January 16th, 2021

SATURDAY, June 20, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 20, 2020.

Thomas “Tom” Amatto

1962 – 2020

Mr. Tom Amatto of Lethbridge passed away suddenly in Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at the age of 57 years.

Tom was born in Nelson, B.C. and his heart was always in the Kootenay’s, even though he lived in Alberta for many years.

For many years Tom was a very talented Auto Body Mechanic and painter, and he loved to restore and deck out classic cars. He was thrilled when he opened his own shop in Kaslo, B.C, called Mel n Joes modefatorium, which was always a dream for him.

Tom’s humour was sharp and quick witted, and he loved to share this with all his friends and family. Football and sports were a passion for Tom, and you could always catch him in front of a game. He was most proud of his daughter and his grandchildren, and he loved to visit them whenever he could.

Tom is survived by his Daughter, Jaime (Greg) Bratland of Okotoks, AB and their children Jack and Georgia; his sister, and Geri (Glen) Pottinger of Lethbridge and their son Josh.

Tom was predeceased by his parent’s Mel and Joe Amatto.

Tom will be greatly missed by numerous friends, as he was always so good to stay in touch with so many.

A “Celebration of Life” will take place at #104 Foxhollow Bay, Lethbridge County between 1:00 and 3:00pm on Saturday June 20th; a day affectionately known as “Tom’s Day” by his family.

Interment will take place at a later date this summer in the family plot, in the cemetery in Nelson, B.C.

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Eldonna Blenkin

1944 – 2020

Eldonna Blenkin of Coaldale, formerly of Carrot River, Saskatchewan, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the age of 75 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Bernard “Byrnie” Bodnaruk

1946 – 2020

Mr. Bernard “Byrnie” Bodnaruk of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Angela Bodnaruk, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

Besides his loving wife, Angela, Byrnie is survived by 1 daughter, Shannon (Richard) Styra; 1 son, Scott Bodnaruk; grandchildren, Tia Bodnaruk and Luke Styra, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Byrnie was predeceased by his son, Michael Bodnaruk.

Byrnie was laid to rest at the Royal View Cemetery.

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Rosemary “Rose” Brau

1963 – 2020

Rosemary Brau, our beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully after a brave battle against ovarian cancer on Monday, June 16, 2020 at Chinook Regional Hospital. At the young age of 57, she is gone too soon.

Rose is survived by her mother Eva Brau of Shaughnessy; fiancé Brian Tokai; sons Brandon (Caitlin) Silsbe, Matthew (Mindi Forsyth) Silsbe; granddaughters Della and Nora Silsbe; brothers Hans (Barb), Bernard (Theresa), Michael (Colleen), Peter; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Hans Brau Sr., her brother Richard Brau, and niece Beverly Brau.

Rose was born in Lethbridge on January 22, 1963 to Eva and Hans Brau, and was the only girl among six children. Rose grew up tough and strong from the start, surrounded by her five brothers. She spoke often of helping her mom in the garden, stirring the sauerkraut pot in the basement, and other fun small-town times growing up in Shaughnessy.

Rose married Barton Silsbe and they had two sons together, Brandon and Matthew. They raised their boys in Picture Butte, and although their marriage came to a close, Rose and Barty remained friends, and loved watching their boys grow into men, creating lives and families of their own.

Rose worked at the University of Lethbridge cafeteria for a number of years, before working in Picture Butte at Dorothy Dalgliesh School as their head custodian. Rose loved working at the school and continued to volunteer there as a teacher’s aide throughout her cancer treatments. She was always telling stories of students and what mischief she herself got into, particularly in the grade four class. Rose loved children. Especially her grandbabies. To say she was a spoiling grandma is an understatement. Della and Nora were her pride and joy, and we wish she had longer than 3 years and 9 months with her special little ‘peanuts’.

Rose and Brian Tokai struck up relationship that lasted for over 15 years. She became a welcome addition to the Tokai family. Their love and bond was something that could not be broken, and they shared many happy years together; camping, watching football (Rose cheering on the Patriots while Brian cheered the Steelers), going to Bully’s with friends, playing football picks around town, and happily sharing their lives together with their dogs Molly and Bandit.

Rose loved vacations, especially ones taken with her besties Lori and Rena. She was planning on taking a trip with her family, before her latest cancer relapse. To say Rose was a fighter does not do justice for how brave and courageously she battled cancer. She was so strong, to the very end.

A private family service will be held on June 27, 2020 at Mountain View Cemetery, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, Memorial Donations may be made to Dorothy Dalgliesh School, P.O. Box 370, Picture Butte, AB, T0K 1V0, towards their school wide Nutrition Program and/or their school wide Field Trip fund on Rose’s behalf.

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Craig Brezina

1966 – 2020

Mr. Craig Brezina of Lethbridge, beloved father to Matthew and Randall, passed away suddenly in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the age of 54 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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TESSIE GERALDINE JOY CRYING HEAD-EAGLE PLUME, beloved daughter of Joel Eagle Plume and the late Marilyn Crying Head, mother to Tamiika, passed away on June 14, 2020 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 22 years. A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, June 23rd from 4:00 – 8:00 pm continuing all night at Joel Eagle Plume’s residence. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 24th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 am with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery.

To WATCH the service Online or to send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


Robert “Bob” George Edwards, formerly of Stirling, beloved husband of Lynne Edwards, passed away in Raymond on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stirling, Alberta on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.

Friends may meet the family at the Stirling Chapel, Stirling AB, on Monday, June 22nd from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For the LIVESTREAMING link, visit our website at http://www.generationsfh.ca, click on the online obituary for Robert Edwards, then click on the link provided at the bottom.

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Janet Fleming

1940 – 2020

Mrs. Janet Fleming of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Alex Fleming and mother to Stuart and Andrew, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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WILLIAM “BILL” FREDRICK, beloved husband of the late Sharon Fredrick, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Bill was born July 27th, 1936, the fourth of 13 children born to Rosalia Anne (nee Balog) and Henry William Friedrich.

Bill and Sharon were married January 16th, 1960, and initially lived in Coutts, AB. Bill and Sharon owned and operated Turtle Express Trucking, and Bill was a great driver. He always had stories to tell about where, who and what he delivered and how good his driving skills were. After selling their company, Bill continued to drive for FCL until health issues forced an early retirement.

Together, Bill and Sharon had two beautiful daughters, Penny (Larry) Elford and Susan (Michael) Fedoruk, and from Bill’s good stock came many grandchildren, GREAT ones too. Casey (Chris) Morris, Nikki (Bren) Demers, and Travis (Chloe); followed by Kyra, Matthew and Logan. Then came the great-grandchildren, which were even more delightful than the first round, and brought an extra spark back into Grandpa’s eye – Newton & Molly Morris, Seth Elford and Damien Demers.

Bill grew up in the wild of the prairies, and was an avid horseman. Bill fished and hunted. He also loved watching hockey (the Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs) and going skating. Some of Bill’s favorites were Sharon’s cooking and baking, puttering in the garage and sharing his sometimes tall tales with friends and family. He spent a lot of time with all his grandkids, teaching us to skate, play pool, shoot a puck, catch and throw a ball, shoot marbles and enjoy fresh picked peas and strawberries. More recently, he loved watching the great-grandkids play and learn. Even in these last few months, he was still up for a rambunctious game of catch or slowly driving trucks with the little ones.

Since the passing of Sharon, Bill missed her every day. He did learn to manage on his own, even doing laundry, but it just wasn’t the same. After his heart attack in November 2019, Dad was very strong and courageous, and we were lucky to have had this extra time with him.

Bill was predeceased by his wife Sharon (2015), his parents, brother Lloyd (2010), Norman (2017) and Ralph (2020).

Left behind to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his siblings Melford (Emma), Verl (Donna), Selby (Sylvia), Lesley (Doug), Teresa, Lorne (Shannon), Jamie, Carol, Debbie (Dennis); his children, grand and great grandchildren, and numerous nieces & nephews. Also, special friends Bill Dalton and Dan Kordikowski, who were very dear and very good to Bill.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

Following the service, Bill will be laid to rest with his beloved wife in Mountain View Cemetery.

For those who wish to attend, the family kindly asks that you RSVP to Cornerstone at 403-381-7777 or care@cornerstonefh.ca in order to properly adhere to the ongoing gathering restrictions in place.

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ANITA GAMBLER, passed away in Calgary, AB on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 54 years.

A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd from 9:30 – 11:00 with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time, must be willing to wear a mask).

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June 11, 1924 – June 14, 2020

Mrs. Isobel Paterson of Lethbridge, beloved wife of George Paterson, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 14, 2020 at the age of 96 years.

Isobel was born and raised in Pope, Manitoba. She achieved her Registered Nursing degree at the Dauphin General Hospital in 1947. Isobel and George moved to begin farming west of Rimbey, Alberta in 1954.

Isobel began nursing at the Rimbey General Hospital in 1962 and later became the Director of Nursing. Helping others was Isobel’s true calling in life, and she loved everything about her nursing career.

After George passed away in 1992, Isobel moved to Lethbridge, Alberta to be closer to her family. She made many new friends in Lethbridge, but she really enjoyed any opportunity to get together with her family, particularly the grandchildren.

Isobel is survived by her son Brent (Helene Chiasson) Paterson, two granddaughters Kathy (Tim) Grabowski and Collette (Michael) Daughtery, two grandsons Kyle (Kali) Paterson and Daryl (Dawn) Paterson, plus ten great grandchildren.

Isobel was predeceased by her sons Lyle (Val) and Raymond (Carol) Paterson.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Lethbridge Extendicare Fairmont Park for their wonderful care of Isobel during her final days.

A celebration of Isobel’s life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If you would like to make a donation in Isobel’s name to your local Food Bank, that would be very much appreciated.

Arnold E. Johnson

1931 – 2020

Mr. Arnold E. Johnson formerly of Foremost, passed away at Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Arnold was born on January 8, 1931 in Joplin, Montana, USA. He and his brother, Berger, farmed North of Joplin, Montana on the family farm. In 1963 they bought land in the Hoping area.

Arnold moved his family to Canada in 1964, where he then farmed until 1995. In 1977, he bought a house in Foremost. He loved woodworking and visiting with his coffee group in Foremost. Arnold also loved spending time in his garden and was well known for his gladiolas. Recently, he moved to Milk River Prairie Rose Lodge, where he resided until he passed away.

He is survived by his children, Colleen (Boyd) Bianchi, Steffen (Sandi) Johnson, Kristine (Steve) Yanke, and Aaron (Barry) Johnson; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister, Arlene Anderson of Conrad, Montana; and many nieces and nephews in the USA.

He was predeceased by his father, mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

A private Family Service will be held.

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Ruth Lee

1924 – 2020

Mrs. Ruth Lee of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Harvey Lee, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the age of 95 years.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Carol Miller

1937 – 2020

Mrs. CAROL ANN MILLER of Coaldale, beloved wife of Elwin P. (Sonny) Miller, passed away peacefully on Friday June 12, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

Carol was born in Lethbridge, raised in Chin and attended school at Readymade. It is there she met her high school sweetheart Sonny and they were married July 20, 1957. They went on to farm in the Readymade area for the next 60 years. Carol was a wonderful mother & grandmother, a good cook & homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and helping out on the farm where she prepared many harvest time meals. She also enjoyed many years at a second home in Whitefish, MT where she loved to ski, golf and entertain family & friends. Lots of memories were made there. She enjoyed many ski trips and traveled to different places with several winters spent in Arizona and Nevada. She enjoyed people, had a good sense of humor and was always up for a coffee, tea, or happy hour & especially a visit. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Besides her loving husband Sonny, Carol is survived by her son Boyd (Donna) Miller and daughter Rayma (Buddy) Flint, three grandsons Logan Miller, Derek Flint and Dylan Miller, and one sister Shirley Ober.

Carol was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and May Sprinkle, one brother, Earl Sprinkle, one sister-in-law Sheila Sprinkle and one brother-in-law Doug Ober.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, especially 4C and the 5th floor, as well as Coaldale LTC for the comfort and care of Carol. And a very big thank you to Char Friessen, Carol’s home health nurse, for stepping us through this journey. Going above and beyond and allowing Carol to live life her own way.

A private service will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020. A celebration of Carol’s Life will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s name may be made to Parkinson’s Canada, https://www.parkinson.ca/getinvolved/waystogive/

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Jeanette Powell
1921 – 2020
 Jeanette Lois Powell (nee Carley), beloved wife of the late Mike Powell, passed away peacefully in Taber on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the age of 99 years.
  Her family gathered privately at Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 19, 2020 to celebrate Jeanette’s life of 99 years and to share cherished memories with each other. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Jeanette was born on April 1, 1921 to Mary Francis and William Frederick Carley in Oronoco, Minnesota. When Jeanette was eleven, her family immigrated to Canada to settle on the Carley farm in the Wadena district south of Taber. She attended the Wadena District School until she finished grade ten at the age of fifteen. That was the highest grade offered at that school. When Jeanette was eighteen her big event of the week was going to town on Saturday night. She met Michael Powell and he knew right away that she was the love of his life. Michael wanted to spend the rest of his life with Jeanette. They were engaged for seven months and on March 1, 1941 they were united in marriage. Together they had three children Judith, Patricia and David.  The family grew to add eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild along with numerous spouses.
 Jeanette was predeceased by her husband of almost sixty five years Michael Powell; daughter Patricia Powell; parents William and Mary Carley; brother Lyle Carley and sister-in-law Hazel Carley.
 One of Jeanette’s most happy events in her life occurred on June 15, 1976 when she became a Canadian citizen. She was fifty five years old at the time and remained a proud Canadian throughout the rest of her life.
 Jeanette loved her home, her garden, crafting and learning new things. She spent precious time with her family and had so much love to give to each and every one of them. Her memories and values will live forever in their hearts.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


WILLIAM “ROGER” RIIS, beloved husband of Judy Plunkie, of Coalhurst, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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FRANCIS “Sik imoh kiitopi”

(Black Horse Rider) SCOUT

FRANCIS SCOUT, beloved husband of Evelyn Scout was called to the creator at the age of 78, on Friday June 12th 2020 in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Francis is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn of 56 years, his daughters Kirtsy Scout, Lori (Darren) Scout, and Tatum (Blaise) Bastien. His grandchildren; Frank Jr. (Sharlee), Craig, Riley, Theoren, Mikaela, Trenedy, Sharmayne. Phoenix, Raegan, Marlo, and Ronin. Great grandchildren; Rhyle and Piper Rue. His brothers and sisters Lucius (Pam) Wadsworth, Stan (Joanne) Scout, Roy (Nora) Scout, Elizabeth Scout, Kathleen McHugh, Christine (Ray) Vaivada. Rosie Many Grey Horses, Sister and brother in-laws Clara Healy, Gilbert (Velma) Eagle Bear, Audrey Eagle Bear, Marsha (Merlin) Provost, and Anita (Randy) Eagle Bear.

Francis attended the St. Mary’s Residential School on the Blood Indian Reservation, Francis also studied Agricultural Management at Olds College in Central Alberta. Francis enjoyed working around his community over the years, he spent time in Fort Macleod working at both the Plywood Factory and the American Hotel as a bartender. From there he attended the Lethbridge Community College and studied in the Business Administration program. Francis was successful at everything he tried his hand at, but his real enjoyment in life was his rodeo career as a team roper. Francis enjoyed roping with everyone that he roped with, he especially enjoyed roping with his late son Frankie. In 1990 Francis began his career at the Blood Tribe Fire Hall in Standoff, Alberta where he worked proudly as an EMT and Ambulance driver until his retirement in 2011. Francis also worked for the Blood Tribe as a Ranch manager overseeing both the Band Ranch and the Maataak Farm. His love for Ranching and Rodeo continued throughout his life as he continued to run cattle with his family until his passing. He was also a member of the Blood Reserve Land Dispute Panel until his passing. Francis and his wife would be easy to find at Pow Wows and gatherings visiting with friends and family, or at the many rodeos they attended watching their grandson Frank Jr roping. His love for his family was always present at gatherings and celebrations he was always there showing his support and love with his stories and laughter, he enjoyed the company of his friends as well and always looking to make new friends wherever he went. He was very proud of his children and enjoyed talking about them as well as all his grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the joy in his life. Francis was a library of history and stories of his community and enjoyed sharing them whenever he could. His presence will be greatly missed as he was a positive role model to his family and his community.

Francis is predeceased by his late son Frank Scout, his parents Frank Scout and Myrtle (Blackwater). Great grandfather Bob Tailchief and his wife Issikamosaki, grandparents Helen and Henry Blackwater, Mary Blackwater, siblings Melvin Wadsworth, Joe Scout, Keivan Scout, twins Jane Scout, and Genevieve Scout.

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, Alberta on Sunday, June 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Monday, June 22nd from 9:30 – 11:00 with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am.(Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time, must be willing to wear a mask).

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JUSTIN SHADE, beloved husband of the late Gloria Carrie Shade, passed away near Stand Off, AB on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the age of 68 years.

A Candle Light Vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the north end – (Justin Shade’s Residence).

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, June 24th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held on Thursday, June 25th, from 9:30 – 11:00 with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions a limited number will be allowed into the service at a time.)

To WATCH the Service online or send condolences, please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

James “Jim” George Spenceley

1934 – 2020

On Tuesday evening, June 16th, surrounded by his loving family, Jim Spenceley slipped away peacefully at home after a long battle with dementia. His family takes great comfort in knowing that Jim lived life to the fullest, always.

Jim was born on December 30th, 1934 in Pembroke Ontario. Jimmy was a smaller kid but made up for his diminutive stature with energy and wit. School bullies would stay clear of him; he could hold his own in any scuffle. And if that failed, he always had his big sister Mary to back him up.

Jim was always the entertainer. He could tell a joke better than most, and if you looked around a room for him, you just needed to find the group of people laughing the loudest. He loved traveling with his soulmate and best friend Lynda—especially when they celebrated the birthday they shared: December 30th. This celebration was often in the company of family on the slopes in Whitefish Montana, where he could mostly keep up with sons Rob and Bill, on even the steepest terrain.

Jim was also an avid train buff, spending many hours watching trains with his grandson Ted, and building the most detailed model trains—the ‘train room’ at the Spenceley home featured a scale model of the Orient Express (and he and Lynda traveled on the real Orient Express in one of their many trips together). A talented musician, Jim was accomplished on the piano. In his younger days when his kids were small, he and his pals would jam in the basement, keeping Bill and younger sister Susan awake til the wee hours! This talent stayed with Jim even when he had lost so much. He was playing his famous ‘boogie woogie’ and Christmas carols for family and friends as recently as this past Christmas.

Jim was a plastics engineer and developed his skills in the lab at Union Carbide and DuPont Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In 1973, a move out to Lethbridge landed him an opportunity–a new job as manager of product development with a young company called Flexahopper Ltd. Only a few years later he would become a shareholder and he continued to grow and diversify the business into an international company serving sizable export markets. In 1986 he and his oldest son Bill bought out the remaining shareholders and changed the name to Flexahopper Plastics Ltd., and a proud family business was born. He traveled a great deal for business, and participated in trade missions to Ukraine, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Jim retired in 1995, and he and Lynda were then able to enjoy the colder months in Southern California playing golf and entertaining friends. Jim and “the Bandits” enjoyed many rounds of golf at PGA West, and he did the same here in the summers, with his hometown buddies at the Lethbridge Country Club.

Jim was pre-deceased by his parents Ted and Janet Spenceley, and sadly, his son Rob Spenceley in 2018. Missing his sparkly blue eyes and laugh are his loving wife Lynda Spenceley; son Bill (Shannon) Spenceley; daughter Susan (Jim) Langdon; grandchildren Eric and Alexandra Cattoni, Ted Spenceley, Spencer (Meg Jones) Langdon, Byrdgess (Chris) Barbiero; great grand-children Brooklyn, Rowyn, and Rayne; Jim’s sister Mary (Ross) Lockwood; brother in-law Frank Kyselka; sister in-law Trudy (Jack) Solomon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In compliance with public health directives, Jim’s family is planning a Celebration of Life later this year.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honour Jim’s memory are encouraged to donate in his name to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation: http://www.crhfoundation.ca

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Our beloved DESIREE ZOE ANN STABS DOWN, 37, died Friday (June 12, 2020), in Lethbridge, Alberta. While her death was unexpected, Desiree suffered from addictions. Sadly our worst fear of her addiction has claimed her life. She was born April 4, 1983 in St. Michael’s Hospital Lethbridge Alberta daughter of Leona Stabs Down and the late Edward Patrick Healy. She was mother of two daughter’s. Her oldest Peyton Sancia Joy Stabs Down – Iron Shirt, (recently deceased at fourteen years old) and her twenty-eight months old baby Fallon Riley Stabs Down.

Zoe loved her family, but more than anyone else, she loved her daughters Peyton and Fallon. She transformed her life whenever she could to mother her daughters even though there were circumstances with her addiction that would dominate the rest of her life. She loved music, enjoyed food especially her mother’s home cooking. Zoe was adored as a daughter, sister, cousin, friend and mother. Her mom’s pride and joy always encouraging her to better herself unfortunately she made the wrong choices during the last 13 years that brought her to places of incredible darkness which led to her unfortunate departure. Now she will be with her beloved daughter Peyton and father Tinyman she missed both so dearly. Zoe will no longer endure the harm brought on her the last 13 years she struggled with it and Zoe needed and deserved our empathy. Leona will sadly miss her beautiful daughter, her delightful smile, and the other attributes of Zoe were being a considerate person, caring, respectful, courteous and understanding of everyone she met and bonded with. Life will surely not be the same without our Zoe!

Zoe was a petite young lady with a big heart and smile that always lighten up a gloomy day. She had beautiful brown eyes and had brunette hair and sometimes had black hair, a great mom and a wonderful person. Because Zoe was warm, fearless, and resilient, she could and would talk to anyone, whether young or old. Her mom often told her, “Don’t be too friendly, especially to guys who may take your friendliness the wrong way”. When they did. We take comfort in knowing that Zoe is surrounded by light, free from the struggle that haunted her. Our family is saddened to the core by her loss.

Her youth years of education were at various schools where she lived on and off the Blood Reserve when her family moved to Edmonton, then Calgary, eventually to Fort Macleod, and finally at Lethbridge Community College. Also in her teen years she enjoyed playing the game of basketball. With her extroverted personality she was a successful employee at Igloo Drive-In, Scarlet & Gold Restaurant, and Blood Tribe Potato Farms, Carpentry finisher/detailer, also served at The Commissary (Calgary Stampede), Grey Eagle Casino and Peace Hill Trust in Calgary as a Representative/Clerk.

Those left to cherish her memories include her mother Leona, daughter Fallon, her older sister Susan Leigh Stabs Down (Franklin P.B.), her beloved nephew Darian (Allison Cayanne) Stabs Down, nieces Madison, Nicole, Aseyla, Astrasia; Uncles Harry and Billy; Aunties Nora, Evelyn (Hank), Lena (Newton) Bull Shields, Myrna, and Isabel Healy. Desiree will also be remembered by many beautiful cousins and extended family and numerous friends. Other Uncle Dexter Healy and Aunt Joyce Healy and their families.

She is predeceased by grandparents Fred and Agnes (nee Red Crow) Stabs Down, Ed and Frances (nee Eagle Child) Healy; her uncles Melvin (Wallace) Stabs Down and Clinton Healy.

A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Saturday, June 20th from 9:30 – 11:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be in One Spot Cemetery, Old Agency.

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