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FRIDAY, August 3, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 3, 2018.

Audrey Yvonne Bailey May 21, 1934 – July 27, 2018

Yvonne Bailey passed away after a short illness. She was surrounded by family and with Leroy, the love of her life, at her bedside. Daughter of Allan and Hilda Jensen, with siblings Carol, Archie, Judy and Allana, she grew up in the Taber – Purple Springs area. An orphan at 14, her early life was hard, therefore, she was prepared for the hardship of farming the Bailey homestead with Leroy after their exciting elopement December 10, 1951. They had four children: Allan, Gary, Bonnie and Michelle. Her years on the farm, though difficult, were her happiest times as she raised her family, and transformed the farmstead into the beautiful sanctuary it became. Leroy and Yvonne retired to Nanton in 1987 where they enjoyed trips into the Porcupine Hills, Highwood Pass and the Kananaskis country when they weren’t wintering in Yuma Arizona. She has left 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren behind to enjoy the birds, rocks and nature she so loved. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Calgary Health Trust – Community Health Programs and Services http://www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/our -causes are suggested. A private family celebration is planned. Her family thank all the friends and neighbors who enriched her life and shared community with Leroy and Yvonne. To send condolences and view Yvonne’s Tribute Page please visit http://www.lylereeves.com.

Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.


1917 – 2017

HÉLÈNE DORA BYRNE née Parfitt, beloved wife of the late Frank T. Byrne, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the age of 100 years.

Hélène will be lovingly remembered by her children: Moe Byrne, Robert Byrne, Maureen Byrne, Terry Byrne, Tish Byrne Casey, Jim Byrne, Danny Byrne and Paul Byrne.

Hélène was born on January 4, 1917 and was raised in Lethbridge, the second eldest daughter of Maurice and Mary Helene Parfitt (RIP). She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Kay (Tom) Wilkinson, Frankie (Frank) Webb, Alice (John) Thom, and Gerry Parfitt, by one grand-son, Christian Byrne, and by one grand-daughter, Thomasina Eagle Child. She is survived by one sister, Jock (Bucky) Carpenter, eight children, 20 grand-children and 16 great grand-children.

Before her marriage in 1943, Hélène taught for years in the country schools of Southern Alberta where she made many friends among the families of her students. During the years she raised her family, she continued to be interested in education and shared her gift of music with classes in local elementary schools, especially during the annual Kiwanis Music Festival.

Hélène’s Catholic faith inspired and guided her whole life, especially her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holy Spirit. She was a member of the Legion of Mary for many decades, serving as the president of her local praesidium, visiting the elderly and the sick weekly in hospitals and care homes.

From the time she was young, Hélène had an indefatigable curiosity and a scientific mind, qualities which were reflected in her love for all the natural sciences. This curiosity and sense of enthrallment with the truth, order and beauty in nature remained with her to her very last days.

But Hélène’s greatest joy was people, especially her family, and she delighted in every new addition to the clan. She was also ready to welcome into her heart everyone she met, making no distinction among any, seeing all as children of God. Her desire was to serve the Lord and this she did faithfully through every activity of her life, even during her last years in Extendicare where, though handicapped by severe hearing loss, she took great joy in whatever connections she was able to make with fellow residents and staff.

“For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” Philippians 1:21

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.

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


STEPHEN ANDREW HEAVY RUNNER, passed away in Lethbridge, AB on July 28, 2018 at the age of 51 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Sunday, August 5th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.

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June Matkin

1935 – 2018

It is with a deep feeling of sadness and sorrow that we share the passing of the heart and soul and the rock of our family. June passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21st with her children by her side. She is survived by son Jim; daughters Kathy (Chris), and Sharla (George); grandchildren Isaac, Abi, Maiya, Elijah, Rain, Carmen (Nick), Laura, Mark and Michael; great-grandchildren Alexandra and Griffin; as well as her brother Jim Freel; and also many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Ethel Freel; sons John and Michael; and also one brother and three sisters. There will be no funeral at her request. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. The latter is up to her family. Not the funeral. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5

“You are our sunshine”

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


LaRue Jensen Ritchie, beloved wife of Allan Ritchie from Crowsnest Pass, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the age of 80 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by a stepson; Allan (Beth) Ritchie, her children; Debra (Wendell) Campbell, Barbara (Gary) King, Patricia (Jim) Poriz, Gary (Nicole) Ritchie, 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, a brother; Richard Jensen, and special friends; Murielle (John) Carlson, Yolanda Gregory and Viola (Enzo) Brazzoni. LaRue was predeceased by her beloved daughter; Karen Marie Ritchie. No flowers or Service, at LaRue’s request.

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


Born in 1934, Jean Isabell “Peggy” Taylor (MacArthur) was raised on the family ranch near Walsh, Ab. Along with big brothers Alistair and Huey, ranch life taught her the value of hard work, commitment and discipline.

In 1955, as a young AGT operator she met a persistent CPR agent, William “Bill” Taylor, and after a 2 year courtship spent 61 years together as a great team: raising a family, operating numerous businesses and supporting each other throughout.

Peggy was also a very successful Copper Craft consultant, motivating a team of up to 26 and earning a company trip to Germany. She wrapped up her work life at Woolco.

The pride of her existence, children Dennis and Debbie, fondly remember Mom’s years of driving to arenas, adventurous new recipes, homemade treats for the drive-in theater and MacArthur Ranch Christmases. In no uncertain terms her children and family came first!

For 18 years, she travelled annually to Australia to be with Debbie and her grandchildren Kristy, Cassidy and Bryce, making many Aussie friends and being a cool Grandy.

When they all moved back to Canada, she added Cole as a grandchild and spent her senior years loving her family and walking pets Johnny and Stella around Gyro Park. Throughout her years she enjoyed a good round of golf, a chat over coffee and matched outfits with a splash of pink.

There will be a Celebration of Peggy’s Life arranged for a later date. She’ll be missed by all, but especially by Bill.

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