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ROWELL (JACKMAN), Shirley Lorraine






Mom, Grandma, Sister… Shirley Lorraine Rowell (Jackman) passed away Sunday, April 4 at the Drumheller Continuous Care Centre. Shirley was predeceased by her husband John, brother Charlie and mother Florence Matchett, and is survived by her two daughters Susan Stewart of Big Valley, Marty Eberth and son-in-law David of Morrin and her grandchildren: Neil and Mark Stewart and Nicole Hickie. Shirley has four sisters: Wilma (Dudley) Edwards of Sicamous, BC, Betty Wollen of Drayton Valley, Mavis (Len) Otto of Edmonton, and Julie White of Drumheller.  Shirley was born August 19, 1928 in Morrin and married John Rowell in November 1948. John and Shirley farmed west of Morrin and continued to live on the farm after John’s retirement. Always together, they spent their leisure time fishing, camping and spending time with their grandkids. When John passed away in 1991, Shirley moved to Drumheller and lived in Keystone Towers. She enjoyed travelling with her sister Betty, coffee with her friends, and cross stitching (making many special pictures for Susan and Marty). Grandma treasured every moment spent with her grandkids. She loved Neil’s ‘tricks’ and Mark’s jokes. Nicole was a special delight to her Grandma. She lived close by and they spent countless hours together. Memorial Service Friday, April 9, 2010 2:00 P.M. at Morrin United Church, Morrin, Alberta. Donations to a charity of one’s choice. Courtney–Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements 403 823 2666.

NIELSEN, Cecilia


June 8, 1924
- March 24, 2010

Nielsen – Cecilia Nielsen, beloved wife of Soren Nielsen of Strathmore, passed away in Strathmore on March 24, 2010 at the age of 85 years. Born in Stovring, Denmark on June 8, 1924 Cecilia immigrated with her family to Canada at the age of 2 years. Her family came to Wayne, Alberta and settled in the Hussar area. Cecilia received her education in Adam’s Lake and Hussar. She joined the Canadian Air Force as a cook and was stationed in Calgary, Guelph and Newfoundland. Cecelia later worked at Bow Lake Num Ti Jah Lodge as a waitress for 4 summers. She married Soren on December 9, 1950 in Calgary and resided in Calgary and later Make Peace. They farmed there for 39 years before retiring to Strathmore in 1989. Cecilia loved horseback riding, gardening, visiting with family and friends. She loved to express her artistic ability and was very dedicated to her grandchildren. Cecilia will be remembered for her hardworking and caring nature and for always putting everyone ahead of herself. She was predeceased by her parents Marie and Viggo Kargard and a brother Svend. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother whom will be missed by her loving family; husband Soren; two sons Eric and his wife Sherri of Hussar and Melvin and his wife Wendy of Hussar; six grandchildren Brad, Steven, Owen, Reed, Spencer and Leeza and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 29 at 2:00 PM from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano. Rev. Dan Hendrickson officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were all friends and family whose lives were touched by Cecilia. Interment followed at Bassano Cemetery. In memory of Cecilia, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, #102, 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta   T1A 1Z8. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS. Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.

WATTS, Hugh Austin Clark



September 11, 1916
- March 23, 2010

Hugh Austin Clark Watts was born on September 11, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon and died on March 23, 2010 in the Drumheller Hospital. He is survived by  his sons Walter (Wendy) and Clark (Norah)and his brother Loren (Edith). He leaves to mourn his treasured grandchildren: Danielle (Trevor) Burrows, Brooks (Jackie) Watts, Leah Watts; his great – grandchildren: Reagan, Braden, Brighton and Easton; and his good friend Mabel Shipton. Hugh was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Lydia (2000); his parents Samuel and Florence; and his siblings: Alvin, Nelly, Dorothy and Russell. Hugh moved with his family to Canada when he was a small boy. The family farmed near Scollard where Hugh learned to love the farm life. He married Lydia Befus on March 25, 1941. After farming until 1947, they bought and operated the Scollard Trading Store which included running the post office and shipping cream to the dairy in Stettler. In 1958, they bought a farm in the Rumsey area where they lived and worked until October 1999. He was the third person in Canada to start raising Charolais cattle. Hugh lived in Drumheller in an apartment and then the Sunshine  Lodge until December of 2009 when he went into the hospital. Above all, Hugh loved his family and enjoyed countless family gatherings where there was lots of food, fun, games and visiting. In his younger days he played baseball and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed curling, throwing horse shoes, traveling, gardening, panning for gold, playing pool, reading and playing cards, especially crib. He could count a crib hand very quickly at a glance. He always enjoyed time spent with his friends and family and will be missed. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in the Rumsey Community Hall, Rumsey, AB. Memorial donations may be made  to the Sunshine Lodge, 698 6 Ave East, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y5 (towards air conditioning units in the rooms) or to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, 351 9th Street, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1 (towards the purchase on a MRI machine). Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel have been entrusted with the arrangements.  403-823-2666