January 24th, 2021

MONDAY, January 27, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 27, 2020.

Jean Bullock
1945 – 2020
Wilma Jean Bullock, beloved wife of the late Ken Bullock, passed away in Taber on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 27, 2020 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Taber Civic Centre, 4720 – 50 Street, Taber on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. A private burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Jean leaves to mourn her two daughters Audrey (Brian) Gavlas of Saskatoon and their children CJ and Parker; Kendra (Richard) Merkl of Taber and their children Mayson, Broc (Jill) and Reese. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law Ken Christensen and Garold (Margaret) Bullock; sisters-in-law Joan Burge, Diane (Leo) Layton and Elaine Wilkes as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Ken Bullock; son Curtis Bullock; mother Ella Burge; sisters Judy Christensen and Donna Hall; brother Bill Burge.
Jean was born in Athabasca living in many locations during her formative years before settling in Taber. She graduated from high school and immediately began her life long career at the Taber Times. She appeared to have worked every job at the Taber Times, starting as a type setter and eventually found her most fulfilling position in advertising. She enjoyed working with the staff and clients so much that even at retirement after forty seven years, she went back and picked up contract work.
Jean loved and promoted the Town of Taber. Through the years in advertising she built a network of relationships with the entire Taber community. Local businesses would see her coming with her clip board and knew they had to pull out their cheque books. They couldn’t say no to Jean. Jean had a tireless commitment to her work and her community. She loved her town and believed that everyone should ‘Shop Local’.
Jean chaired and volunteered for many committees that promoted and enhanced the town. Taber Chamber of Commerce, Corn Fest, Taber Police Commission and Handy Bus are just a few examples of her dedication. She also loved to socialize and belonged to groups such as Toastmasters, TOPS and the local bowling league. Jean was a positive role model in the community which resulted in her being recognized as Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1992 and was honored with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II – Golden Jubilee Medal.
Most importantly was her commitment to her family. She organized and attended all family reunions, all family functions and activities. Jean was also an athlete and loved playing for the Hanzel’s Short Stops. In her later years she took much pleasure in watching her grandchildren on a soccer pitch, ball diamond, volleyball court and hockey rink. You knew she was there by her unique whistle and her hoot and holler.
Jean will be remembered for her competitive card playing, her love of coffee, her infectious laugh and her love for community, family and her loyal friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jean’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Aug. 16, 1946 – Jan. 24, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of RUTH ELZINGA. She left us too soon and will be dearly missed. Ruth had a massive stroke in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 22 and passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

She is mourned by her beloved husband of 55 years, Auke along with daughters, Candice (Shane Connelly) and Dana (Gavin McCaffrey), grandchildren, Bridget, Kierra and Ainsley, sister Faye (Lothian), and her nieces, nephews and their children.

Ruth was predeceased by her loving parents, Leo and Margaret Peters, her sister, Vangie (Heynen) and cousin, Linda (Cohen).

Ruth was born in Coaldale and moved to Lethbridge as a young girl. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School where she was later inducted into their Hall of Fame for her years of service to this community.

She was a vital volunteer with a massive heart and generous spirit. She served as a School Trustee from 1981 to 1986 and as an Executive of the Alberta School Trustee Association (ASTA). Ruth was then elected as an Alderman where she served two terms from 1986 to 1992. Ruth worked extensively with the City of Lethbridge Health Unit and on the National Board of Directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). She was also recognized by the Alberta Human Rights Commission for leadership taken in providing Aboriginal representation on municipal boards, commissions and committees. Following her years on council, Ruth continued her public service on the Regional Health Authority, Health Professionals Advisory Board and many other boards and committees.

Ruth was an active Member of First Baptist Church, serving on the Board of Deacons, and loved the time she spent studying the scriptures with her weekly Bible Group. As a young mother, she enjoyed the friendship of her Sorority Sisters (Beta Sigma Phi) and often spoke of fond memories and good friends.

Ruth was a woman with a deep faith that gave her enormous strength and compassion for others. She touched the lives of all she knew with her kindness, generosity and exuberant personality. A beloved wife, cherished mother, doting grandmother, loving sister and loyal friend, Ruth was a pillar of strength for both her immediate and extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dr. Bruce Martin officiating. A Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to World Vision (donate.worldvision.ca) or Operation Smile (operationsmile.ca/please-give/), charities close to Ruth’s heart.

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JESSICA T. ENTZ, beloved daughter of Thomas and Christina Entz and sister to Madison Entz, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the age of 10 years.

A Funeral Service was held at NEW ELM SPRING COLONY, Magrath, AB, on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Interment followed in the New Elm Spring Colony Cemetery.

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Norman Lloyd Metz

1928 – 2020

Norman Lloyd Metz passed away peacefully and completely lucid at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 20, 2020, after a short period of health challenges.

A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at McKillop United Church, with Reverend Trevor Potter, officiating.

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Carol Ross

1937 – 2020

Mrs. Carol Ross of Lethbridge passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 82 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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It is with deepest sorrow the family of our beloved Charlie Angel Rayne Smith, announce her passing on January 22, 2020, at the age of 19 years old.

She is survived by her mother Clarissa Smith, brother Andrew Bradley, Papa Charlie Schaefer, Nanak Valerie Stefansson, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and nanaks. Charlie was also predeceased by her father Peter Smith, Dadak Willie Stefansson, Grampie & Nana Eric & Cathy Smith.

Friends may meet the family from 1:00 – 1:45pm on Wednesday January 29, 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Copperwood Chapel, 9 Keystone Terrace W. Lethbridge, a memorial service will follow at 2:00pm

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

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