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Condolences to the family of Ethel Louise Howlett (Gibbons)



Ethel Louise

March 7, 1941 - August 29, 2019

A golden leaf has fallen off of the Howlett family tree. Ethel Louise Howlett (Gibbons), cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, age 78, of Stettler, Alberta quietly passed surrounded by her family on August 29, 2019.
Ethel, the eighth child of Harley and Jennie Gibbons was born on March 7, 1941 in Blackfalds, Alberta. She grew up in the Blackfalds area and attended Blackfalds School for Grades 1-8, and the Nelson School in Lacombe for Grade 9. She left school early to care for her ill mother and handicapped brothers. Ethel’s brother Archie introduced her to a handsome fella named Leslie Howlett and they were married November 14,1959. To this union five daughters were born. Les’ career with the Alberta Wheat Pool took them to Chancellor, Wetaskiwin, Rimbey, Bentley, Bittern Lake, Beynon, Huxley and Carbon where they raised their family. In 1990, they retired to Stettler to be near family. 2018 they moved into Paragon Place Lodge, Stettler.
Ethel’s life revolved around her home and family. Ethel was the keeper of the stories--family history, birthdays and anniversaries. She also was a wealth of knowledge for baking and canning. The best recipes were always just a phone call away. Ethel enjoyed doing crafts. She delighted in gifting her handmade cross stitch pictures, knitted baby clothes, afghans, and crocheted tablecloths to family and friends. These are real treasures to us all. Ethel loved playing the chord organ and her guitar. Blue Grass and country music were her favourite, and she enjoyed a much-anticipated trip to Nashville in 2017. Family celebrations were also cherished by Ethel. In June, we held an early 60th Wedding Anniversary party in which the whole family was in attendance. She was very proud to see the family tree that a lifetime of love had created.
She leaves to mourn her husband of 60 years, Leslie and five daughters: Wanda (Keith) Best of Nanaimo, Kathy (Mike) Hofer of Rockyford, Valerie (Bruce) Mappin of Erskine, Michelle (Peter) Larsen of Standard and Marilyn (Michael) Weatherald of Rimbey; eleven grandchildren: Brandi (Dan) Belliveau, Shane Best, Stephanie (Jeff) Yule, Meghan Nichols (Rolly Thomson), Angeline (Lindsey) Shadlock, Charlee Mappin, Bobbie Mappin (Devon Robinson), Ashley (Wes) Kirkpatrick, Melissa (Garrett) Smith-McCormack, Colby Weatherald (Annie Schur) and Connor Weatherald; and nine great grandchildren: Dylan Belliveau, Payton, Taylor & Sawyer Yule, Raeleigh & Nash Nichols, Westin & Ruger Shadlock and Jack Smith-McCormack.
She will also be sorely missed by her brother Archie Gibbons and in-laws Jack Juke, Harry (Joyce) Howlett, Ken Craig and Fern Nelson, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
It was an honour for the family to care for our mother during her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The family was very fortunate to have time to reminisce with many relatives and friends over the past few months. Special thanks to Dr. Kuschke, Dr. Mpisi, Dr. Rehan, and the ER staff at Drumheller hospital, Tammy Caldron, Wendy Poole, Jennifer Nagy, Strathmore/Calgary Homecare, Rev. Barbara Lieurance and Keith and Darlene Murphy.
A private family service will be held at her request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Alberta Cancer Foundation or to a charity of your own choice.

Condolences to the family of Patricia Ann Symowoniuk



Patricia Ann

November 28, 1937 - August 21, 2019

It is with heavy hearts the family of Patricia Ann Symowoniuk announce her passing on Wednesday, August 21 in Red Deer, AB at age 81, with family by her side.
Patty was born in Drumheller, AB and was the daughter of Michael and Jean Boychuk. She attended school in Rosedale and as she grew into a young woman, had many wonderful jobs, the Bank, Bookkeeper for Andreasen Bros. and for the past 40 plus years she was the Post Master of the Rosedale Post Office.
On June 29, 1961 she married Walter Symowoniuk, they resided in Rosedale which is where they raised their 3 sons... Michael, John and Taras.
Patty had many passions in life, her boys were at the top of her list, she loved cooking for them and passed on her favorite recipes to Michael and John. Her vegetable and flower gardens were her pride and joy. She had a love for her ornamental roosters and chickens, they were on display throughout the house, this kept her memory alive of the chicken/pigeon coupe at the old house by the bridge. Her yard and post office would be seasonally decorated for herself and especially for the young children in the community. Her Saturday shopping trips with her sister Shirley were always something she looked forward to ... both looking for the best treasures around town. The bond between these two sisters grew year after year and especially this past year. Patty always said Shirley kept their lives interesting.
Over the years, the community residents became part of the family as she watched family after family, generation after generation grow up in the Rosedale community.....she was loved and respected by so many! She was the Ann Landers of Rosedale... giving all a beautiful smile and advice if they needed. The community is already missing this Angel of a Woman.
Patty will be fondly remembered by her family: Sons John (Tracey & Kyle), Taras (Brandon, Janet, Cassie & Cody) daughter-in-law Tracy Symowoniuk. Sister Shirley Los and her boys, Rocky and Vanda, Rod and Jacqueline, Rick and Neliana, Jason and families.
Patty was predeceased by her son Michael, husband Walter, her parents Michael and Jean Boychuk, as well as her baby brother Michael.
To honour Patty’s wishes a small gathering will be planned in the coming months.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Symowoniuk Legacy Park , in memory of Patty and Michael.
Tracy Symowoniuk
Royal Bank, Box 2580,
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 for etransfer

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of William (Bill) John Thompson



William (Bill) John

June 16, 1959 - August 20, 2019

Bill was born to Sam and Ruth Thompson of Delia, Alberta and was the youngest of 7 children. His formative years were spent enjoying the rural life on the family farm. He attended school in Delia and graduated in 1977.
After high school, he began working as a driver at the Drumheller Penitentiary. He particularly enjoyed his job at the “pen” as he met Gwen Petersen, his future wife, who was employed as a secretary. Bill and Gwen eloped in October 1983 and began their life together. Within two years, the children started arriving: Paula, Rachel, and Stuart. Bill and Gwen celebrated over 35 years together.
He loved family life with Gwen and enjoyed watching his children grow, achieving their educational goals, and starting their own families. In particular, he loved welcoming his new grandchildren into the family.
Aside from his family, Bill enjoyed working and taking on new challenges. He began a career in oil and gas and was employed as a director with Nova/TransCanada and Koch/Interpipeline. With his work, he moved his family to Kindersley, Saskatchewan; and Brooks, Cochrane, and Calgary, Alberta. He enjoyed his work and his colleagues.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gwen, and his children and sons-in-law: Paula and Bruce Balog, Rachel and Clint Harrowing, and son Stuart Thompson, and their grandchildren: Emily, William, Charlotte and Rowan. He is also survived by siblings: Brenda, Don, Bruce, Margaret, Gordon, Sandra and their families. He is also survived by Gwen’s siblings and their families and a host of wonderful friends.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Sam and Ruth Thompson and his infant brother Robert.
A celebration of life will be held at the Badlands Community Facility on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to: A charity of your choice or Melanoma Research.