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PUGH Evelyn (Burrett)

PUGH Evelyn (Burrett)

PUGH, Evelyn (Burrett)
January 4, 1920 - April 16, 2012


Evelyn Pugh (Burrett) died April 16, 2012 in Lloyminster, Alberta, at the age of 92. She was born in Hastings, England, January 4th, 1920, the third of ten children, and grew up in London. After completing school she went to work for Thomas Lipton Foods, and when war broke out, was relocated to Newbury, Wales. It was there she met Henry David Pugh originally from Wales but who, at the time, was serving with the Canadian forces. They were married June 9th, 1945 and shortly after Eve joined the British forces. After the war she emigrated to Canada in May of 1946 where she and Dave farmed near Drumheller for 30 years. They retired to Sidney, BC where, with more time she continued to refine her art of petit-point and needle-point for which she won prizes at several fairs and competitions. Retirement also allowed her to pursue other interests such as gardening and travel. Almost 6 years ago she moved to Lloydminster to be closer to family. Eve was predeceased by her husband in August 1998 at age 88. She is survived by her children Glenys and John Pugh, and her grandchildren Brian and Adam Budenski, Tyson Pugh, and Erin Elder. The memorial service will take place in Lloyminster at McCaw Funeral Service (5101 - 50 St, 1.800.363.5797), on Friday, April 27, at 2 o’clock. A time of fellowship and refreshment will be held at 3:00 at the Lloyminster Legion (4505 49 Ave, Lloydminster, SK). As a celebration of life the wearing of bright colours is encouraged. Expressions of condolence can be forwarded to the family through McCaw Funeral Service. If donations are desired the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the CNIB, or the Lloydminster Health Foundation are suggested.

Meller Kenneth (Ken) Gordon

Meller Kenneth (Ken) Gordon

Meller, Kenneth (Ken) Gordon
January 30, 1942 - April 17, 2012


Ken passed away peacefully in the Drumheller hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer,  with his family by his side. Ken was a selfless, kind and giving man with an easy smile and a ready joke, always willing to lend a helping hand.  He loved to spend time with family and friends, visiting and sharing laughter and music. Ken began his working career early in life, proud to have worked on the George Storch farm; as a heavy equipment operator for Starland County; being a partsman for E.O. Parry/Schinnours; travelling the countryside as a salesman for Snap-on Tools, and completing his career by retiring from the Drumheller Penitentiary after 31 years of service in 1998, at which time he founded Meller Cemetery Maintenance and Repair, representing Remco Memorials. He was an active member of many service clubs and organizations throughout his life, including the BPOE #54; the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #22; the local branch of the Navy League, and Kinsmen. He was also the Regional Vice-President of the Alberta Union of Solicitor General Employees; a member of the Heart to Heart Association, and tremendously enjoyed being Santa for multiple generations of children in the area, for nearly thirty years.  Ken will be met in Heaven by his parents Ralph and Myrtle Meller, eldest son John Bradley (J.B.), Mother-in-law Eve Storch and a parade of tail-wagging canine companions. Ken will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years Diana Meller (Morrin), sons Michael (Carla) of Morrin and Scott (Natasha) of Fort McMurray, granddaughters Marina, Jasmine, Kaitlyn, Lindsey and Alexandra, and great granddaughter Destiny. Ken will also be missed by his brother Gerald (Mae) Meller of Victoria B.C., sister Elaine (Larry) Johnson of Calgary, Father-in-law John Storch of Drumheller, his large extended family and many close friends. A memorial service will be held at the Morrin Community Hall April 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., luncheon to follow. Courtney Winters Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements (403-823-2660). For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Regional Health Complex, and directed to either the Palliative Care facility or the Cancer Clinic.

BAIRD, Dorothy (Nee Halase)

BAIRD, Dorothy (Nee Halase)

BAIRD, Dorothy (Nee Halase)
April 25, 1926 - April 17, 2012


DOROTHY BAIRD (Nee Halase) April 25, 1926 to April 17, 2012, went to be with her Lord and Saviour.  My loving and loyal wife of 63 years will be forever remembered and cherished. Pre-deceased by her parents Julius and Catherine (Katie) Halase; infant son Allister; her brothers Arthur and Julius (Patrick). She is survived and will be remembered by her loving husband Stanley C. Baird, a niece, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and the extended BAIRD clan family (Vancouver-Princeton).Dorothy was born in Drumheller and attended school here and in Morrin, while living on the family farm.  Upon graduation of high school and Garbutts Business College in Calgary in 1943, she was employed with the military.  Stationed at Mewatta/Currie Barracks, she met, fell in love and married a young medical paratrooper (with a Harley motorcycle) on June 11, 1948.  After a wonderful honeymoon in Banff, her and Stan experienced many challenges of military life; joys of pomp and glory; and loneliness of lengthy separations.  Dorothy was patriotic and accepted the togetherness of serving our great nation of Canada to help maintain peace and freedom.  Upon retirement from the military, Stan and Dorothy returned home to Drumheller. Dorothy was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church and Beta Sigma Phi.  She also had a flare for volunteering at the local Nursing Home and Pioneer Centre.  She enjoyed travelling with Stan when he attended medical conferences with the Correctional Services of Canada.  Dottie possessed a talent of hosting/entertaining friends and relatives and was known for her famous cabbage rolls.  She kept an immaculate home and grounds until years of declining health prevented her from these daily activities. Effects of a horrifying car accident in 1960 became evident affecting her health and limiting her ability to continue with daily lifestyle activities.  However, she enjoyed her home and with help of loyal friends who came to keep Dorothy’s hair groomed (Carole and Beverley), the home neat and clean (Bonnie) and the yard maintained (Bob). We will be forever grateful for the medical services of Dr. Elizabeth Racz; the home care nurses; the acute and continuing care nurses; and hospital staff.  We would also like to thank Dr. Lawrence Olfert, Reverend Curtis Boehm and Reverend Lloyd Huber who attended Dorothy in her final hours.  A thank you as well, to Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home for final arrangements.  Our family and myself cannot ever thank all of you (family and friends) enough for your support as it is beyond what words could ever convey. Celebration of Life and memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, followed by interment at Drumheller Cemetery and fellowship gathering at Grace Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by Drumheller Continuing Care.