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Condolences to the family of Brenda Louise Ford


Brenda Louise

June 2, 1957 - July 10, 2023

Brenda Ford passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on July 10, 2023. She leaves behind her long-time partner, Richie; her daughters, Colette (Andrew) and Mickie (Lydell), her grandchildren: Tommy, Johnny, Kenzie, and Zac; her brothers, Brad (Pat) and Brett (Karina), and her beloved friends, Sheila and Norm.
A wild soul from the beginning, Brenda was born to Bill and Irma Ford on June 2, 1957, in Drumheller, Ab. She roamed the hills causing trouble throughout her childhood. Ever the adventurer, she hitchhiked to Mexico with her friends at the tender age of 15. She explored BC, living in Vancouver, Kelowna, and eventually Fort St. John where she met Norm Scobie. With him, Brenda moved back to Alberta in 1981 and started a family. She lived in Grande Prairie, Peace River, Yellowknife, Grimshaw, and Grande Prairie again, eventually finding herself back in the Drumheller Valley in 1995. In 2008 she started a new relationship with Richie Grose, and they lived happily together in Midland until her passing.
Brenda had undeniable people skills and loved working as a cocktail waitress and bar manager. She also spent many years working as a legal secretary and an emergency room intake admin. She spent her later years working at Auto Value and cleaning houses in Drumheller. Brenda was an avid gardener and left many in awe of her green thumb. She took great pride in the flowers she tended, and in the spring she loved to watch the baby birds jump around in the grass near the flowerbeds.
Brenda was intensely loved by those who knew her and will be missed terribly. She is pre-deceased by her mother, Irma, and her father, Bill. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you honor Brenda’s generous spirit by paying it forward. Help someone in need, whether it’s by weeding their garden, cleaning their house, helping them move furniture, or shoveling their sidewalk in the winter.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Midland Hall on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Please reach
out to Colette, Mickie, or Richie for details.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666

Condolences to the family of Rudy Kennedy



Rudy Kennedy
September 28, 1947 - July 17, 2023

A Graveside Service
for Rudy will take place
Friday, July 21
11:00 a.m.
Drumheller Cemetery

Please join us following the service
for a luncheon
at the Drumheller Legion
295 Centre St., Drumheller,
at 11:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alziemers Society, #306, 10430 61 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2J3.

Service arranged by Courtney-Winters Funeral Home 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Bonnie Debra Jordan


Bonnie Debra

October 16, 1954 - July 4, 2023

We mourn the loss and celebrate the life and times Bonnie Debra Jordan. She was born to Adam and Tereasa Tretiak on October 16, 1954 in Drumheller, Alberta and was raised in nearby East Coulee.
She met Rex Jordan when he appeared as a young Barbadian doctor in Drumheller in the late 1970s. She - swept off her feet .. he – smitten. They fell in love and got married on the morning of Saturday, April 26, 1980 at the Anglican Church in Drumheller. They centered their lives around each other - and their work - for nearly 40 years and were pillars of the Drumheller community. They were kindred spirits. It was a powerful human union. It was a perfect match.
Bonnie was recruited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where she spent 38 years in the Drumheller Administration office. Renowned there for her attention to detail and focused dedication to her work, her colleagues remember Bonnie as a loyal and dependable member of the team who was fun to work with.
Annual holidays in Barbados gave Bonnie the opportunity to exert her impact on her extended Barbadian family. Basil, her father-in-law could hardly believe his luck – handmade audio mix tapes of Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers and Dr. Hook; Bonnie’s cursive handwritten labels listing each song he just had to hear. Gladys, her mother-in-law, delighted at her son’s good fortune. The rest of us bonded tightly to her through her love of music, a good cook-up (peanut chicken, roast pork), a stiff gin and tonic and a lifetime’s worth of laughs. In private, you could be assured of straight talk from Bonnie whenever required. She laughed easily and loudly, with eyes closed and a tightly knit face. She chased her young nieces and nephews around the garden and when they got older she mentored them. Whenever Rex and Bonnie arrived in Barbados was always good times. On the occasions when Rex’s three brothers and their wives spent vacations in Drum and shared their experiences and memories over a beverage or two, Bonnie, the gracious hostess, was always centre-stage and made them feel completely at home, welcome and comfortable. Treasured memories.
It will be no surprise to anyone who knew her that Bonnie attracted deep, strong friendships with a small group of loyal friends. Tony and Marian Forsythe, Jeff and Nellie Chung and their family, her extraordinary neighbours Paul and Brittany, whose love, friendship, loyalty and steadfast support for Rex and Bonnie humbled and comforted Bonnie’s family.
She was a strong, beautiful, private woman who dedicated her life to serving others - her husband, her family and, quietly, her community. But it was her commitment to supporting Rex which is now the stuff of legend. During their lives together, she and her beloved, no .. iconic, dog Halle anchored the family in a way that enabled the Drumheller community to benefit from Rex’s attention 24/7 for all manner of medical emergencies. She was his rock. When he became ill in his later years, she quit her job and devoted her life entirely to caring for him.
Rex beckoned to her one more time on July 4, 2023 and she responded… again. God bless Bonnie Debra Jordan and rest her soul.
Bonnie was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Rex Jordan, parents Adam and Tereasa Tretiak and her brother-in-law Dr. Oscar Jordan.
She is survived by her sister, Carol Lecuyer (Stewart) and their children, Dean Lecuyer and family, Teresa Ruckman and family. Bonnie is lovingly remembered by Rolph Frankie Jordan (Joan), Basil Jordan Jr. (Ina), Marcia, Julian (Nicole), Claire (Oliver) and Alex Jordan and the extended Jordan family across the Caribbean.
Her family would like to offer profound gratitude to Dr. Dereck Maseka, to the Drumheller Health Care Services, and to the Red Deer Hospital Services (especially Nurse Hailey).
Bonnie’s life will be celebrated privately, but condolences, memories and photos may be shared at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests her memory be honoured by contributions to ALS Society of Alberta or the Drumheller Humane Society