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October 6, 1927 - October 21, 2017

Helen passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Helen’s final days were spent at the Drumheller Hospital in Palliative Care with her children at her side. Helen was born on the farm in Carmel, SK, where she attended Mt. Carmel school and later, Sacred Heart Academy in Yorkton. She competed in many sports, but her favorite sport, in which she excelled, was fastball. Helen was devoted to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Her father, John Bunko, had donated a portion of land to the church which is still used by St. Peter’s Abbey for pilgrimage every year. Helen’s family was most important to her, she was a stay at home mom until her children were in school, then went to work at the Calgary General Hospital. In 1975, Helen moved from Calgary to Drumheller where she managed a motel for 20 years. Helen will be lovingly missed by her daughter, Grace; sons, Jim, Garry (Twila) and Terry; grandchildren, Diana (Dan) and Brett, Trent and Tristan (Tallen); great grandchildren, Taya and Kane; sisters-in-law, Myrna, Marie, Darlene and Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, John and Alice Bunko; husband, John; sisters, Anne (Harry), Katie (Nick) and Nettie (Nick); brothers, Matt, Bill (Dorthy), Roman, Tony (Mackie), Nick and Mike. The family would like to thank Dr. Olfert & Barb Trumpour, Dr. Beach, Dr. Diaz, Inez (her Angel) and the rest of the nursing staff who cared for our mom. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Church, 151 – 3 Street W., Drumheller, AB on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 am. A Private Interment will be held at Sacred Heart Columbarium in Calgary, AB. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at



Joyce Virginia
(nee Swallow)

February 20, 1930 Rowley, Alberta -  September 27, 2017 Calgary, Alberta

Joyce Hobbs (nee Swallow) was reunited with her husband of nearly sixty-four years, when she passed away peacefully at the age of 87 years on Friday, September 27, 2017. Joyce was born and raised on the family farm in Rowley, Alberta where she also eventually married the love of her life, Allan Hobbs. Allan’s career required them to live in the city but Joyce was a prairie girl at heart. So, after Allan retired, they spent most summers planting and tending a garden on their Rowley property and socializing with family and friends. Joyce was instrumental in preserving Rowley’s history, collecting artifacts and creating exhibits in the old school house and museum. Joyce enjoyed playing cards, especially Crib and Yahtzee. She loved gardening and her home looked like a greenhouse, with bountiful plants in every room. Joyce won many awards at rural competitions for her magnificent potted flower entries. As a couple, Joyce and Allan were very sociable, participating in church activities, round and square-dancing, curling, bowling and golfing; but Joyce was really in her ‘element’ as a mother and homemaker, baking and sewing. When a relative needed a place to live, Joyce welcomed them with open arms. Joyce will forever be remembered and cherished by her loving family; sons Rory and Scott (Judy), and daughter Coralee Hobbs. Joyce was blessed with six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored and enjoyed more than anything. Joyce was predeceased by her loving husband Allan, and daughter Shona Bishop. Funeral Services will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W.) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Many charities benefited from Joyce’s generosity so if desired, please donate to a charity close to your heart, in her memory. In living memory of Joyce Hobbs, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.



In Loving Memory of


Christopher Michael


It is with great sadness that we must announce the sudden passing of our son, brother, husband, uncle and friend, Christopher, on September 12, 2017. Rather than a funeral, we have decided to have a “Celebration of Life” for Christopher on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Midlandvale Community Hall (2011-1 Avenue NW) at 1:30 p.m. We invite everyone whose life Christopher touched in some way to please attend. Anyone with a ‘Christopher story’ to tell is invited to speak. Refreshments and a light lunch with a time to visit will follow. Dress is casual. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Christopher McLellan Memorial Fund at: https.// or to make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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