January 22nd, 2021

MONDAY, April 6, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 6, 2020.


Gregory Jay Binning, of Tsawwassen, B.C. – oldest son of Bill & Rita Binning (both deceased) passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020. Born August 6, 1950 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Older brother to Jackie (Don) Mehalko, Kent (Lesia) Binning and Leonard (Debra) Binning.

He is survived by his loving soul mate Diane Bell, and his children Nicole (Rob) and Robert Binning along with his beautiful granddaughter Sunny.


JOSEPHINE CURLY RIDER, beloved wife of Jack Curly Rider Jr, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital at the age of 71 years old. Josephine was born August 15,1948 at the Blood Indian Hospital to the late Alfred & Maggie Eagle Plume. Josephine was a very loving person to each and everyone and loved to be around family and loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Josephine and Jack were foster parents for forty years and throughout their time together they have raised numerous children in their loving home and still to this day they remain a part of their lives. Josephine was very fortunate to be raised by loving parents and they supported her at an early age when Josephine participated in various sports such as rodeo where she competed in ladies barrel racing and was a part of the Canadian Rodeo Cowgirls Association in 1966. At that time and era she was able to compete with her other siblings Louise, Margaret and the late Catherine Red Crow and also the late Carrie(Maryalice) Eagle Plume. Josephine and Jack have been together for 53 years beginning in 1967 and were married in 1977 since then they have worked for the Lord for 45 years. Josephine along with Jack have hosted yearly camp meetings and supporting local camp meetings and have shared their knowledge of the Lord with family and the community of the Blood Reserve in hosting their own Christian service in the community of Little Chicago. In addition, Josephine supported her loving husband Jack in his pastoral duties in various parts of Canada and United States, places such as Montana, Arizona, Texas, Washington, New Mexico and Colorado to name a few including parts of Western Canada. Josephine also taught herself to play piano and 12 string guitar and utilized her talents at church services and at various camp meetings that they were invited to teach the word of our Lord. Josephine was employed with Kainai Arts and Crafts in the 1970s and 1980s under the tutelage of Joyce Bruised Head/Little Moustache. She was also employed with Cardston/Magrath shirt company. Josephine and Jack became members of the Blood Reserve School Bus Coop and she became the sole driver of K10 for 25 years and she was well received by her precious students and the teachers of TMS and KHS. Schooling: St. Mary’s Residential School, – Glenhill Jr. High School 1966 – Day School. She leaves to mourn her loving husband Jack Curly Rider Jr. and her loving children Steven (Deedrie), Marilyn (Darcy), and Charity (Tawan) and their grandchildren; Denica (Jesse), Denzel (Morgan), Cale, Ashton, Zoe, Mackenzie, Skylar, Josiah, Elisha, Elijah, Marla, Marnie, Pias Tore, Anashe Tore, Great Grandchildren; Shooter, Lorrenzo, Ezra, Annika, Jada, Harley; Sisters: Louise E.P, Margaret (Joe) Knife, Joanne (Philip), sister-in-laws Bernadette, Beatrice (Dan); brother-in-laws Martin (Judy), Stephan; Nieces & Nephews: Pamela E.P, Wanda (Andrew) Day Chief, Deanna (Kelly) Day Chief, Monica (Robert) Beebe, Joseph (Reesa) E.P, Kevin (Chelsea) E.P, Terry, Kenny (Sherry), Leanne (Medric), Heather (Byron) Crying Head, Merlin (Lorna), Joyce (Donald), Joey, YvetteRed Crow, Miranda (Allen), Juanita, Marlene, Darlene, Elroy Eagle Plume, Sandra, Karen, Aileen, Ann-Marie, Robin CatFace. Extended children; Joyce GVB, Richard, KJ Vielle, Byron Austin, Grant, Stacey, Kaitlynn, Josie, Tessie Crying head, Albertine, Nelley Black Plume, Ryan Bird, Kirk, Leann Crow Eagle, Felicia Little Shields, Sierra, Alyssa, Zoey Blood, Ashley Heavy Runner, Jaquelynn Stabsdown, Jessica Good Dagger, Chelsea Knife/ Mountain Horse. Special Friends: Rhonda Weasel Head, Jaime White Quills, Maxine Good Striker, Judy Fox, Rose Mary Chief Moon. Josephine had numerous friends, we apologize if we have missed any however; we will list in Honorary. Josephine was pre-deceased by her Parents Alfred & Maggie Eagle Plume; Brothers Alex, Joe, Herman, Patrick, Morris; Sisters, Rose-Mary, Carrie (Mary-Alice), Catherine; Niece & Nephews; Freddy, Dexter, Daryl, Wesley EP, Jimmy RC III, Calvin CF, Albert BP,Christian Knife,Vivian Cat Face; Uncles, Chief Jim Shot Both Sides, Harry Spear Chief, all from the Blood Reserve. Additional Family include the Across the Mountain, Bare Shin Bone, Long Time Squirrel, Wolf Child, Wadsworth, Shot Both Sides, Spear Chief, and Plain Woman families.

A Private Family Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:00 am with a private viewing from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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Dixie Jones

1951 – 2020

Mrs. Dixie Jones of Warner, beloved wife of Mr. Bob Jones, passed away at Milk River Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Neal Lemley

1947 – 2020

Mr. Neal Lemley of Coalhurst, beloved husband of Mrs. Cindy Lemley, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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Ronald “Ron” Weed

1939 – 2020

Mr. Ron Clark Weed of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved husband of Mrs. Laurel Weed passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the age of 80 years. Ron is survived by his wife Laurel of 44 years; sons Craig of Calgary, Darren (Heather); grandchildren Norah, Jackson and Charlie of Lethbridge; sister Donna (Ernie) Pelat of Regina; uncle Lyal Weed of Rockglen, Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins from across western Canada. Ron was born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan in Killdeer and later Rockglen. As a young boy baseball was his passion. Healthy competition and the excitement of a fair game remained a solid part of Ron’s makeup and served him well as he navigated through life. Family ties were strong and as a result he developed a quiet strength of his own and stood behind others unconditionally when support was needed. In 1965, Ron started his business career of 33 years with Barber Ellis (later becoming Unisource Fine Papers) in Regina. In the seventies, Ron became the GM and was instrumental in building a new office/warehouse in the city. There he stayed until he accepted a position as VP of the Prairie Division and transferred to Calgary where he retired in 1998. A business man through and through he continued to work in Calgary’s Real Estate Market until 2009 at which time he realized that work was interfering with his pleasure of travelling south so he and Laurel packed their bags and spent some winters in the Arizona sun. Ron’s greatest happiness was spending time with his family and particularly his sons and later his grandchildren. He spent many years coaching baseball and attending hockey games. Hours spent on golf courses developed and cemented friendships he treasured. Throughout his life, Ron cared for his family with devotion and love. He will be missed greatly by those who had the pleasure of knowing his kindness and integrity. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at a later date and friends and family will be notified at that time. Donations in Ron’s memory will be gratefully accepted by the Alzheimer’s Society of Lethbridge, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3. Laurel, Craig, Darren and Heather wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge, for the care they gave Ron during his time there.

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JIM (JAMES DEAN) WOOD, beloved husband of the late Jeri Wood, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

He is survived by his brothers Kay (Mary), Kent (Pat), Bob (Faith), and pre-deceased by his sister Carol (Bernie) Jensen.

Jim will be dearly missed by his 2 children Cheryl (Bob) Bullock and Kenney (Julie) Wood and his 10 grandchildren and 21 great- grandchildren.

Jim was born November 27, 1932 in Cardston, Alberta to Forest and Eda Wood.

Jim spent his childhood in Cardston surrounded by lots of cousins and friends. He loved animals and enjoyed riding horses and tolerated milking cows. He played on many sports teams with basketball and baseball being his favorites and this love of sports carried through his entire life.

After high school, Jim served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States mission, when he returned, he attended Utah State University and BYU where he earned his degree in Animal Husbandry, specializing in Bacteriology.

In 1959, he met Jeri Kenney on a blind date and they were married later that year on September 18, 1959 in the Cardston Alberta Temple.

One year later their daughter Cheryl Lynn was born and then 3 years later, a son, James Kenney. Jim worked at the Provincial Veterinary Lab in Edmonton and then in 1965 was transferred to Lethbridge where they lived in the same home for 53 years.

His love of sports lead him to coaching, with some of his favorites being Little League baseball, seniors men’s slow pitch, various basketball teams and special one on one coaching with his grandchildren.

He also developed a passion for refereeing – he was a well-respected referee in both the High School and University scenes. Of course, people may not have always agreed with his calls, but they always trusted that he would be impartial and fair. In the 70’s he was recognized for his contributions to the sporting community and was awarded Sportsman of the Year.

After 30 plus years he finally hung up his whistle, but still found another way to be at the ball games. He volunteered to run the score table at the Lethbridge College basketball games for over 20 years. He loved being able to continue to rub shoulders with the coaches, players and referees.

Jim served faithfully in many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of his most cherished callings was serving as a Bishop of a single adult ward. He and his wife Jeri also served together in the Cardston Temple for over 10 years.

“Gump” as his grandchildren affectionately called him and as everyone else came to know him by, was a permanent fixture at any event that his grandchildren were involved in. He became the adopted ‘Gump’ to many of their team mates and friends, he loved to cheer them on – on the court and in their personal lives.

Even though we will all miss him very much, we take comfort in knowing that he is back with his ‘team mate’ – Jim & Jeri, Gammy & Gump, are together again.

A family Graveside Service will be held at the Cardston Cemetery. Future gathering for extended family and friends to be announced.

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