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Last updateThu, 21 Sep 2023 8am

Condolences to the family of Darlene Isabelle Sinclair


Darlene Isabelle

April 7, 1939 - March 25, 2023

It is with heavy hearts the family of Darlene Sinclair announce her peaceful passing on March 25, 2023, with family by her side.
Darlene was the second child to Willie and Frances Avramenko, born on April 7, 1939 (Good Friday) at the family farm and raised in the hills east of Rowley, AB. She married Robert Sinclair on March 14, 1959, and resided in or around Rumsey for 63 ½ years, until they moved to Sunshine Lodge in September 2022.
Darlene is survived by her husband Robert of 64 years, her 3 children Rob (Clare) Sinclair, Gordie (Katie) Sinclair, Lori (Craig) Cawiezel, her 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 brothers LeRoy Avramenko, Allen (Fe-Fe) Avramenko, Norley Avramenko, and sister Carol (Nelson) Houghton, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Darlene was predeceased by a daughter Anita, grandson Robert, parents Willie and Frances, sister Marie Jensen, in laws Robert and Margaret Sinclair, brother and sister in laws Warren and Donna Sinclair, Hazel and Richard Olmstead.
The Family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at the Drumheller Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care given to Mom.
In lieu of flowers the family askes that any charitable donations be made to the Rumsey Agricultural Society P.O. Box 60, Rumsey, Alberta T0J 2Y0.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at the Rumsey Community Hall.

Condolences to the family of Donald Keith Farmer


Donald Keith

September 21, 1937 - March 22, 2023

Donald Keith Farmer born on September 21, 1937, peacefully passed away at Saanich Peninsula Hospital on March 22, 2023.
Donald was born in Drumheller, Alberta. He grew up learning a strong work ethic and the importance of family. After a brief stint in the Canadian Military, Donald went on to become a carpenter & bookkeeper and eventually found his true vocation teaching Industrial Arts at the junior high school in Drumheller. It was of great satisfaction to Donald when he learned that his influence inspired a few of his students into the trades to become carpenters or welders.
Donald married Jean in 1961. Together they raised their daughters, attended St. Magloire’s church, took many wonderful vacations in their RV, and loved their lively home.
Jean & Donald retired to Brentwood Bay in 2001. They thoroughly enjoyed retired life, spending their summers on Vancouver Island and their winters in Arizona.
Donald was pre-deceased by his wife, Jean, in 2017. Left to treasure his memory are his sister Barb (Bruce), daughters Laurie (David), Katherine, Susan (Murray), Jamel (Ross); and grandchildren Lindsay, Blare, Hannah, Mac and Austin.
Post-polio dogged the past decade of Donald’s life with many challenges. It is comforting to know that his final days were filled with the faith, hope and optimism of reuniting with his wife, Jean, in heaven.
Donald’s ashes will be intered with Jean’s at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 7921 St. Stephen Road, Saanichton, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mount Newton Centre Lending Cupboard, Saanichton, B.C. or the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

Condolences to the family of Lauretta Florence James


Lauretta Florence

July 1, 1937 - March 25, 2023

Lauretta (Lettie) Florence James was born in Drumheller Alberta on July 1st, 1937. Her father Arthur Parge was born in North Dakota and her mother, Mary Rowbottom (Parge) in Nova Scotia. Lettie worked in Drumheller and that’s where she met George James when she was 16 years old and he was 19. They married on October 24, 1959. George and Lettie were married for 63 years, together for 70 years.
Lettie was a true, proud Canadian girl… born on Canada Day! She was so proud of that and loved her country.
Lettie worked for Canadian Utilities in the early years in Drumheller, later, after moving to Calgary she worked in child care. Eventually, Lettie had a career in retail for 29 years working for Calgary Co-op in the meat department supporting 2 stores and retired from the original store in downtown Calgary. Lettie was respected and admired professionally because she worked so hard. She also was an avid member and supporter of her community of Tuxedo Park where she lived for over 50 years.
Lettie was a loving, caring grandmother who in her retirement looked after her granddaughters when their mother returned to the workforce.
People always expressed to Lettie how lucky her daughter was that she had her mother, but Lettie always replied that she was the lucky one that she got to be part of her grandchildren’s lives. Eventually, Lettie was blessed with 4 more grandchildren and she was a huge influence in all of their lives.
We will forever miss our beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and Auntie Lettie.
She is survived by her husband George James; her daughter Tami White and her 2 sons Todd James (Laura) and Scott James (Angie); her sister Gloria Bruins (John); her grandchildren: Rebecca, Julia, and Jaclyn White, Sydney, Connor, and Tristan James and Nolan James; including extended family members in addition to Kelly Lee and Bradley Miller of Michigan, USA. Lettie is predeceased by her mother Mary Parge, her father Arthur Parge, and her sister Pauline Miller (Mervin).
A Memorial Service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home (Prairie View Chapel, 1605 100 Street SE, Calgary) on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service at Mountain View Cemetery.

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