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Condolences to the family of Josephine (Jo) Lucille Smith

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Jo Lucille
June 23, 1931 - March 9, 2024

Jo passed away on March 9, 2024, in the Drumheller Health Centre after a very short stay at the age of 92 years.
Josephine (Jo) Lucille Smith was born in Winner, South Dakota, U.S.A. on June 23, 1931, to Joseph and Hazel Wempe.
She arrived in Canada when only a few months old. Her parents farmed in the Camrose, Alberta area, eventually settling near Kingman where Jo did most of her schooling. She ventured to Drumheller in December 1950 to find work. Here she met Charles Alexander Smith, working as his housekeeper caring for his two young children Shelley and Delbert. Charlie and Jo married July 4, 1952. To this union three more children were born Linda, Carol, and Donald. Most of their life was spent in the valley except when the family moved to Canmore from 66-81.
Jo enjoyed a variety of hobbies, but crocheting was a favourite, followed by the garden at the Sunshine Lodge, after she moved in there July 1, 2011.
Jo was predeceased by her husband, one daughter and three grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children; Delbert (Dale), Linda (Ernie), Carol, Donald (Bonnie), grandchildren, and numerous other family members.
As per Jo’s wishes there will not be any formal funeral service, if friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Sunshine Lodge Activities Fund, or the charity of one’s choice.
Jo’s family sends many thanks to the hospital staff and the Sunshine Lodge staff for their care.

Condolences to the family of Donald Maxwell Cuncannon

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Donald Maxwell
July 21, 1932 - March 5, 2024

Donald Maxwell Cuncannon passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, AB on March 5, 2024 at the age of 91 years. He was born on July 21, 1932 in Drumheller, AB to Max and Dorothy Cuncannon. The family lived on the family farm east of Morrin, AB throughout the growing and harvesting seasons and moved into town for the winter. In 1936 they moved into town permanently. The farming community was always top of mind for him; he always loved to talk “farming” and took advantage of every opportunity to do so right up to his passing. Dad married our mom Doreen (Johnson), in 1950. He worked for E.O. Parry and Co. and the MD of Starland prior to purchasing B.G. Davidson’s Accounting business and Hooper & Merritt Insurance Agencies in 1962. In 1971 Dad sold his business to then partner Larry Nielsen and relocated with the family to Calgary. Together Dad and Mom opened and operated a coin laundromat and Dad went to work for Western Airlines (now Delta Airlines) in 1972. He retired from Delta in 1995 at the age of 62. Mom passed away in Calgary in 2017.He will be deeply missed but forever in our hearts. Children: Gary, Wendy, Layne (Monty) and Michael (Michelle); Grandchildren: Carly (Joel), Chris (Kelly), Amanda (Cody), Clint (Jenn), Kevin (Stephanie), Daniel (Grace), Charlene, Max (April) and Alex; Great Grandchildren: Zach, Alex, Marshall, Cole, Dameon, Arius, Nicole, Dakota, Rylan, Liam, Callum, Jack, Ben, Norah and Sadie. In addition to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren he is also survived by a sister-in law Ann and a brother-in-law Larry (Elaine) as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Dad was predeceased by his, father Max in 1979, mother Dorothy in 1993 and his sister Marjorie and brother-in-law Bob in 2020. Dad was an avid golfer and pursued the sport with a great passion, playing well into his 90th year. He really was in his “element” on the golf course. As a young man Dad enjoyed playing hockey, however, an injury prevented him from continuing to play at the level to which he had become accustomed. He fulfilled his passion for the game through coaching the Morrin Flyers Hockey Team from 1955 through 1959. In recent years he faithfully watched and followed the home town team Calgary Flames and loved to “talk hockey” with friends and family. Dad was always very active in the Morrin Community when we lived there. His interest in the community did not diminish over the years and he enjoyed attending the homecoming events, most recently in August 2024. Visiting with those still living in the community and those who had relocated elsewhere brought him much happiness. Among Dad’s accomplishments are several historical displays which he put together in recent years from memorabilia which he had saved over the years or had been given to him by other people. He donated these displays to the Morrin Historical Society’s Museum. Dad was truly an inspiration to all those who’s lives he touched. He lived his life with dedication, honesty, integrity and undeniable energy. In addition to many childhood friends, he forged many strong relationships through his work experiences, many of which remain intact today.A private Family Graveside Service was held at Queen’s Park Cemetery on March 11, 2024. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will take place at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220 – 4 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

Condolences to the family of Anne Walker Downe

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Anne (Annie) Walker

September 1, 1924 - February 10, 2024

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the loss of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Anne was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, on September 1, 1924, and passed away on February 10, 2024, at the Continuing Care Unit in Drumheller.
Anne is survived by her daughter Carol, son Dave (Annette), eight grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Surviving siblings include Bob of Kelowna and Dennis of Calgary. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill (William A.), granddaughter Christine, son-in-law John, son Tom (William Thomas), and siblings Ruth, Joyce, Jean, and Tom.
Originally from Scotland, her family immigrated to America before settling in Calgary. Being a city girl, imagine Anne’s transition to a farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing and only a wood cooking stove, and a coal furnace. She found joy in simple pleasures such as knitting, crocheting, and tending to her garden. Anne and Bill worked side-by-side, with Anne often seen operating the combine during harvest season. Later, she assumed the role of full-time bookkeeper for the family business. Anne’s commitment to her family was evident in her attendance at numerous events, from 4-H grain, beef and horse clubs, to baseball, basketball and dance. She was a member of the IODE Canada and Ladies Aid of Carbon.
Following a full and busy life, Anne eventually relocated to the Seniors Lodge in Three Hills before moving to the Continuing Care Unit in Drumheller. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family farm at a later date.
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