June 18th, 2024

SATURDAY, August 14, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 14, 2021.


HARRISON WILLIAM “WILLIE” BLACK PLUME “Aapiikai”, passed away on August 8, 2021 in Cardston, AB at the age of 59 years.

A Wake service will be held at Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral service will follow at Gladstone Hall on Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

Gladys Irene Elliott

July 19, 1926 – August 10, 2021

Gladys Irene Elliott, beloved wife of the late Robert Elliott, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on August 10, 2021 at the age of 95 years.

Gladys was born and raised in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, where she met the love of her life, Bob. After the war they married in 1947 and moved to Lethbridge where they raised their family of 4 children, Wendy (Art) Houghton of Pembroke, Ontario, Les (Shirley) Elliott of Calgary, Lynn (Jerry Ball) Elliott of Lethbridge, Heather (Jerry) Lukey of Lethbridge. She is survived by her 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and her favorite sister, Kaye Smid, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband, Gladys was predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Gladys lived a long full life and loved her family very much.

A Private Family service will be held.

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JUDITH (TINGEY) HOLT, beloved wife of Max Holt, passed away on August 12, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please

visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

Lorraine Shortt

(Sept 25 1940 – Aug 5 2021)

Lorraine Shortt (nee Gloeckler) of Monarch, AB, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Lorraine is survived by her daughters Darla (Ron) Kingston, Michelle (Jesse) Martin, Heather (Henry) Van Eck, Fran Hoeksema, and Aran Shortt, as well as her siblings Diane, Daryl, and Darlene. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Frank, her parents Art and Ara Gloeckler, her brother Garth, and her grandson Ryan Kingston.

Lorraine and her husband lived for their family and for the place they called home. You could always find her hemming pants and sewing curtains, in the garden, cheating at family boardgame night, feeding her late cats (Poppa, Loki, and Oliver) treats by the handful or cooking up a storm for Sunday night dinner.

The space she leaves behind is immeasurable. We love and miss her so much already.

At Lorraine’s request there will be no funeral. The family celebration of life will be in September.

Dr. Keith Leonard Lowings

February 7, 1927 – August 10, 2021

Keith died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 10, 2021.

Besides his beloved wife Joan of 67 years, Keith is survived by his children: Malcolm (Majda), Christine, Pamela (Ivan); his three grandchildren (Michael (Anastasia), Katherine (Derek) and Jessica) and three great-grandchildren (Lily, Marian and Veronica); his brother-in-law Keith (Joyce) and their children Nichola (Anton) and Jacqueline (Oliver) and their children (Jackson, Bronwen and Bryn).

Keith was born and raised in Broadstairs, Kent, England. Keith served in the British Royal Navy for two years before attending University of London – Guy’s Hospital Medical School.

Keith and Joan emigrated to Lethbridge in 1957. He joined the Roy Clinic to practice family medicine and touched the lives of many patients, their families and his colleagues. He helped establish the Lethbridge Emergency Medical Services to provide 24-hour emergency care, initially at St. Michael’s Hospital and then at Lethbridge Regional Hospital.

Keith contributed many volunteer hours within the community. He was a member of the Lethbridge Gyro Club for 62 years and served as District VIII Governor and later as President of Gyro International. During these years, many life-long friendships were established.

Keith will be dearly missed by his family, many friends and colleagues. He will be remembered in our hearts and memories forever.

A special thank you to Ava for her care and compassion to Keith and Joan.

Following Keith’s wishes, there will be no funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and N.W.T. 10430 61 Ave NW #306, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J3, or a charity of your choice.

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Donna Miller

1946 – 2021

Donna “Nanny” Miller passed away peacefully August 3, 2021, in Raymond hospital.

Donna Miller was born May 12, 1946, in Red Deer, Alberta to James and Nellie Gilleland. As a young girl her family relocated to Edmonton where she lived until adulthood. Donna, the oldest of four kids was big sister to David, Linda, and Brent. Donna married John Miller in November 1972 and she was a devoted mother to their three children: Taja, Brett, and Senta, and later to her Grandson Daxson.

Donna worked at Chatters Hair Salon in the Park Place Mall for 19 years. Many would come to know and love her for her trademark colourful hair, giving nature, and her ready smile. She was a Christian who lived her faith every single day, gently sharing God’s love through her light and kindness. Please join us in honouring Donna as we celebrate the wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend she was.

A Celebration of Donna’s beautiful spirit will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor John Moerman, officiating.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

Please wear bright colours in honor of Donna’s bright personality and life.

“I am hoping that my death will be a joyous occasion.

After all, I will be in Heaven with the Lord and those we love who have gone before.

Although you might miss me,

please remember that

we shall meet again!”

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Melanie Joy Morning Bird “Joy-Akii”, passed away on August 1, 2021 in Vancouver, AB at the age of 47 years.

A Wake service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston, AB on Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral service will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, August 16 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, AB.

To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca.


MARION M PATCHING, beloved wife of Eric Patching of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 9, 2021, at the age of 60 years.

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Shelly (Chris) Kruger of Lethbridge and Kevin (Stephanie) Dubé of High Prairie, AB; stepchildren Matthew (Sharalyn) Patching and Andrew Patching, both of Lethbridge; grandchildren Aiden Kruger, Alyssa Kruger, Zachary Patching, Emma Patching, Lucas Patching and Addison Dubé, and her beloved dog, Myka.

Marion was born on April 10, 1961, in Lethbridge, Alberta. She grew up on a sugar beet farm in Burdett with her parents Maria and Nick Mikoula, and her sister Julie. At the age of 18, Marion moved to High Prairie, AB, where she married Don Dubé and settled on a cattle farm near Joussard, AB, for 20 years. They had two children, daughter Shelly Kruger and son Kevin Dubé. Marion became a junior accountant and enjoyed consulting as a bookkeeper. In 2002, Marion moved to Lethbridge and remarried to Eric Patching in 2005. She happily settled in Lethbridge, enjoying her family and grandchildren.

Marion was always passionate about emergency services. She was active with Victim Services in High Prairie, AB, and completed her dispatch course in Lethbridge. Marion worked at the Servus Credit Union in Magrath, AB. She left her role to pursue a career as a Purchaser for Shoppers Home Health Care. Marion also continued her love for accounting and bookkeeping and doing taxes for her family and friends.

Her ultimate passion was cooking. She also loved gardening, travelling to Los Cabos, Mexico, and being around her friends and family. Her most favourite thing was watching her grandchildren compete in their sporting activities.

Breast Cancer research was a cause close to Marion’s heart. In memory of her, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (https://bcsc.ca/get-involved/donate/)

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home (2825 32nd St. S, Leth, AB) on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Ralph Molyneux officiating.

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


We, the family of WILLIAM “BILL’ PELHAM wish to announce his departure from this life, and into the open arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, August 9th, 2021 at St. Marguerite Manor in Calgary, Alberta.

Dad was born in Lethbridge on March 21st, 1933, the youngest son of John and Lillian Pelham. The family lived in Wrentham where John was an elevator agent and farmer and Lillian was a teacher. John played cribbage with the farmers during the “lulls” between loads of grain. Dad participated whenever he could in these spontaneous matches and it was at this time that he developed a lifelong love of the game.

Dad described a typical rural boyhood in Wrentham: swimming in Chin Coulee, playing pick-up baseball games, and shooting pool. He also spoke of a close-knit community, which bonded through the church, school, and local events.

After graduating high school in 1951, Dad went to Olds Agricultural School receiving a diploma two years later. He then worked as a Lab Technician for the Entomologists at the Lethbridge Research Station for the next 35 years. Dad would care for the insect specimens (such as the sugar beet webworm) within the controlled laboratory during the winter months, and then in the summer, he would do fieldwork relating to these insect pests, and their damage to the local crops.

Dad met our mother, Priscilla Nagy during a community dance, and fell in love. They were married in 1957, and went on to raise three sons; Cameron, Shannon, and Bradley. Dad assisted with coaching the boys’ baseball teams and taking them camping and fishing. The family also took a trip to Disneyland in 1976, which was a fun time for them all.

After Dad’s retirement in 1988, he and Mom went to Oahu, Hawaii, and on several bus trips. One highlight was a trip down the eastern coasts of Canada and the U.S as the maple leaves turn color in the fall.

During his retirement, Dad volunteered to help seniors with their yearly income tax and was active in a local horseshoe club; participating in tournaments, and winning a few along the way. He was also a long-time member of Central Church of Christ, serving as a deacon and helping with lawn care and general maintenance.

The addition of three daughter-in-law’s and six grandchildren brought much happiness for Mom and Dad as they shared holidays and camping trips with their growing family.

Sadly, in 1998, Mom passed away from cancer, just prior to their 41st wedding anniversary. Dad then moved from their home on 20th street to River Ridge Condo complex. He remained active over the next several years, in spite of suffering a cerebral hemorrhage that affected his short-term memory.

A highlight during this time was a trip to Bella Coola with some of his children and grandchildren to visit the area where his Uncle Cliff Kopas settled, raised a family, and later wrote a novel about his experiences getting there by packhorse from Okotoks, Alberta with his new bride in the 1930’s. Dad was able to reacquaint himself with Cliff’s daughter and other cousins while visiting the beautiful sites of this valley.

After suffering a serious, life-threatening fall, Dad moved to St. Marguerite Manor in Calgary in July of 2015 where he lived until his passing. On the afternoon of his passing, he played a game of cribbage with his son, Cameron before leaving us during his sleep later that evening.

Dad was a quiet and modest man, with a dry sense of humor. He was a true “gentleman” with solid, old-fashioned values of working hard for what you have, respect for others, and a love for family and God. We will miss our dear father/grandfather, but know he will live on in our hearts.

Predeceased by his parents: John and Lillian Pelham, wife: Priscilla Pelham, brother, and sister-in-law: Ron and Joyce Pelham, mother and father-in-law: Julianna and George Nagy, sisters-in-law: Irene Nagy, and Elizabeth (Liz) Gebaur, brothers-in-law: George Nagy Jr., John Wieler and Gerald Coyne, and nephew: Larry Hammer.

Bill is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Cameron (Tanyia) Pelham, Shannon (Judy) Pelham, and Bradley (Kathy) Pelham, grandchildren: Ashley (Ryan) Kotlewski, Brayden (Helen) Pelham, Dakota (Hailie) Pelham, Joshua (Brooklyn) Pelham, Megan Pelham, and Corbin Pelham, great-grandchildren: Harris Kotlewski and Abby Pelham, sisters-in-law: Margaret Wieler and Julaine Coyne, brother-in-law: Henry Gebaur, nieces and nephews: Eric (Barb) Pelham, Blake (Corrine) Pelham, Priscilla (Ron) Hammer, George (Donna) Hammer, Alison (Rick) Coyne, Peter (Mary) Coyne, Blake (Christie) Coyne, Carrie Coyne, and their children.

Our family would like to warmly thank the staff of St. Marguerite Manor (3rd-floor supportive living) for the excellent care they gave our father during his six years, particularly in the last few weeks of his life when Dad’s needs were much more demanding.

A funeral service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32 Street South in Lethbridge on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Harold Cooper officiating.

Donations in memory of Bill Pelham may be made to a charity of their choice.

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

In Memory of Leon Kevin Stump

Naato-Ohkitopi—Sacred Rider

It’s with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Leon Kevin Stump – ‘Naato-hkitopi’ – Sacred Rider on August 6, 2021. Leon was born at the Fort Macleod Hospital to Rose Marie Stump and the late Julius Wolfe. He attended school in Brocket, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, Claresholm and Calgary. Leon had many employment experiences: he was a rodbuster, labourer, firefighter, chef, water proofer, custodian, demolition worker and security worker. He was proud of his brief appearance as a DJ on the tv show North of 60. He enjoyed reading, gaming, working out, cooking and listening to music. He was a Raider’s and Laker’s fan. Leon was a street baller. Growing up, basketball was his passion. He took pride in his appearance; his clothing always freshly ironed. Leon loved his nieces and nephews and was very close with them. He taught them how to play sports and enjoyed their company. Nothing came nearer to his heart as when he became a father to Leaundre and Dakarius. Since Leon was young, he always owned cats, and he leaves behind Ferel and Toothless. Leon returned home after years of living off reserve when his son Leaundre brought him back to Piikani. It was then Leon received his Blackfoot name during a ceremony. He was proud and honored to be Piikani. Leon was kind, compassionate and friendly. His favourite greeting was ‘Iitaamoksinatoni’ – Good Morning. Leon is survived by his mother Rose Marie Stump; his children: Leaundre and Dakarius; Siblings: Donat Stump (Rebehe), Kara Stump (Erroll); Nieces and Nephews: Kachina, Namid, Sharae, Rashaan, Steven and Robyn; Aunties: Gloria (Johnny) and Dimples (Terry); Uncles: Sonny (Cynthia) and Windsor, as well as numerous cousins. He was predeceased by Grandmothers: Mary Jane and Jenny; Grandfathers: Joe Shining Double and Willy Knowlton; Auntie Katherine Mary Stump and Cousin Robin Stump.

Snodgrass Funeral Homes assisting the Stump family with

funeral arrangements (403) 627-4864.

Richard “Lee” Westbrook

1945 – 2021

Richard “Lee” Westbrook of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lois Westbrook, passed away suddenly, on August 9th at the age of 76 years old.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorial donation to be made to the Lethbridge Food Bank, 1016 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0C9, and the Animal Shelter, 2405 41 St North Lethbridge, AB T1H 5W3.

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