May 6th, 2021

FRIDAY, April 30, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 30, 2021.


Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

JACK CULLEN, lifelong best friend, and husband of 66 years to Evelyn Cullen, was promoted to glory on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the age of 85 years.

Jack is survived by his wife Evelyn Cullen, son Bob (Diane) Cullen with grandchildren Jaden Cullen (Chris Hatfield), Brett Cullen (Whitney Lammi), great grandchild Nixen and son Jeff Cullen (Michelle) with grandchildren Josiah and Isabelle. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Ivy Cullen and sister Joan Fowler.

Jack was born June 6, 1935 in Fort Macleod, AB where he spent most of his years. He cherished his family, church, community and above all his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jack grew up in Fort Macleod and after marrying Evelyn on May 6, 1955 worked for CW Stevens as a carpenter before becoming a captain in the Salvation Army and spending 8 years at appointments in Hazelton, Terrace, Vermilion BC, Grande Prairie and The Pas, MB. Returning to Fort Macleod in 1972 he worked for the Willow Creek School Division before becoming Head of Grounds and Facilities at the Fort Museum. For Jack retirement meant spending more time in his wood-working shop on various projects for his family and community. An avid lover of fishing, westerns, and Salvation Army brass bands his passion for the outdoors and wood working came together in his wildlife carvings. He greatly enjoyed using his skills to enrich the lives of others. Whether it was Santa’s reindeer for the annual Santa Claus parade, customized wood snowmen for every member of his church congregation or various crafts and toys for his grandchildren his love was poured into all his creations. His kind, gentle spirit and unmistakable laugh and sense of humor will always be remembered by his family and friends. Jack could strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved to laugh, valued hard work and keeping his word no matter the cost. Jack was chaplain for the Fort Macleod Legion for several years and had many opportunities as a guest preacher in various Southern Alberta churches. Whether leading the community in Christmas carols as emcee at the annual Rotary Carol festival for 30 years or singing a solo at the Salvation Army on Sunday morning he loved to sing. Jack led a simple life of trusting faith in Christ marked by integrity, kindness and love for family and community. Husband, Dad, Grandad, friend, you can rest in His arms now, your work is complete.

Special thanks to the many health professionals who cared for Jack in his final days.

A Service will be held for immediate family on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. The service will be live streamed any may be accessed via Jack’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

A larger in-person Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Lethbridge Salvation Army Family Church Youth or the Fort Macleod Handi-Bus Society.

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Joseph DePiero

August 23, 1926 – April 21, 2021

The world lost a formidable force and a mentor across multiple disciplines with more reach than could ever be measured on April 21, 2021 when Giuseppe “Joe” (Bepi) DePiero died at the age of 94 years in the Crowsnest Pass Hospital in Blairmore, Alberta. He is finally at rest after a mean and rapid battle with cancer.

Joe is survived by his wonderful and ever-loving wife, Bianca; his daughters, Sandra and Loretta (Ian); grandson, Nick; sister, Eda (Ugo); sisters-in-law, Vanda (Doug) Cozzi and Marisa Cozzi-Decoux; nephew, Mark (Lori) Decoux-Cozzi and countless friends and family in Italy and all over the world.

A celebration honouring his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (200, 325 Manning Road NE Calgary, AB T2E 2P5), or the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0) would be very much appreciated. Condolences may be registered at

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel

entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

Dave Garner
1941 – 2021

 David Walter Garner, beloved husband of Cheryl Garner, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the age of 79 years.
 A private family service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Dave will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 58 years, Cheryl; his children Del (Venisa) Garner of Taber, Wayne (Christy) Garner of Taber and Cara (Trevor) Gettis of Calgary; grandchildren Kelsey and Shea Garner; Brady, Colby and Addison Garner; Tanner, Desiree and Aleesha Gettis. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce Karl and Jackie Sanderson.
 He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Beth Garner; brother Bill Garner; brothers-in-law Ernie Karl and Ed Sanderson.
 Dave was born in Lethbridge on June 14, 1941, and raised in the Foremost area. Dave married Cheryl Ell on July 5, 1962. Together they lived in Foremost where they had their three children Del, Wayne and Cara. Life took the family to Brooks where Dave worked in the oilfield for Nowsco Well Service. From Brooks, the Garner family moved to Lloydminster. Years later, Dave and Cheryl returned to southern Alberta to live in Taber. They welcomed a son-in-law and daughters-in-law as well as eight beautiful grandchildren. Dave could often be found at the arena or ball diamond cheering on his grandson’s teams or watching softball, rugby and competitive cheer with his granddaughters.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dave’s name may be made directly 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.


William John Heaven passed away peacefully at his home near Whitecourt AB on April 12, 2021 surrounded by family at the age of 75. John was born in Calgary AB, the oldest child of William Heaven and Belle Hudson and was predeceased by his parents and stepfather Thomas Moston, brother Hugh, sisters-in-law Karen (Hugh) and Beverly (David) and son-in-law Shaun Waterfield. John is survived by Leota, his wife of 52 years, son Bill (Amy) of Chestermere AB and daughter Corinne (David) Szmata of Grimshaw AB, and grandchildren Samuel, Maximillian, Noah, Elizabeth, and Lorelei.

John was raised in Shepard AB and met Leota while working at the McIntyre ranch near Magrath AB. Soon afterwards they moved to Calgary where John attended SAIT in the heavy-duty mechanics program. A son, Bill, was born and soon after and the family moved to Whitecourt AB where John worked for Amoco. In 1975, daughter Corinne was born and John started working for Peace-Pipe Line Ltd. He continued there for 35 years, retiring with Pembina Pipelines in 2010. John was very active in his community, serving as a member of the ID 15 council, local Rural Crime Watch association, 4-H Beef club, the Mayerthorpe Agriculture Society, and hosting the Woodlands County rental equipment.

John loved racing chariots and chuckwagons until 1980 when he redirected his time to expanding his mixed grain and registered horned Hereford cattle farm. He frequently showed cattle at local fairs and the Northlands Farm Fair days. John was happiest when he was farming or when talking to anyone about farming or his children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews.

A family viewing was held at Legacy Funeral home in Cardston AB April 16, 2021 and a graveside service followed at the Magrath Cemetery.

Barbara Howe

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Barbara Howe (nee Dalton) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Patrick Olaf Howe, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the age of 90.

Born May 13, 1930 at the Lethbridge Galt Hospital, Barbara was the 4th of 5 daughters (the infamous “Dalton girls”) born to John Robert Dalton and Florence Finningley Dalton (nee Cliffe). The family lived on a farm at Barhill and later moved to Lethbridge where Barb finished high school at LCI and then trained at the Galt School of Nursing, achieving her R.N. designation in 1951. She worked briefly at St. Michael’s and Lethbridge Municipal Hospitals before marrying Pat on March 29, 1952. She worked many years at the Campbell Clinic for Dr. Gore-Hickman and Dr. Stillwell, then worked as in-house nurse at Sears, and later became Chairman of the Board for Schwartz-Reliance Insurance where she kept the whip cracking on her boys, Dalton and David.

Barb was athletic and despite advancing arthritis, curled many winters and golfed every summer. As a member of the Henderson Lake Golf Club for over 50 years, Barb donated her time, expertise, and good cheer as an HLGC board member, organizer, and participant in many tournaments. In retirement, every summer weekday you could hear the laughter of Barb, Elsie, Joan, and many of her other golfing girlfriends echoing over the Henderson Lake waters as they made their way down the fairways.

Barb enjoyed bridge, crib, hearts, and tiles and had infinite patience teaching the games to her children and grandchildren. Being curious about the world she travelled with Pat as often as possible. After Pat passed on November 16, 1999, Barb continued travel explorations with her life-long friend and fellow Galt grad, Dodie Droine.

Given her quick wit and infectious sense of humour, Barb’s friends and family loved sharing time in laughter with her on the acreage where she and Pat had lived since 1971. She had a warm, generous heart, and her door was always open. Honesty and integrity were hallmarks of Barb’s character, making her a loyal and true friend. She was fiercely independent, rarely asking for help herself but always lending a hand to help others wherever, whenever, and in whatever capacity was needed. She had a spine of steel, a resilient spirit, and a strong work ethic. In a hundred small and large ways, Barb supported her children in all endeavours they undertook. Friends and family were the lucky beneficiaries of her unmatched joy for life and infinite capacity to love.

Barb was the center of the family. She will be sorely missed by her children; Dalton (Sheri) Howe, David (Brenda) Howe and Barbara (Don) Lamont; her grandchildren Tara Vella, Tyler (Tara) Howe, John (Monique) Howe, Christie Howe, Delane Lamont and Devon Lamont; and her great-grandchildren Payton, Madison, Parker, Finley, Sullivan and Oakes Howe, and Sydney and Stirling Vella. Barb is survived by two sisters, Bette (Jack deceased) Flannigan and Joy Owens. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Peggy (Don) Forest and Sylvia (Harvey) Pinnock.

Thanks to all extended family and friends who reached out to share stories of Barb’s generosity and humour. Heartfelt thanks to Christina Roberts (AHS), Veranan Enns, Dorcas Maristaza, Tianna Husarewych (Bridge Home Care), and all of the caregivers, nurses, and physicians whose compassionate care of Barb gave her a gift beyond measure – the ability to live close to her children in her own home of 50 years until just a few days before her passing. We will all miss her.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Mr. Lane Johnston passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the age of 82 years, at the Coaldale Health Centre.

We would like to thank the staff at the Sunny South Lodge as well as the Long Term Care nurses for the care and compassion they have given to Lane over the years. Condolences can be sent to


Mr. Jim Morrow, beloved husband of Rene Lou and father of Landon, passed away regretfully on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 53 years.

Jim was a previous manager at Domino’s Pizza and at Value Village in Lethbridge.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, Lethbridge.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the following

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Mr. Dennis Frank Payne of Lethbridge passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children, on April 25, 2021.

Dennis was born on November 10, 1952 on a small homestead near Mountain View, Alberta. He was fortunate to call many places home during his sojourn on Earth, including Lethbridge, Cardston, Calgary, and Grande Prairie.

He is survived by his 7 children: Avril Payne, Dustin (Elisabeth) Payne, Tiffany Doig, Bronwen (Dan) Howarth, Jessica (Shaun) Dowell, Jonathan Payne, and Heather (Ben) Krogman.

He is predeceased by his parents Cyril and Ada, and has 26 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Dennis had a passion for life. He was known as a strong man, both physically and spiritually. He had an intense passion for journaling, hunting, fishing, singing, playing guitar, and using his hands to create works of wood and leather. Dennis will be missed for his smile, enthusiastic laugh, and sense of humour.

The family wishes to express a deep thanks to the staff of the Legacy Lodge, as well as all those who made the effort to visit with Dennis over the past years.

A private memorial will be held for Dennis in the coming weeks, and a public get-together will be organized for the future, when regulations permit, to celebrate Dennis’ life. Condolences can be sent to

Bonnie Sicluna

1949 – 2021

On April 28, 2021, we said a sad farewell to Bonnie Elaine Sicluna of Lethbridge, Alberta, beloved wife of George Sicluna, who finally found well-deserved rest after a long battle with Parkinson Disease, at the age of 72 years.

Bonnie was born in Saskatchewan, but she spent the majority of her formative years in British Columbia, graduating high school in Quesnel, BC.

The eldest of four siblings, Bonnie’s upbringing was boisterous and full. She met George when he stopped by to tell his brother – her date – a joke. That one joke led to a wonderful nearly 47 years together. Bonnie and George raised two daughters while chasing adventure (and the mining industry) all over Canada.

Bonnie loved crafts of all kinds, reading, camping and travel but her truest passion was her people. She loved her family fiercely and wanted nothing more than to spend time together around the dinner table, a game of cards or a cup of tea. She made sure to call her daughters regularly, even if it meant they had to sit on the phone and listen while she watched her soap opera after work.

Bonnie loved to serve and help anyone, but she really hit her stride when the grandchildren came along. There wasn’t a thing in the world she wouldn’t sew, craft, bake, hold, bandaid or kiss better for those grand babies. There are seven in total, and she was thoroughly wrapped around the finger of each and every one.

Bonnie was blessed to invest in the lives of others through her career as well, first as an elementary school teacher’s assistant and later as an assistant at Lethbridge’s Flexibility Learning Systems, where she helped newcomers to Canada learn the language and make Canada their new home.

Besides her loving husband George, Bonnie is survived by her daughters Lisa (Mike) Doerksen of Lethbridge and Jana (John) Siljak of Nanaimo, BC. As well, she leaves behind Jalen, Daysen, Alex, Ben, Cassie, Broden and Miken, each of whom will miss those relentless Grandma hugs.

Bonnie is also survived by her sister Lynn (Al) Burns; brothers Jim (Blanche) Wilson and Don (Colleen Weidlich) Wilson; sister-in-law June (Aubrey) Ully, along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

She was pre-deceased by her parents Robert and Denise Wilson, father- and mother-in-law Henry and Margaret Sicluna and her brother-in-law Jack Sicluna.

To know Bonnie was to love her, and we will miss her every day.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date, as Covid restrictions allow.

Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Flowers are gratefully declined, but for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, 11209 86 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 3H7.

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Sister Genevieve McArthur

McArthur, Sister Genevieve, formerly Sister Ann Romuald, 95, a Sister of Saint Martha of Antigonish, died at Mary’s Court, Parkland Antigonish, on Tuesday April 27, 2021, in the 65th year of her Religious Life.

Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Sister Genevieve was the daughter of the late Neil and Ann (MacDonald) MacArthur.

Sister Genevieve entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on February 15, 1954. She pronounced her first vows on February 15, 1956, and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1959. She earned a BA in Commerce at St. Francis Xavier University and a Diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto. Sr. Genevieve had a keen mind for business and administration which was demonstrated throughout her Martha life. She served as Administrator at the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital from 1962-1968 and St. Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge, Alberta, 1980-1985. She also served as Business Manager for the Hopeville Rehabilitation Centre in Nigeria, 1977-1979. Sr. Gen served within the Congregation in several Leadership roles, including Assistant Congregation Leader and General Councillor. She shared her vast knowledge of business and administration practices as General Treasurer, and more than once Sr. Gen was named to General Administration Special Projects, which in reality meant she guided the Congregation through many innovative structural changes.

Outside of the Congregation Sr. Genevieve was a founder of the Association of Treasurers for Religious Institutes (ATRI), was on the Board for Global Education Associates and Partnership for Global Justice, both located at the United Nations. She was the Congregation’s first NGO Liaison with the Sisters of Charity Federation UN-NGO. She was a global citizen who valued the principles of the Antigonish Movement by helping to build the capacity of communities to be self reliant and sustainable. She embraced a cosmology that expanded her theological understanding of the oneness of life, everything is connected, and God is present always, in and through all Creation.

Sister Genevieve is survived by sister Leone MacArthur. Besides her parents she was predeceased by brothers Ronald, Roderick, Leo, James, Gerald, and Donald and sisters Sister Helen MacArthur, CSM, Theresa Steele, Rita Gillis, Mary MacLeod, and Catherine.

The burial will take place in the private cemetery of the Sisters of St. Martha following the recommendations and procedures required during this time of COVID-19.

A Memorial Mass, and celebration of her life will be held at a later date once the doors to Parkland Antigonish can be open to guests.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.L Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish.

Joyce Thomas

1928 – 2021

Mrs. Joyce Thomas of Warner, beloved wife of Mr. William “Bill” Thomas, passed away at Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of STANLEY KENNETH TURNER on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Lethbridge peacefully in his sleep. Stan was born in Kimberley, B.C. to Ernie and Margaret (Maggie) Turner on March 31, 1932.

Stan leaves to mourn his life’s companion and best friend Darie, sons Darryl (Barb), Patrick and Les (Crystal) and his daughter Denise (Alfred Dendy); grand-children Curtis (Danielle), Blake, Adam, Amber (Garret), Rebecca (Jeff), Travis, Kate and Addison as well as great-grandchildren Leah, Emma-Lee, James, Connor, Jaxon and Emery

Stan also leaves to mourn his brother Raymond (Helene), sister Louise Hockley (Al) and sister-in-law’s Angie Turner and Phyllis Hirota. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. He is predeceased by his brother’s Joe and Alfred, sister Mary Scanland and brother-in-law Jim Scanland.

During his youth, Stan was active with the Boy Scouts, where he learned and lived the motto “Do your best”, “Be Prepared” and “For Service”.

Stan met Darie while they were attending Normal School in Winnipeg. Upon graduation, Darie stayed in Winnipeg to teach and Stan left with life-long friend Larry Ratcliffe, to teach in Lynn Lake MB; a small mining town 700 km north of Flin Flon, MB. This meant courting through the “snail” mail for two years. While in Lynn Lake; Stan and Larry started a school band that took in ¾ of the student body.

Stan joined the Catholic Church in 1956 and embraced many of the church’s ministries. This included extra-ordinary minister of the Eucharist, choir director, lecturer as well as sitting on the parish council.

After they were married in 1957, they lived in Lynn Lake and Brandon before moving to Brooks, AB in 1963. Brooks was home for the next 30 years before retiring to Lethbridge.

Stan was a career teacher, having taught 10 years in Manitoba and 25 years in Alberta. He was very proud to finally receive his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary in 1969. This was no small task and required him to take courses in the evenings, weekends and summers; while still teaching fulltime and raising a young family.

Stan joined the Knights of Columbus in 1958 and became Grand Knight in Brooks and rose through the ranks of the provincial executive to become State Deputy in 1979-81 and the President of the Knights of Columbus Canadian Association in 1981-83. He was appointed to the position of Master of the Fourth Degree in 1988. These positions allowed Stan and Darie to travel all over Alberta, to the NWT as well as many places in Canada and the United States. He also served as a director of the Alberta Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation for 27 years, serving as president or secretary. Stan was very proud to have the honor of attending six Supreme K of C Conventions with the first occurring in Miami Beach in 1975; where he was able to bring along the entire family and enjoy the Florida beaches and amusement parks.

Besides being an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Stan was the charter president of the Brooks local of the Alberta Teacher’s Association. He served on the steering committee of the Brooks Boy Scout Association, a director of the Brooks Co-op, charter president of the Brooks Block Watch, and a member of the Brooks Elks Lodge. After retiring to Lethbridge in 1989, Stan spent many years volunteering for the church, condo association, Inter-Faith food bank and Heart-to-Heart visitations.

Ever the Boy Scout, Stan enjoyed camping with his family. Summer vacations allowed for extended visits to BC or Manitoba to visit with family. A highlight for all was packing up the new station wagon and tent trailer and heading to the east coast of Canada in the summer of 1970. Always the teacher, the trip to the Maritimes was packed with many many education stops along the way.

After retiring, Stan and Darie spent many winters in Arizona. Together, they enjoyed travelling, especially cruising. When not travelling; Stan and Darie enjoyed playing canasta, and being active members of the Lethbridge Italian club and Revellers.

Stan was the happiest when the family could get together. He especially enjoyed golfing with his sons and son-in-law. While his son’s never picked up his love for fishing, son-in-law Alfred was more than happy to take him on many memorable fishing trips throughout BC.

In lieu of flowers, Stan requests that donations be made to the Alberta Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation, #4, 5570 – 47 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 1S1

Prayers will be held on Friday, April 30 at 7:00pm. A funeral mass and celebration of Stan’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:00pm.

Both services will be livestreamed and available to view via Stan’s obituary on the Cornerstone Website.

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ANTONIUS (TOM) THEODORUS VAN RIJN passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, April 26, 2021, at the age of 84 years.

Antonius was born in Haarlem, Holland, on May 17th, 1936.

His parents were Nicolaas Cornelis van Rijn and Eva Elisabeth de Koning. Eva died when he was a young boy and his father married again to Jacoba Maria Dubbeling, who, with Nick, brought the family to Canada in 1953. They settled in the Picture Butte area and started life anew in Alberta.

Tom met Nita Beane in the late 50’s. They married, started a family of 4 children, and lived in Lethbridge. After they divorced he met and married Marjorie Theodore and they remained together until his passing. After his retirement from the City of Lethbridge transit service, Tom and Marjorie sold their farm and moved out to Creston, BC where their acreage was a great source of pride and welcomed many visitors from the family. A hard worker all of his life, he also knew how to enjoy life to the fullest.

He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie, and their children Ron (Teresa) Van Ryn, Kevin (Ilona) Theodore, Lucky (Patsy) Van Ryn, Cheryl (Don) Gilmore, Connie Smith, Debra (Stewart) Ackroyd, Sandra (Louis) Fazekas, Craig (Jo Anne) Theodore, along with 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Survivors also include his sisters Barb and Clasina, and brothers John, Paul, Nick, Hank, Andy and Jack.

He was predeceased by his parents, his stepmother and stepfather, his brothers Nico, Corry, Piet, George, Rudy, Joe, and sisters Martha and Riet.

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

No flowers by request, donations can be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Clinic in Tom’s name please.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Jack Ady for their compassion and care.

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It is with great sorrow that the family of LESLIE ROY VORNBROCK announce his passing on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

A Private Memorial Mass will be celebrated at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River on Saturday, May 1, 2021, with Father Salvador Ahumada Celebrating.

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SARAH WELLS, beloved wife of the late Luke Wells, of the Blood Reserve, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Wednesday, April 29, 2021, at the age of 90 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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