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EDWARDS, James (Jim)

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EDWARDS, James (Jim)

Jim Edwards, 85, of Drumheller, passed away the evening of Tuesday, June 7, surrounded by family.  Jim was born in the Horseshoe Canyon/Hesketh area and attended the East Marne School (uphill, both ways).  He lived on, and worked, the family farm.  In the early fifties, he attended the Olds School of Agriculture and was well-known as “Uncle Jim”, “Big Jim”, and “Jolly Jim”.  He married Geraldine Ritchie in 1958 and started a family in the Pope Lease area.  In the mid-60s he left the farm and worked at E. O. Parry’s, the Elks Club, and Baesen Memorial, among many others - he loved to work with his hands.  His last years were at the Sunshine Lodge, where he spent a lot of time with old friends.  He was a loyal member of the Elks Lodge for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Gerrie; children Dean (Lori), Laurie, Pat (Mike), Peter, and Bob; his grandchildren Michelle (Ryan), Jasmine (David), Elizabeth (Richard), Katrina (Clint), James, Deonna, Myenna, Thereza, and Maia (Shane); and his great-grandchildren Natalie, Bailey, and Gavin.  He is also survived by his brother John (Lavinia) and sisters Shirley (George) and Phyllis.  He is predeceased by his son John; his parents William and Elvena; his brothers Craig, Earl, and Gordon; and sisters Evelyn and Gladys. The celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 1 – 4 in the Midland Hall; luncheon to follow.  Funeral arrangements by Courtney Winters Funeral Home. Donations can be made to the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children.

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FERGUSON, Margaret Joyce

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FERGUSON, Margaret Joyce (Joy)
May 18, 1937 - June 1, 2011


Margaret Joyce (Joy) Ferguson (nee Peers) passed away on June 1, 2011 at the Hanna Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Joy was born on May 18, 1937 in Alsask, Saskatchewan. She was the oldest of four children born to Fred and Irene Peers. She attended her schooling in Acadia Valley and later received her Nursing Aid degree at SAIT in Calgary in 1956.  Joy began dating the love of her life, Howard Ferguson, in 1954. They were married on November 9, 1957 and moved to Youngstown to begin their life together. Joy and Howard’s first son, Darcy, was born on January 30, 1959, followed by Blaine on August 6, 1962 and Jerry on July 12, 1965. All of the boys were born in Hanna with the exception of Scott, born September 18, 1969 in Wainwright. Howard and Joy had many moves throughout their married life, acquiring many lifelong friends along the way. After Howard’s retirement from the Canadian Wheat Board in 1994, they returned to Hanna to be closer to their family. Joy was involved with many activities with friends at their winter home in Arizona. She enjoyed playing shuffleboard, a lively game of cards and dancing with Howard.  Her parents, Fred and Irene, brother Keith and granddaughter Taylor predeceased Joy. She is survived by her husband, Howard, of 53 years, sons, Darcy (Tracy), Blaine, Jerry (Donalee) and Scott (Kathy), grandchildren Ryan, Amy, Kyle, Carissa, Adam, Jorden, Hunter & Tyler, brothers Larry (Lorraine), and Glen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Sunday June 5th at the Hanna United Church at 3:00 P.M., officiated by Leila Curry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joy’s memory to the Hanna Young Lions Club or the Hanna Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Cathy Watts of Heartland Funeral Services Ltd entrusted with arrangements. (403-854- 2758).

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BURROUGHS, James Walter

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BURROUGHS, James Walter
July 25, 1931 - June 3, 2011


Jim’s family share with you his peaceful passing to our Heavenly Father with his loving family by his side. Jim was born in Drumheller, AB. He was the son of the late Walter and Vera (Lane) Burroughs. Jim was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and special friend. He was a member of St. Lukes Parish. Jim was an accomplished pilot, experiencing fifty-six years in aviation. Jim will be sadly missed by his wife Sandra (MacDonald) and their children, David (Wendy), Robert, Deborah (Bill), Kirk (Michelle), Shantal (Brian) and Kris (Natasha); grandchildren, Christopher (Christine), Bradley (Rachel), Shayla, Summer, Brynn, Carson, Mason, Kadyn, Chaney, Keira, Lochlan, and Liam; great-granddaughters Evelyn and Emma; sister Shirley and family. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W., Calgary) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of James Burroughs, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W., CALGARY  Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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