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Condolences to the family of JAMES VERNE (JIM) HAWKINS


HAWKINS, James Verne (Jim)

April 22, 1934 - November 30, 2016

James Verne “Jim” Hawkins passed away in Kirkland, WA, U.S.A. Jim was born in Drumheller, Alberta, April 22, 1934 where he attended school graduating grade 12 Class of 1952. He attended University of Alberta, graduating in Commerce in 1955 with first class standing and was awarded the Gold Medal in Commerce. He articled with the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and obtained his Chartered Accountant status in 1958. Jim practised in Calgary and Vancouver for over fifty years as a self employed practitioner. Jim is survived by his wife Rhoda of over 50 years, brother Don and sister Helen. In 1990 Jim semi-retired in Calgary and in 1996 Jim and Rhoda moved to Kirkland, WA, where he retired from practice. Jim had a gift for being kind and touched many lives in his own special way. He will remain forever in my heart and memory.

Condolences to the family of VERDEL LYLA LOWES



December 1, 1926 - November 28, 2016

With heartfelt sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our mother and grandmother, Verdel Lowes on November 28, 2016 with her family by her side. Mom was born on December 1, 1926 in Outlook, Saskatchewan to Bruce and Minerva Burlingame. She grew up on their homestead farm with her three brothers. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator where she met the love of her life Neil, and they were married in 1949. Their first-born Dennis arrived in 1951, followed by Larry in 1952, Victor in 1955 and Dorelle in 1959. While the children were growing up, Mom and Dad enjoyed many family camping and fishing trips. After Dad passed away, a few years later her family moved to Drumheller where she ran a restaurant for 8 years. Through her many years of working at Riverside Value Drug Mart, mom touched the lives of many of her co-workers. Mom also worked alongside her daughter Dorelle for many years at Sears, where they had many laughs and made great memories. Mom was known for her mischievous sense of humour, contagious laugh and always had a smile on her face. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Mom was predeceased by her husband Neil in 1969, her son Dennis in 2015, parents Bruce and Minerva Burlingame and brothers Wayne, Glen (Rita) and Edwin. Mom is survived by her sons Larry (Judy), Vic (Linda), daughter Dorelle (John), daughter in-law Joanne and her sister in-law Bernice. Also mourning her loss are her grandchildren, Bryce (Julie), Brett, Tara (Dustin), Neil (Oh), Maegan, Kelly (Danny), Cheri (Brian), Chad (Meghan), Lauren, Ryan, Ashley (Mark), and Kaylie (Dustin). She will also be dearly missed by her great grandchildren, Brieanne (Phil), Brennan, Brycen, Kieveon, Holden, Sebastian, Ella, Emily, Stephen, Lexus, Teagan, Ava, Dru, Cohen and Bennett. She will also be missed by Dorelle’s mother in-law Jean Peterson, many nieces and nephews along with close friends. Mom was looking forward to celebrating her 90th Birthday this weekend. In her honour, we will be celebrating her life on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Courtney Winters Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation – Home Care. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of ALICE MARGARET WILSON



August 14, 1933 - November 23, 2016

Alice Margaret Wilson of Drumheller, beloved companion of Tony Metz passed away peacefully with her family by her side on November 23, 2016 at the age of 83 years. Alice was born on August 14, 1933 in Drumheller, Alberta to John (Jack) and Agnes Gammie. Alice grew up in the Drumheller area, taking her schooling in Rosebud. In 1952 she moved to the ranch in the Hand Hills. Alice worked various jobs, waitressing, cooking, always hard working. Alice ranched on the family farm her whole life. Alice was a true community person, volunteering at many of the Handhills Rodeo events over her life time, always willing to help out. Alice enjoyed all the things that involve country life, gardening, flowers, long walks, and her many and varied animals, dogs, cats, cows, calves and horses. Family was important to Alice, spending time with them and especially her great grandchildren. She always made time to visit, the coffee was always on for visitors. Alice leaves to cherish her memory, her loving companion Tony, three daughters, Patrica (Jerry) Bordula, Louise Hansen, Bonnie Ripper (Rob Echlin), 8 grandchildren, Nicole Bowman, Quinn Hansen, Zane Hansen, Jessica Ripper, Clayton Ripper, Andrew, Johnny & Jesse Echlin, 4 great grandchildren, Dellrae, Daneeka, Vanessa and Savanna, 1 great great grandson, Roxas, 1 niece, Connie Gammie, 1 nephew, Ed (Tina) Gammie and families and the Metz family. Alice was predeceased by her parents, John (Jack) & Agnes Gammie, brothers, Gerald, Fred, Jim, Billy, 1 grandson Travis Chambers. Funeral Services for Alice will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes, Drumheller, Alberta, Reverend Heather Carlson is officiating. There will be a time of fellowship and light refreshment following the committal service. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Drumheller District Humane Society or Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Palliative Care). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.