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PONTIFEX, Beatrice (Betty) (nee Gostling)

July 21, 1914 - January 2, 2015

Betty went to be with her Lord, January 2, 2015, having attained 100 years in this life. She was born July 21, 1914 to Arthur and Jane Gostling and her childhood was spent in Toronto and Calgary. During the 1930’s she had a brief stay in the Michichi area, working in Calgary prior to marrying Alfred Pontifex and moving to the Morrin area. In 1992 Alfred and Betty started spending their winters in Calgary, retiring there in 1975, then moving to Drumheller in 1999. Betty is predeceased by; her parents, her husband in (2000), her sister Gladys Pontifex in (2007), and her nephew Donald Pontifex in (2011). She is survived by; her brother, Ellis (Isobel) Gostling, two nieces: Debbie (Richard) Brodie and B.J. Tindle, and a nephew Jim (Diana) Gostling, and six great nieces, all of the Vancouver area. Also surviving is one nephew, Gordon Pontifex of Drumheller. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 P.M., on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church, 176 2nd Street West, Drumheller, AB, with Reverend Alan Getty officiating. A Graveside Service will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., at Queens Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation 351-9th Street NW Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y1 or The Salvation Army PO Box 3097 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 or a charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).   


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NELSON, Lizzie Amelia (Swallow)

April 12, 1917 - December 23, 2014

Lizzie Amelia (Swallow) Nelson was born on April 12, 1917.  She grew up in Rowley, Alberta, second child to Henry and Gretchen Swallow.  In 1936 she married Lowell Nelson.   From this union, six children were born.  Bob (Audrey), Lorna (Neil Sandberg), Jim (Judy), Pat (Ken Hatt), Ted (Valerie) (Jessie), Wanda (Lyle Peterson).  Liz had 12 Grandchildren, 34 Great Grandchildren, and 22 Great Great Grandchildren.  Lizzie was predeceased by her husband Lowell, son Ted, and daughter Lorna.  The family lived and grew up on the farm by Rowley, and in 1967 Lizzie and Lowell retired to Trochu.  Lizzie enjoyed life in her own home and time at the Senior’s Drop-In Centre in Trochu.  At the age of 89, she moved to St. Mary’s Lodge.  On December 23, 2014, she passed away peacefully, at St. Mary’s Health Care Centre, in Trochu, Alberta.  Memories of her will be cherished and she will be missed by her large, loving family. A Memorial Service for Lizzie will be held January 3, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at the Trochu Community Centre, in Trochu, Alberta.  In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, St. Mary’s Foundation, Box 100, Trochu, Alberta, T0M 2C0.   



OLMSTEAD, Wallace Elvin (Wally)

October 2, 1937 - December 14, 2014

Wally passed away at his home in Craigmyle, Alberta on December 14, 2014 at the age of 77 years. Wally, the eldest son of Max and Sarah Olmstead  was born and raised in Hanna Alberta.  In 1957 Wally married his high school sweetheart Betty MacKay.  They had five children Cindy, Neil, Gerry, Sheila, and Heather.  In 1961 they moved to Craigmyle where Wally worked with Starland County hauling gravel for the next 46 years.  He treasured his co-workers and all the staff at the county, they were true friends. Wally was a very honest man and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed his home, children and grandchildren who were always so close.  He is survived by his wife; Betty of 57 years, 3 daughters; Cindy Grosfield, Sheila (Al) Rohrback, Heather (Wally) Stern, 11 grandchildren; Lindsey, Derek, Mitchell, Chad, Scott, Jarrid, Haley, Michael, Shylia, Ashley, Cassandra and 7 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons; Neil (Laurie), Gerry, parents; Max and Sarah, 2 brothers and his sister Gloria. A service in Wally’s memory will take place in the spring. If friends so desire donations may be made in Wally’s memory to the Craigmyle Historic Society Box 14 Craigmyle, Alberta, T0J0T0. Cathy Watts of Heartland Funeral Services Ltd. Hanna entrusted with arrangements. 403-854-2758 www.heartlandfuneralservices.com.

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