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MALTIN, Laverna (Sis)

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MALTIN, Laverna (Sis)
December 22, 1920 - April 16, 2011


Sis, as she was known to all who knew her, passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Regional Health Centre Saturday evening. She was predeceased by husband Sam in 1976, and leaves behind two sons, Ron of Drumheller and Gary of Terrace, B.C. Sis was a true Drumheller valley girl having accomplished her schooling in both Drumheller and East Coulee. Through the 1920s and 30s, her sporting and athletic interests kept her busy in softball, basketball and gymnastics. Also during those years she took to competitive 5-pin bowling, through which she was on a number of provincial championship teams and gained a Canadian Championship medal in 1963. That love for the sport served her well in the family business of operating Drumheller’s Apollo Lanes Bowling Alley with husband Sam from 1970 until 1977. Sis was always regaling stories of the hay days of the mining community in the valley and how the youth of the day viewed their worlds. Having husband Sam return from war service to purchase the Valley Trading Company based in Rosedale, Sis blended her accounting and business training to assist in the general store’s operation. Many dear friendships were forged with longtime Drumheller valley families. Her last wishes were for a small family service and that donations in her name would be to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation. Ron and Gary would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Olfert and the acute care unit, staff at the Sunshine Lodge, and Drumheller EMT for making her last days tranquil.   

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THOMAS, Eva Bell

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THOMAS, Eva Bell

Eva Bell Thomas of Drumheller, beloved wife of the late Arnold, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2011 at the age of 87 years.  Eva was born on June 7, 1923, the second of seven children to Grover and Sylvia Hardy. She attended Verdant Valley School. After the birth of her first child, she went to work for the Peterson family. It was during this time she met Arnold at a dance, which began a relationship which lasted 53 years. They were married in September 1943. They settled in the Drumheller area, where they raised their family. Eva was a wonderful mother and grandmother, great cook and to this day is remembered for having the cleanest wash on the Wayne Road.  Eva is survived by her 6 daughters; Joyce (John), Lucille (Harley), Charlotte, Trudy (Ray), Rosetta (Bill) and Tracy (Larry), and her 8 sons; Barry (Maureen), Bob (Marilyn), Lorne (Lois), Ron (Diane), David (Norma), Pat (Jeannie), Lyle (Shelley) and Darcey (Jeanette). She is also survived by her 2 sisters Pat and Pearl, 3 brothers Charles, Ray and David, as well as 44 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Eva was predeceased by her loving husband Arnold, her parents Grover and Sylvia Hardy, brother Earl, sister Muriel, her children Darrel and Valeria and great granddaughter Sheiann. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m on Saturday April 23, 2011 at The Rosedale Hall. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca. Courtney Winters Funeral Home  (403-823-2666) honoured to be entrusted with arrangements.
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FINDLAY, Ruth

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FINDLAY
Ruth

1915 - 2011


Ruth Findlay nee Johnson passed away peacefully at Olds, Alberta on April 6, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Bob; sister Thelma Stunzi and brother Oliver Johnson.  Ruth is survived by her sons Darwyn (Mary) and Howard (Laree) and her sister Naomi as well as eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.  She maintained a loving relationship with her brother and sister’s in-law together with many nieces, nephews and cousins from far away.  Ruth will be missed by all her special friends from Drumheller where she was a member of the Royal Purple and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.  During her short time at Olds, Ruth became dear friends with residents and staff at Legacy Village and Mountview Lodge.  A Celebration of Ruth’s long Life will be held at First Baptist Church, 5005 - 53 Avenue, Olds, Alberta on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM, officiated by Pastor Harold Hunter.
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE
FUNERAL SERVICES,
12 East Lake Way NE,
Airdrie, Alberta
(403) 823-5151 & (888) 216 - 5111

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