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Last updateSat, 15 Jun 2019 10am

Condolences to the family of Evelyn Shirley Kirkpatrick



Evelyn Shirley

August 5, 1941- March 24, 2019

Shirley Kirkpatrick, beloved wife of Doug Kirkpatrick of Hussar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019 after a brave battle with cancer. Shirley is survived and lovingly remembered by Doug, her husband of 53 years, and their children Sherri Snydmiller (Dan) and Ryan Kirkpatrick (Kristi). She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Erica (Mitch), Jessica (Scott), Danielle, Jared, Adam, and Megan. Shirley is also survived by siblings Allan Gross (Lucienne), Larry Gross, and Joanne Murtagh (Gregg); brothers-in-law Andy Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick (Judy) and sisters-in-law Margaret Munro and Winnie Peake (Hughie), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Phillip and Ella Gross, in-laws Jack & Jess Kirkpatrick, brother-in-law Nick Munro, sister-in-law Yvette Gross, and son-in-law Ed Sage. Shirley was born in Simpson, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm in Watrous. After attending secretarial school, she moved to Calgary and started her career. Doug and Shirley were married on April 17, 1965 and they have enjoyed their married life together in Hussar ever since. They were never very far apart and together they created a lifetime of wonderful memories. They enjoyed curling, golfing, camping, and spending time with their grandchildren. Many laughs and happy times were shared with friends on their numerous cruises and at their winter home in Arizona. Shirley had a knack for organizing people and things and those skills were put to great use in her home and yard, and in her job as the secretary at Hussar School for 20 years. We will miss Shirley’s kind heart, funny sense of humour, and her ability to “tell it like it is.” The family would like to thank Peter and Helene at the Cozy Nest for their loving and compassionate care of Shirley during the past year. A celebration of Shirley’s life was held at the Hussar Hall on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory will be gratefully accepted by the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Hussar Cemetery Fund. To send condolences, please visit Shirley’s obituary at

Condolences to the family of Philip Blair Nelson



Philip Blair

June 13, 1960 - February 19, 2019

Philip Blair Nelson passed away from cancer on February 19, 2019 in Red Deer, AB. Philip (Phil) was born in Drumheller, AB on June 13, 1960. He spent his childhood residing in Rosedale, AB with his parents Joyce and Lennart Nelson and his brother Dave Nelson. After high school, Phil attended SAIT and received his Civil Engineer Technician diploma. Phil spent 11 years working with Alberta Transportation in Drumheller and his career then took him to Red Deer, AB. Phil took pride in his work creating roads, parks and subdivisions. He also took pride in his two surviving daughters, Janine Nelson (Garrett Bogle) and Melany Nelson (Jisoa Lim), as well as his extended family. Phil loved his family, friends, golf, billiards, and a good argument. He was a very kind, giving and loyal man and he will be deeply missed. His family welcomes any friends and family to help celebrate Phil’s life on Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. at the Rosedale Hall. As Phil used to always say, “I’ll see ya when I see ya”.

Condolences to the family of Elizabeth (Betty) Peters



Elizabeth (Betty)

July 23, 1919 - February 20, 2019

Betty passed away peacefully in Continuing Care on February 20, 2019 at the age of 99 years. Betty was born in Germany and came to Canada sometime after WWII. She married Sam Peters, and they farmed in the Dalum area. After Sam passed away Betty moved into Drumheller. She enjoyed her yard and animals. Betty was predeceased by her brother in Germany and sister in England. She is survived by a niece and nephew and their children in Germany. She will be missed here by her friends Dan and Freda Hird, Fred and Kathy Makowecki and Lyn Valentine and Kathy Valentine. As per Betty’s wishes there will be no funeral. Thank you to all her Continuing Care healthcare workers for the many years of care. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.