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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 10, 2017.


MARIE CLEMENCE BIBIANE DUGAS, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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HENRY ENS, beloved husband of the late Susan Ens, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Lethbridge Adaptacare on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

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FINN, Albertine (nee Cloarec)

It is with great sadness that the family of Albertine Finn (nee Cloarec) of Red Deer, AB (formerly of Lethbridge, AB and White Star /Prince Albert/ Dundurn/Saskatoon, SK) announces her passing on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Albertine will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Caroline Taylor (John) of Red Deer; son, Patrick Finn (Amber) of Lethbridge; grandchildren, Brian Taylor (Nita), James Finn, Kimberley Schermers (Albert); and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Lily. She was predeceased by her husband, James. A Service will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.

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December 14, 1956

– January 4, 2017

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of our dear mother, Susan Kiyomi Iwaasa.

Mom passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2017, at the Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Our mom was born and raised in Lethbridge to amazing parents Jeaune and Miiko Iwaasa. She was proud to call Lethbridge home until her last days.

She had the biggest, warmest, heart and her generosity and compassion was truly inspiring. She was a dedicated mother, a loving aunt, a devoted sister, a hard-working employee, and a faithful daughter. She will live on forever in the hearts of everyone she has touched with her hospitality, her laughter, her unconditional love, and her strength.

We will miss her tremendously and aspire to live up to the woman she was.

At her request, there will be no funeral. A memorial will be held Saturday, January 14th, with her close friends and family.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Jennifer Iwaasa (jiwaasa@gmail.com) or made to Evergreen Cremation Services in Lethbridge.

Mona Wells

Mrs. Mona Wells passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the age of 88 years. Mona was born in Barbados on January 1, 1929. Mona was predeceased by her parents Rupert Harvey Mayers and Hilda (Clarke) Mayers, plus brother Trevor. Hilda was the hard-working bedrock of the clan. Mona’s five sisters are Peggy (Vernon) Marshall, Betty (Bert) Toppin, Nancy (Adrian) Roach, Hester (Rene) De Jonghe and Angela (Delisle) Ward. Conversations involving two or more boisterous “Mayers girls” often engendered amazement and amusement for others who happened to be in the area. Mona’s father loved many sports. He played soccer for Barbados and went on to become a Barbados Turf Club Hall of Fame trainer and owner. Mona loved sports too and for a time she did the stable’s books. Mona might well have continued down the Sport of Kings’ trail if not for meeting a 1953-54 visiting Canadian teacher Allen Wells. Mona moved to Ontario and married Allen in 1955. By 1958, son David appeared on the scene. After a year in Sierra Leone, Mona and David arrived in Lethbridge in 1964, where Mona remained for the duration. She put previous banking experience with Barclays in Barbados to good use, working at the downtown CIBC branch for just shy of 30 years. Her conversational skills, not always requiring another participant, are still remembered fondly there by remaining workmates. Mona was aided greatly raising David in Lethbridge by her mother-in-law Isa (Rollins) Wells. Mona truly enjoyed lasting fantastic relationships with the extended Wells family and appreciated them dearly. Aunt Mona had a charming childlike quality. She was fittingly cherished by nieces and nephews, as well as “adopted” nieces and nephews. Mona developed a true family-type relationship with a number of boarders, some of whom kept in close contact with her four decades after their stay at 3313 Lakeridge Blvd. Although she did not take up culinary skills until moving to Canada Mona became a tremendous cook and baker. An invitation to her table was eagerly received by many. Mona developed close friendships in Lethbridge. The longest lasting, of almost five decades, was with Eleanor Mehrer who supported Mona fiercely. For a good stretch before mortality intervened, Mona enjoyed attending a variety of sporting events with Virginia Jenkins. Southminster United Church played a key role in Mona’s Lethbridge tenure. During the last nine-plus years Mona lived in various residences, with the final and longest stay, approaching six years, at Fairmont Extendicare. Many in the staffs grew very fond of Mona and she grew very fond of them. By her request, there was no church service for Mona. By her request, Mona was cremated. By her son’s request, if you have the means seriously consider taking a trip to Barbados where you can enjoy the environment that helped produce his hero. One final request from her son: If you knew Mona and think of her, smile.


MARION ROGERS (nee DAVIS) OBER the wife of the late Norman Ober went home to be with the Lord on January 5, 2017.

Come Celebrate her life with Marion’s family and friends on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15 Avenue South, Lethbridge with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.

Hope to see you there!

Internment to take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210 D-12 A. Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1.

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


Delmar Stephen Volk of Carmangay, beloved husband of the late Georgina Volk, passed away peacefully with family at his side, at his home on January 4, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Delmar was born and raised in Carmangay and was the eldest son of Steve and Ada Volk. In 1962, he married Georgina, the joy of his life and they lovingly raised three children. Delmar’s passion in life was his family. He also had a strong bond with animals and nature. He was a man of true character. Invaluable memories will be cherished in the hearts of all who knew him.

Delmar will be sadly missed by his 3 children – Arlene, Shannon and Helen and their families, brothers – Don and Ken Volk, sister – June Forsyth, numerous nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held on January 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carmangay Historical Church. Interment to follow in the Carmangay Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Carmangay Seniors Center.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Rd. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 OR online at http://www.cancer.ca.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

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MARY JEAN WARNOCK (nee Griffiths) of Calgary passed from our world to be with God on January 4, 2017. She is survived by her cherished husband of 64 years Loren Warnock of Calgary, daughter Ann (Victor) Warnock-Matheron of Calgary, son Keith Warnock of Lethbridge, son Garth (Fay) Warnock of Vancouver, brothers George (Maxine) Griffiths of Lethbridge and Donald Griffiths of Medicine Hat, grandchildren Noelle, Will, Tara, Tyler, Kirsten, Reagan, Dayna, Shelby, Tayler and great- grandchildren Keith, Sumi and Maximo. Mary was predeceased by parents Jack and Hannah Griffiths, daughter Rose, sister Leatha and brothers John and Rodney.

Born in Lethbridge in 1928, Mary grew up on a grain and cattle ranch in antelope country of the Sweetgrass Hills south of the Milk River near Aden, not far from the Alberta-Montana border. She learned the tough, frugal and resourceful ways of her pioneer parents and excelled in school though she hated riding her horse who was “obstinate and smelled bad” to school. She chose a career path of health care, and went to Lethbridge where she studied at the Lethbridge Galt School of Nursing. In those days, this esteemed training was so highly regarded that they did not have enough room in the dormitory for her class to sleep leading them to proclaim that they would be prepared to sleep on the floor to make certain they could get the training they needed! In 1950 Mary was awarded the degree Registered Nurse and certified to practice. She joined an elite group of Galt Grads renowned for their competence, compassion, confidence and communication and, distinguished with the tribute “White Caps and Red Roses”. Mary honed her skills as a general duty nurse in Lethbridge-area hospitals.

She fell in love with her eventual life mate Loren Warnock of Iron Springs and, they were married in snowy January 1952. It is reputed that the innkeeper in the Crowsnest Pass, where they stayed on their wedding night, told Loren he could tell they were newlyweds because he could see the twinkle in Mary’s eyes. They settled into life on Loren’s irrigation farm. Mary was no ordinary woman. She became a mother of 4 children, and was always the academic guardian for their education, an exacting mother that jobs were well done with medical precision, and a trackside coach for her daughters’ notorious success in track and field. She maintained her nursing career with service in Picture Butte’s hospital and medical clinic and a surgical ambulatory clinic. Her career was distinguished by fierce resolve to deliver high standards of nursing care to her community. All could feel confident in the bedside care of this woman who was so tolerant and respectful of persons of all ages, genders and faiths.

Not even a blizzard stopped her from going to work providing the John Deere tractor could blaze a trail for her to get to the highway. We remember her when a medical emergency happened in her rural community as the resuscitator on her knees in the mud of the field tending the injured in the field, until the doctor arrived. In her “spare” time she drove the 3-ton truck to haul sugar beets from the farm to the local receiving station prompting her to ask the aghast beet dump attendants “Are you going to just stand there, or are you going to dump this thing?!” Her meals and baking were exceptional and legendary, those recipes since tucked securely among the family secrets. She and Loren hosted community card parties, turkey raffles and school field trips for children. Mary always welcomed her growing grandchildren with open arms, showing them the wholesome experience of growing up on a farm with lots of livestock. She loved Polka music, the western show Bonanza and, Guy Lombardo ringing in the New Year with his music.

Mary, with Loren, balanced their busy lives with winter trips to the warm climate of Nevada where they enjoyed poolside lounging, gambling and touring. They relished those southern freeways in the California desert eating fresh grapefruit and Crackling Oat Bran and a juicy barbeque steak. Mary retired from her life on the farm in 2006 and, she moved to Lethbridge where she and Loren enjoyed full time retirement for 7 years. Declining health led to her moving to retirement facilities and extended care living in Calgary where she could be close to daughters Ann and Rose. The cruel progression of arthritis constantly challenged her mobility and right to be pain free, but her indomitable spirit prevailed and she walked right up to the most recent year of her life. Most of all she could still reminisce about the high standards of nursing care of which she was a pioneer and she still had a broad grin on her face when the Blue Skirt Waltz or the Pennsylvania Polka was playing!

The Funeral Service will be held at McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, on Saturday January 14th at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Trevor Potter Officiating.

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Neil Slimmon
1930 – 2017
 Neil Armstrong Slimmon, beloved husband of the late Ethel Slimmon, passed away peacefully at home near Etzikom on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 86 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
 The Funeral Service will be held at the Etzikom Community Hall, Etzikom on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Etzikom Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Neil is lovingly remembered by his two daughters Carol (David) Lee, Shelly (Doug) Phillips and son-in-law Tom (Glenda) Lee all of the Etzikom area. His loving grandchildren Corrie (Corey) Welling; Brenda Lee and her children Rylee (Nick Belland) Heller and Kasey (Wade Sturtevant) Heller; Robert (Jenny) Lee and their children Jace and Cheyenne Lee; Shannon, Cole and Kourtney Pozdnekoff. He is also survived by his sister Elaine Dale of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sister-in-law Lillian Slimmon of Shoal Lake, Manitoba, brother-in-law Harold (Laura) Wesley of Lethbridge and sister-in-law Joyce Wesley of Calgary. He also leaves to cherish his memory his many special nieces and nephews and cousins in Alberta and Manitoba, he loved them all.
 He was predeceased by his loving wife Ethel May Slimmon; daughter Debbie Lee; parents James and Elsie Slimmon; brothers Arnold (Gretta) Slimmon, Merrill Slimmon, Laverne (Betty) Slimmon and Keith (Loretta) Slimmon; sister Myra (Frank) Preston; brother-in-law Alan Dale; Ethel’s parents Paul and Eldora Wesley; sisters-in-law Bernice (Don) Meldrum, Grace (Roy) Ondrik; brothers-in-law Lenard Wesley, Cecil (Bea) Wesley and Larry Wesley.
 Neil was born on June 26, 1930 in the Municipality of Byrtle Manitoba, son of James and Elsie Slimmon. He grew up on the family farm with five brothers and two sisters. Neil came to Alberta in the spring of 1949 and began working in the Wrentham Area. He married Ethel May Wesley on June 26, 1950. In 1958, Neil started as an Elevator Manager for Searle Grain. His first elevator was in Craigmyle, Alberta, moving to Etzikom in 1962 as Elevator Manager for Searle Grain (later known as Alberta Wheat Pool), a very successful career that spanned more than thirty years. Neil and Ethel also purchased a farm in 1974, which they both loved very much. They worked together in the elevator and on the farm. They retired to the farm in 1992. Neil was never one to sit still for too long. He always needed something to do. After they sold the farm and Ethel passed away in 2008, he needed something to do. He started helping his friends at the Mayfield Colony and helped them right up until his passing. He loved helping them run tractor, build, move machinery, butcher, anything, he enjoyed their company and was Uncle Neil to most on the colony. He also worked as a relief rural delivery driver for Alison Jetter during recent years, something he loved to do as well.
 Neil made lifelong friends wherever he went. He made friends with people of all ages. He was a very strong, caring, helpful man. He would do anything for anyone.
 Neil was so honoured and deeply touched by his family and friends who surprised him with a party on his eighty sixth birthday. It was a very special day for him.
 His family was everything to him. He was always there for help and support, no matter what, right up to his last days. He made a big turkey dinner on New Years Day 2017 for his family at his home.
 Dad’s passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Neil’s name may be made directly to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation, c/o Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0.

 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

BEVAN, Gordon
Gordon Bevan passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at the age of 55 years. Gord is lovingly remembered by his wife Pat, mother Luellen, sisters Leslie (Gary), and Sandra, brother Bruce (Charlene). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Gord was predeceased by his father George Bevan. A Memorial Reception will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website http://www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.

Telephone:  403-297-0888
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