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Last updateFri, 20 Jul 2018 1pm

Condolences to the family of Irene Mae (nee Olsen) (Halliday) Samu



A Celebration of Life

Irene Mae
nee Olsen (Halliday)

Friday, June 22, 2018
1:00 PM

Badlands Community Facility
80 Veterans Way,
Drumheller, Alberta

A celebration of Irene’s life will take place on

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

at Badlands Community Facility, 80 Veterans Way,
Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y4
Lunch to follow.

Condolences to the family of Loren Clark Watts



Loren Clark

March 20, 1930 - June 14, 2018

In sadness we announce that our dear Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Great-Great Grandpa, Uncle and friend passed away on June 14, with his family at his side. At the same time, we are happy that he is no longer in pain and is reunited with our Mom. Loren was born at home in Scollard, AB on March 20, 1930, 6th child of Samuel and Florence Watts. Weighing just a little over 2 lbs, he spent the first weeks of his life in a shoe box on the door of the wood stove. He was raised on the farm and attended school in Scollard. From an early age, Loren developed a habit of “Never Being Late”. If he wasn’t going to be on time, then he didn’t go at all. Everyone knew if Loren was picking you up, you better be ready 15 minutes early! On June 7, 1950, he married Edith Lowe. They worked side by side on the farm raising their four children. Besides working long and hard in the fields and with the cattle, he enjoyed playing ball in the summer and curling in the winter. Mom & Dad semi-retired in 1976, built a new home and moved into the Village of Big Valley. Dad still went to the farm most days to make sure the boys were doing things right. They bought a small holiday trailer and spent lots of time camping at Buffalo Lake. In 1993 they moved to Rochon Sands where they spent their summers surrounded by grandchildren. They spent many hours fishing, playing cards and telling stories around the campfire. Winters were spent enjoying the Arizona sunshine. Over the 31 years Mom & Dad went south, they made many great friends and honed their golf skills. Dad got a few ‘Holes in One’ but no one in the family has more than our Mom did. Dad and Mom were lucky to take many wonderful trips in their 61 years together. They travelled to Eastern Canada, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and many other US states always coming home with many great pictures and stories. Many of these trips shared with family or friends. In 2005, they moved to Spruce Terrace Condo in Stettler. After Mom’s passing in 2011, Dad moved to Willow Creek in the spring of 2012 where he lived until February 2018 when he entered the Stettler hospital. He received great care at the hospital, but sure did miss the meals from Willow Creek. To the end, Dad loved his food – especially desserts!! Over the years, countless hours were spent playing crib and chickenfoot with family and friends. Dad never fussed about winning or losing, he just enjoyed playing. Dad is survived by son Lyle (Lorna); daughters Carol (Doug) Bryson, Marie (Rusty) McLean and Kathy (Harvey) Jochelman; 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson; along with S-I-L Joyce Primrose, Marjorie (Orville) Olsen, numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Dad was predeceased by his dear wife Edith; parents; brothers Alvin, Russell and Hughie; sisters Nellie and Dorothy and many friends. At Loren’s request there will be no formal service. A private family interment was held at Lake View Cemetery on Sunday June 17, 2018. On behalf of the Watts family, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the caring staff at Willow Creek, Home Care, and Acute Care at Stettler hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stettler Handibus, Stettler Health Services Foundation or a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send condolences to the family, please visit

Condolences to the family of Barbara E. Church



Barbara E.

September 17, 1936 - June 9, 2018

Barbara was born September 17, 1936 in Vancouver, B.C. to J. Thomas Johnston and Ruby M. (Gourley) Johnston. She passed away the morning of June 9, 2018 surrounded by family. She leaves behind her three daughters: Patricia Villasenor (John Webb), Pamela Church and Carolyn Church (Beth Wemple); four grandchildren: Micaela Villasenor (Christian), Elizabeth Jones (Cody), Jonathan Villasenor (Jenea) and Maria Cano Church; as well as 6 great-grandchildren: Rylan and Cohen Sunnes, Zoey and Colson Villasenor, Rhett Jones and Julieta Valdez-Villasenor. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Rosalie Fawcett, ex-husband Charles Church and son-in-law Juan Villasenor. Barbara grew up in a houseboat in a logging camp north of Vancouver where the family would sometimes find themselves adrift when the house broke away from its mooring. The family also lived in the Vancouver metro area during her youth. She became a nurse before marrying Charles Church in 1961, embracing farm life in rural Alberta until the family moved to the Fraser Valley of B.C. and ultimately to Yamhill County, OR. She worked at McMinnville Community Hospital and Friendsview Manor in Newberg for several years before retiring in 1996. Mom was a sweet, sometimes feisty spirit who adored animals, her family, the beach and all things Christmas. If so desired,memorial contributions can be made to Meals On Wheels in her honor. She had been both a volunteer for several years and ultimately, a grateful recipient. Many thanks from the family to Providence Newberg staff, Faith in Action, Brighton Hospice and Meals on Wheels. You all helped make her last days more comfortable, peaceful and happy. She will be dearly missed by all of us. An informal celebration of life Open House memorial gathering will be held for Barbara E. Church of Dundee, OR at her home from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018. A sharing time by family will commence at 1:00 p.m. Call Carolyn at 503-453-7809 for details/directions.