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Condolences to the family of Dorothy Linda Dawson (nee Glover)


Dorothy Linda
(nee Glover)

June 9, 1949 - June 24, 2023

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother Dorothy Linda Dawson at the age of 74 years in Red Deer, Alberta surrounded by her family on June 24, 2023.
She was born in Drumheller on June 9, 1949, to Russel and Vera Glover. She was their first born of three children with two little brothers Ken and Timothy. Dorothy resided in Drumheller for all her years. She had two daughters, Sabrina (Brina) and Linda (Lindy) as she called them. She was a very strong woman, courageous, kind and a very hard worker. Her family always came first as she raised her daughters on her own. She had a love of baking, board games, card games and reading.
Dorothy leaves to mourn her brother Ken (Linda), daughters Sabrina (Terry), Linda (Brian), grandchildren Colby (Alyssa), Tanner, Shellbi (Andy), Jessie, Derek, great-grandchildren Owen, Alivia, Harper, Tucker, Carson, nephew Kenny, niece Caralee and numerous other family and friends.
She was predeceased by her father Russel, her mother Vera, brother Timothy, and her grandson Mitchell.
Funeral services for Dorothy will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home at 1:00 P.M., interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. There will be a time of fellowship and light refreshments at Newcastle Hall following the interment service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, S.T.A.R.S. or the charity of one’s choice.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Jean Sylvia McGhee


Jean Sylvia

September 15, 1937 - June 24, 2023

Jean Sylvia McGhee who passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2023 in Linden was a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, widow, neighbour, teacher, and dance partner extraordinaire. Jean’s sons, Stacy, Randy, and Todd, along with their partners Ruth, Marcel, and Faye, loved her deeply. She was a cherished grandmother to Bradley, Alyse, Keara, Daylan, Gavin, Michael, Curtis, and Courtney. Predeceased by husband Mert and siblings Stan, Barbara, Lloyd, and Eileen, she is survived by her brother Edgar, of Green Valley, Arizona.
Born on September 15, 1937, in Drumheller, Jean grew up in Munson, attending school there before moving on to high school in Drumheller. She pursued secretarial training at Mount Royal College in Calgary and it was here she had a roommate named Joan McGhee and how she eventually met Mert. They shared a rural Alberta upbringing, eventually settling back on Turtle Back farm where Jean enjoyed meeting new people, joining a thriving community and developing an expansive vegetable garden and as an accomplished cook, gardener, and canner of fruits and vegetables.
An active partner on the farm, and raising three boys, Jean also had a vibrant social life and made valuable contributions to her community. She was active at the Orkney Presbyterian Church and the Orkney Athletic Association. Jean was known for her love of fun, games, laughter, entertaining, and together with Mert, she especially enjoyed Saturday night dances. Moving to Drumheller in 1997 and after Mert’s passing in 2010, Jean continued to foster strong connections within the community, maintaining a close circle of neighbour friends, including her two older sisters, Eileen and Barb. In 2011, she moved into her own condo, where she embraced independent living and enjoyed social mornings over coffee. Despite health challenges in 2016 and 2021, Jean never despaired, continually finding strength through her family and friends. She resided at Hillview in Drumheller, then Hanna Continuing Care for eight months, and finally, as of December 2021, she became a resident at Westview Care Community in Linden.
Jean leaves behind a legacy of precious memories and time with family and friends, often filled with laughter-turning-to-tears at her endearing foibles and sayings. Jean’s extended family, nieces, and nephews adored her, as did her Orkney, Drumheller, and Big Country neighbours and friends as well as staff and medical personnel at Hillview, Hanna and Westview in Linden. A special heartfelt thank you goes to her caregivers at Hillview, Hanna and Westview and also to Helping Hands, and in particular Terry in Hanna, and Kathy and Imma during her time at Westview. Jean so looked forward to your visits and doing what she could to beat you at a game of cribbage.
A private committal service will be held at the Sarcee Butte cemetery at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 29. A closed memorial service will be held at the Orkney Presbyterian Church at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. An open house reception will be held at the Orkney Community Centre at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. Donations may be made to Westview Care Community, Linden, Alberta and online at

Condolences to the family of Lorry Richard Cawiezel


Lorry Richard

May 13, 1944 - June 22, 2023

It is with heavy hearts the family of Lorry Cawiezel announce his peaceful passing on June 22, 2023, with family by his side. Lorry was born on May 13, 1944, in Drumheller Alberta, only child of Richard and Stella Cawiezel. Lorry and his parents lived in the Two Valley View area, where he attended school. They moved to Rumsey in 1957. Lorry worked for various farmers around the area growing up and then beginning in 1965 Lorry started working for Canadian National Railway (CNR) maintaining the track. In 1968, Lorry married the girl next door Doris Pennock. They lived in various places with Lorry’s job with the CNR, from Rumsey, Warden, Rockyford, Morrin and finally back to Lorry’s childhood farm west of Rowley in 1980. Lorry retired from the CNR in 1999 after 34 years. After retiring he enjoyed helping the Country Cookers Catering, working in his rose garden, spending time with his furry companions Mickey and then later Minnie. Lorry is survived by his three sons Craig (Lori), Lyle (Laura), and Lee, his five grandkids, Travis, Brittany, Cera, Zach and Skylar. Lorry is predeceased by his wife and best friend Doris, his parents Richard and Stella, in laws Harold and Laura Pennock, brother-in-law Trevor Newton, sisters-in-law Elsie Hatt and Darlene Pennock and his dog Mickey. The family would like to thank the staff at the Drumheller Hospital for the excellent care Dad received while there, and the staff at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. If friends so desire, charitable donations can be made to the Rumsey Agricultural Society. P.O. Box 60, Rumsey, Alberta, T0J-2Y0. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday July 7th, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rumsey Community Hall.