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FRIDAY, December 4, 2020

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 4, 2020.

Mary Bower

1959 – 2020

Mary Bower of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at the age of 61 years.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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 passed away November 26, 2020, in the Blood Reserve, Alberta at the age of  16 years.
A wake will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, in Cardston on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  (Due to to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.)  A Private Family Service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. 

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Joseph Ell
1945 – 2020

 Joseph Leonard Ell of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the age of 75 years.
 As a result of the restrictions regarding Covid-19 and the government recommendations, a funeral service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Joe is survived by his four sisters Anna Marie Warren of Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, Beatrice Ell of Taber, Teresa (Paul) Illerbrun of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and Jackie (Scott) Oddie of Red Deer; seven nieces and nephews who he was so very proud of Heather (Rod) Nielsen, Stacey (Heather) Warren, Josh (Bobbi-Jo) Smith, Jared (Alyson) Smith, Jesse (Rebecca) Smith, Cassie Oddie and Logan Oddie (Kim); eight great nieces and nephews Brantly Bose, Christopher Warren, Caitlyn Warren, Jordan Smith (Josh), Kyle Smith, Carson Smith, Lena Smith and Eleanor Smith.  
 He was predeceased by his parents Bolcer and Lena Ell.
 Joe was born in Taber on October 25, 1945 and raised in Grassy Lake. In his younger years growing up he was always referred to as Joey. Being the oldest of five children he took great pride in being the big brother to four sisters. He received his education at Chamberlain School in Grassy Lake. As a young man he enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. Joe loved to play games and was avid crib player. As a young adult he moved to Lethbridge to enter the work force. Joe was always a huge sports fan even driving as far as Portland, Oregon with his nephew Stacey to watch the Memorial Cup. For many years he was a season ticket holder to the Lethbridge Bronco’s and rarely missed a game. Joe was a foreman at AEL Microtel in Lethbridge until it closed in 1984. He so enjoyed the friendships he made from those years. His last career which he was so proud of was as a correctional officer. Joe’s first placement was in Grande Cache, Alberta but only for a few years. Eager to get back to southern Alberta to be close to family and friends, he was able to get a posting back in Lethbridge. He retired in 2010 at the age of sixty five after serving twenty five years. After suffering a stroke in early 2014, his new home became Extendicare Fairmont Park in Lethbridge where he received wonderful care and we are forever very grateful.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Joe’s name may be made directly to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge Chapter Office, 1254 – 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0J9 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Kennie Gladue

1960 – 2020

Mr. Kennie Gladue of Lethbridge, formerly of Slave Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the age of 60 years.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Berven; partner, Laurel Barnett; daughters, Joyce Barnett, Jamie Barnett; sons, Jesse Barnett, Chris L’Hirondelle and Justin Racine; and brother in law Ray Mathews.

He is predeceased by his sister Sharon Gladue.

A Celebration of Kennie’s Life will take place at a later date.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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WAYNE G. GLASS, beloved husband of Ruth A. Glass of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the age of 82 years.

Wayne is the loving father of two sons and two daughters. He was predeceased by a sister and by his parents.

A Memorial Service for Wayne will be announced on a later date.

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NORAH HUNT passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, November 26th, 2020, at the age of 70 years.

A Wake will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 10 guests at a time. Facemasks are mandatory and will be available upon entry.

A Private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Norah’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Interment to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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WADE Ni’tohkitopii (Lone Rider) MANY FINGERS of Blood Reserve (Fish Creek Community), passed away at Cardston Hospital on Friday, November 27th, 2020, at the age of 43 years. Wade is survived by his loving parents Verna nee Creighton and Ivan Many Fingers; brothers, Terry (Talyssa) Many Fingers, Roan Scout; sister Zoe (Brad) Butterfly; nieces, June and Blaire Butterfly.

A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm on Hwy 800 Township Rd. 40, South of Hill Spring on the Waterton Colony Road. The Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, December 8th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 9th, from 9:00 – 11:00 am with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions only 10 people will be allowed into the service at a time. The funeral staff will help rotate in friends and family to allow viewing.)

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Helen Marks

1948 – 2020

Mrs. Helen Marks of Lethbridge, beloved mother of Connie Beninger and Sherry Laackmann, passed away in Lethbridge on Friday, November 27, 2020 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Thelma Irene Williams

1919 – 2020

Thelma Irene Williams (nee Purdy) has passed at the magnificent age of 101 years old, on Saturday November 28, 2020 at the end of a long and happy life.

Born in Calgary in 1919 to Reginald Purdy and Jean (Craig) Purdy, Thelma grew up in many small towns in central and northern Alberta. After graduating high school in Peace River, she worked at the post office and took a business school course, then was accepted in 1940 as one of the first female civilians employed by the RCMP in Edmonton. She joined Beta Sigma Phi in 1949 and remained a member of over 60 years. That same year, she also married the love of her life, RCMP Constable Howard Williams in Edmonton, where they resided until 1955. After that they relocated to Calgary, which Thelma always thought of as her true home. She was an active member of the RCMP Veterans Association (Calgary) and Heart to Heart Support Society. Thelma always had a smile on her face and a “hi-ho” for all those around her as she went through her day. In 2011 she made the move to Lethbridge to be closer to her daughter, to live at The View and to walk the halls.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard in 2005. Thelma is survived by daughter Patricia Williams; four brothers Bob (Trisha) Purdy of Kamloops, BC, Bill (Gillian) Purdy of Bowser, BC, David (Belle) Purdy of Campbell River, BC and Jim (Ruth) Purdy of Elk Point, AB.

In accordance with Thelma’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. A donation in memory of Thelma may be made to the Calgary Zoo c/o Calgary Zoo Development Department, 1300 Zoo Rd N.E, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6 or the Lethbridge PAW Society, Box 255, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Y5.

When I come to the

end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want no tears or

gloom filled room

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long,

And not with your head bowed low

Remember the love that

we all shared,

Miss me- but let me go.

Christina Rossetti

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David Woodroffe

1986 – 2020

David Alastair James Woodroffe, beloved husband of Jody Woodroffe, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, November 27, 2020 at the age of 34 years.

David was born on August 12, 1986 in London, England and immigrated to Canada in 1992 with his parents and sister Katie. David worked for his father where he became qualified as a full-service financial advisor and insurance agent. On his dad’s retirement, David switched to a full-time insurance agent with AMA and received his Chartered Insurance Professional designation.

David was extremely intelligent and enjoyed any activities that challenged his mind. His many interests included chess, poker, and drumming. From the age of 12 when he arrived home from school he would say “Dad let’s play chess!”. Alan told David as soon as he was able to beat him, he would give David 10 dollars. David quickly earned that 10 dollars and was rarely ever beat again. He was passionate for soccer; he never missed a Tottenham Hotspur match. He inherited his father’s sense of humour and would always have a sharp-witted retort prepared.

Besides his wife Jody, David is survived by his parents; Alan and Ann; sister Katie; maternal grandmother Evelyn; in-laws Pat & Wayne; sister in law Lindsay (Jason) as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A Private Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Friday, December 4, 2020 at The Miz City Church. The family invites you to watch the Private Service via livestream at the Miz City Church webpage,

In lieu of flowers the family is accepting memorial donations in David’s name to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, 600 – 60 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5, or AW Ministries (helping the poorest in the Philippines) through Bridges of Hope International, 2825 F 2 Ave. South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0G8.

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