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BIXBY Margaret May




Margaret May


Margaret went into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 26, 2012  in the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 95 years. She is survived by her children Shirley (Jim); Russell (Joanne); Marie (Tom); Rick (Bev); her brothers Mike (Becky) and Walter as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret was predeceased by her parents Frank Cooper and LuLu Cooper (Courtney), husband Percy, sons Lloyd, Jimmey (Woody) and Larry; sisters Lorraine and Ruth. Her family and friends will greatly miss her and especially the beautiful music she played on the mandolin. Funeral services will be held at Courtney- Winters Funeral Home, 199-2nd Street West on Wednesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. with Lt. Matt Sheils officiating.


LA FORGE Lorraine



LA FORGE, Lorraine

January 28, 1927 - May 21, 2012

Lorraine La Forge passed away peacefully on May 21st at the Drumheller Nursing Home at the age of 86. She was born on January 28,1927 in Medicine Hat and became the chosen daughter of Frank and Leila Burger and later was to become a big sister to Ted and Sam.

She will be forever missed by her son Barry [Karen] of Langley and daughter Marilyn [Bob] of Drumheller and daughter-in-law Vivian of Swift Current,her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lorraine is predeceased by her parents, husband of 36 years Darwin, daughters Barbra and Lori and sons Arnold, Bob and Eric and great granddaughter Keoma. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the Ladies Auxillary.

SIMPSON Joyce Viola (Polly)





Joyce Viola (Polly)

September 10, 1921 

- January 17, 2012


It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Joyce Viola (Polly) Simpson, on January 17, 2012, at the age of 90 years. Polly was born in New Westminster, B.C., on September 10, 1921, the first of three children for her parents, Victor and Myrtle Sortwell. In her youth, she was trained and excelled in both dance and swimming. After completing high school, Polly graduated from business education, and accepted a position in a busy office in New Westminster. It was at the coast that she met and married a young flight officer, Jim Simpson, who was stationed there at that time during World War II. Following the war, they moved to Delia area, and then to the Simpson family farm. Together they built a life, which benefited from Polly’s business experience. Jim and Polly raised four children on the family farm, and enjoyed the friendship of the many young families throughout the area. They were life time members of the Delia Legion Branch, and were avid bridge players in the community. Later in life, they moved to Drumheller where they continued to entertain and enjoy both family and friends. Polly was predeceased by; her beloved husband Jim, her parents, Victor and Myrtle Sortwell, her sister Inez Hewitt and her dear friend Ruth Thompson. She leaves to mourn her; brother Greg Sortwell, her four children: Janie (Jerry) Rosgen, Inez Dahl, John (Lorna) Simpson and Jim (Angela) Simpson, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, who remember their Aunt Pol fondly. Polly will always be remembered for the love of family, her kindness and generosity, her sense of humour, and her strength of character. The family would like to thank Dr. Graham for his kind and compassionate care. A special thank you is also extended to the staff of the Sunshine Lodge and to the staff of the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre. A Memorial Service will be held for Polly at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Saint Patrick’s Anglican Church in Delia, Alberta, with Rev. Brian Stiles officiating. Following the service there will be lunch in the Delia Community Hall. There will be a private family graveside service prior to the Memorial Service. If friends and family so desire, donations can be made to the Delia Historical Society, for the restoration fund of St. Patrick’s Anglican Church.