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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 3, 2024.

WHITE MAN LEFT, Mary Jo “MJ” WHITE MAN LEFT It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Mary Jo (MJ) on April 28, 2024 at her home in Standoff, at the tender age of 32 years.
MJ was born September 24, 1991 to Calvin(Keshia) WML and the Late Lori Plaited Hair. MJ is survived by her pride and joys/children: Galena Rosie, Julius Michael, Emma Jayde.
Family Service May 7, 2024 at Legacy Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. The Wake Service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Gladstone Hall from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and continuing all night at Calvin’s residence House #738 Standoff. The Funeral Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 11:00am. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Stand Off.
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FERGUSON, Ruth RUTH FERGUSON 1931 – 2024 Mary “Ruth” Ferguson of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late David Ferguson passed away on Tuesday April 30, 2024 at the age of 93 years.
Cremation has been entrusted to Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home.
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MENDENHALL, Mildred MENDENHALL Mildred Aleta Wilde Mendenhall, beloved wife of Lorin J. Mendenhall, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at the age of 92 years.
Friends may meet the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Stake Centre on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm as well as on Monday, May 6, 2024 prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the Stake Centre. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
For those unable to attend, a live stream will be available.
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HENDERSON, Patricia PATRICIA DIANE HENDERSON 1969 – 2024 Patricia (Trish) Diane Henderson passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital after a long and complicated battle with Crohn’s disease. She was 54 years old.
Trish was born May 22, 1969 in Lethbridge and resided here for most of her life. She was an avid animal lover and spent many happy years training and showing her beloved quarter horse Sassy Jack Pine. Her best friend and fur baby Jake provided her much comfort and happiness throughout her illness.
Trish is survived by her father Scott Henderson, sisters Kelly (Walter) Dyck, Debi Henderson (John Jacobson), nieces and nephews Nicole, Jordan, Jared and Jesse and their families.
She is also survived by aunts Betty Moriyama and Sheilah Henderson, and her five cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother, Bev Henderson and her dog Jake.
We would like to acknowledge the incredible care Trish received throughout her illness and extend our sincere gratitude to the many medical professionals who provided such compassionate support.
At Trish’s request, no funeral service will be held, and flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired, donations can be made in Trish’s memory to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation or the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.
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WICKERSHAM, Arline ARLINE MARY (DYCK) WICKERSHAM 1944 – 2024 It is with sadness we announce Arline Wickersham passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on Monday, April 22, 2024. Her body has lost the fight, but her soul triumphs through Jesus Christ, her Saviour, whom she loved and served. Since receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March, Arline faced her illness with grace and courage, fiercely holding on to Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Besides her loving husband Tom of 62 years, Arline is survived by her children, Kevin (Anita) Wickersham, Keith (Elisa) Wickersham and Marilee (Dana) Terry, daughter-in-law Rose (Gery) Wickersham-Strohschein, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her siblings, Elvera Wickersham-Siemens, Vicie (Tedd) Walcott and Victor (Cathy) Dyck. She was predeceased by her parents, Cornelius & Anna Dyck, brother Albert Dyck and son, Cameron Wickersham.
She was often quiet publicly and preferred to be behind the scenes, however, her heart for people of all ages was evident by the love people showed her.
Our family would like to thank the Chinook Regional Hospital doctors and nurses on floors 4B and 3C; also, thanks St. Michael’s Health Centre for the professional and compassionate care they gave to Arline.
All are invited to a Visitation that will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2024 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
Interment will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at ARCHMOUNT CEMETERY, 2710 WESTSIDE DR WEST, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at PARALLEL CHURCH, 211069 TOWNSHIP RD # 90A, #8, Lethbridge, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to MyCityCare, 435 5 Street S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J2B6.
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PEARSON, Donald PEARSON 1931-2024 DONALD GUST PEARSON of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the age of 92.
He will be greatly missed but our treasured memories of him will remain in our hearts forever.
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DILLABOUGH, Lucius LUCIUS DILLABOUGH 1974 – 2024 Mr. Lucius Dillabough of Lethbridge, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at the age of 49 years.
Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.
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ROYER, Vic ROYER It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of VIC ROYER, a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Vic passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, April 29, 2024 at the age of 91 years.
Born in Beaumont, Alberta, on July 21, 1932, to Andre and Lucie Royer, Vic was the second youngest of nine siblings. In 1970, he married his soulmate, Beth, and they remained inseparable until her passing in December of 2022.
Vic leaves behind a legacy of love and wisdom, survived by his daughter Sandra (Erle) Moshurchak of Calgary, his son Andre (Jeff Carlson) of Lethbridge, his cherished grandchildren Emma and Sam, and his brother Aurell (LaVerne) Royer of Edmonton.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Beth, brothers, Dan and Robert, and sisters, Denise, Lorraine, Evelyn, Estelle, and Vivienne.
His wisdom and kindness were the pillars of our family, guiding us with quiet strength and dignity through both joyous and challenging times.
An avid sportsman, Vic found joy on the golf course and hockey rink. His precise drives and spirited hustle on the ice were a testament to his passion for sports. Off the field, he relished life’s simple pleasures – a good rye and coke, a hot coffee and chocolate donut, and most of all, doting on his grandchildren. As a successful businessman, Vic owned and operated various hotels and restaurants, leaving a lasting impression on the Lethbridge community with establishments like the Park Plaza, the York Hotel, and Vegas Skate Palace.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at St. Therese Villa for treating ‘Papa’ like family, and to the emergency room team at CRH for their dedicated care.
As we bid farewell to Vic, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit lives on in each of us and that he and Mom are together again.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating. For those unable to attend, the Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and available to view on Vic’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.
Vic will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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ZEINSTRA, John ZEINSTRA JOHN ZEINSTRA, cherished husband of Christine Zeinstra and beloved father of Roger Zeinstra, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Center – Palliative Care Unit on April 23, 2024 at the age of 80 years.
John was born on May 24, 1943 in Achlum, Friesland, NL, and emigrated to Picture Butte in 1965. In 1973, he married Celeste LeClair. They farmed and raised their family at Picture Butte and Enchant. After Celeste’s death in 2020, he became re-acquainted with Christine Williams. John and Christine were married in June 2023. John was, especially, excited about becoming “Grandpa” to Christine’s 9 grandchildren.
John had an easy and contagious laugh, a generous spirit, and was rarely seen without a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He loved time spent with family and friends, “crop tours”, and traveling near and far. He was an active member of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association, the Picture Butte Tractor Club, and the Picture Butte Elks Club, among others, holding positions on the Board of Directors in most of the organizations he supported. John was one of the initial investors in the Picture Butte Golf Club – although he never golfed a game! He was also on the Board of Directors for the building of the Picture Butte Sportsplex.
John was very strong in his faith, which gave him courage and peace when faced with unexpected health challenges in his final days. He was involved with the Knights of Columbus in both Picture Butte and Lethbridge, serving in many capacities including Faithful Navigator. He was honored to be a 4th degree KC for many years.
John is survived by his wife Christine; son Roger; brothers Morris (Jackie) and Jerry (Dixie); sister Truus; brothers-in-law Yves (Ronni), Denis (Cheryl) and Gilles (Tina); Christine’s children: Diane Weening-Arsenault (Russell), Anthony Bastiaansen (Pearl), and Denise Block (Neil); grandchildren: Maija, Mark, Amaris (Richard) and Aiden Weening; Jacobus and Teagan Bastiaansen, and Arika, Lauren and Dane Block; and their families; sister-in-law Sheila Pyne (Mike); numerous nephews and nieces, and many treasured friends.
John was predeceased by his first wife, Celeste, his son Robert, his parents, parents-in-law, 5 siblings and 3 siblings-in-law.
Thank you to the doctors and nursing staff of the Chinook Regional Hospital and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for their exceptional care of John!
A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Father William Monis celebrating.

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MILLER, Donovan MILLER DONOVAN CLARENCE MILLER, of Calgary, passed away suddenly, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the age of 55 years.
Donovan’s memory lives on through his son Victor Miller. He is also survived by his mother: Lucille Miller of Calgary, his sister Cecelia (Kevin) Lang, niece Casey Lang and nephew Anthony Lang, all of Regina.
He was predeceased by his father Clarence Miller, grandparents Leo and Christina Miller and David Courtoreille.
A Celebration of Donovan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with Pat Siedlecki officiating.

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PRODAN, Danila PRODAN DANILA PRODAN (née Delbello), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Emilio Prodan and cherished mother of Mark & Mike Prodan, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at the age of 77 years.
She was predeceased by Anna and Michelle Delbello, her sisters, Emilia Nerino Perossa, Veronica Marcello Antonaz, Anna and Maria, as well as three brothers, Pino, Albino and Giovaciono (John).
Danila was born on January 4, 1947 in Pirano, Italy (Istria). She came to Canada in 1970, and married Emilio Prodan on April 12, 1971 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lethbridge, Alberta. She resided in Lethbridge until her passing.
“Thank you, Mom, for always being there. Your memory will live on in my heart.” Love, Mark.
“Mom, even in the hardest of times, we always came together and created more memories. Your cooking, discussions, and working towards caring for us will be missed and remembered in our hearts.” Love Mike.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 1:30 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating.
Danila will be laid to eternal rest with her husband Emilio in Mountain View Cemetery.

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LAYTON, Patrick “Pat” LAYTON PATRICK “PAT” DALE LAYTON, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Gerrie Layton, was born on May 10, 1947, in Cardston, AB, and passed away peacefully with family by his side at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at the age of 76 years.
A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. with Patrick Siedlecki officiating.

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LITTLE SHIELDS, Twylla LITTLE SHIELDS Twylla Joy Little Shields (Innainihkiaakii) January 18, 1972 – April 25, 2024 She was Mommy and Daddy’s precious little angel and has now returned into their loving embrace in eternal rest. Who began her journey on April 25, 2024 where she passed peacefully in the comfort of her home. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Twylla Joy Little Shields: Wife, Mother, Gramma, Sister and Auntie. Twylla was born January 18, 1972 at the Blood Indian Hospital to Ed and Marion Heavy Shields. Twylla is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Lance Little Shields, and her precious children and grandchildren: Carter (Kayla) children Kip Roze, Wylde Hart and Dally Behr; Maizie (Ty) children Rhyle, Eddie Christopher, Khyler Ty, Bowynn Arrow and Baby Austyn Sis; Brooke (Michelle) and children Nash and Rhys. Twylla and Lance were so excited when they became grandparents and took Eddie as their own and continue to care for his every need. Twylla is survived by her siblings: Les (Emily) Heavy Shields, Murray Heavy Shields (Deceased), Darlene (Jim) Plume, Rudy Heavy Shields (Deceased) and Paul (Nadine) Good Striker. Twylla was the youngest of the family and her siblings were so excited when she was brought home from the hospital, spoiling her and catering to her every need. With Twylla being younger than her siblings she grew up with her nieces and nephews, taking them all as Brothers and Sisters. First born grandchildren to Ed and Marion were twins, Kenny and Gina Heavy Shields. Twylla was so excited and protective of her twins when they arrived that she cared for them as her younger brother and sister. Nieces and Nephews: Arlene (Lane), Talsa (Tryson), Bambi, Joni (Shane), Marty, Fawn (Chad), Sable, Krissy (Shawn), Cody (Mary) and Shaw (Bailey). Twylla had a special bond with all her Nieces and Nephews, always reminding to stop by and visit. Uncles and Aunties: Emily (Muggs) Good Striker, Delphine Good Striker, Mickey (Alex) Good Striker, Jordon Heavy Shields, Barb Heavy Shields, Steven Heavy Shields, Faye Heavy Shields and Sharon Heavy Shields. Father-In-law George Little Shields and familie: Corey Little Shields (Keysha, Josie, Lakita, Luke, Kora, Harley and Joan), Tanya (Wade) Little Shields (Nico, Justin, Tylo, Quinn, Emmit), Darell Schick (Late Twinks) Brooke, Kalica (Tripp), Tucker, Shay). Twylla was born into a rodeo family. Her dad and brothers competed in rodeo and Twylla’s destiny was to compete in rodeo as well. She competed in the barrel racing and pole bending events and was a natural athlete. She was a strong competitor in basketball, volleyball, and track. Twylla could often be seen with a book in her hand throughout her life. She admired her older sister Darlene who was always studying and wanted to be just like her. Twylla was always making notes with her highlighters and labels in her books to share with friends and family. Twylla always had a love for crafting; she would sit for hours making traditional crafts and home decorations. Twylla’s brothers were hockey players. Her mom ran the concession and her dad would be in the stands cheering on the boys. Twylla’s mom once called her a rink rat as she was always at the hockey arena. It was there at the rink where she met Lance. Lance’s mom, Joan, loved Twylla very much and was very delighted to have her as a daughter. Twylla and Lance later wed on a beautiful rainy day in June of 1989 surrounded by family and friends. Thereafter, they welcomed Carter and Maizie to complete their family. Twylla’s rink rat career continued as she was at the hockey arena from sun-up to sun-down for Lance and their children-she was their biggest fan. Carter and Maizie kept Twylla busy, as they were always on the road. If they weren’t at the rink, they were at the gym, as Maizie and Carter competed in various sports. Twylla was also so proud of their accomplishments. When Carter and Maizie moved away to play hockey, Twylla had a desire to become more involved with Kainai Minor Hockey. She completed her Hockey Alberta Coach’s level 1 and brought girls hockey back to Kainai where she coached the bantam girl’s hockey team. Twylla attended Cardston Elementary, Cardston Jr High, FP Walsh, Cardston High School and Kainai High School. She graduated from Lethbridge College with a Child & Youth Care Diploma. Twylla’s business acumen was impeccable; she completed her Child & Youth Care practicum in Calgary AB at the Sifton Group Home. She had excellent leadership skills and became employed at Kainaiwa Children Services Corporation in 1997. She successfully created an Early Intervention Program for teen girls on the reserve. Twylla was a Prevention and Support Manager upon leaving KCSC in 2012 to pursue a small business. She was the owner of ‘The General Store’ in Moses Lake. She also completed her Nail Technician Certificate through Training Inc. Twylla also worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Standoff. Her career and business passions were to work with people, young and old, as Twylla had the natural ability to connect with everyone she met. Twylla loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren – they were the light of her life. Twylla cherished every single moment she spent with her grandchildren, she spoiled them rotten. She always had something for them in her purse or in the bedroom. Sneaking away to the dollar store, having snacks, whenever gramma went shopping, she always had to buy for her grandchildren. Twylla always looked forward to watching Kip Roze play soccer and watching Eddie play hockey and baseball. Khyler Ty, Wylde Hart and Bowynn Arrow kept Grama busy in the stands, along with her baby girls Dally Behr and Austyn Sis.
Twylla held a special place in her heart for all her nieces and nephews, as well as her grand-nieces and nephews whom she took them all as her own grandchildren. Twylla and Lance were blessed with all grandboys up until this past July 2023 when Baby Sis and Dally arrived. So they took Kodi, whom she referred to as Loo, Fallyn and Hayden (Baby Girl) as their granddaughters and always enjoyed their company and had special crafting activities planned when they visited or had sleepovers. The girls loved visiting Auntie Twylla as they would get to check out all her bags of beads and craft items. The grandchildren never left Gramma’s house without a bag of crafts and treat bags. Twylla’s parents joined the Horn Society in 2003. And due to Marion’s health, Twylla was transferred rights which allowed her to take part in helping her Dad when Mom no longer could. In 2014, Twylla and Lance transferred into the White Buffalo Society (Horns) until 2019. Twylla took pride in our cultural lifestyle and gained a lot of knowledge as a bundle holder to (Istesstoa’kiioap). Certain protocols, tasks and duties required tremendous strength and determination and Twylla and Lance were dedicated to fulfil their commitments. Twylla’s strength and determination were inspiring and Twylla could always rely on their partner Aokaat’as (Clarence Black Water) to get things done. Twylla was very excited to transfer (Isstesstoa’kiioap) to her holy children Nitasha, Nick and their partner Trent. Twylla developed many friendships throughout her lifetime and knew the true meaning of Love and Friendship as she would always take time to visit with those she met. Twylla Joy is predeceased by her loving parents: Ed & Marion Heavy Shields, Siblings: Murray Heavy Shields, Rudy Heavy Shields, Kenny & Gina Heavy Shields. Her Nephews: Clay Plume and RJ Heavy Shields. Maternal Family: Grandparents Frank & Beatrice Good Striker; Uncles and Aunties Woodrow Good Striker, Larry & Patsy Rabbit, Mildred Good Striker; Cousins: Alexis Good Striker and Sonya Good Striker. Paternal Family: Grandparents Eddie & Adelaide Heavy Shields; Uncles and Aunties James & Lena Russell, Herman & Isabel Heavy Shields, Gordon Heavy Shields, Mary Heavy Shields, Evelyn Healy, Lyman Tail Feathers, John Heavy Shields; Cousins: Ramona Heavy Shields, Robbie Russell, Lynel Tail Feathers, Jolaine Shade, Brad Heavy Shields, Hayden Heavy Shields, Lane Tail Feathers and Justin Healy. Also predeceased by her Mother-In-law Joan Wells, Sister-In-law Yolanda (Twinks) Little Shields and Gramma Doreen Little Shields.
~Twylla Will Forever Hold A Special Place In Our Hearts ~ The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12:00 pm at Moses Lake Community Hall. Interment will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
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