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ROWE, Della M. (nee Rushton)

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ROWE, Della M. (nee Rushton)
1925 - 2010


Della passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on Dec 30, 2010. She is survived by her loving  husband John of Drumheller, sister Doreen Peterson (Warren) of Calgary,  son Ken McNair (Karen) of Summerland BC, daughters Bette Thacker (Ben) of Calgary and Bev Jozsa (Dan) of Wrentham, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grand-children, stepsons Ian Rowe (Isobel) of Gleichen  and Lyle Rowe (Diana) of Michichi, and  their respective children.  Della was predeceased by her daughter Connie Cowan (Dwain) of Bassano and her parents Stan and Elizabeth Rushton. Della will also be missed by her other family members and many friends. The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Khoza, the staff at the Palliative Care Unit at the Drumheller Health Center, and the Home Care staff.  The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jordon whose surgical skills 36 years ago surely enabled her to be with us for all those additional years. Funeral services will be at the Knox United Church in Drumheller on Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM. If desired, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Drumheller Health Care Center or the Canadian Cancer Society. Courtney –Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).

 

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SNIDEMAN (Nee Hayhurst), Lillian Bernice (Bunny)

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SNIDEMAN (Nee Hayhurst), Lillian Bernice (Bunny)
September 21, 1940 - December 25, 2010


Bunny, beloved wife of David, passed away peacefully at the Cowichan District Hospital, with her family by her side; after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Bunny will be forever lovingly remembered by her sister Shirley (Elizabeth) Common, her children; Diana Watson (Bouke), Alisa Dayman (Fred),  Kristina Hall, Rosemarie Fleury (Frank); her grandchildren, great-grandson, sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews as well as many cherished friends and loved ones. Bunny was pre-deceased by her parents, Rev. John Hayhurst in 1964 and Norma C. Hayhurst in 1998. Bunny was born in Hazleton, BC in 1940. She grew up and attended school in Kitwanga, Prince Rupert, and Alert Bay, BC. She moved to Oyen, AB in 1959, where she met and married David in April 1960. In 1962 she co-founded the Oyen Echo newspaper, which is still in print today. In 1969 they moved to Drumheller, AB to raise their family. During those years Bunny co-owned and operated a number of businesses including, Bill Cross Men’s Shop, The New Look Nook, The White Elephant, and Bunny’s Flea Market. Bunny retired back to BC in 2007 with her husband of fifty years, where they were residing at Silver Park in Duncan. Bunny was a member of the Drumheller Art Club and Bridge Club. She enjoyed reading, garage sales, coffee dates, bingo nights at the Park Hall and spending time with family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and an avid gardener who won awards for her beautiful flower gardens. She will be greatly missed. For friends and family in BC a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Thursday, January 6, at 10:00 am. For friends and family in AB, the time, date and place of Bunny’s memorial service and internment will be forthcoming in the spring, when she is brought back home to the Drumheller Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

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MILLER, Otto

MILLER, Otto
September 13, 1930 - January 1, 2011


Otto passed away at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 80 years. He is survived by four sisters; Cecile, Ella, Emma (Albert) and Vera (Jim) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Walter and Emil and sisters Lily, Hilda and Alma. Otto’s family immigrated from Romania to the Lone Butte area southeast of Hanna in 1927. Conditions were very difficult and in 1936 a move was made to Scapa, north of Hanna. Otto was a bachelor all his years, and grew up on the family farm helping his Dad, his brother Walter, and as an extra hand for neighbours until assuming responsibility for the home ranch. Over the years he spent much of his time tending to his cattle, visiting, and traveling near and far.  Japan, Australia/New Zealand, England, Arizona and BC were some of his destinations. At the start of the 90’s he sold the home place and moved to an acreage at Delia. He continued to enjoy rural life, often helping on the Mason farm. Otto liked to snowmobile, attend rodeos and auctions,  could often be seen out for a drive or at a community event (especially if pie was available) or having tea at the local store. He enjoyed many a home cooked meal with family and friends. Courtney-Winters is in care of arrangements. A memorial service is to be held Saturday, Jan 8 at 2:00 in the Delia United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delia Communities in Bloom.