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Condolences to the family of MILDRED ELIZABETH MacGOUGAN



November 29, 1936 - January 15, 2017

Mildred Elizabeth MacGougan (James/Newfeld) of Drumheller, Alberta, passed away on Sunday January 15, 2017 at the age of 80, at the Drumheller Health Centre. She will be forever remembered by her children Deryl Newfeld (Lisa) and Wade (Sharon) Newfeld and her grandchildren, Bo Newfeld and Mistylee Newfeld, one sister Mary Ask as well as numerous nieces and newphews. She is predeceased by her parents Albert and Mary James, as well as one sister Edith Nesbit, one brother Albert James. Mildred was born on November 29, 1936 in North Battleford, SK. As per Mildred’s request no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alberta Lung Association. Condolences may be sent to the Kneehill Funeral Services located in Trochu, Alberta. The family will hold a memorial celebration of her life at a later date. Kneehill Funeral Services, Trochu, entrusted with arrangements.. 403-442-2123

Condolences to the family of JAMES (JIM) EDWARD CRIGER



February 25, 1941 - January 19, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Criger, on January 19, 2017, at the Drumheller Regional Hospital. Jim is survived by his wife, Myrtle Criger, who is the love of his life, best friend, and favorite nurse. Also survived by his 4 daughters, Debbie (Colin) Gibbs, Cindy (John) Davies, Karen (Tim) Criger, Shannon (Carl) Palomaki; his brother John (Linda) Criger; 6 grandchildren Jeremy (Kayla) Siddon, Austin Gibbs, Chrisanna Gibbs, Matthew (Eliz) Davies, Raschel Davies, Kale Palomaki; 2 great grandsons, Sean and Jayson Davies; brother and sister in-law Robert (Saundra) Olsen, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was born in Livingston, Montana. He was predeceased by his loving parents Phil Criger and Hazel Reed. In grade 8, he met the love of his life, Myrtle, and they married in 1962, celebrating 54 years of marriage this past November. In January 1968, Jim graduated from Montana State University (MSU) with his teaching degree – much to the astonishment of his own teachers growing up. Jim enjoyed executing many school pranks in his younger years. Jim was offered his first teaching position at Drumheller Composite High School. His idea was a six-month adventure. Well, he loved Drumheller, loved the students, and they loved him. The Criger family firmly planted their roots and never looked back. Jim taught for five years to 1973, served as Vice Principal for the next 17 years, was the Acting Principal for 6 months, and in 1991 assumed the position of Principal for five years before retiring from the school hallways in June 1996. During summers off, Jim went back to school and obtained his Master’s Degree from MSU. If you ever had the chance to be in Jim’s presence, a good or bad situation, you would find a caring, kind, and accepting individual who would make a joke to lighten the mood. His strong first aid skills often assisted others as he tended to the many drivers that missed the corner close to his Newcastle home, or taped ankles on the basketball court. He lived to improve his golf game, bowling scores and basketball skills by playing, refereeing or coaching. Outdoors was his playground whether fishing, hunting, gardening or camping. He also enjoyed playing bridge and other card games. He loved his family time and living life. Just to clarify, the woody woodpecker flew into his arm during his army training and stayed there. That is how he got his tattoo! Jim is already missed. As all great leaders who are lost to us, a void has been created in his passing. As a fabulous Husband, Dad, Papa, friend, and a great teacher, his legacy will continue. The family gives thanks to all those who assisted his quality of life at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Drumheller Regional Hospital. Also, thank you to the many family and friends who have supported all of us during this challenging journey. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre ( or to the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation ( A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held Friday, January 27, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the Badlands Community Facility, 2nd floor, 80 Veterans Way, Drumheller. AB. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of GILBERT WILLIAM LAWRENCE



September 28, 1924 - January 13, 2017

Mr. Gilbert William Lawrence, a longtime rancher of the Delia area passed away on January 13, 2017 in Drumheller at the age of 92 years. Gilbert was born September 28, 1924 at the family farm to William and May Lawrence. Gilbert took his schooling in the Delia area. Gilbert spent his life ranching. Gilbert enjoyed many activities in life, he played ball, hockey, and cards. Gilbert loved vehicles especially his “Red & White” Cadillacs. Gilbert loved animals, especially small dogs. Gilbert was a member of the Drumheller Elks #54 for fifty years. Gilbert married Estelle Rounds later in life and enjoyed all the fruits of married life. He enjoyed all of the family activities with his family and Estelle’s family. Gilbert took up residence at the Sunshine Lodge and Hillview Lodge, he still continued his daily routines even by scooter making all his stops. Gilbert will be sadly missed by his family and a lifetime of friends. Gilbert was predeceased by his wife Estelle, his parents, sisters Margaret, Eileen, and his good friend Ruby. Gilbert leaves to mourn his nephews Bill (Mary Ann) Smith, Daryl (Nikki) Smith, niece
Maureen Bullen, cousin Jackie Lawrence, and Estelle’s family. A private family interment to be held in the Delia Cemetery in the spring 2017. Donations may be made in memory of Gilbert to the Drumheller District Humane Society, Box 1474, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

The family of Gilbert extends their thanks to Dr. Dayo, and all of the nurses at the Drumheller Health Centre, and staff of the Sunshine and Hillview Lodge for their kindness and compassion. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.