January 22nd, 2021

WEDNESDAY, December 21, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 21, 2016.


Oct. 1, 1928 – Dec. 17, 2016

LUCY “Miisaminihkaaki”

(Long-Time Singing Woman)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Grandma LUCY BLACK PLUME. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

Lucy is survived by two sons: Allen (Janet), Patrick (Alva); Kippitaipokaikksi: Ivy, Lance, Pam (Donald), Leslie (Carla), Shontia (Owen), Kahshenah, Owen, and her baby Taylor; son-in-law: Donald Shot Both Sides. Her grandchildren: Wylie, Andrew, Kathy (Tia), Sara (Messier), Great grandchildren: Tyeesha (Colt), Nicholas, Anastashia, Tatjana, Kylar, Tayus, Savannah, Drew, Dannilyn, Athena, Awbunni, Tripp, Maddie, Kenzie, Andre, Chris, Alize, Destiny; Caregiver: Carrie Tallow; Brother: Ray Black Plume. Adopted children: Wilton and Evelyn Goodstriker, Rod and Levern First Rider, extended families Soop and Many Fingers. Lucy was predeceased by her parents: Bob and Suzette Black Plume; sisters: Janie, Irene, Cecile, Nora, Julia, Christine, Dora, Janet Bear; brothers: Tom, Cecil, Harrison, Dick, Horace; son: Robert; daughter: Mavis Shot Both Sides.

A Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wed., December 21 at 5:00 p.m. The Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. and continue all night at Lucy’s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Thursday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at the Pioneer Cemetery in Levern.

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LEONARD BULL CHILD, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the age of 69 years.

The Family Service will be held at STREETS ALIVE MISSION, 323 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. with the Wake to follow from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

The Celebration of Leonard’s Life will be held at STREETS ALIVE MISSION, on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Ken Kissick officiating. Interment to follow in the Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

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Edna Florence Fletcher

(nee Smaldon)


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, EDNA FLORENCE FLETCHER, who passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit in Lethbridge AB, on December 19, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

She was born in Woodroyd, MB, to George and Florence Smaldon.

Mum is survived by her son Charlie (Lenore) of Lethbridge, daughters Evelyn Yarn (Lloyd) of Winnipeg, Marilyn Moloney (Tom) of Winnipeg, Pat Hawkins (Todd) of Winnipeg, son Ken (Peach) of Gimli, MB, nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, sister Martha Charison, brother Harold Smaldon, sisters-in-law Evelyn Smaldon and Joan Pullin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Edna was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Bill, second husband Russell, her brothers, Howard, Billy and Bob, sister Violet, and son-in-law Todd Hawkins, sisters-in-law Dot and Edna Smaldon and brother-in-law Alex Cherison.

Mum was married to dad for 47 years and together they lived on the farm in Gunton, MB until they retired to Aldergrove, B.C. in 1969. They moved to Lethbridge in 1987 where dad passed in 1990. In 1999 she married Russ Lunney and they lived happily together for 17 years until his passing in August 2016.

Mum loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a world traveler, enjoying trips with her sisters, family and friends. Mum enjoyed her quiet time reading, knitting, doing puzzles and mastered the art of paper tole. Special friendships were made through her walking group and Tops. Mum spent many hours volunteering at the Lethbridge Senior Centre and Meals on Wheels deliveries. She loved to dine out especially at Humpty’s.

Mum was a beautiful soul. To know her was to love her. Mom was selfless, and always strived to treat others the way she wanted to be treated.

Mum will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. She always remained positive and happy, even in her illness.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no service in Lethbridge however a Memorial Service will be held in Stonewall, MB at a later date.

A special thanks to Dr. Ireland, Dr. Kizuk and staff at St. Michael’s Health Center, Palliative Care Unit.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Foundation, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 4V5. 403-382-6414.

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CAROL ANN LEAVITT, beloved wife of Darryl Leavitt, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the age of 72 years.

Besides her loving husband, Darryl, Carol is survived by her daughter Lori (Mike) Waldner, daughter-in-law Charlotte, seven grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren and brother Ron (Bobbie) Swinney of Shawingan Lake, BC.

Mom was predeceased by her mother Vera Young, stepfather William “Bill” Young, son Kelly and son Wade.

Carol was born August 1, 1944 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She married Darryl Leavitt on December 22, 1962 and they lived in Cardston, before finally moving to Lethbridge. They raised three children, Kelly, Wade and Lori. Mom loved curling and spending time in her back yard with family. She will be best remembered for her unconditional love for family and her witty humor.

A very special thank you to the Palliative Care staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre.

A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held where she worked for the past 15 years at the HENDERSON LAKE GOLF CLUB, 2727 South Parkside Drive, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

In memory of Carol, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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Margaret Jean Maaren

1943 – 2016

Mrs. Margaret Jean Maaren of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. George Maaren, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Good Samaritans Park Meadows at the age of 73 years.

A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, (Buchanan Chapel), 1011 4 Ave., S., Lethbridge, with Reverend James Grunden officiating.

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CLAYTON “MOUSE” MORNING BIRD passed away in Lethbridge on December 18, 2016 at the age of 37 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Thursday, December 22nd from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Peto Nicas

Mr. Peto Nicas of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Marie Nicas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Harm Thomas

1940 – 2016

Mr. Harm Thomas, beloved husband of Elly Thomas, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the age of 75 years. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, led by Francis and Cybele Norohna. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

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I am sad to say, that on December 18, 2016, I passed away at the young age of 58 at home surrounded by loved ones. I have gone to be with others who have passed before me…my parents, John and Elizabeth (Betty) Wagontall, and many others.

I am happy that I am survived by my wife of 35 years, Cindy, sons O.J. (Kate) of Edmonton and Brett (Mandy Henderson) of Kindersley, grandchildren Mason John and Alexandra Rose of Edmonton, sisters Debi Baldwin of Calgary and Shirley (Darrell) Di Palma of Calgary, nephews Kirk McDonald of Dubai and Brandon Di Palma of Calgary, and niece Chelsey Will of Vancouver.

I was born in Lethbridge on the 27th of December, 1957. I lived in a few places as an infant and toddler, but spent the majority of my life in Lethbridge. I graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1975. I went to SAIT for one year to take electronics. Although I enjoyed it, my calling was elsewhere. I worked for the City of Lethbridge Parks Department and numerous other jobs until 1984 when I started with the Lethbridge Fire Department. I loved working with the members of Local 237. They were and continue to be a great group of men and women looking after this wonderful city.

In 1981, I married the love of my life, Cindy Anderson. We enjoyed a pretty amazing life together… and together we raised two amazing sons who I am so proud of!

Besides my family my passions were camping, hiking, and riding my bike. Later in life I added LEGO to that list.

After working on the Fire Department for just over 20 years, I was diagnosed with metastatic Prostate cancer. After my initial treatment I decided to do a bicycle ride across Canada to raise money and awareness about Prostate Cancer.

The Cycle for Life trip took me 7,945 km across Canada. I met some of the most amazing people and managed to make a few great friends. One in particular was Tim Harper, who rode with me for a good portion of the ride. We remained close until the end and not just the end of the ride. We shared our lives with each other…the good and bad! We kept each other going. Tim became the best friend a person could have, to both Cindy and I.

Well, as strange as this is, writing my own obituary, it is time to say goodbye.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Highway 3, on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre at the following site, http://www.albertacancer.ca/donate/cancer-centres

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


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