January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, March 9, 2019

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 9, 2019.


EILEEN BRENDA CASHMORE, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, with her children by her side.

She is survived by her children Sarah (Jeff Goldie) Cashmore of Edmonton and Simon (Germaine) Cashmore of Calgary. She has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Eileen was predeceased by her husband, Philip.

Eileen was born in Burton upon Trent, England on October 16, 1932. After a bout of tuberculosis which saw her hospitalized for 18 months, she became a nurse. It was while nursing she met her future husband Philip, an orthopaedic surgeon.

They emigrated to Canada in 1965 and spent four years in Hamiota, Manitoba. In 1969 they moved to Lethbridge where they lived the rest of their lives.

Eileen was very active in Lethbridge community theatre and worked on a great number of shows with Lethbridge Playgoers, Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Centre Stage, and the Lethbridge Symphony.

In addition to theatre, Eileen enjoyed fencing, and worked on several political campaigns at the federal, provincial, & municipal levels.

A Celebration of Eileen’s Life will be held at the GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES, 502 – 1 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 5:30 P.M. to 9:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation in Coaldale. Eileen loved to visit and see the birds and was a long-time supporter of the centre. Donations can be made to 2124 – 16 Avenue, Coaldale, AB, T1M 1J8 or online at http://www.burrowingowl.com/support/donate.php and a donation basket will be available at the celebration of life.

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


Following a lengthy battle with cancer, Lottie Margaret Daughton (age 87) passed away at Raymond Health Center on March 06, 2019. She is pre-deceased by her older brother Arthur Jeffs (infant), her younger brother William Jeffs and her husband Charles Robert Daughton.

She is survived by her sister Irene (Ray) Neurauter of Spiritwood, SK her brother Henry (June) Jeffs of Prince Albert, SK; her daughter Irene (Neil) Graves of Mortlach, SK and her sons Donald (Julia) Daughton of Raymond, AB and Robert (Lora) Daughton of Balfour, BC. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren — Gary Graves, David Graves, Jolene (Ivan) Bergerman, Tawnia Daughton, Mandy Daughton, Tiffany Daughton, and Shelby Daughton; and by 7 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

An open house/viewing will be held March 14, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Taylor Street Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 221 N 400 W, Raymond Alberta.

A Graveside service will be held at a later date at the Mortlach, SK cemetery, next to her beloved husband Charles Robert Daughton.

The family would like to publicly thank all those dedicated health-care workers for making Lottie’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible. We would also like to thank her (and our) many friends for their selfless acts of kindness during this difficult period in her life and in ours.

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

Kenneth Firth

1947 – 2019

Mr. Kenneth Firth of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Pat Firth, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the age of 71 years. A Celebration of Ken’s life will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.

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Alberta Havinga

1930 – 2019

Mrs. Alberta Havinga of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Arthur Havinga, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Emma Knoch

1935 – 2019

Mrs. Emma Knoch of Raymond, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Knoch, passed away peacefully at home, on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 83 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00PM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 MCGILL BLVD. WEST, Lethbridge, AB., Pastor Al Litchfield, officiating.

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Daniel “Dan” Edward Lee

1955 – 2019

Sadly we announce the death of Dan Lee of Lethbridge, formerly of Toronto, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the day following a celebration of his 64th birthday.

Dan was much loved by his family of many close friends and long term partner of almost 40 years, Charlene Haley.

He was predeceased by his parents Audrey June Lee and Edward “Ted” Thomas Lee formerly of Toronto.

We are honouring Dan’s wishes that there be no formal service, instead his close friends will gather together in his memory at a later date.

Those who wish, memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to one of his preferred charitable organizations; Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Bird Studies Canada, Alberta Wilderness Association or to the Rainy River Public Library.

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JACK LOWE, husband of Ida Lowe of Cardston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 87 years. Jack is survived by his children Linda (Grant) Warner and Val (Heidi) Lowe. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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


SHANNON MICHELLE MCKEE, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 41 years.

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

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MARIE ANNE MCLAFFERTY, the Original Irish Washerwoman, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a brief illness on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the age of 95 years.

Mom was born in Bellevue, in the Blue Canadian Rockies, on April 22, 1923.

She married Hugh Patrick McLafferty on October 30, 1946. For 65 years, they had a special bond and were forever a team, first living in Bellevue and then moving to Lethbridge in 1955 after the mines closed.

Mom was the perpetual worker bee and, to this day, thinks her retired daughters should have jobs.

Upon her retirement in 1985 from Microtel (Automatic Electric), she and Hugh began a new life in Calgary. They built a beautiful new home with new adventures in mind. They were very active with ballroom dancing, exploring Calgary and following the family in their athletic pursuits, as they were their biggest fans. In 2003, they returned to Lethbridge to be closer to their growing extended family.

After Dad passed away in 2011, Mom – though legally blind – continued to live independently at Martha’s House and participated in the weekly blind bowling league. She was full of energy; she would walk the halls with her pedometer and count the miles. She was always entertaining people with her witty remarks. Everyone has heard her say, “Go straight home and don’t talk to strangers!”

Our “Special Mom and Grandma”, who was so proud of her family, will be forever missed by her daughters: Sheryl Holthe of Lethbridge and Colleen (Grant) Frier of Blairmore; her granddaughters, Kelly (Tom) Mortlock of Medicine Hat and Shannon (Cheyno) Finnie of Lethbridge; her seven great-grandchildren, Marcus, Russell, Nathyn and Jordan Mortlock of Medicine Hat and Marshall, Emmitt and Payton Finnie of Lethbridge.

Mom is also survived by her favourite younger sister, Eileen Jensen of Calgary.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Ron Holthe of Lethbridge, in 2010.

Mom will be forever remembered as a feisty, tiny woman. As she always said, “Good things come in small packages” and she was dynamite!

Mom’s Irish eyes were always smiling

Her death leaves a heartache no one can heal

Her love leaves a memory no one can steal

A special thank-you to the awesome staff on 4C at the Chinook Regional Hospital for the wonderful comforting care and to her new friend, Susan, for the laughter and kindness.

As per Mom’s wishes, there will be a private family gathering.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Southern Alberta (Lethbridge Chapter): #507, 740 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9 or to the Lethbridge Association of the Blind: 2905 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0R2.

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


96 years

March 2, 1922 – February 27, 2019

After a long and full life, MARY MATSUKO NAGO, of Lethbridge, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the age of 96 years.

Mary was born on March 2, 1922 in Drumheller, Alberta to Anno and Kiyo Makishi. She married Mickey Eiro Nago in 1942 and together they raised six daughters. They were married 26 years.

Mary’s faith and worship were very important to her. She was involved in many community activities including the Coaldale Seniors Association, Coaldale Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Lethbridge Nisei Gospel Church, Canadian Japanese Mission, Lethbridge Haig Tower Senior Association, Lethbridge Army and Navy Club and the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen . Prior to moving to Lethbridge, Mary was employed at Coaldale Pharmacy and Gifts. Many will remember her cheerful demeanor and caring ways.

She is survived by her six daughters; Marlene (Greg) McCaughey of Lethbridge, Faye (Joe) Riehle of Batavia, Ohio, Lynda Brassard of Lethbridge, Amy (Hoppy) Unger of Coaldale, Dianne (Sheldon) Gleave of Langley, B.C., Luanne (Allan) McCray of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., niece Dawn Makishi of Calgary and niece-in-law Christel Makishi of Lethbridge. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren; Derek McCaughey, Shannon Wobschall, Joanna Weingartner, Stefanie Riehle, Denise Nachtigal, Trevor Inaba, Cara Inaba, Renae Giles Way, Christine Gleave, Jacqueline Gleave, Kimberly Gleave and Stephen McCray, and 18 great-grandchildren; Emily and Lillian McCaughey, Maggie, Jane and Anne Wobschall, William Weingartner, Penelope Schneider Riehle, Isabel, Kaori and Evan Nachtigal, Dani and Kwynton Giles, Kieran and Ryland Inaba, Zoe and Ember Cheung, Raiden Villanueva and Jaxon Dewinetz.

Mary is predeceased by her husband Mickey, brother Ted, sister-in-law Susie, nephew Rod and parents Anno and Kiyo Makishi.

A Private Family Graveside will be held prior to the Memorial Service.

A Memorial Service will be held at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE, 1805 – 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, gifts are gratefully accepted to Mary’s church: Faith Baptist Church, c/o 30 Pensacola Court West, Lethbridge, AB T1K 4R6 or to L’Arche Lethbridge (granddaughter Cara’s group home), 240 – 12C Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2E8.

I Needed the Quiet

I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.

Into the shadows where we could confide.

Away from the bustle where all the day long

I hurried and worried when active and strong.

I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled

But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld

And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things

Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings

To heights never dreamed of when active and gay.

He loved me so greatly He drew me away.

I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,

But a beautiful valley of blessings instead –

A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.

I needed the quiet so He drew me aside.

By Alice Hansche Mortenson

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RUTH (BENNETT) POTTS, beloved wife of the late James Potts, Jr., passed away in Taber, AB on March 2, 2019 at the age of 90 years.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband, James Potts Jr., her parents Mary Walker and William Alvin Bennett; five brothers Clifford (Edna) Bennett, William (Patricia) Bennett, Dennis (Vera) Bennett, Jim (Dolores) Bennett, Ray (Dorothy) Bennett, and one sister Lila (Reuben) Huber. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Alberta Stake Center, (4709 50 Ave) Taber, on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 11:00 am.

Friends may meet the family from 10:00 am to 10:45 am prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Taber Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the management and staff of the Linden View Nursing Home in Taber for their care and support.

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

Annie Shimek

1925 – 2019

Mrs. Annie Shimek of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, just days after a quiet celebration of her 94th birthday.

Jerry and Carol invite family and friends to a Memorial Service honouring their mother at 1:00PM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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GEORGE THOMSON, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at Lethbridge Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Burrows) and loving father of Nicole (James), Mike (Stacy), and Elly. Dear Grandfather of Kaleb, Onyx, Tyson, Katana, Mason, Taylor, Desirea, Ethan & Seth. Predeceased by his parents Edward & Audrey. George will be missed by his brothers Bill (Bev) and Jim (Linda).

He was a valued 25-year employee of Eatons Vancouver, and in his youth was an avid cyclist and racer. George spent his retirement years in Magrath and enjoyed working on tuning up bikes in the community. A funeral service and reception will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 21 East 1st Ave S, in Magrath on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11 am. Cremation & private family graveside service at a later date.

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


God called David home because he needed him to fix something.

DAVID WAYNE VAN LUYK, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 51 years.

He is survived by his beloved parents, Jacob & Maria Van Luyk; his sisters, Cheryl Van Luyk and Anita (Tony) Van Ee; his niece and nephews, Tony Jr., Eric and Kristie Van Ee, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Tekla & John Melnyk and Jean & Peter Van Luyk.

David was a quiet, gentle and hardworking soul who was always riding his bike in the coulees or golfing in the greens. He was a man of many talents who loved to help everyone. He will be immensely missed by everyone who loved him.

A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9.

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March 20, 1931 – February 8, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of CHARLES DONALD WILSON on Tuesday, February 8. He is survived by his three sons Darrell of New York and Ed and Kevin, both of Lethbridge. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Colleen Hazel Wilson their son Craig.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1912 – 10th Avenue South, Lethbridge.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. prior to the service.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

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