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ROWBOTTOM, Joe Allen

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ROWBOTTOM, Joe Allen

God’s Garden


God looked around His garden
And found an empty place
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.


He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering;
He knew that you were in pain
And knew you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw your path was difficult,
He closed your tired eyes,
He whispered to you
“Peace be thine”
And gave you wings to fly.

When we saw you sleeping
So calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth
To suffer once again.

You’ve left us precious memories,
Your love will be our guide.
You live on through your children,
You’re always by our side.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.


Joe, much loved father, grandad, great grandad, uncle and friend, went to be with the Lord May 17, 2010 at the age of 83 years. Joe was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Kaye, parents Richard and Louise Rowbottom, sister and husband Mary and Art Parge, brothers Walter and Tom Rowbottom. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Thomas Rowbottom, Richard and Trudy Rowbottom, Hester and Paul Borsheim, Mary-Jo and Ron Bouvier, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Dallas Rowbottom; Joe and Lenore, Michael, Megan and Matthew Rowbottom; Cori and Jack Huculak, Jessica and Trent Voytilla, Jesse and Jayden Huculak; Jeff and Lee Anne, Zachary and Emma Rowbottom; Christine and Jason, Grace and Sophia Brost; Branden Rowbottom; Amanda and Tony Smetaniuk; Lee and Corinna and Brayden Borsheim; Bonnilyn and Tim, Cassidy, Cayleigh, Jessielyn, and Jakob Kabanuk; Peggy-Ann and Mark, Nevin, Joel, Alanna and Luke Janzen; Richard and Mindy and Austin Bouvier. Extended family Donna Bird, Bernice Rowbottom, Fred and Elaine Ewing, Tim Voytilla, and Geraldine Rowbottom, and many loved nephews and nieces and their families, good friends and neighbours. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:00 am at Elim Pentecostal Church, Drumheller. If friends so desire, donations can be made to an organization of your choice.                     

WEBSTER, William John (Jack)

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WEBSTER, William John (Jack)
April 28, 1932 - May 11, 2010


William John (Jack) Webster of Big Valley passed away in the  morning of May 11, 2010 at Stettler, Alberta.   On April 28, 1932 Jack was born on the Webster family farm south of Big Valley which became his home.  He went to Snake Lake School until the war, and then completed his schooling in town.  Jack married Irene Wiland in 1954 and together they raised five children.  He became a leading member of the community along with the 4-H Club, Elks, Legion, Historical Society, Ag Society, Big Valley Athletic Association, County Recreation Board,  and the Northern Railway.  In 2003 Jack married Kathleen Konschuh and they moved off of the farm and into town.   Jack displayed a quiet strength, loving guidance, always had kind words and the time to listen.  We will always remember the twinkle in his eyes, the way he told funny stories with tears rolling down his cheeks, singing and whistling a tune (especially his snorting pig song) .  Jack is survived by his wife Kathleen; Children Karen (John Martin), Judy (Doug Johnson), Debbie (Elden Hartung), David (Tammy) Webster, Danny (Andrea) Webster; Sister Doreen Tolker; Sisters-in-law June Webster, Margarette Levesque, & Marie Brenchley and fourteen wonderful grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his first wife Irene (Sandy) in 2000, brothers Lloyd & Bruce & sister Thelma (Sally) and also by his parents Ed and Annie.  A funeral service took place at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. Susan Bowyer of the Big Valley United  Church officiating.  Family and friends gathered following the interment service at the Big Valley Cemetery at the Jubilee Hall for a time fellowship and light refreshments which was graciously served by members of the Big Valley Royal Purple.  As an expression of sympathy, and in loving memory of Jack, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who were entrusted with the care and arrangements.  Condolences can be e-mailed to the family at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 403.742.3315.       

SOPER, Frank

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SOPER, Frank
May 4, 1919 - May 15, 2010

Franklin Elmer Soper passed away May 15, 2010 at the age of 91 in the Continuing Care Facility at the Drumheller Health Complex. He was born on May 4, 1919 on the farm in Simpson, SK to Steve and Matilda Soper. Frank remained on the farm until he married Ruth Stueck in 1942. He volunteered to serve his country during World War II and was in active duty in Europe between 1943 and 1945 as a “LAC” in the Royal Canadian Airforce. In 1950, he moved his family to Drumheller, AB. He enjoyed having his family with him. He was a private person and didn’t speak of his accomplishments, such  as taking flying lessons at age 60. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 2005. He leaves behind his four children: Margaret (Pat) Schaffer, Edmonton,AB; Patricia Rovere (Allan), Surrey, BC; Gary Soper, Moyie, BC; Barbara (Dave) Soper, Grande Prairie, AB; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law, Eleanor Roszell of Regina, SK. Frank’s family would like to acknowledge Dr. Nahornick and Dr. Maseka along with the staff at the Sunshine Lodge, Home Care and Continuing Care for their exceptional care and compassion over the past four years. Interment to follow at a later date.