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Heather Ann

November 21, 1960 – November 11, 2017

Heather Ann Franciotti passed away peacefully on November 11, 2017 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Heather will be sadly missed by her three equally loved children – Jennifer Andrew (Matthew), Joelle McLellan, Dakota Franciotti, her three beautiful grandchildren – Ella, Easton, and Ailsa, her loving partner Barry Pozzo, Sister Nicole (Mike) Stol, Brothers Chuck (Anita) and Mac Von, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother Ann, father Charles, and nephew Derek. Heather was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada at the age of 9. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta and later settled in Drumheller where she had her family and thrived on being the social butterfly of the community. She worked for numerous businesses in customer relations and when she could no longer work due to her illness, she continued to spread her vibrant smile and love for people by volunteering in the community and participating in clubs and activities. She could be found taking tickets at the Drumheller Dragons games, swimming with the morning mermaids and dangling with her friends in the evening at the pool, dressing up with the Crown Jewels, leading the charge with seniors walking club and gallivanting to the shops everyday on her circuit around town. Her home was always open to everyone who needed a place to land. Those who needed a bite to eat were always invited to “Sunday Night Suppers”; however, there was always a “Moms Rule” where you knew there would be a job to be done and it was never little. She was always known for her flamboyant style and personality and there was always room to be more accessorized. She appointed herself as “Glamma Diva” because she was always too young, glamorous and fabulous to be called Grandma! A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Midlandvale Community Hall at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Drumheller Salvation Army or S.T.A.R.S. Feel free to come dressed up in your best HEATHER style. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Donald (Boomer) Rehill



Donald (Boomer) Beverly

March 30, 1937
Morrin, Alberta
- November 8, 2017
Pincher Creek, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Don passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the age of 80. Don’s day job was working for ICBC for more than thirty years, but his main passion was hockey. Spending most of his early years playing in the senior leagues of Alberta where he was known as “Boomer”, for both his toughness and goal scoring. To put money and potato salad on the table for his young family, he worked as a body-man for auto body shops across the province. Relocating to Cranbrook in the early 70’s, he was a primary “defense” fixture in the East Kootenay’s Oldtimers hockey league well into his 60’s, played on the VOT (Very Old Timers) team and finally hung up the skates in his late 60’s after a number of years of refereeing minor hockey. Don had a huge love for the sport of golf. Many, many hours were spent at his beloved Cranbrook Golf Course, on the annual Osoyoos pilgrimage and touring courses on his snowbird drive to Mazatlan, Mexico. Don was also an avid fisherman with some of his happiest days out on the lake with his wife Joan. Nothing made Don prouder than to talk about his boys. There was never a doubt as to the love that he had for his three sons. Don is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Trent and Nicole of Tunis, and Barry and Gladys of Frank and by his sister, Esme of Wetaskiwin and his brother Reg (Diane) of Westville, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his grandchildren Bret, Dallas, J.T. and Tessa. And his great-grandchild Haedyn. Don is predeceased by his wife Joan, his son Randy, and his parents. We will all miss his infectious smile and kind heart. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the BCSPCA East Kootenay Branch, 3339 Hwy 3 & 95 Cranbrook BC V1C 4H6 CA in memory of “Boomer” and his love of animals. In living memory of Don Rehill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.



Myrtle Jean Lindsay (Jean)

October 19, 1939 - November 2, 2017

Myrtle Jean Lindsay (Jean) was born on October 19, 1939 to parents Eunice and Campbell Lindsay in Provost, Alberta. Jean was raised on the prairies with 4 siblings, Margaret (Bud) Lindsay, Ron (Shirley) Lindsay, Marion (Norman) Steinwand, and Lyle (Margaret) Lindsay. She had 8 nieces and nephews. She attended high school in Provost, Alberta, and upon graduating in 1957 continued her education as a certified lab technician in Edmonton, Alberta. She then began working in many small towns across the south of the province. While working at the Drumheller Hospital she met Donald Keith Farmer, who she married on February 18, 1961. She gave birth to four daughters, Laurie Jean (David) Coughlin, Katherine Anne Farmer, Susan Dawn (Murray) Jacobson and Jamel Lynn Farmer (Rossco). She stayed home to raise her girls and in 1975 returned to work at Drumheller Associated Physicians Clinic. Jean and Don moved to Iron Springs, Alberta in 1992 after the birth of their first granddaughter, Lindsay, to live alongside Katherine on her farm. She has 5 grandchildren, Lindsay, Blare, Hannah, Mac and Austin. In 1998 she moved to Coalhurst and continued working in the Lethbridge Health Unit. In 2001 her life changed completely as she moved to beautiful Brentwood Bay, B.C. She has been active throughout her life as an avid birdwatcher, curler, basketball and pickleball player. She also enjoyed singing in choirs and was a seamstress of some renown. She and Don enjoyed travelling and the adventures it brought. Her faith in God was strong and she deeply valued her religion. Jean passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017. She was a loving, kind, and strong person throughout her life, and will be dearly remembered as a bright light by friends and family. She is survived by her husband Donald Farmer of 57 years. The celebration of Jean’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 7921 St Stephen Road, Saanichton, B.C. on November 11 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Mount Newton Centre Lending Cupboard, Saanichton, B.C. or to Woodwynn Farms,
Saanichton, B.C.