January 15th, 2021

WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2018

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 21, 2018.


MABEL LUCY “MARY LOU” BIG CANOE, of Lethbridge, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at the age of 79 years.

A Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, November 21st. at 1:00 P.M. Cremation to follow.

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Jeannette Baker Cannady of Raymond, Alberta passed away at Raymond Long Term Care on November 19, 2018, at the age of 78 years. She is survived by her children, Laura Cottell of Calgary, Robert (Cheryl) Baker of Raymond, Randy (Sharon) Baker of Raymond, Tawna Baker (Owen Alcock) of Duncan, BC and daughter-in-law Cathy Baker of Strathmore as well as 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Rex, husband Keith, son Gregory, daughter Darla, her parents and two sisters. Jean was born March 21, 1940 in Taber, Alberta to Louis and Ethis Conrad. She was the third of seven children. Growing up she lived in many communities in BC and Alberta, eventually settling in Taber, where she met her husband Rex. Their life eventually led them to Raymond. There Jean held multiple jobs, none more important than providing for and raising her children. She enjoyed gardening, baking, making homemade chocolates and singing wherever possible with her family. Family and friends may meet the family at the Raymond Stake Centre, 2 N 200 W, Friday evening from 7:00-8:00 or Saturday morning 10:00-10:45. Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Raymond Stake Centre on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Ryan Chipman officiating. Interment to follow at Temple Hill Cemetery.

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Mary Cranley

1922 – 2018

Mary Phyllis Cranley of Calgary, Alberta, beloved wife of the late William Joseph Cranley, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018 at the age of 96 years. Mary was born in Ascot, England on April 25, 1922. In the late 1930’s, Mary commenced training as a British Army nurse. She was first stationed in London during the outbreak of World War II. Within three years, she was stationed at a naval hospital in Taranto, Italy. It was during this time she met her future husband, William Cranley M.D., a Surgeon Commander in the British Navy. They were married in Italy in 1944. The family settled in England following the war and emigrated to Canada in 1954 taking up residence in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They would eventually move to Lethbridge in 1962. Mary moved to Calgary in 1995 to be closer to family members. Mary was an avid gardener and an extremely accomplished seamstress. She often commented that the happiest days of her life were spent in Lethbridge. As well, Mary often commented on her love for the nursing profession and how proud she was to have served in that capacity. Mary is survived by her two daughters Gillian Steward of Calgary, Alberta and Madeleine Cranley (Bill Polsky) of Pointe Claire, Quebec; son Michael Cranley of Calgary, granddaughter J’Val Shuster of Calgary, great granddaughter Esmeralda Shuster of Calgary, and sister Hilda Foss of Coventry,England. Mary was predeceased by her sisters Margery, Joan, and Dorothy. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 12:00 PM and 12:45 PM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to FOSTER PARENTS PLAN OF CANADA or U.S.C. CANADA.

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Dale Nolan Baldwin

1939 – 2018

The world lost a brilliant mind; a man with a passionate responsibility to business, community, and most of all, his family. Dale passed away at the age of 79 years, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, AB. Dale was born in Lethbridge, AB, spent his early years in Shaunessy and Iron Springs, AB where his father was a school Principal. At age 10, Dale’s family moved to Coaldale, AB. Following high school, Dale attended Lethbridge Junior College, and the U of A in Edmonton, AB where he excelled both academically and physically setting a running record, receiving the Alberta Juvenile track and field award for the half-mile run. He loved sports. Dale was fiercely competitive, driven to excel, both as a participant and a coach. The ball fields in Milk River still echo with Dale’s resounding long drawn out “YOU’RE OUT.” Dale’s business acumen proved successful in several ventures beginning with a Ford dealership in Campbell River, BC. In 1975, Dale joined forces with his brother in-law, Roy Hummel in Milk River, AB, to purchase the International Harvester dealership from Roy’s uncle, Paul Madge, creating a third-generation ownership, renamed Roydale International Ltd. For 34 years, this proved to be an exemplary marriage between a hotshot salesman and a meticulous financial whiz. A fourth-generation dealership involving the sons of each partner was established in Red Deer, AB, Roydale New Holland. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty (Hummel) Baldwin; son Bryce Baldwin of Red Deer, AB; daughter Maureen (Ryan) Roberts, and grandchildren Dylan and Keira Roberts of Calgary; a sister, Margaret Jean Baldwin of Lethbridge, AB and her daughter Rebecca Baldwin of Fort McMurray, AB. Dale’s daughter, Christie Weigel and her children, Levi, Lauren, and Alexis of Surrey, BC were reunited with him in 2007. True to form, Dale has responsibly shared in their lives. Dale was predeceased by parents, Donald and Bessie (Nolan) Baldwin of Coaldale, AB and a twin brother, Donald Ramsey Baldwin. Mourning his loss are Betty’s siblings: Wally (Gloria – deceased), Dianne Hummel-Nelson (Bill-deceased), Joanne Rolfe (Gordon-deceased), Roy (Gail) Hummel, Ruth (Rick) Melvin, Amy (Chuck) Bradley, Doris (Jim) Slag, and Dale Hummel. A United Church ervice will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 22, 2018 at ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 Main Street, Milk River, AB. A luncheon will follow in the MILK RIVER CIVIC CENTRE, 321 3rd Ave NE. Dale will be laid to rest in the Milk River Cemetery at a Private Family Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MILK RIVER COMMUNITY SCHOOL ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE, Box 465 Milk River, AB. T0K 1M0.

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WESLEY BLAKE EAGLE PLUME, 31, passed away on November 11th, 2018 in Calgary, AB.

A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Monday, November 19th at 3:00 pm near Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Wednesday, November 21st from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Gladstone Hall on Thursday, November 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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FRASER, Chester Robert

February 22, 1945 – November 2, 2018

Chester Robert Fraser, born February 22, 1945 to loving parents Harry Albert and Kathleen Fraser in Southampton England. Like his cherished older sister Barbara (with her husband Steve Lilly) before him, He came to Canada in 1967 to Burlington, Ontario. He lived and worked there until 1970, then venturing west to Alberta, settling in Claresholm. Chester, a “Country Boy” at heart, met the “Farm Girl” love of his life, Darlene Fritzler of Vulcan, Alberta, and the two were married in 1978. He worked at Safeway Shelter Systems until 1980, the next year moving on to (what is now known as) Triple M Housing Lethbridge, working there up to Thanksgiving of this year. He was often found working faithfully, cutting countertops on what he called “my saw”. He loved his job as well as the whole crew and office staff, whom he all considered friends, having concern for each one. Chester became loving father to five children; Dean, Tiffany, Justin, his late son Joshua, as well as a late daughter. He now also leaves behind a beloved son-in-law Emmanuel Mba and three wonderful grandchildren; Abigail, Esther, and David. He deeply cared for and worried about his friends, his brothers-in-law (Kenneth, Norman, and Philip), and each of their wonderful families. Chester will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He loved life, laugher, and the presence of children. A strong man who loved good, hated evil, and cherished his Lord and Saviour above all, looking forward to one day being reunited with those he loved so much who have gone on before. A Celebration of Life took place in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, November 15th 2018. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Chester’s family through http://www.evanjstrong.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Samaritan’s Purse (20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H5; 403-250-6565; https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/).

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LORETTA “LORI” LEISTER, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the age of 61 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Allan MacDonald

1937 – 2018

Mr. Allan Michael MacDonald of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Audrey MacDonald, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the age of 81 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 23, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., with Deacon Cliff Bogdan, officiating. A Graveside Service will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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MAKARENKO, Edward 1939 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Edward ‘Ed’ William Makarenko in Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the age of 79 years. Ed was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 5, 1939. He attended High School in Lethbridge and graduated from the Radio College of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. Ed had a career in Telecommunications for thirty-four years with Alberta Government Telephones and Telus Communications. He was an avid fisherman, who loved fishing and camping with family and friends. He was also an avid and enthusiastic sports car and auto racing fan. Ed raced sports cars in Alberta and Western Canada and won the 1966 “Players Prairie Sports Car Open”. Ed followed and always watched Formula 1 and NASCAR Racing on TV. Ed enjoyed playing golf, shuffle board, Skat card game and he was a bit of a pool shark! Ed will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Caroline; his sons, Michael (Tracy-Lynn) Makarenko of Okotoks, Alberta and Mitchell Makarenko of Calgary, Alberta; his grandchildren, Brett and Taylor Makarenko of Okotoks, Alberta and Dominic, Shanda, Cordell and Ashlyn Makarenko of Calgary, Alberta; and his sisters, Gladys Armour and Dianne Bulpit of Lethbridge, Alberta. At Ed’s request, no service will be held. If desired, Memorial Donations in Ed’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.ca. Condolences may be sent or viewed at


Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.


JOHN DOUGLAS “DOUG” OBER, the beloved husband of Shirley Ober, passed away suddenly at his farm on Friday, November 16th, 2018, at the age of 78 years.

Besides his loving wife Shirley, he is survived by three sons, Kevin of Lethbridge, Craig of Calgary and Neal (Rochelle) of Monarch; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one sister, Faye Ward of Lethbridge.

Doug was predeceased by his parents, Ben and Lela Ober, one brother, Bob Ober, one sister-in-law June Ober, one brother-in-law Don Ward.

Doug & Shirley were married March 21st, 1959. He was a farmer for over 60 years, working hard like a farmer needs to do. Besides farming, he loved to travel and enjoyed travelling to Arizona, Palm Springs, as well as spending time at their other home in Whitefish, MT. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. Doug loved having Christmas festivities at the family farm, skiing, golf and the Calgary Flames. He spent many years on the Canadian Ski Patrol, Coaldale Kinsmen Club, and was a board member of the Ptarmigan Village.

Doug was well loved for his humour, respect and generous spirit. He definitely had a unique sense of humour and a quick wit. His quiet courage, the strength of spirit and creativity will be carried forward by those who know and loved him. He will be truly missed by everyone.

An informal Come and Go Reception will be held at the SANDMAN HOTEL, Alberta Room, 421 – Mayor Magrath Drive, South, Lethbridge, on Friday, November 23rd, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

In memory of Doug, contributions may be made to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation, 2124 – 16th Avenue, Coaldale, Alta. T1M 1J8

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AYLMER GODFREY OKA, husband of Sharon and father of Joe, Dion, Waylon, Justin, & Truman, passed away in Lethbridge on November 13th, 2018 at the age of 69 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Nov. 22nd from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, Nov. 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew and friend TYRONE BERNARD (Po’kohksinii) “Jesus” WEASEL HEAD at the age of 60 on November 13, 2018. Left to mourn his passing are his daughter Cindy Rae (Tad) Big Snake, his grandson Tad Jr. Big Snake, and his sisters Randa (Danny) Weasel Head, and Brenda (Tina) Weasel Head. Tyrone (Po’kohksinii) was born on May 23, 1958 at the Cardston Indian Hospital to the late Annie Plume and Patrick Jr. Weasel Head. He was raised on the Blood Reserve in the Farm Four area with his siblings and numerous cousins from the Plume, Day Rider and Weasel Head families. Tyrone attended St. Mary’s Indian Residential School, St. Mary’s High School, and later completed his General Education Diploma at Red Crow Community College. Tyrone showed his determination and value of his education where despite the problems he had with his hip, he would stay up late trying to walk off the pain and would get ready the next day and go to school. Tyrone had a passion for wanting to help his people and later would attend the Nechi Institute and received his Certified Addictions Training (CAT). He also did upgrading at Red Crow Community College Spring 1996 and was accepted into the University of Lethbridge in the Fall of 1996. During his life Tyrone worked as a Roofer for Kainai Industries, a Meat Cutter for Safeway, a Surveyor, Night Attendant for St. Paul’s Treatment Centre, Maintenance for Blood Tribe Department, Foot Patrol, Roofing Contractor, and Evening Councillor. As well as an Indian Residential School Client Advocate doing elder interviews. The latter was near and dear to Tyrone’s heart as he wanted to help the elders have a voice so that that they may receive their fair compensation from their time spent at residential school. Tyrone’s kind heart was a result from his strong traditional beliefs, he attended the piercing sundance and participated. Tyrone shared his knowledge of roofing with his younger sister Puncho, she later taught all the nephews the tricks of the trade, this helped land their nephews permanent jobs. In his youth Tyrone was an avid athlete taking part in various sports such as basketball, rodeo, hockey, and football. Tyrone excelled in different areas, and was a contestant in the Boy’s Steer Riding at the Calgary Stampede, making it to Sunday in the top 10. He also travelled to Europe with his brothers Jim Plume, Marcel Weasel Head, Calvin “Red” Chief Calf, and Winston Jr Day Chief when they went to Scotland, London and Paris with the St. Mary’s Warriors Basketball team. His love of sports would continue on throughout his lifetime as he was very supportive of the Dust Devil’s softball team. At the 2016 Gina Weasel Head Softball Tournament he won the Fan Award in Memory of his niece Kayleen. He was also a key part in the fundraising efforts for the Gina Memorial Softball Tournaments. He was a big fan of the Calgary Flames and when they would beat the Edmonton Oiler’s he was sure to call his baby sister Puncho to rub it in. Tyrone loved to play hand-games and he was always winning championships. Two notable championships were when he won his sister Marilyn’s 50th Birthday hand-game tournament, and his mothers 80th Birthday hand-game tournament. He travelled all over Canada and the United States playing hand-games with his family and friends. He also had a passion to play pool and travelled to Las Vegas to compete in a tournament. Tyrone was very proud to be a grandfather and was close to his grandson Tad Junior often saying that his daughter, grandson, and son-in-law were “his world.” Tyrone also had a special bond with all his nieces and nephews and always made sure to ask about their future education endeavours and wanted them to achieve their educational goals. Tyrone shared a father/daughter connection with Jolie whom he loved dearly. Tyrone is survived by: Adopted daughter Jolie (Fagan) W.H. Special little-friend Tim “Jr. B.” Bird. God-daughter Tina Eagle Speaker. Brothers: Lance (Jo) Bird, Wade W.H., Jim (Darlene) Plume, Tracy (Beth) Day Chief, Ronnie (Cynthia) Scout, Lester Crow, Mike (Mary) W.H., Charlie (Rhonda) W.H., Marcel (Verda) W.H., Godfrey W.H., John (Debbie) Mcdougall, and Sheldon Wells. Brother in law Charlie Moses. Sisters: Lydia (Emerson) Wells, Arlene (Todd) A.T.M., Edna Bird, Anita (Gary) Bird, Deanna, Donna Plume, Gloria W.H., Carrie W.H., Ernastine W.H., Mary ‘Peewee’ W.H., Bella Day Chief, Doreen Day Rider, and Rose Fox. Sister in laws Jennifer W.H. and Delores Standing Alone. His uncle Pete (Wanda) W.H. and his aunties Theresa, Dianne Plume, and Sylvia W.H. His nieces Monica Black Water, Rochelle and Patti Standing Alone, Joyce Eagle Plume, Daisy Plume, Melanie Pard-Water Chief, Kori Creighton, Katherine W.H., Sherri and Sheila Moses, and Mikki Plume. His nephews Ryan Standing Alone, Jason Eagle Speaker, Kenny W.H., and Keenan Weasel Moccasin. He was predeceased by: his baby boy; Father: Pat Jr. W.H., Mother: Annie Plume/W.H.; Brothers: Fred W.H., David W.H.; Sisters: Loretta E.S., Marlene W.H., Marilyn Moses, Darlene Wells; Nephews: Darci, Lenny, Tim (Roxanne), Murdis E.S.; Nieces: Gina, Kaylene, Joey English; Sister in law: Barbra “Tiny” Creighton; Grandparents: Pat and Paula Weasel Head, Laurie and Minnie Plume; Uncles: Wayne Plume, Dean Plume, Mike Steele, Moses Weasel Head, Frank Weasel Head, Charlie Weasel Head Sr. (Irene), Mike Oka Sr. (Mary Louise); Aunts: Rosie D.R. (Barney), Florence Scout (Wallace), Ione Plume, Albertine Plume, Margret M.B. (Jack), Hellen Mcdougall (Martin), and Theresa Fox. Tyrone had many relatives from the Plume’s, Weasel Head’s, Many Bear’s, Big Throat’s, Oka’s, Steel’s, Scout’s, Day Rider’s, English’s, and Fox’s and he considered them all his brothers and sisters. The family apologizes if we missed anyone.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Tuesday, Nov. 20th from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at White Calf Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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

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