January 22nd, 2021

SATURDAY, September 23, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 25, 2017.


1933 – 2017

With great sadness the family of Agnes (Toots) Keehn announces the passing of their beloved Mother and Grandmother, at the age of 84 years, on September 21, 2017. Toots was born and resided in Pincher Creek. She is survived by her children Michael Keehn, Chris (Kerry) Keehn and Michelle Ladouceur, her grandchildren CJ, Mikyla, Grace, Caiden, Miranda and Jasmin, and great granddaughter Kailie. She was predeceased by her parents, Theodore and Rosa Sorge, her husband, Albert Keehn, her son, Brian Keehn, her daughter in law, Debbie Keehn, and her brothers, Harry Sorge, Steve Sorge, and Ken Sorge. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (958 Christie Avenue, Pincher Creek) on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:00am with Reverend Silvano Vargas presiding. Memorial donations in Toots’s name may be made directly to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded to: condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


OTTILIA M. BAN, beloved mother of Julia (William) LeFeuvre and Lisa (Dan) Frank, passed away peacefully in Raymond, Alberta on September 22, 2017 at the age of 95 years.

Mom worked hard all her life and we are happy that she is at peace.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


It is with great sorrow we announce the sudden passing of our dear beloved FRANCES CORRINE “TRIXIE” CHIEF MOON “Iipoohyakii – Talks A Lot”, born May 8 1969 at the Blood Indian Hospital Cardston AB., on September 16, 2017 in Lethbridge AB.

Trixie grew up in the Lavern area and Lethbridge. She attended school in Lavern, Cardston, Lethbridge and at the Lethbridge Community College. She excelled in softball and tetherball and had a passion for horseback riding in her early years. She loved to read, listen to music and dance. She was known for her baking and cooking delicious meals for everyone and loved to travel, she lived in Vancouver B.C, Saskatchewan, and Calgary AB. She was creative in decorating her home to make it comfortable for her family and friends.

Mom had a one of a kind sense of humor, her smile was contagious and would light up the room. She had a gentle voice that made us all feel special. She loved her children, grandchildren, siblings, relatives and friends. She was very caring, loving and understanding of us. Everyday was special with mom, she spent holidays and shared family activities with all of us. She spoiled her grandkids with love and compassion. We shared stories and good memories with her. She cherished all of us. She was good company to all her nieces, nephews, family and friends. She attracted people with her charismatic personality and greeted everybody, young and old, and made them feel special in her own way. Mom will be cherished by her children, family and friends. She was close to all of her nieces and nephews especially Jimmy, Tommy, Lance, LeeAnne Joy, Chantelle, Jamie.

Trixie is a direct descendent of Chief Red Crow. She leaves to mourn her surviving children Davie (Mandy), Agatha, Tia, Destiny, Ethan, Summer and Autumn; her grandchildren T.J, Savannah, Jordan, Kaden, Gabriel, Katie Rose, Gracie Lynn, Makayla Raine, Je’riah, Kyrie and Riser; her Aunties- Linda Bruised Head, Claudia Sugai & Phyllis Fox- Holy Singer; uncles- Dennis (Mavis) Chief Moon, John Chief moon & Ed (Elaine) Chief Moon; her siblings Peggy (Roland) Big Throat, Wilma Clearsky, Marlene Chief Moon, Libby Chief Moon, Byron (Shannon) Chief Moon, Kelsey (Tikki) Chief Moon, Anita Eagle Bear (Randy), Marsha (Merlin) Provost; adopted mother Lena Russell and special friend Peter Bull Shields.

She was predeceased by her daughter Daffney, son Michael, mother Mona Chief Moon, father Willy Plain Woman, brothers Gary and Fritz Chief Moon, Nephew Jimmy Shot Both Sides, Maternal Grandparents Victor and Mary Chief Moon and numerous relatives.

A Wake Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, Sept. 24th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, Sept. 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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

Dale Farnsworth
1929 – 2017
It is with deep sadness that the family of Dale Byron Farnsworth, announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the age 88 years, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Dad leaves to mourn his passing two sons Clay (Joe-Anne) Farnsworth of Vauxhall and their children Stacey (Mike) Morcom (their son Connor) and Lindsey Farnsworth (her children Callie and Daxon) all of Lethbridge; Todd (Rosanne) Farnsworth of Pennant, Saskatchewan and their children Amanda, Jennifer and Ty. Also, to mourn are his sisters Eveline Bell and Adelaide (Lyle) Nygard; brother Roy (Norma) Farnsworth; sisters-in-law Billie Dickie and Clara Dickie and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his wife of fifty three years, Lavina, father Byron, mother Helen, two sisters, seven brothers, five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was born August 4, 1929 in the family home in Pennant Saskatchewan, number eleven in the blended family of thirteen known as the Dickie-Farnsworth family. He was raised around horses as his father had the livery barn and dray line in Pennant. Dale loved to ride and had many horses over the years, as he always spoke of Beauty and her foal Babe. His first job was as a teamster at the Swift Current Research Station in Swift Current, where he became a heavy equipment operator. Dale later worked on the original St Mary’s dam in southern Alberta with brother Joe. Dad then went on to become a finish operator working on Highway #1 near Cluny, Vancouver Airport and several dams in British Columbia to name just a few areas. He came home to Pennant to start farming where he met Lavina Schmiess of Stewart Valley. They married in December 1954 and started their family in Pennant.
Dad sold the farm in Pennant to start a new adventure in Alberta, however the family returned to Pennant in 1966 to buy the local John Deere dealership. Many will remember Dad behind the counters at John Deere and later Morris Rod Weeder, both in Pennant and in Swift Current. Dad started farming again full-time in 1979 after leaving the business world and continued to farm until his retirement.
Dale was part of a huge musical family and many would have danced to the Pennant Orchestra. He was a talented self-taught guitarist, singer and yodeler. Many family gatherings were spent around his guitar with his strong voice leading the way. Dad’s love for music was passed down in his family, as many are accomplished musicians.
Dad’s love of horses saw him volunteer as ringmaster at the Quarter Horse show in Swift Current for many years. He also served on the board with the Pioneer Credit Union for many years.
Dad was a hard worker all of his life and instilled that work ethic in all who knew him. He also had a great sense of humor and was quick with a line. Dale loved the prairies and to talk about his many work adventures during his life. In his last few years he loved seeing his great grandchildren and was happy to have lived to see that.
In his later years, as the Alzheimer’s was causing concerns, he moved to Vauxhall to be closer to family to help with that transition. Here he made many new friends having fun at dances and making people laugh at the Manor. In the end, however it was a battle too hard to over come.
Dale will be privately remembered by his family and friends. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dale’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3 or to The Good Samaritan Society, Linden View, 4700 – 64 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 0C6.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Hurley Price
1920 – 2017
Hurley Valentine Price, beloved husband of Margaret Price (nee McMillan), passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the age of 97, just two months shy of their 75th wedding anniversary.
Hurley was born to Charles and Marcella Price at home on the south side of Taber. He is survived by his wife Margaret, one daughter Rosanne Horrocks; two grandsons  Lee (Jody) Reid and their children Torey, Carsen and Madi;  Blair Horrocks and his children Brett and Alyssa; two nieces Mary (Jim) Stewart and  Ann Fulton.
He was predeceased by his parents Marcella and Charles Price; sisters Devota (Buddy) (Joe) Godfrey and Rose (Larry) Coombes; nephew Jerry Godfrey and his son-in-law Reid Horrocks.
Hurley was a very religious man but kept his faith private. At a young age, Hurley would attend all the square dances with his parents, calling all the reels and square dances while sitting on top of the piano. At fifteen his dad was disabled so Hurley would mine coal out of the mines using a wash tub, loading it in a wagon, taking it home for his family, then sold or traded the rest for food or goods. He met Margaret when he was six, but at age sixteen he went to a dance in Grassy Lake where he met the love of his life for the second time. After that meeting, he rode his horse from Taber to the McMillan farm south Purple Springs to court Margaret. In 1942 they exchanged vows in the newly built Catholic Church under the direction of Father Lyons. There first job together was for Albert and Dolly Bullock, where he learned to drive truck and haul anything. Hurley often talked about those times with the Bullock family. That was where he learned to drive so well as Mr. Bullock would cuff him in the back of the head if he ground gears. He took over the McMillan farm and farmed it for eight years. Hurley was drafted into the American Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington in the Medical Corps 995 2nd TSU SGO for fourteen months, where he was ambulance and truck driver. He received his overseas orders three times, but each time was reordered state side. Hurley was honorably discharged August 31, 1946. Upon arriving home, he continued trucking making sixty one trips from Lethbridge to Detroit picking up cars and delivering them to cities around the United States and Canada. We often accompanied him on these trips that took about ten days. He purchased his own gravel truck, worked for the M.D, then bought a semi and hauled logs. Hurley hauled for Chinook Carriers on the beet haul, in the off season he would haul sugar north and honey back. Balmoral holdings hauled for many companies … whiskey for Mercury Truck Lines, Bitterroot Transport, Kleysen Transport and H&R Transport. On the weekends when he was home we were camping, going to rodeos, hunting and attending  grandchildrens hockey and baseball games. The Minister of Lands and Forest came each year to hunt with us and gave him a knife that was inscribed “Mr. Antelope”. In 1967 he bought acreage north of town and later purchased the Kaytor farm at Sherburne lake which he sold to his son-in-law Reid Horrocks. He and Margaret retired and spent time travelling up north to see his sister and to the United States on many other trips. In 2014 they moved to Clearview Lodge, where he enjoyed the staff and his card playing friends. In July his health took him to the Continuing Care unit where he spent his final days.
Hurley will be laid to rest in the columbarium at the Taber Memorial Garden, beside his son-in-law Reid. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
We would like to thank the staff at Clearview Lodge, the Taber Hospital Active Care and Continuing Care as well as Dr. Rasmussen for all the great care and concern Hurley received.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Ray Ficek
1976 – 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond Wayne Ficek, beloved son of Ron and the late Marie Ficek, announce his passing in Calgary on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the age of 41 years after a brief battle with cancer.
The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. To view the complete obituary notice or to send condolences, please visit http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


March 5, 1938

– September 21, 2017

Mr. Gary Lee Harker, beloved husband of Kathy Harker of Magrath, passed away at the Raymond Hospital on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

He is the loving father of Daniel (Cathy) of Pleasant Grove, UT, Kyle (Lisa) of Modesto, CA, and Ruston of Pasadena, CA. He is also survived by his 17 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Karen Larson Harker.

Gary was born on March 5, 1938 in Cardston, to Sam & Rhoda Harker. He grew up on a farm near Glenwood, then studied at BYU graduating in Journalism.

In addition to writing for several newspapers across the province, Gary enjoyed being involved with the Boy Scouts, Fort Whoop Up, community theatre, and church activities.

He loved the outdoors, elephants, and Hawaiian pizza, but the chocolate covered ants were a one-time indulgence.

After a six-month battle with bone cancer, Gary died peacefully with loved ones nearby.

Friends may meet with the family from 10:00 – 10:45 am on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – GARDEN PLACE CHAPEL (170 North Centre St., Magrath, AB). A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am, with interment to take place at 2:30 pm in Glenwood, AB.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (317 10 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7)

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

John Doeve

1960 – 2017

Mr. John Doeve went to be with his Lord and Saviour, with his beloved wife Brenda by his side on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the age of 56 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the GRACE REFORMED CHURCH (formerly known as the First Christian Reformed Church), 1402 – 8th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Wybren Oord, officiating.

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

Marjory “Marj” Turner

1937 – 2017

With sadness in their hearts, a family says goodbye to their cherished mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Marjory “Marj” Turner of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday, September 18, 2017, at the age of 80 years.

Beloved wife of the late Bud Turner, Marj was born in Edmonton but grew up and completed her education in Calgary, then moved to Lethbridge in 1967. While Marj and Bud traveled extensively, one of her happiest trips was their family cruise at Christmastime in 1994.

Marj had many hobbies to keep her busy and active including gardening, stamp collecting, sewing, and quilting. Marj enjoyed giving back the community and she was a volunteer knitter for the Chinook Regional Hospital. Her love of gardening brought joy to others as Marj won several horticultural awards for her beautiful gardens throughout the years. Her daughters, grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren were so special to her…she loved them each beyond measure.

Although she lost the love of her life, Bud, too soon, Marj is survived by her daughters Debbie (Lloyd) Boehr of Lethbridge, and Patty Reid of Calgary. Marj is also remembered lovingly by her grandchildren Michelle (Brad Vant Land) Reid-Houle, Cody Reid-Houle, Cole (April) Iwaasa, Bryson (Kassi) Iwaasa, and Levi (Sarah Douglas) Iwaasa, as well as her ten great-grandchildren whom she adored. Marj also leaves behind her niece Diane (Bill) Ashby and their daughters Melissa and Sara.

As one of her final wishes, Marj requests there be no black attire worn when family and friends gather to remember her life that was so well-lived and full of happy memories.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Eva Stanley officiating.

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



Margaret Rosa Seely, beloved wife of Doug Seely, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 73 years.

Friends may meet the family from 10:00 – 10:45 am on Monday, September 25, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, North Stake Centre, 560 Highlands Boulevard W. Lethbridge, Alberta. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment to follow the service at Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge.

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


WENDY SORRIE beloved wife of Kim Sorrie, passed away September 16, 2017 in Taber.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 28 at 11 a.m. in Taber at the LDS Stake Center 4709 50 Avenue.

Arie Stotyn

1921 – 2017

Mr. Arie Stotyn passed away on September 20, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 96 years.

Arie, the seventh of twelve children of William and Stina, was born on April 19, 1921 at Monarch, AB. Arie grew up on the family farm west of Monarch and was educated at the local school. During his lifetime, he worked as a farmhand, trained as a firefighter and finally as a Government Meat Inspector in the Lethbridge area until he retired. Arie was a long-time resident of Lethbridge and had moved to Black Rock Terrace four years ago where in resided until his passing.

Arie is survived by his sister, Truda (Walter) Luce; brother Ed (Sheila), sisters-in-laws Eileen, Lena and Anne. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Arie was predeceased by his brothers Lou, Tim, Bill, Henry, Chris, Martin, John and Bernie; sister Hilda, brother-in law Jim Sadler; sisters-in-law Anna, Ada, Olive and Vivian.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, September 25, 2017 in the Nobleford/Monarch Cemetery, RR235, just north of TWP RD 104.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the GRACE REFORMED CHURCH (formerly known as the First Christian Reformed Church), 1402 – 8th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Wybren Oord officiating.

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


JOHN DUNN WILBOR, passed away with family by his side, reminding him of the good memories they shared along the way, at the Fairmont Extendicare on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the age of 92 years.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Erin Phillips and Reverend Andrew Horne officiating.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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