October 28th, 2020

SATURDAY, August 4, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 4, 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.


BYRNE

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


BYRNE

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


KEELER

EILEEN MILDRED KEELER, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating.

Eileen will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Roy in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


TOMMY MANYFINGERS

passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on August 3rd, 2018. Arrangements to be announced later.


MARY MACKAY

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our mom, on August 2, 2018. Mom was born on August 16, 1929, in Swift Current, SK. She grew up in Blumenort, SK where the family farmed. In her teens, the family moved to Alberta, settling in the Barnwell area. There she married, had 4 children and raised her family in Taber, AB. Eventually she moved with her children to Lethbridge, where she met and married her love, her best friend, Dale MacKay. When her nest was empty and with their little dog, L.G., they traveled the ‘highways and by-ways’, exploring their province, and their country, always returning to their acreage in Duffield, AB. There she raised chickens, ducks, gardens, and looked after grandchildren in the summer months. When the garden was harvested, and the canning was done, she would hit the sewing room and start crafting. She attended many markets each year, selling her beautiful jackets, and pot scrubbies. She taught us so much and we are thankful for that. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Peter & Susan Friesen, brothers, Corny Friesen (Anne), Walter Friesen (Evelyn), Herman Friesen (Vicky), Jake Friesen, two infant siblings, Peter and Nettie, and an infant granddaughter, Tracy Clifton as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Mom is survived by her loving and devoted husband Dale; her daughter Sylvia Vermette (Marc); Shirley Hanson; son John Korsa Jr. (Marge); son Ken Korsa (Kim); and eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Betty Friesen, sister Susan (Bob) Louey, and brother Irvin Friesen (Helen) and by many nieces and nephews. Mom, you were loved, and you mattered. At Mom’s request, there will be no formal funeral service. Those who wish to, may donate to the Alzheimer’s Society. Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

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