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HERMAN, Matilda “Tilly” Minnie

October 28, 1927 - Drumheller, AB
- June 29, 2015 - Drumheller, AB

It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my mom, Tilly, on June 29, 2015 at the age of 87. She lived her entire life, aside from a short period in Saskatoon, in East Coulee and Drumheller. Mom was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She stoically faced life challenges which included the passing of her husband, my dad Bill, at the age of 55, the passing of her mother, Minnie, the passing of her son, Randy, and the passing of her brothers John and Tom. Her surviving brothers, Henry, Ernie and Eddie held a special place in her heart. Mom enjoyed watching sports. Much to my chargrin, she was always a devoted fan of the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames. Mom was always physically active. She bowled for over 46 years, maintaining each year it would be her last year. She bowled not because she excelled at , as she did not, but because she enjoyed the people she bowled with. Mom’s two greatest passions were curling and gardening. She curled for over 60 years. She enjoyed the game immensely. Unlike bowling, she excelled at curling. She enjoyed every facet of the game, but most of all she enjoyed the people that curled and the friendships that developed. Each year she waited with anticipation for the ice to be ready. When the curling season ended, the gardening season began. She worked tirelessly in her yard growing vegetables and flowers. Weeds were her enemy and they never stood a chance. She was a wonderful mom. It was an honour and a privilege to be her son. There will be a family memorial at a later date. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).



McPHEE, Wanya Yvonne

1932 - 2015

Wanya McPhee passed away July 3, 2015 at the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre after a lengthy illness at the age 82 with family and friends by her side. Left to mourn are two sisters, Willa Hirsch and Arda Robinson, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Robert, her parents Nels and Florence Westeen, four brothers: Robert, Kenneth, Bernard and Donald, one sister Rayma Schreder. Wanya grew up in the coal mining town of Rosedale and attended the Rosedale Village High School. At the age of sixteen, Wanya attended the Calgary Business College in 1948. Upon the completion of her course, Wanya’s first job was the position as bookkeeper for the Canadian Institute of the Blind. From Calgary Wayna moved to Edmonton where she procured the position as bookkeeper for Alberta Blue Cross. At the age of 19, she returned to Rosedale due to ill health and later was employed by Joe and Sarah Ruskin at the Star Mine Store. Wanya started dating Robert McPhee who was also employed by the Star Mine Store. They were married March 29, 1956 at the Knox United Church in Drumheller. When Joe Ruskin sold the Store, Bob and Wanya moved to Lacombe. Wanya went to work for Jenkin’s Grocery and Bob went to work for Marwood Swain in his Hardware Store. After returning back to the Valley, Wanya went to work for Christian and Kergan CA which later became Kergan and Aagaard and remained there for 12 years as an accountant. In 1968 Wanya quit her job at Aagaard and went to work as an accountant for the Drumheller General Hospital. She remained there until February 1980 when she retired. Bob and Wanya bought a motorhome and spent the winters in Yuma, Arizona. They moved to Maple Ridge Manor I in 2009. Bob passed away in 2011 and Wayna and went to the Continuing Care Centre in September 2013. Wayna enjoyed visiting residents and everyone who stopped to visit at the puzzle table. By special request there will be no funeral or memorial service. A family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions can be made to: The Drumheller Health Centre, 351 9th St. N.W., Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y1.



GROSE, Ellen

1924 - 2015

Ellen Grose of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Walter Grose, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the age of 91 years.  Ellen leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, MaryEllen (Ward) Barnes and Jackie (Ross) Murray; her grandchildren, Heather Hay (Richard LeCain) and their children, Jennifer, Jordan and Marick, Tammy (Jim) Gresdal and their children, Morgan and Eden, Leeann (Nathan) Wendt and their children, Katie, Cass, Kianne and Carl Joe, Danielle (Alvin) Paul and their children, Darren, Abigail, Thomas and Murrie, and Patrick (Leeann) Murray; her brother-in-law, Harvey (Lona) Grose; her sister-in-law, Ruth Grose; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  Ellen was predeceased by her husband, Walter Grose.  Ellen lived an amazing life with numerous years spent in Drumheller where she worked at the hospital and the Tourist Booth.  She and Walter hit the road and spent close to 20 winters in Yuma, where they made many friends.  Once they gave up the road they lived in Lethbridge.  Ellen moved to Medicine Hat in 2010 and lived at South Country Village in her own apartment independently until her passing.  She was a natural caregiver and volunteer and even at her sickest she still didn’t want to bother the nurses.  Ellen was all about being grateful…we would share a grateful thought daily with hers being “I’m grateful for all the loving care.”  Thank you to all the nurses who came into our lives in the past three weeks.  To those that took the extra time, you are angels and we can’t thank you enough for your tender loving care.  Ellen has so many friends but she found great companionship with her special friend, Ted Roset.  She cherished their Wednesdays together and started to plan the Friday before.  Thank you to all her friends at South Country, too numerous to mention.  She loved you all!  The Graveside Service will be held at HILLSIDE CEMETERY, 10th Avenue and Gershaw Drive SW, Medicine Hat, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Bob Findley officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Ellen’s memory may be made to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 666 - 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 - 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1Z8.  Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Ellen Grose.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.