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Last updateWed, 18 Apr 2018 5pm

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.

Condolences to the family of Norman Russell Sanders



Norman Russell

December 26, 1941 - April 4, 2018

Norm was born in Bassano, Alberta to Lottie and Herb Sanders. He is survived by his wife Bev, three children - Stacey (Kari), Tyran (Peg), and Nicole (John). Six grandchildren - Kyle, Ali, Maddy, Lexie, Hayden, and Hunter. Norm was a wonderful brother to Willie (Zella), Eileen, Helen and Shirley; a brother-in-law to Clarke VanHereweghe, Marie Sanders and Orlene and Lorne Bishop; an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Norm was predeceased by his parents, infant brothers Robert and Carl, brother George, sister Elsie, mother-in-law Irene Bardell, brother-in-laws Brian Larsen, and Keith Bunker, and sister-in-law Rae Murray. Norm was raised in Hussar and graduated from Hussar High School. After a brief stay in Calgary he returned to Hussar and started his oilfield career with Armsco Well Service. In 1963 he was offered employment at Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas (later known as Pan Canadian Petroleum) where he worked until his retirement. These years included moves to Bassano, Drumheller, and Brooks. His favourite pastimes were curling, baseball and golf, as well as time spent in Arizona. Nothing gave Norm more enjoyment than watching his precious grandchildren participate in hockey, ringette, volleyball, dance and all other activities. Norm and Bev moved to Camrose in 2010. This was a great move as it allowed them to be within an hour driving time of their children and grandchildren. Norm was a great man where enthusiasm, honesty, love and kindness always shone through. He took an interest in everyone. Family and friends were so special to him he truly will leave a large void in all that knew him. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Hussar Community Hall at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made in Norm’s name directly to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation (#200, 119 – 14 St. NW, Calgary T2N 1Z6). To send condolences, please visit Norman’s obituary at