June 22nd, 2024

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 9, 2021.


We are saddened to announce the passing of MAIDA JULIETTE BUTLER, beloved wife of the late LeVerre Butler on June 03, 2021. Maida passed peacefully at Saint Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, at the age of 90 years. She was the mother of 5, grandmother of 21, great-grandmother of 51, and great-great-grandmother of 1.

Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, will host the Meet the family June 11, 2021, from 7–8 PM. The Family funeral service will be held June 12, 2021, 10 AM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the funeral will be live-streamed on the Legacy funeral home site for those unable to attend. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.

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With heavy hearts we the family are sad to announce the passing of our dear son, brother, father, nephew and friend, DEON (GWEDO) LEE CRAZY BULL/ PRAIRIE CHICKEN in Stand Off, AB on May 29, 2021 at the tender age of 33 yrs. old. Deon was born on June 18, 1987 in Cardston, AB. He will be sadly missed by his loving parents Julianna Crazy Bull and Ronald Cutter; daughter, Alyssa Crazy Bull; sisters, Estella (Lenny), Melodie (Marvin), Shanice Bull Shields; brothers, Franklin, Brett (Natalia), Emmitt; special children, Lauryn, Junior, Caddy; nieces; Izailah, Karsen, Suzy, Saphirey, Alexa, Naiha, Aurora; nephews, Isaiah, Phoenix, Ryder, Nate, Nico; aunties, Shirley (Barnabas) Tallman, Monica (John) Chief Moon, Lorna Bird, Sandy (Jason), Beverly (Rick), Shelley, Noreen (Wesley) GVB, Theresa Standing Alone, Angela (Lawrence), Doris (Les), Lorna (Merlin), Jennifer GVB, Rose (Colin), Stephanie (Terrance), Wanda (Preston); uncles, Daniel (Randa), Wes (Jody), Gilbert Standing Alone; great aunties, Carol Bird, Diane Bird, Paula Steinhauer, Bernadine ,Mountain Horse, Lavina Devine, Wanda Eagle Speaker, Ramona (Ervin) Eagle Speaker, Victoria Calf Robe, Janet Whiteman Left, Florine Whiteman Left; great aunt, Mary First Rider; great uncles Conrad McDonalds, Joseph (Joan) Whiteman Left and extended families from Siksika, Cutters, Two Horns, Tailfeathers, Crowfoot, Pretty Young Man, Spotted Eagles and others too numerous to mention from a large family from Siksika where his paternal grandfather comes from. Deon is such a great loss to all who crossed paths with him. In his early years, he attended Gilbert Patterson Elementary School, Cardston and Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School. Deon came home in 2003 to his mom and dad, Julie and Thomas Eagle Child. Deon had a very close bond with Thomas. Thomas became a father figure to Deon. He took very good care of his mom Julie and her kids, Jr., Lauryn and Caddy. He was his mom’s #1 supporter in everything she did. Deon took care of his mom’s house. He always stayed close to home. Deon welcomed his visitors and always had a pot of tea or coffee. Deon helped raising Lauryn from a newborn until now. Lauryn and Deon were very close. He was a great helper and was always helping his auntie Shirley and Barnabas with moving to the Sundance. Shirley and Deon had a special bond. Deon made all our occasions a success, with decorations and cooking for every dinner. Deon held all his cousins near and dear to his heart, he always made sure to tell you he loved you. Deon sure left a void in our lives and will be deeply missed by all his friends and family. Deon really enjoyed his gospel music and always played it while he had visitors over.

Deon Lee (Gwedo) Crazy Bull / Cutter was first introduced to the family at a year old for a brief moment in time. It would be another 13 years before he would return to his fathers side of family, the Cutters. When he first met his cousins again in their teen years, they were all attending Kainai High School.

Gwedo developed a strong bond and connection with cousins Bernadettte and Jenna Eagle Plume, Dora-Lee Big Sorrell Horse and friends Amanda Bottle and Jessica Across The Mountain while attending Kainai. As time went by he grew close to his older cousins and relished in feeling like he belonged.

As he grew into a young man, Gwedo would often live in Calgary with his father’s side of the family. He even called cousin, Candace Standing Alone and husband, Mikey Pipestem, “Mom & Dad” while he was living with them in Tssu Tina & Calgary area. Gwedo had a tight bond with his aunts, cousins & grandmother, the late Mary Standing Alone, on his paternal side of family. He often would say he felt accepted for who he was. When he was living with his father’s side of family, he took all his cousins as a brother or sister as this was how our mother & grandmother, Mary Standing Alone taught us all to be. Gwedo was always ready and willing to help family. He was not one to be lazy, when he would visit with family he would not only have the cigarette, he would be cleaning up as well. We loved his help and enjoyed his company. Cousins called him Mister Clean, and that Gwedo reminded them of an old man, his reply was “Ah well, I’m getting old.” Conversations with Gwedo were never dull. We all knew he meant business when he was telling a story and the hands came out, by the time his stories were over we were laughing so hard our necks hurted just trying to watch the vision he was creating with his hands and words. Deon was lovingly referred to by us as “Gwedo”, a nickname that was jokingly given to him by cousin Patti Standing Alone, because of how fun, loving and crazy he could be. “Gwedo” will be lovingly remembered as a kind, respectful, helpful, generous, and spiritual person. His spirit and humour in life will be cherished and missed by all the lives and hearts he left an imprint on. Deon was very proud of his mother especially, he would often express his feelings to his cousins as to how happy he was to know he had such a large family. Deon was predeceased by his maternal grandparents: John and Stella Crazy Bull, Frank Small Eyes and Lucy Prairie Chicken; paternal grandparents Ronald (Mable) Cutter, Mary Standing Alone; sister, Brittany Medicine Crane; brother, Quentin Ross Crazy Bull; aunties, Yvonne, Jackie, Darlene, Marlene, Jo-ann Crazy Bull, Delores (Fred) Standing Alone, Lorna Mae Standing Alone.

A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Thursday, June 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID regulations only 20 people will be allowed into the service)

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Lawrence Fletcher

1924 – 2021

Mr. Lawrence Elmer Fletcher of Coalhurst, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Katherine Lorraine Fletcher, passed away at Piyami Place, on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the age of 96 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Susan Hurlbut

1930 – 2021

Mrs. Susan Hurlbut of Coaldale passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Susan was born to parents Cedric Ivan Hadrill and Kathleen Mary Hadrill (Oliver) in London, England on November 3, 1930. She grew up in Little Oast, Sevenoaks, Kent in WWII. She then did her Midwifery training in Prestbury, England before practicing as a midwife for 2 years. She went on to get her R.N and practiced for 10 years before moving to Toronto, Canada in 1957. There she continued to work as a nurse and met her husband Donald Charles Hurlbut. Together, they had three children Nancy, Ken and Jennifer. In 1997, she retired and moved back to England to help raise her grandkids. In 2005, she and the family moved to Coaldale where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a devoted member of the Anglican Church of Ascension.

Susan is survived by her 2 daughters Nancy Hernandez (Hurlbut) of Coaldale, Alberta and Jennifer Cameron (Hurlbut) of Scarborough, Ontario; 1 son Kenneth Hurlbut of Victoria BC; grandchildren Aaron Hernandez, Kathleen Dorchak (Hernandez), Sian Hernandez, Beth Cameron and Marshall Hurlbut Kodar.

Besides her loving husband Donald Charles Hurlbut, Susan was predeceased by her parents Cedric and Kathleen Hadrill; brother John Hadrill; sister Jane Ogle (Hadrill).

A private Celebration of Susan’s Life will be held at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Carolyn Langford, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 40 1202 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0E3.

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Hans Rutz

1933 – 2021

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Hans slipped away peacefully, with his daughters by his side, to be reunited with his loving wife Margaret. He will be missed and loved forever.

Hansgeorg Paul Rutz was born October 27, 1933 in Breslau, Germany to Georg and Erna Rutz. The oldest of three boys, he grew up during WWII and lived a life of multiple situations that forced him to reinvent himself and forge on. He emigrated to Canada in May 1953 landing in southern Alberta to work on various farms. It was on one of these farms he met his future wife and love of his life Margaret Brown. They married in 1959 and were together just shy of 51 years. They had four daughters and eight grandchildren. Dad was a person of intelligence and integrity. He served as a counselor for the County of Lethbridge for many years. He also farmed at the same time, often getting up early to do the chores, going to meetings all day and coming home late. He was a long-time member of the Elks of Canada and the Masons. Public service was a job he took seriously and did to the highest of standards.

His greatest job and joy in life was his family. He and mom travelled to many places over the years. In his mind travel was never a waste of money but an investment in memories. They made sure their daughters each went to Germany to meet and see his family and experience life in his homeland. It was a gift he gave us all.

He is survived by his four daughters Lorraine (Stuart) Kirk, Sandi Rutz, Karen (Adam Warrell) Burton and Deanna (Kevin) Rath; Grampa to Laura, Kimberley, Robyn, Bailey, Rhys, Jeanne and Veronica. Mirra and Del Olsen are dear friends of his as well as family. His brother Albert will fondly remember him as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his precious Margaret as well as grandson Nicholas who will be so excited to be sitting back on grampas lap. Both his parents, brother Peter and sister-in-laws Susanne and Christa will be there to see him again.

Our dad was a strong, loving, sassy, smart, hard-working and compassionate man. The hole he leaves in our hearts is soothed knowing his is free of pain and in the arms of the ones we loved who went before him.

We will be okay dad. You can rest now. We love you.

A private family service will take place at a later date. Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish please make a donation in his name to the Arthritis Society, 10109 106 St, Edmonton, AB T5J 3L7, as it had a great impact on all our lives.

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ADIN STAFFORD, beloved husband of Beryl Stafford, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at the age of 87 years.

He is survived by his four sons: Mark, Glyn (Karen), Ian (Donna), Dean (Jinhee) also known as numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. He will also be lovingly remembered by his seven grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter-in-law Teresa Stafford with whom he now sits.

Adin came to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1968 with his wife Beryl and family, settling in Edmonton. There, he worked at the University of Alberta Hospital for a few years until he moved to Ponoka, where he eventually served as the Executive Director of the hospital. Finally, he moved his family one more time to Lethbridge, serving as the Regional Director for Southern Alberta Mental Health until retiring in 1996.

Adin was an avid sportsman throughout his life. His true passion, as so many knew, was with rugby and this passion followed him wherever he went. He played throughout his youth, his military service in the UK, his work life and retirement and afterward, participated in coaching and on executive boards with the Lethbridge Rugby Club. He had a profound respect for the role rugby played in his life through the friends he made and the wonderful experiences he gained.

Most of all, Adin was known for his love of family and friends. He was a magnificent husband who loved no one more than his wife Beryl. He was a dedicated father who raised his boys in the light of integrity and love. A loyal friend who was always there in times of joy or need. He will be remembered with love, pride, and smiles.

As he wished, there will be no memorial service. A small family celebration of life will be held in his honour.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, #306, 10430 61 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J3, (alzheimer.ab.ca)

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

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