April 17th, 2024

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 15, 2021.

Beverly Black

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Beverly Lorna Black (Hiscock), beloved wife of the late Mr. Sid Black, passed away peacefully at Coaldale Health Centre on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Bev was born November 26, 1930 in Calgary, AB and raised at Hoping, AB. She married Sid Black in 1951 and they farmed at Hoping until retiring to Lethbridge in 2000. Bev was active in the community with 4-H, Hoping variety shows, Thistleridge & Foremost United Churches, Hoping Community Hall & Foremost Rink. Bev was also an avid baker and loved to garden and read.

She is survived by her daughter Sherry McNair (Richard); son Barry Black (Blanca); grandchildren Corey Turner (Angie), Amanda Bryce (Shaun), Holly McNair (Nick Feld), Cody McNair (Andrea); brother Harold Norlin (Bernie); and sisters in law Kate Black & Pat Hendricks. She also leaves behind nine great grandchildren: Ciara, Alannah, Makayla, Connor, Alora, Jake, Owen Rylan and Liam, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

The family invites those who wish to watch Beverly’s service via livestream by clicking https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/Beverly-Black and scrolling to the bottom of the obituary.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Yates Memorial Centre 1002 4 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P5.

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Oct. 1, 1965 – April 8, 2021

CLARENCE ARTHUR CHIEF BODY (IIKINAWAHKA), beloved husband of Denise Shade, and son of Arthur Sweet Grass and the late Ada Chief Body, was called home by the creator on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the age of 55 years.

Clarence is survived by his beloved dog Gary and his wife of 23 years Denise Shade; sons: Grant (Katrina) Shade and Lionel (Dusty) Shade; grandchildren: Graison, Terri, MaKayla, Lyric and Anthony; father Arthur Sweet Grass; sisters: Tammy (Scottie) Chief Body, Karla (Mike) Onespot, Robin Duran and Dixie Chief Body; brothers: Michael (Stephanie) Sweet Grass, Patrick (Evelyn) Mills and Joey Summers; aunties Alfreda Sweet Grass, Doreen (Randy) Sweet Grass and Rosebelle Sweet Grass; nieces Raven, Layne, Tanya, Shelby, Mercedes, Natalie, Tristan, Charlize, Karley, Lasarah, Shiley and Violet; nephews: Joel, Boyy, Albert, Ethan, Tye and Taran; great-nieces and nephews: Cortana, Tiara, Tex, Tiana, Kraiden, Julian, Novalie, Daralie, Cashlyn and Chaselyn; father and mother-in-law Dennis Mooney and Mavis Shade; brothers-in-law: Charles (Candace) Shade and Kelsey (Tiki) Chief Moon; and sisters-in-law: Tara (Leon) Day Chief and Nicole (Buddy) Chief Calf. Clarence was also blessed to be a part of the First Rider, Weasel Moccasin, Davis, Breaker, Yellow Old Woman, Delaney and Medicine Shields families along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends across powwow country.

Clarence was predeceased by his loving mother Ada Chief Body, brother Geoffrey Chief Body; uncles Clifford Duran, Conrad Chief Body, Joseph Chief Body, Victor Chief Body, Fred Chief Body, Levi Mills, Conrad Sweet Grass, Tony Sweet Grass and Fred Sweet Grass; aunties: Bertha Keating, Mary Chief Body, Loretta Mills, Monica Chief Body, Teresa Chief Body, Doris Duran, Christine Chief Body, Lousie Chief Body, Catherine Sweet Grass, Mary Sweet Grass, Bertha Sweet Grass, and Justine Sweet Grass and nephew Michael Jr. Sweet Grass; maternal grandparents: Katie Chief Body and Joe Sr. Chief Body; paternal grandparents: Eva Sweet Grass and Alfred Sweet Grass; cousins Odile Shouting, Eddie Shouting, Brent Chief Body, Betty Chief Body, Marion Chief Body, Kalbert Chief Body, Winslow Mills, and Jesse Chief Body; and great-nephew Conrad Chief Body.

Clarence was born at St. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge, AB, as the second oldest child. Clarence attended school at Cardston Elementary School, St. Patrick’s Elementary School (Lethbridge), Hamilton Jr. High School, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute High School, Catholic Central High School and Lethbridge College.

Clarence was a kind man, too kind for this world. He had the ability to make everyone feel special. You would often find Clarence striking up a conversation, telling stories or joking with everyone. Clarence had a special ability to connect with children; his magnetic personality drew everyone in. He had a natural gift to encourage people to reach their full potential. Clarence held a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews and he would, with immense love, do anything for them. His nieces and nephews were his pride and joy, and he would always fuss over their wellbeing, and would if he could, give them the world.

Clarence devoted his life to his beliefs in spirituality and lived a selfless way of life. Clarence drew a great deal of strength and wisdom from his uncle Clifford. He made annual trips to Wisconsin to help his uncle with his ceremonies. Clarence found comfort through spirituality and helping when he could at ceremonies, especially at the Aako’katsin and through this, he lived a full life.

Clarence’s love for powwows started when his mother Ada bought him his first set of bustles. Clarence’s desire for dancing allowed him to form a dance troop for youth and perform at numerous schools. Clarence later dreamed of being able to recreate “The Battle of Belly River” in an artistic choreographed version of the fancy feather dance. Clarence and Geoff were championship fancy dancers, inseparable partners, they had many friends and many stories on the powwow trail in Canada and the USA.

Clarence’s mom Ada began a family craft business, which he continued on in her memory. Together they made Indian dolls, and cut willows to make small tipis. Clarence was a perfectionist and took great pride in his work. He was a visionary; a Master Fancy Dance Bustle maker. Clarence was always improving and perfecting his bustles, looking to engineer lighter, faster and fuller fancy dance bustles, each one better than the last. His exceptional bustle making style can be seen as worn by many championship fancy dancers across powwow country.

Clarence became an artist at a young age. His passion for art lead him to win numerous art contests. Clarence then started to draw murals and can be seen at Head Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump, Lucky’s Bingo, Aahsaopi Elementary School and other numerous locations. Clarence loved playing sports such as basketball and hockey. He also loved fishing, jogging, hiking and most recently, camping.

Clarence met the love of his life, Denise, in 1998, and together for 23 years, they built a beautiful life. Clarence was particularly proud of the hard work and dedication Denise showed in everything she did. Together, they created countless memories for their children, grandchildren and family; particularly traveling to powwows, cheering them on at hockey games, basketball games and camping.

Clarence’s life was renewed when they adopted Gary in 2004, The companionship and loyalty that Clarence and Gary developed was unbreakable. Gary and Clarence took care of each other and were never seen apart. Gary will always be missing and looking for Clarence.

The family sincerely apologizes for any names that might have been missed. Clarence was close to many relatives and friends.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the ICU Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Chinook Regional Hospital for the exceptional care and support they provided to Clarence.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. The Funeral Service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Clarence’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

Clarence will be laid to rest in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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ELSIE COUPLAND passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 101 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Dr. Wayne John Edwards

1954 – 2021

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr. Edwards passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital from complications of COVID 19 on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the age of 66 years.

Dr. Edwards was born in Trinidad and migrated to Canada in 1995. He leaves behind his wife, Harriet, and his sons, Andre and Adrian. His death also precedes that of his parents Garnet and Faith, brothers David and Philip, sister Judy and adopted ‘sister’ Diane Williams.

Dr. Edwards earned his medical degree in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies. He received a government scholarship to study psychiatry in London from 1983 to 1988 where he pursued his post-graduate degree at St. George’s Hospital under the mentorship of his lifelong friend Dr. Aggrey Burke.

After completing his government service in Trinidad, the family migrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he worked at the Regional Hospital from 1995 to 2002. A firm and solid friendship was established with his colleagues Drs. Jim and Julie Chandler while the family lived in that small and beautiful town with its many lakes.

Wayne and his family moved to Lethbridge in 2003 and all family members became Canadian citizens two years later. Dr. Edwards initially practiced at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic South before opening a private clinic. Additionally, his practice included working at the hospital, the Children’s Mental Health Clinic, the Adult Mental Health Clinic, a stint at the University of Lethbridge, and monthly visits to the clinic in Milk River.

Apart from medicine, Dr. Edwards’ passion was music. He played the piano, organ and steel drum, and was heavily involved in the music ministry at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. Dr. Edwards loved to travel and was able to visit several places on his bucket list, including visits to China, Japan, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia. His other interests included a fascination with planes and automobiles.

Dr. Edwards was a highly respected medical practitioner who dedicated his life to the service of his patients. He will be greatly missed.

Our thanks go out to the doctors and nurses at the ICU who worked valiantly to save Wayne’s life. The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the clergy of St. Augustine’s Church, Revs. Steve Bateman and James Robinson and other members of the parish family who have been a bedrock of support during a very difficult time. Special hugs and kisses to Barbara, Carina, Dorothy, Karen and Shannon in this regard. Our gratitude also extends to our neighbours, especially Charlene, Mark and Hannah, his colleagues and friends who were unstinting in their encouragement.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Steve Bateman officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Wayne’s obituary on the Cornerstone website or the St. Augustine’s Anglican Church’s Facebook page.

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


December 2, 1941 – March 26, 2021

MARYROSE MANY CHIEFS passed away in Vancouver, BC on March 26, 2021 at the age of 79 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Irene Skretting

1935 – 2021

Mrs. Betty “Irene” Skretting of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Arnold Skretting, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the age of 86 years.

A private family service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday April 15, 2021. The family invites those who wish to watch the service via livestream at http://www.mbfunerals.com and scrolling to the bottom of Irene’s obituary.

Interment will follow in the Enchant Cemetery.

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MALLORY EVE TALLOW, passed away on April 4, 2021 on the Blood Reserve at the age of 33 years.

A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday April 17 from 9:00 – 11:00 am (Due to New COVID regulations, the building will be closed periodically for sanitizing) with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID – Only 20 people will be allowed into the service) Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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