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Condolences to the family of John (Jack) Ross Humphries



John (Jack) Ross

July 26, 1942 - April 14, 2018

John (Jack) Ross Humphries was born July 26, 1942 in Calgary, Alberta. He passed away on April 14, 2018 in Olds, Alberta, due to complications resulting from his 70 years of living with diabetes, a condition which he never allowed to get in the way of living his life to the fullest and which he always faced with a positive outlook. Jack was the oldest child of John (Jack) and Henrietta (Hetty) Humphries. He had three siblings Adele, Craig, and Mary. He spent his early years on the farm south-west of Drumheller, Alberta, where his time was filled with many adventures and hard work. He attended school in Drumheller until he moved to Calgary to complete his final year of High School. It was at that time that he met Shirley Blower. They became good friends and were often found in one another’s company. They were engaged and married in 1965. Two children soon followed – Brett in 1966 and Cheri in 1967. They lived for a short time in both Calgary and Rocky Mountain House before making Olds their final home in 1972. Jack and Shirley owned a small business, the House of Shoes, from 1974 to 1983. Following this he worked at several different jobs including real estate, snow removal/lawn care, home repairs/painting, gas station, Value Drug Mart, and finally financial adviser. He loved being involved in the community and volunteered with many different clubs and organizations. He was involved with the Olds Optimists Club, Scouts Canada, Kiwanis Club of Olds, Olds Search and Rescue, and the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club. Some of his best friends and relationships were found in these groups. In recognition of his service he was named Citizen of the Year in Olds in 2003. He was also actively involved with church callings having been involved with the youth, Sunday School and Priesthood organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jack enjoyed the outdoors and had many fond memories of times spent camping, hunting, and fishing with friends and family throughout the years. His family was very important to him and he tried to attend as many of their important events as possible. Jack is predeceased by his beloved wife Shirley, his parents John and Henrietta, his brother Craig, father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Myfanwy, and sister-in-law, Dianne. He is survived by his children, Brett Humphries, Cheri (Bruce) Woodruff; grandchildren Jonathan (Jessica) Humphries, Ashley Humphries, Kimberley Humphries, Nicholas Woodruff, Nathaniel Woodruff, and Mairin Woodruff; step-father Mervin (Kay) Clark; sisters Adele Meyers and Mary Murphy; sister-in-law Linda Tomlinson, and brother-in-law Klaas Heerema; as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made in his honour to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Funeral Service will be held, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (3802-57 Ave), Olds. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610

Condolences to the family of Myrna Faye Manning



Myrna Faye

July 14, 1932 - April 4, 2018

Mrs. Myrna Faye Manning a longtime resident of the Drumheller Valley beloved wife of the late Charles “Gordon” Manning passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018 at Drumheller Health Centre (Continuing Care) at the age of 85 years. Myrna was born on July 14, 1932 in Drumheller, Alberta to William and Irene Mackie, she took all of her schooling in the Drumheller Valley. On June 13, 1953, she married Charles “Gordon” Manning, the couple had four children and spent 55 years together. Myrna worked at various jobs including nursing. In later years Myrna enjoyed her hobby work, including painting, crafting and spending time with her family. Myrna was predeceased by her husband Charles “Gordon” Manning (2008), her parents Bill & Irene Mackie, and her brother Lorne Mackie. Myrna leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Diane (Damien) Belanger, sons Ross (Deborah Belden) Manning, Scott (Joanne) Manning, Mark (Vikky) Manning, 8 grandchildren, brothers Ron and Rob Mackie and their families, and a lifetime of friends. Myrna will be sadly missed by her family. As per Myrna’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Myrna Manning to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of David Lewis Leigh



David Lewis

August 6, 1940 - April 2, 2018

A proud resident of Drumheller since 1961, David Leigh passed away on Monday, April 2 in the Red Deer hospital. He had been a patient in the Drumheller hospital for eleven weeks prior, with one week added in Red Deer. He is survived by his sister Mary Leigh Warden (Barry); niece Christy Dinning (Darwin Forcier); nephews Rob Dinning (Rebecca; Lily) and John Dinning (Allison; Aden and Reid). David loved Drumheller - the long-time acquaintances, favourite shopping spots, drives around town and nearby valley routes. His friendly smile and always happy nature shone through whenever he stopped to have a chat with familiar Drumheller folks, all of whom knew David well and had known parents Bert and Irene Leigh since Bert’s transfer as Manager to the Bank of Montreal in 1961 and Irene’s teaching relocation to the Drum public school system. Those who were fortunate to have known David surely have taken from him some valuable life lessons. His daily attempts to be positive and kind were commendable beyond words. David was a special soul. Most people likely weren’t aware of David’s keen interest in sports: hockey (Montreal Canadiens); baseball (New York Yankees), and curling. He followed the Winter Olympics, kept a close watch on the results and was proud of Canada’s medals. Barry often called David to talk about hockey or baseball. David knew all the stats, present and past, could give near-accurate assessments of which team would end up winning and provide clear reasons why. David’s other passions were movies and music. Two weeks before his passing, with nudging from Mary, David discovered that he could sing. If there had been a casual, welcoming sing-along group for seniors in Drumheller, he might have been an eager participant. David would want to say thank you and goodbye to a few wonderful people: RobinLee, a special helper and friend, plus Kristy, Heather, Penny, Tina and Janice (all Helping Hands, Drumheller); Priscilla, as well as Jenna and Jen, and Dr. Rehan Masood, who realized there was a serious urgency (Drum hospital); Brian (Peterson’s Auto Body); Donna and Clark (H & H Optical); Amy (Centre St. Insurance); Alison, Don and staff (Rutz Agency); Paulette Harder, Joanne Dedul, Carmen Bliss and staff (BMO); Mandy (David’s premier nurse, Red Deer hospital); Dr. Chelsey Henry (Resident Dr., Red Deer, who offered her cell phone to David on his first evening in Red Deer so he could talk to his sister); Diane, Beverly, Donnell and Jessica (Helping Hands, Red Deer); Stan Schumacher; Linda Culshaw (Schumacher Gough); Debbie Laycock; Marcel Augey; Grace House; Judy and Ed Palm; Miro and Karen Guidolin; Don and Adrienne Dart; Shelley Hird; Debbie Nakonechny; Scott Manning; Janet Notland; Tess Broadhurst; the Yavis staff; the amazing Shaw cable technicians who pulled off miracles (with Jon Galliazzo, Jay Meyer); all the kind friends at Mapleridge Manor I, and Bob Dinning. A special goodbye to cousins Jean Fraser, Peggy Shuman and Gordon Rhine, and a loving goodbye to Mary, Barry, Christy, Rob and John. Many thanks to Sean Grande, Courtney Winters, for his sincere and friendly support. If anyone has been missed from this list, apologies. When David’s sister talked with him on the phone four days before his unexpected passing, she told him that he was a real trooper. David replied, ‘Am I? Well, ok...I guess I am!’ Indeed, he was. Many folks have shed tears over his passing. He will be remembered and missed. In memory of David, donations to the Drumheller Area Health Region would be greatly appreciated (351-9th Street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.