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Last updateFri, 17 Aug 2018 11am

Condolences to the family of Jean Adams (nee McCumsey)



ADAMS (nee McCumsey)

July 9, 1918 - June 11, 2018

It is with sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Jean, on June 11, 2018 in her 100th year. She is predeceased by her husband Dave, brothers Donald, Tom, Keith McCumsey and sister Verna Willis. She is survived by her 4 children, Bill, Gail Thiessen, Audrey Brandsgard and Joyce. Jean has 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Jean was born in Fraserton, Alberta in 1918, the eldest of five children born to Mary Hazel
Petrie and Guy Harrison McCumsey. Her mother was a school teacher and her father, a water well driller and farmer. When Jean was 2, (1920) her father purchased property south of Hanna where they started farming. She completed her grade 8 at a small school in Corinth, AB. Grandma played piano, Grandad played violin and tried to teach mom. The family would travel to play at dances around the community. Farming there, was not lucrative and the Government recognized farming in this area was not going well. They offered each family 2 train box cars and free transportation to relocate any where in Alberta. At 13 she was on her way to Mirror Landing, now known as Smith. In her late teens Jean moved to Munson to help care for an ill Aunt. Here she met Dave and they were married in Munson in March 1939. The coal mines in the Drumheller valley and Drumheller hospital kept them employed until the early 1940s, when an opportunity came to rent farm land in the Munson district. Jean would caution, “farming is not as romantic as people think”. A nice location for the farm, as kids we remember overlooking the Red Deer River Valley, just east of the Bleriot Ferry. Dave and Jean drove school bus, mom being one of the first women in the area to obtain a chauffeur’s license. She also helped Dave haul grain. Besides grain, they raised animals, and shipped eggs and cream to Calgary by train. She was involved with the Cub/Scouts for many years. No stranger to curling, she learned to curl on snow drifts and natural ice at the local curling club. In the late 60s, with dad’s health failing, they bought and built in Munson. Dad passed away in October 1970. Mom loved to dance and joined the square dance club, attending jamborees and special events including the Calgary Stampede. She was always active, snowmobiling, tobogganing, hot air ballooning. She ventured to Hawaii, Australia, Alaska and across Canada several times in her travels. An active member of the United Church and UCW, Jean also served a term as Councillor and sat on the Parks and Recreation Committee. After Grandma McCumsey passed away, Jean moved from Drumheller and made the Yukon her new home. Mom continued to play cards (cribbage her favorite) and was still passionate about curling, her flowers and berry picking. In 2004 Whitehorse hosted the Canada Seniors Winter Games and Mom and her team won a Bronze medal in the floor curling event. Because she learned to sew at a young age, she was a seamstress for many. Jean also learned the arts of crocheting, tatting, knitting and most every other craft there was. We will miss this wonderful woman. On Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. there will be a private interment and service for family at Munson Cemetery. We would be pleased if Jean’s friends and family would attend a reception at the Munson Community Hall from 2:00 – 4:00 for memories and refreshments. In lieu of flowers and cards, please make donations to the Munson Community Hall Building Fund or STARS ambulance.

Condolences to the family of Esther Agnethe Konrad Nielsen



Esther Agnethe Konrad

July 19, 1920 - August 3, 2018

Esther Agnethe Konrad Nielsen (nee Skytt) passed away peacefully with her husband Jes at her side, in the early morning hours on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 98. Esther was born in Newell, Iowa, the second child of Hans and Marie Skytt and at the tender age of 8 months the family returned to Denmark. In 1924, Hans and Marie and the two children came to Canada and settled in Dalum, the new Danish settlement and what a remarkable life she went on to have. She is survived by Jes, her husband of 46 years, her daughter Lois Rosso (Joe) and son Stanley Schultz (Beverly), grandchildren Jayne (Greg), Stephanie (John), Kimberly (Mike) and Carmen (John). She had six great grandchildren Declan, Luke, Olivia, Taylor, Zoe and Grace and she loved them all dearly. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Jeanne Skytt and nieces Maureen, Judy, Beverly, Kathy, Terri, Jacqueline, Suzanne, Lola, and Carolyn and nephews Ricky, David and Jeff and their families. She was predeceased by her first husband Chris Schultz and her siblings Oluf, Ingeborg, Holger, Richard and Elinor. There will be a service for Esther on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Dalum Bethlehem Lutheran Church. If desired memorial donations in Esther’s memory may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Dalum, Drumheller Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family of Anne Beach (nee Duke)




March 17, 1926 - July 28, 2018

Anne Beach, resident of Grande Prairie, formerly of Drumheller, AB, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2018 at the age of 92 years. Anne was born in the Ukraine on March 17, 1926. At the age of 51/2 the family moved to Drumheller where her father started a market garden. Anne married the love of her life Glen Beach on April 10, 1944. They were married 33 years and had 3 boys Richard, Allan and Ronald. Glen worked for Alberta Power and the family lived in Drumheller, Forestburg and Grande Cache. Anne always felt the most at home in Drumheller. She moved to the Grande Prairie Care Centre in 2012 to be closer to her son Allan. She enjoyed dressing up and accessorizing. She loved to dance and spent many weekends at community dances around the area. She also had a love of bingo and played a minimum of once a week, making family go with her if they were in town for a visit. Playing way more cards than most could handle! Anne is survived by her children Allan (Chris) Beach and Ron (Mary) Beach; granddaughter Melissa (John) Buck (nee Beach); and great-grandson Jace (Beach) Buck. She was predeceased by her husband Glen, son Richard, her parents and all but one of her eight siblings. A Celebration of Anne’s Life will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Canalta Jurassic Hotel (conference room) in Drumheller (1103 AB-9. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT (#102 9823 116 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4B4). The Beach family would like to thank the staff at Grande Prairie Care Centre who took such good care of Anne over the last six years. Condolences may be sent by visiting