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Condolences to the family of Diana Winifred Brewitt


Diana Winifred

July 1, 1933 - September 23, 2023

Diana was born in Edmonton; her childhood years were spent in both Edmonton and Prince Albert. After graduating she worked odd jobs in Edmonton, eventually deciding to enter the nursing profession. She moved to Vancouver to begin her training, deciding after a few months that is wasn’t the career for her, she dropped out. At loose ends as to what to do and after a casual conversation with her dad where she flippantly said she was going to move to the US to which he replied you’ll never do that. She saw that as some kind of a challenge, so she applied for her green card and landed a job with a life insurance company in Santa Barbara, California. Her sister Sheila joined her and bought a house and spent 7 years there. She moved back to Calgary and raised her son Karl there, working at several different businesses. At one time transferring to Barry, Ontario with one of the businesses she worked for. Not really enjoying it there, she came back to Calgary and once again went to work at an insurance company where she stayed until she decided to retire. A visit to a girlfriend she had worked with whose husband was working on a ranch in the Hand Hills brought her to the Delia area. Deciding she couldn’t afford to retire in Calgary, she bought a small “fixer upper” house in Delia, never once suspecting what the next chapter of her life would hold. She embraced small town living and became active in all the activities, the senior’s group, local church and card parties. She was a member of the Eastern Star and formed many close relationships with her Eastern Star sisters. Serving as Worthy Matron for one year. Singing in the church choir she met a local farmer and as they say the rest is history. After eloping they lived in her house in Delia for a year. Then this city girl with enthusiasm and child-like wonder became a country girl and embraced all things country. For the next 25 years she lived happily in her little “House on the Prairie”, with her husband Don and her faithful dogs first Winnie and then Cocoa. Enjoying the rhythm of the seasons and the various wildlife the prairies bring. Wherever she went she brought joy and LAUGHTER and cultivated friendships.
Diana was predeceased by her parents and numerous other family members.
Diana leaves to mourn, her loving husband Don, her son Karl, numerous extended family, and a lifetime of friends.
Funeral services for Diana will be held Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at the Drumheller Community Church, the family invites everyone to join them for lunch after served in the church hall.
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666

Condolences to the family of Gary Farmer



August 21, 1948 - September 22, 2023

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Gary Farmer, a beloved husband of Gail Farmer and father of Kari (Saverio Filippis) Farmer.
Predeceased by his father Albert Farmer, his mother Jennie (Pinkus) Farmer, and his brothers Douglas Farmer and Albert Farmer. Gary leaves behind his brother Joseph and sister Linda Fisher.
Born on August 21, 1948 in Drumheller, Alberta, Gary moved to Edmonton, Alberta and lived there for over 53 years with his wife Gail until his death on September 22, 2023. He loved his home and enjoyed sitting on the patio.
Gary will perhaps be best remembered for his reverence for all things Elvis. His admiration for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was infectious and brought a sense of joy, music, and a touch of Elvis-styled swagger to our lives.
Gary also enjoyed playing crib with an intense passion that made it very hard to win against him. And he was obsessed with watching sports such as hockey, curling, and golf on the television. He never missed a game if he could help it and could answer any question related to any sport with accuracy.
As we bid farewell to Gary, we choose to celebrate his life and his spirit. Rest in peace, Gary. Your melody will continue to play in our hearts, just like an Elvis classic.

Condolences to the family of Corporal Jeffrey Dwight Charette (Ret)


Corporal Jeffrey Dwight(Ret)

September 15, 2023

September 15, 2023, Corporal Jeffrey Dwight Charette (Ret), 74, passed away peacefully, surrounded in love with his family at his side.
Jeff will be missed by his loving partner Sandy Jones, his children Sonny Charette and Carrie Roxburgh (Jamie), and his grandchildren Jack and Olivia Charette, Max, Liam, and Kaeleigh Roxburgh. He will be forever remembered by his siblings Bob Charette (Karen), Karen-Lee Andrew (Mark), Michele Rutledge (Ken), Kathy Charette and Ross Charette. As well as the Jones Family, Alan (Bonnie), Debbie (Bob), and Kirk (Joanne). Jeff was a kind and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews on all sides of the family. Jeff was predeceased by his parents, George and Dolores (Grimes) Charette, his brothers, Jay and Kerry Charette, and the mother of his children, Cheryl Chad.
Jeff was a kind and loving uncle to Chelsea Latvala (Jeff), Maris Weir, Laura Andrew (Daniel), Dana Andrew (Randi), Dustin Andrew (Tiffany), Mary Jones (Gregory), Anna Skoberg (Shawn), Tess Bell (Nathan), Mia Rutledge, Jake Rutledge (Heather), Terry Charette (Tanya), Tracey Charette (Max), Brian Jones, Christopher Jones, Michael Sladden (Courtney) and Kim Sladden (Ryan). Jeff will be remembered fondly by all his grand-nieces, grand-nephews and extended Charette, Grimes, Jones, and Chad family.
Jeff was dedicated to a life of service. He fulfilled his life dream of becoming a Mountie in 1978 and served his country through service in the RCMP until his retirement in 2005. He was particularly proud of his service with Canada’s first permanent counter terrorism program the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), and later with the RCMP’s National Peacekeeping Branch, and through the Canadian Police Arrangement (CPA), serving with multilateral missions overseas in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo (2), and Jordan. Jeff was very grateful for all the opportunities that he was given to serve his country. When Jeff was asked what his favorite experience was, he said: “All of it.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Orleans Branch 632, Ontario on Saturday, October 14th, 2023, beginning at 12:00 pm.
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