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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 10, 2015.

DEBRA SMALL EYES passed away in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on August 5th, 2015 at the age of 63 years. She was born to Joseph Nanamkin Sr. and Danita McJoe in the state of Washington, USA. Debra is survived by her children Darren (Audrey), Rosie (Ferral), Kenny (Bonita), Sonny, Sherri Small Eyes, Troy (Samantha), Tayshaun, and Debi Jr.; also many loved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Debra was predeceased by her husband Sam (George Jr. – “Ikkina’paotsima”; son GeorgeIII -Tsaotsii; father Joseph Nanamkin Sr; brothers Joseph Nanmkin Jr. & Lance Nanamkin Sr.; sisters JoAnn Wittaker & Denise Nanamkin.

Debra came to live on the Blood Reserve in 1970 with her husband Sam where they raised their children and some grandchildren. Debra loved her family, extended family, friends, and numerous children who were friends of her children. Debra has had success in the professional field but her greatest success was being involved with the many children who came into her life, home, and heart. She loved listening to these children talk about themselves and their families. She seemed to know who needed someone to just listen to them, who needed a shoulder to cry on, who needed a hug and who needed and wanted a laugh.

Debra was employed through the years at the Blood Indian Hospital, Kainai Board of Education, and at the Blood Tribe Department of Health, First Steps for Healthy Babies. She loved her time at First Steps because she worked with families and sincerely hoped that she made a difference in their lives.

Debra was given the Blackfoot name Saatsitapiaakii – Woman from Across The Mountain by John – (Tsaip) Across The Mountain in the early 70’s. Debra again received the same name from Rosie Day Rider and Louise Crop Earred Wolf many years later. Debra respected and loved all the Elders whom she has known and been friends with.

Debra has been blessed with the respect and friendship of so many people who have been in her life. Debra will be laid to rest but she is not gone as she lives on in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Wake Service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, August 10th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve with Reverend Michael Tipper Offficiating on Tuesday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Email condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net

Betty Doenz

1927 – 2015

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Betty Jean Doenz, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend at the age of 87. Betty passed on August 7, 2015. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband Jim of 58 years, son Bruce, daughter-in-law Nadine, her parents, and brother Lee. Betty is survived by her daughter-in-law Laura-Marie and her 3 children Adam (Becky) their daughter Locklyn, Blake, and Janay (Jared); son Murray and his 2 children Melissa (Byron) their 3 children Garrett, Lauren and Nolan and Colin (Niki); son Monte (Laura) and their daughter Casey; and son Evan. Betty was born in Magrath on September 28, 1927 to George Dallas and Dagmar Minion joining one sibling Joyce and later Bonnie and Lee. The family moved to Warner in 1945 where Betty met Jim and were married on June 19, 1948. Betty was a devoted wife and partner who loved her family, friends and life. It gave her great pleasure to help grow the farm and raise her family. Betty’s uncomplaining and calm demeanor were what was required to raise 4 boys and care for Dad even while suffering from arthritis most of her life. She was proud of her family, home and community. Grandma Betty as she was affectionately called, loved being a grandma and cherished her grandchildren, living close by her on the farm. She loved to visit with friends in her home. Betty and Jim especially enjoyed travelling to Switzerland, Australia and many trips with friends and relatives. Winters spent in Arizona visiting with friends and relaxing, was always considered a special time A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the WARNER EVANGELICAL CHURCH FELLOWSHIP, with Pastor Jason Carrol officiating. An interment will be held at 1:00pm prior to the service at the Warner Cemetery, for family and close friends. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Betty’s Memory to Arthritis Society 200, 1301 – 8 Street West, Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 or to the Warner Evangelical Church Fellowship, Box 36, Warner, Alberta T0K 2L0.

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Bev Johnson
1932 – 2015
James Beverly Johnson, beloved husband of Virginia Johnson, passed away in Barnwell on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the age of 83 years. He was at home, surrounded by those who loved him as his long battle with cancer ended. He will be sorely missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday, August 13, 2015 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Barnwell on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
He is survived by his wife Virginia Johnson, daughter-in-law Shauri Johnson, his children Camilla (Brian/Flip) Phillips, Valerie (Ray) Goodwin, Marilee (Wilford/Jr) Ching, Larry (Melanie) Johnson, Larita (Jeff) Barfuss, Darla (Scott) Brandley as well as thirty grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by six siblings Grant Johnson, Molly McBride, Kelvin (Arta) Johnson, Sharon Jonsson, Preston (Maurine) Johnson and Betty (Ralph) Sabey.
He was predeceased by his parents, his son James Delyle Johnson, his sister Nadiene Nielsen, sister-in-law Elmoyne Johnson and brothers-in-law Lawrence Nielsen, Keith McBride and Austin Jonsson.
Bev was born March 14, 1932 to Miles and Bessie Johnson in Cardston. Fifth child of eight, he was raised in Barnwell amongst his siblings and many cousins. His school years were spent playing basketball, inventing, working, and more working. After graduating from WR Myers he served an LDS mission to Australia. These were some of his favorite years and he still has many dear friends there. After his mission he met and married Virginia Smith, the love of his life. They raised seven children together in Barnwell, except for a short stint in Edmonton while Bev was attending university to become a teacher. He spent twenty five years teaching science/math and being the vice-principal and principal, touching many lives as they passed through Barnwell School doors.
He was instrumental in bringing water and sewer to Barnwell and spent many years as the administrator of the Water and Sewer. Astronomy was one of his passions as well as building and designing. The only thing he loved more than working hard and serving others, was his family. He was very proud of all his children and grandchildren and now great grandchildren.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

William Herman Kelly

1938 – 2015

Mr. William Herman Kelly of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Inez Kelly, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00PM, on Monday, August 10, 2015 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Father Lucas Drapal celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Loggieville, NB, at a later date.

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JOAN MARY MCNAUGHTON, beloved wife of the late Robert McNaughton of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the age of 82 years.

Joan is survived by her three children, Eleanor (Wayne) Snyder, Patricia McNaughton, Heather (Ken) Nagy, 10 grandchildren, Sarah (Josh) Krikke, Katie (Aaron) Wong, Robbie (Mavis) Snyder, Rachel (Jon) Tomalty, Zachary Snyder, Amanda Bodson, Charity (Danny) Diaconescu, Cuyler (Sarah) Dickie, Steve (Marnie) Nagy, Chris (Misty) Nagy and 21 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Warren (Shirley) Wright, Blaine (Annette) Wright, 5 sisters, Jean (Ernie) Cleary, Barbara Teague, Sharon (Kaye) Beddes, Linda (John) Cournoyer, Brenda (Stan) Doherty, 1 sister-in-law Ruth Wright as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her husband Robert Malcolm McNaughton, Joan was predeceased by her daughter Cathy Bilyk and 2 brothers Vernard and Murray Wright.

Joan and her identical twin Jean were the eldest of ten children born to Albert and Bessie Wright of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Joan was a keen student but her and Jean’s education was cut short in grade 10 as they had to help support the family when their father became ill with tuberculosis. While working in the Navel offices in Halifax she met Bob McNaughton. They were married Sept 26th, 1956 and were blessed with four daughters. Through numerous moves across the country Joan made many dear friends, leaving a positive impact on everyone. Nothing was more important to her than her Christian faith and her family. She will be dearly missed.

A Funeral Service will be held at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Highway 4 just east of 43 street intersection, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 1:00 P.M with Pastor Scott Currie officiating.

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