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Last updateThu, 08 Dec 2022 4pm

Condolences to the family of Mary Keniston



October 8, 1932 - September 30, 2022

Born in Coalhurst, Alberta and raised in Drumheller, Mary had a fondness for Alberta and spoke of wonderful memories long after moving to B.C. She
married Ted Keniston in 1953 and after living in several places, found themselves in the North West Territories.
It was a rugged life as Mary raised her family and operated the radio which supported Ted as a bush pilot. They moved to Nelson in 1965 where they enjoyed many great years and Mary worked for the B.C. Parks Branch. Mary enjoyed gardening and going to the beach with her girls. The 80’s brought them to Abbotsford where Mary worked for several years for the District of Matsqui. Upon retirement, Mary and Ted enjoyed their friends, their many R.V. trips and visits with their family. Mary is survived by her two daughters, Diane Hardie ( Rick ) and Sherrie Bennett (Dan). She was a loving grandmother to Christopher and Sarah. She was a great-grandmother to Autumn, Journry, Dawson, Olivia and Lauren. Dear mom, you will be dearly missed, we all love you, rest in peace. Anyone wanting to remember Mary please consider a donation to the S.P.C.A., she was a pet lover and a life long contributor.

Condolences to the family of Mickie Long (Going)


LONG (Going)

November 1, 1945 - October 8, 2022

This amazing daughter, sister, mother, granna, aunt, cousin, and friend left us most unexpectedly but surrounded by family love on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Rocky View General Hospital.
Mickie (Monte) was born in Cardston, Alberta on November 1, 1945 to Linnea and Meredith Going, and grew up in the picturesque and wonderful community of Waterton Park, along with her sisters Susan, Merna, Judy, and Linn. In 1963, she travelled to Calgary to begin her nursing aide training and it was there she met the love of her life Jim, marrying in 1965.
For 46 years, they called Drumheller and Delia home raising their family, enjoying many friends, and serving the community until Jim sadly passed away in May 2011.
Mickie was the backbone of our family, and she extended her hospitality, love, and genuineness to many, whom she met through her community service, faith, work, and music, including the friends and family who came into the lives of her children and grandchildren. She excelled in making everyone feel at home and welcomed in her presence. Never letting adversity or setbacks hinder her faith, compassion, loyalty, and genuine care for others.
Mickie was all about family – close and extended. There was nothing she loved more than having her friends and extended family for a visit. And through that dedication and devotion, many enjoyed her ultimate hospitality, warmth, along with the benefits of her talent of baking, especially bread and doughgods, and a variety of meals and treats. Her family was the centre of her social life. From puzzles to card games, to impromptu evenings with friends and neighbors; from the celebrations of family and individual milestones to family reunions, music, sharing crafts, scratch and wins (more the
scratching than the winning), sewing, and baking, Mickie provided her family with traditions that will live forever through every generation.
She will be deeply and dearly missed and continually treasured by her sister and best friend Linn (Merv) Ko; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Angela (Bruce), Timothy, Elizabeth (Brandon, Rory, River), Tabitha (Brock); Dawn (Kevin), Riley, Reese; Danny (Noelle), Chris (Meghan, Skyla); Katrina; and her niece Erin Ko, along with many treasured and loved nephews, nieces, and cousins from throughout Canada.
Mickie will also be missed by many extended family members including her sister Susan (Tex) Cheese, Kay (Doug) Richards, Patty (Terry) Blocksom, Ken Long, as well as many special friends, as she always opened her home to everyone who stopped by.
We would like to thank the health care professionals of the Drumheller Hospital including Inza, Winnie, continuing care representative Kristina and Dr. Beach, along with the staff at Chinook Intercare, and the nursing Emergency Department and Unit 74 staff and Dr. Nitchke at the Rocky View General Hospital for their gentle, respectful, compassionate care up to mom’s unexpected last moments. You have touched our lives in profound ways and the words “thank you” are so inadequate for all that you do.
Prayer services will be held Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Drumheller. Funeral mass will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 11 a.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Drumheller, followed by a luncheon at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honour of Mickie to St. Anthony’s Parish, 151 - 3rd Street W. Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y4.
There’s a path that leads to a turn in the road, and we each must travel there. Where the Father visits to take us home to shelter in his care. Where happiness and peace and joy replace the tears and pain; and our loved ones rest in the arms of God to sweetly live again.

Condolences to the family of Barbara Joanne Durnie (nee Battram)


Barbara Joanne
(nee Battram)

January 22, 1935 - Three Hills, Alberta

September 24, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta

Barbara Joanne Durnie (nee Battram) of Calgary, Alberta passed away in the early morning of Saturday, September 24, 2022, with family at her side.
Barbara was born in Three Hills, AB on January 22, 1935, to Spencer and Gertrude Battram. Barb spent her young years in Castor and Drumheller where she met the love of her life David Durnie. Dave and Barb shared many adventures together always with good friends and family. They were married May 18, 1957, and shared 75 years together, married for 64 years. Barb graduated from Calgary General Hospital Nursing program in 1956, she worked as a nurse before her three boys were born, raised the boys and returned to nursing before retiring. She remained an active member with the CGH Nursing Alumni as this group was dear to her heart.
Together, Dave and Barb shared many adventures with good friends and family. Golfing, camping, bowling, and summers spent at Mara Lake with their boys’ water skiing. She was an active member with the Triwood Community Association and Wildrose Church.
Barb was an excellent baker, her tray of treats were always welcome. She loved hearing a good joke and telling some of her own. Her small-town charm is what made her so endearing to many.
Barb leaves to mourn her three sons, Doug (Cindie), Greg (Jane) and Al (Carol); grandchildren, Thomas (Ashley), Mike (Kelsey), Alyssa (Pierre) Dan, Pete, and Beth (Anton); and three great-grandchildren, Noah, Vada and Mave. Barb is also survived by her sister, Lois and sisters-in-law, Doreen and Maxine. She is predeceased by her husband, Dave, and brother, Art.
There will be a private family graveside service. A Gathering will be held to remember both Barb and Dave at the Triwood Community Centre (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W, Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed at
In memory of Barbara Durnie, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice,
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the entire team at Rosedale Hospice. The amazing care, compassion and support for Barb and the family gave us great comfort.
In living memory of Barbara Durnie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area.