By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 31, 2018.
EIRA PATRICIA MARY ARISMAN (née Dore), beloved wife of Steve Arisman of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the age of 87 years.
Eira is survived by her children: Gayle (Leo) Durand of Lethbridge, Terri (Wayne) Smith of Lethbridge, and Rob Arisman (Barb Linsley) of Dawson Creek; grandchildren Jessica (Ryan) Durand-Kaustinen of Lethbridge, Chelsey Durand of Winnipeg, Ryan Smith (Rio Pisony) of Calgary and Alyssa and Ryan Linsley of Dawson Creek; and great-grandchildren Bransen and Brennan Durand-Kaustinen of Lethbridge. She is also survived by sisters Megan Yanosik and Elinor Carpenter.
Eira was predeceased by her parents John and Eva Dore and brother Ken Dore.
Lethbridge did not know how lucky it was when Eira Patricia-Mary Dore and her family moved here from Swift Current. Starting work at the Lethbridge Research Centre, Eira quickly started making friends in the community. This brought her to the Lethbridge Arena where the handsome right winger, Steve Arisman, caught her eye.
Their romance quickly blossomed off the ice and they were married in 1953. Hockey was always part of their life. Steve and Eira purchased season tickets to the Broncos and have been season ticket holders ever since.
The house was soon filled with the activity of their three children Gayle, Terri, and Rob and her many beloved pets. But when the grandchildren filled the house, Eira came to life. They spent summer outside making forts and blowing soap bubbles and during bad weather, all the grandkids piled into the kitchen to bake and marble eggs.
Eira was incredibly talented. She pressed flowers from her own garden for cards, painted Ukrainian eggs, spent hours crocheting towels and baby blankets and sweaters and whittled intricate wood carvings. She loved spending time in her garden, feeding the blue jays and taking care of her famous petunia tree.
She spent many hours volunteering in the Lethbridge Senior Centre boutique and loved swimming with the ladies at Aquafit each week. She placed great importance in making sure others were taken care of before herself and the entire community will miss her lively presence.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Albert Sayson celebrating.
A Private Family Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
1926 – 2018
Mary (May) Carnegie Balfour was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1925 and grew up in Falkirk, a short distance away. There, she eventually married John Syme and together with their baby son David, immigrated to Canada in August of 1949. They settled in Toronto, Ontario and proceeded to have five more, wonderful sons. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1967 when John was transferred by Molson Breweries.
John passed away in 1984 and six years later, May met and married her second husband, Dr. Sig Balfour. May and Sig spent twenty wonderful years together until Sig passed away in December of 2010. May thoroughly enjoyed her new extended family and was warmly accepted by the Balfour clan.
May was always active in her community, from working at Woodward’s to leading CGIT for years at McKillop United Church. She loved to golf and play bridge, and she was an active member of two coffee groups that met weekly, one of them since 1968, and the other at Macdonald’s that has been getting together for at least sixteen years.
May was always extremely proud of her family and would brag to anyone and everyone about her six boys. As the years progressed and her family grew, she was equally proud of her eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
May is survived by two sisters, Betty and Grace, and one brother Alex, all in Ontario, along with many nieces and nephews there. She also leaves behind her loving children: David (Louise) Syme, Bill (Trish) Syme, Jack (Karen)Syme, Gordon (Marcie) Syme, Stephen Syme, Russell (Ally) Syme, David (Mary) Balfour, Susan Hughes, John (Shelley) Balfour.
At May’s request, there will not be a funeral.
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