1921 where she obtained her schooling and furthered her education in Vancouver at Marietta School of Fashion Design until 1942 when she married her best friend Kichi Ishida, so they could be together when evacuated to the sugar beet fields with her family. They eventually ended up at The Jack Barton farm and became an integral part of Grandma “B”‘s clan.
Mitzi pursued her dressmaking then started working for the Fong Brothers, The Big ‘T’ influencing many young lives until Kerry’s accident in 1976 when she became a full time caregiver.
Since moving to Taber, she was an active member of the United Church, singing in choir, serving as a dedicated elder, Hi-C leader and as a life member of United Church Women, as their first president. She was a visible member of the community being the daily “telephone birthday greeter” even with her own health issues and was always ready to make someone’s day. She will always be remembered as a great fan, supporter and “hockey Mom”, cheering us on, win or lose. “You were the best, Mom”. She was an avid gardener and is remembered for her fall chrysanthemum bouquets.
If friends so desire, in lieu of koden and flowers, memorial tributes in Mitzi’s name may be made directly to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1H7, to the Good Samaritan Society – Linden View Assisted Living, 4700 – 64 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G OC6 or to the charity of one’s choosing.
Many thanks to those special caregivers at Linden View, her caring Dr. Yawney, and loyal friends who supported the family with prayers, their love and empathy.
“The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. Because of the people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in yourself too. The people that love you simply for being you, the once in a lifetime people.” – Unknown, That was my Mom, Love you forever, Kerry.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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