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Last updateWed, 22 May 2019 12pm

Condolences to the family of Cecil Botkin




April 13, 1925 - February 16, 2019

Dad was born in Fillmore, Saskatchewan in 1925. He had 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Dad and Mom (Ida) were married for 69 years and had 4 daughters: Carol Drotos (Leslie), Darlaine Fuhlendorf (Arno), Linda Drotos (Joe) and Karen Smith (Paul). They had 9 grandchildren who Grandad loved immensely. They took them on holidays, fishing trips, and spent hours playing cards and just talking about their lives. My kids remember fondly an RV trip they took with them to Alaska. They also have many great-grandchildren who were the joy of his life. In their early days they had a dairy farm in Brooks and in 1973 moved to Carbon to grain farm. Then they retired to Drumheller and built and flipped 3 houses to keep busy and joined Pioneer Trail Centre where they had many friends. In 2011 they moved to Sunshine Lodge and after Mom died in 2014, Dad went to Hillview and then into Continuing Care. He was well looked after by all the staff and they made his final years pleasant. Thanks to all who did such a great job. There will be no funeral service.

Condolences to the family of Elsie Mary Littlejohns (nee Long)



Elsie Mary
(nee Long)

April 2, 1947 - February 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie after a courageous battle with cancer on February 1st surrounded by family and friends at the Saanich hospital in Sydney, BC. She was the oldest daughter of the late Ivan and Mary Long. She was a loving wife to Brian for 51 years. Elsie leaves her son, Richard (Kristina), daughter Jenifer (Dana), and granddaughters Breanna & Sage. She will be missed by her sisters Kay Richards (Doug) and Patty Blocksom (Terry), her brother Ken Long, sister-in-law Jeanette Rougeau and many loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Jim Long (Mickie). A special thank you to the Demman and Neal families for all of your help. As her kids were growing up, she was a dedicated parent, volunteer at their schools, hockey, and lacrosse. Elsie spent many years working at Sidney’s True Value Hardware Store, always with a smile and a helping hand. Elsie had a heart of gold, loved us fiercely and always gave the BEST hugs, especially to her granddaughters. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring, a date to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Elsie’s memory to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care Unit (

Condolences to the family of Lyle Douglas Hunter



Lyle Douglas

March 1, 1958 - February 11, 2019

Lyle Douglas Hunter was born March 1, 1958 and passed away February 11, 2019 at the Red Deer Hospital. Lyle is survived by his wife Geri, his 2 sons Lyle Jr., Chris and families, his step-son Scott, his mother Arlene, sisters Linda and Pat and families, his brother Dale and family, as well as numerous other family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Hunter, in 1991. His greatest love in life was driving gravel trucks and cheering on the Calgary Flames. As per Lyle’s request, there will be no service. Flowers are gratefully declined but if desired, donations may be made to The Drumheller Salvation Army, Box 3097, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 in Lyle’s memory. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.