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McKAY, Irene

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McKAY, Irene
1922 - 2011


McKay Irene, of Delia passed away on Monday, July 4th at the Hanna hospital. Irene was born in 1922 and was raised south of Delia on the Marshall homestead. In June of 1944 she married George McKay and moved north of Delia where she spent the remainder of her 89 years as a devoted mother and very involved community member.  She was an active member in the Women’s Institute, Catholic Women’s League, and The Royal Purple. Among her passions were watching baseball (especially the Lacombe tournament), dancing, cooking and feeding people (“the best bread and buns”) and whistling songs with the meadow  larks. In later years she enjoyed her soaps, reading prayers and inspirational texts and of course doting on her grandchildren. Irene loved babies and they were a magnet for her caring soul. She always wanted to look her best and loved life. Irene’s passing will leave a space in the lives of many, especially her family: children Dale, John (Robyn), Mary (Wayne), Joanna; her grandchildren Jonas, Nathan (Chrissy), Bryna, Michael, Tamara (Nathan), Brandon, Justin, Jacob, Ryan, greatgrandchildren Leela and Ethan; her wonderful sisters and sisters-in-law; Mary Long, Edith Larson, Catherine Robertson, Lorraine Cooney, Josephine Roline, Elsie Limpert, Maude Marshall, Florence Marshall as well as numerous members of the extended family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday July 13, 2011 at St George’s Catholic Church Hanna, Alberta at 11:00 A.M. with burial in  the Delia Cemetery. Donations may be made in Irene’ s memory to Hanna Hospital Ladies Auxillary Box 20, Hanna, Alberta T0J 1P0. Cathy Watts of Heartland Funeral Services Ltd entrusted with arrangements (403-854-2758).   

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BOON, Norvan James

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BOON,Norvan James
December 5, 1922 - July 9, 2011


As we lay our dear Dad and Grampa to rest, we want to celebrate his life and the love he bestowed upon all those who know him. Dad was born and grew up in the Springwater area (Northwest of Delia) and took over the family farm when he was 17, where he farmed until his retirement in 2002.  He married the love of his life, Alice Brewitt, in 1948 and together they raised six children. Dad had many loves, but he was happiest when surrounded by family and he found great joy in watching them all grow.  He summed it up best at his last Father’s Day gathering when he said, “I got to see them all!!”  Dad’s love of others was evident with his kindness and generosity, seeing the best in people and always putting others ahead of himself.  He enjoyed giving to others, whether it was making a long trip to Cold Lake for a half-ton load of fresh fish and delivering it to the community, or making sure everyone always had a pail of honey, some fresh eggs or a country grown chicken. He loved visiting and Mom often needed to set an extra plate at the dinner table. He had a great sense of humour and loved to share it with everyone. Dad loved the outdoors – he was a farmer to the core.  Rarely would you find him indoors unless it had rained for 5 days straight or it was the dreaded “income tax time”.  We remember all those trips out to the pasture in the back of the pick-up truck checking the cattle, fences or to see how full the sloughs were.  After the farming was finished in the fall (and even sometimes when it was not), hunting was next on his list.  Come fall, hunting far outweighed everything else.  Out came the maps, the tags, and the planning began.  Many times his hunting buddies enjoyed Mom’s homemade raisin pie after a good days hunt.  From those hunting trips grew stories that only our dear Dad could tell!! Cutting our Christmas trees was another adventure that we looked forward to as kids.  It always amazed us as Dad carried out, what seemed like, one tired kid on each arm while pulling several trees behind through the deep snow and up the river bank.  He was always proud when he arrived home and could display the trees in the snow bank – of course, always with a couple extra just in case someone else might need one.Dad and Grampa, you have loved us and taught us so much. The world is a much better place because of you. Dad is survived by his six children: Donna Boon (Karen Lunden), Drumheller, Wendy (Richard) Ramsay, Rimbey, Glenna (Stan) McNeill, Empress, Marilyn (Jens) Lind Crossfield, Kevin Boon (Karen) Kamloops,  Lorilee Boon, Drumheller; daughter-in-law Joyce Boon, Drumheller; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; Alice’s family, Freda Brewitt and Don and Diana Brewitt; three sisters: Kay Thompson, Dorothy McPhail and Elaine Moonen;  and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his wife,  Alice, in 1990; his sister Thelma Wood; and six brothers-in-law. It was Dad’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honour to the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation – Canada. Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta Bay #5, 2308-24 Street S.W., Calgary, AB  T2T  5H8. The Funeral Service for Norvan will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. from the Delia Community Hall.
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BLOCK, Patricia Kathleen

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BLOCK,Patricia Kathleen
(nee Hussin)
April 19, 1951 - July 7, 2011


Patricia passed away after a short stay in the Drumheller hospital but a courageous and long fought battle with Multiple Sclerosis at home. The strength and determination that Pat brought to each day is an inspiration for anyone that had a glimpse into even a small portion of her life. Patricia leaves behind her husband of 39 years Jess Block, their sons, Todd (Chantell) and Chad (Karen) and granddaughters Morgan and Macy Block. Pat is also remembered by her parents Bill and Joyce Hussin, brother Clint (Jennifer) Hussin and her sister Connie (Darrell) Larsen and their children Ashley and Dustin (Jenn). Her niece Jo Ann (Lorne) Winther and daughter Shelby are very close with both Pat and Jess. Pat was also close with her sisters-in-law Andrea (Walton) Van Dyke and Christine (Gary) Smith, nieces and nephews Dee Dee, Jay, Guy, Kelly and their families. Pat spent most of her childhood on a farm in between Rosebud and Standard. Pat was an athletic, competitive and determined young person. She loved horses and was a very strong rider that could really “sit a horse” as described proudly by Jess. Patricia and Jess started dating when Pat was in high school. They were married on April 1, 1972. They started their married life on the Stewart Holmes ranch near Hussar and then purchased their place and moved up in 1976 making their home between Rumsey and Scollard. Patricia and Jess were a hard working team on the farm and Patricia had worked off the farm as well. Her last position was at the Gulf Ghost Pine Plant near Morrin. Pat loved horses her whole life. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening and bingo. The visits from the neighbours were an important aspect of the Block’s life as it became harder for her to leave the farm. Pat also really enjoyed contact and visits with friends and family that she grew up with. The family is very grateful for the help from Sandy, Rhonda and Sandra over the years. Without intending to do so, Pat taught anyone around her how to be accepting, practical and patient. She faced many hurdles and obstacles along her journey, but with love and caring Pat and Jess stayed together at home until the end. Patricia’s funeral was on Tuesday, July 12 at the Scollard Church, at 2pm with a gathering at the Block farm after. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation – Palliative Care (351 - 9th St NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1). Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Arrangements entrusted to Prairie Winds Funeral Home, Trochu, AB (403)442-2200.

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