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SMITH Howard Alfred Ludor

SMITH Howard Alfred Ludor

Smith, Howard Alfred Ludor
June 30, 1921 - November 24, 2013


Smith, Howard Alfred Ludor, aged 92, passed away November 24, 2013 at the Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care. Howard was born June 30, 1921 in Winchester, England, son of Emma and Charles Smith. He came to Canada with his mother in 1923, moving to Alberta in 1926. Howard married Marion Teeple of Camrose, July 3, 1943 and together they raised four sons in Drumheller. Howard worked in the Red Deer Valley Coal Mine for seventeen years. Later he went on to work for the Alberta Brewers Agents in both Drumheller and Calgary until his retirement in 1986. In 1987 he moved to Carbon and then to Three Hills, eventually returning to Drumheller in 2012. Howard often spoke of his enjoyment of fly fishing. Also, the wellness and care of animals was a deep concern of his, giving special attention to family pets and many species of birds, mastering many of their calls with his whistling. He was happiest when doing something with his hands; especially construction projects around the house and making and gifting unique log-cabin birdhouses. Drives to neighbouring towns and visits with people he knew was a favourite pastime. Howard relished great conversation and always had plenty of interesting stories to tell. In his youth, he played piano and he developed a love of music that spanned from Opera to Country. Among Howard’s musical favourites were Gene Autry and Wilf Carter. Howard is survived by his sons, Meredith (Lynda), Terry (Vivian), Mark (Vickie), Kevin (Elaine), seven grandchildren, Cinnamon (Dennis), Lorne (Kara), Keri, Jennifer, Gregory (Marlena), Michael and Bo, and eight great-grandchildren, and also, dearest friend Donnie Church.
At Howard’s request there will be no funeral service. In spring there with be a gathering of family and friends at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery, for a time of remembering and the interment of ashes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller & District Humane Society, P.O. Box 1474, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0 or a humane society of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Drumheller Health Centre, for the attention given to Howard while a resident there. Condolences may be forwarded through Courtney Winters Funeral Home, 199 2nd Street West, Box 2248, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0 or email www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca

CHRISTIANSON Lawrence

CHRISTIANSON Lawrence

CHRISTIANSON, Lawrence
July 1, 1931 – November 16, 2013


Lawrence, known by most people as “Chris” or “Barney” passed away on November 16th, 2013 at the age of 82.  Chris leaves with his passing, his loving wife Virginia, brother Lloyd; sister Gloria Ataide; Sons Cameron (Sharlene) and Rory (Lana); Grandchildren Brooke (Stephanie), Blair (Kylee), Crystal (Jesse), Chelsy (Jodie), Rory Jr., Kendra, Braden, and Rayna; Great Grandchildren Avery, Holden, Weston, Maddox and Parker. Chris was born in Calgary Alberta on July 1, 1931 and grew up in Calgary at the Booth Memorial home along with his brother and sister. Chris was a determined and industrious young man and in his early twenty’s he left Calgary to seek new opportunities, landing a job in Drumheller working for Gulf Oil where he met his wife Virginia. Chris and Virginia were married in 1955 and finally settled in Stettler in 1956. Chris spent 23 years working with Gulf Oil, all the while, managing businesses on the side including the Western Gem Hotel in Drumheller.  Chris finally quit Gulf Oil and went into business for himself in 1971 starting a mobile home dealership and later ventured into real estate and motels where he enjoyed success working along side his family.  Chris was a very charming, social and fun loving spirit and those who knew Chris would always light up at the opportunity to chat with him because a conversation with Chris guaranteed a good hardy laugh.  Chris was everyone’s friend and he was known widely for his good sense of humor. He loved to visit with everyone at social and family gatherings. Chris and Virginia retired in 1989 and spent their winters in Arizona where they lived on a golf course and enjoyed golf and happy hour every day for nearly twenty years.  Summers were spent enjoying his family and grandchildren, following Rory and his family on the race circuit, and puttering around Rory’s shop.  Chris will be dearly missed by his friends and family; Chris’ wonderful spirit, and our memories of him will forever bring inspiration and smiles to us all. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Ross Helgeton officiating. Grandson Blair Christianson gave a loving tribute to those in attendance of the love him and the grandchildren shared with their grandfather. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon. Condolences may be viewed or sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army – Drumheller Ministry. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  For further information please call 403-742-3422.

BELL Margaret Joyce

BELL Margaret Joyce

BELL, Margaret Joyce
November 7, 1924 - November 24, 2013


Joyce Bell, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Drumheller Hospital. She is survived by 3 sons; Rob (Natalie), Jennifer and Kevin; Stephen (Chris), Erin and Michael; Les (Cathy), Kirsti Ann, Nathan and Evan; one sister, Margaret from Penarth, Wales; one brother, Ken from Rochester, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by her husband (Gordon) of 50 years in 2003, granddaughter (Carlie) in 2011, mother (Thora) in 1936, father (Johann) in 1948, step-mother (Thelma) in 1988, sister (Greta) in 1999 and brother (Edgar) in 2007. Joyce was born November 7, 1924 in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed all of her schooling in Edmonton. After graduating from High School, Joyce enrolled in nursing at University Hospital in Edmonton and graduated in the class of 1947. Her nursing career included Shawnessy Hospital in Vancouver, company nurse for the Hudson’s Bay in Edmonton, and the Drumheller Clinic. On February 7, 1953, she married Gordon Bell of Drumheller. Gordon and Joyce lived and farmed in the Orkney District for 38 years before moving to Drumheller in 1991. Joyce was an active member of the Orkney Ladies Auxiliary (40 years), Drumheller Nurses Social Club and Class of ‘47 Nursing Alumni. Memorial Services will be held at the Knox United Church on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, 351 - 9th Street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1 or Valley Bus Society, P.O. Box 2848, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0.