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Condolences to the family of Vella Dean McGechie (Byer)


Vella Dean

May 22, 1932 - June 29, 2024

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Vella Dean McGechie at the Drumheller Hospital. We have lost our family matriarch.
Vella was born in Morrin, Alberta on May 22, 1932, and was the youngest of 4 children of Buzz and Lily Byer. She married her husband Robert (Bob) Davies McGechie in 1951. They raised their family of 4 daughters and 1 son in Morrin.
Vella and Bob worked together managing Imperial Oil in Morrin and Drumheller. They also worked together as custodians at the Morrin School, MD of Starland, and The Prairie Inn. She also volunteered at the Morrin United Church, Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary #67, Morrin Hall Board, and a list of other organizations.
After Bob’s passing in 2007, Vella moved to Drumheller to Manor 2, followed by moves to Sunshine Lodge, and finally Hillview Lodge. The family would like to thank the management and staff at both Sunshine and Hillview Lodges for their caring and the support they have shown our mother over the past several years.
Vella never lost her sense of humor and loved to “kibitz” with friends and family. A very strong woman, she would laugh equally hard on jokes about her, as jokes she told on others. She was a good listener, confidant and supplied us with so much loving advice over the years. Her door was always open, coffee on, and sometimes it was happy hour.
Vella is survived by her children: Sharlene Ryks, Lynn Orr, Gordon McGechie, Janice Brereton (Darryl), and Ellie Rosgen (Jeff). Grandchildren: Shawn, Jamie, Robert, Wayne, Elyse (Jeremy), Whitney (Adam), Tyler (Amanda), Chris (Farnaz), Steve (Eloise), and Dan (Jana). Great Grandchildren: Kiera, Aiden, Brooke, Madison, Dasha, Joni, Lily, Colt, Tommy, Lyanna, and Reyhan. Extended family: Wayne, Lenore, Angie, Cameron, Shantel, Erin and Ryan.
Vella was predeceased by her husband Bob, parents Buzz and Lily Byer, brothers Floyd and Bud, sister Betty, and son-in-law Leonard.
She will be forever missed by those who loved and knew her. She touched the hearts of many.
A memorial service for Vella and Bob McGechie will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 pm in the Morrin Community Hall.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Neil Cunningham



November 13, 1941 - July 2, 2024

Neil Cunningham, beloved husband of Marlene, passed away peacefully on July 02, 2024, at the age of 82 in Drumheller, AB from a combination of Aspiration Pneumonia, Dementia, and a broken heart (Marlene passed only 49 days prior).
Neil was born on November 13, 1941, in Lamont, AB but in 1944 the family moved to Alliston, ON. The family once again relocated, this time to Shelburne, ON in 1954. Neil spent his time playing sports and working on the family farm, but in 1975 he decided to make the move to Alberta, settling in the Drumheller area to continue his love of farming. Over the years, he worked as a farmhand at various farms in the Drumheller/Hanna area, making friends wherever he went. While in Hanna, he met the love of his life, Marlene and the two could be found bowling on the local league or at an area dance. After moving a couple of times, they made Drumheller their final home for over 30 years. When farming came to an end, Neil worked for the Town of Drumheller and Highway 9 but could always be found doing odd jobs for friends around the area. Neil was quiet and enjoyed time at home with family, playing cards and crokinole and was affectionately known as Pops by those close to him. He enjoyed bowling, watching/cheering for the Calgary Flames & Toronto Maple Leafs, and listening/dancing to old time country music. The last year of his life was spent in the Victoria Wing of the Drumheller Health Centre, being adored by the staff.
Neil is survived by his daughter Sherri (Trevor) Sitter of Calgary, AB, sister Lois (Bruce) Mason of Penticton, BC, brother Bob (Hilda) Cunningham of Mississauga, ON, sister Margaret Shoren of Rocky View County, AB and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. Neil was predeceased by his wife Marlene Cunningham, mother Iva Cunningham, and father John Cunningham.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery (900 S Railway Avenue, Drumheller, AB) with Funeral Director Sean Grande officiating; a celebration of life & luncheon will follow at 12:00pm at the Nacmine Community Hall (119 3rd Street, Nacmine, AB).
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, or a charitable organization of your choosing.
Neil was a kind, quiet soul like his mom, and will be dearly missed by all.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Laura Gwendolyn Waters (Dougherty)


Laura Gwendolyn

January 3, 1927 - July 4, 2024

Laura was born in Drumheller to Murray and Lovina Dougherty and raised in Morrin alongside her brother Bernard.
After completing high school in Morrin, Laura went to work in Drumheller for Canadian Utilities. Laura married William (Bill) Waters on January 17, 1951, and they took up residence on the Waters’ farm, at which point she went from “townie” to “farmer’s wife” which meant gas lights, no running water or indoor plumbing! Laura took to farm life, becoming a full-time homemaker and mother. They raised three children, Harvey, Trevor and Merridy while being active members of the Morrin community. During this time, Laura was very involved in the Morrin United Church, directing the youth choir and leading the CGIT. She was also involved in many community groups, such as curling and bridge club, while supporting their children’s sports and music.
In 1971, Laura went to work for Larry Nielsen Agencies (later Nielsen and Siemens) and remained there for many years. After Laura and Bill retired, they enjoyed many years travelling overseas and as snowbirds in Yuma, Arizona where they made many friends and enjoyed “happy hour” - a tradition maintained for the rest of her days.
Bill and Laura left the Morrin farm in 1998, moving to “the little house” on daughter Merridy and Terry Martin ‘s acreage south of Drumheller.
Laura lost the love of her life when Bill passed away in 2006. She continued to reside in her own home enjoying Blue Jays baseball, playing cards, happy hour and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren until her passing.
Left to love and remember her are her brother Bernard (Joanne deceased ‘24), children Marylyn Waters (Harvey deceased ‘22), Trevor and Beverly Waters, and Merridy and Terry Martin, her grandchildren Rhonda (Thomas), James (Cheryl), Chris (Jill), Brendan (Kelly), Kathryn, Nathan (Heather), and Laura (Basil), and great-grandchildren Terry, Gilbert, Rylie, Jude, Connor, Jonah, Basil, Rorie, and Otis.
She is also lovingly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Laura’s life will be held at the Morrin Community Hall on Saturday, August 3, 2024 at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Laura’s memory to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to the Drumheller and District Health Foundation. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666