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JOHNSON (neé Simpson), Phyllis Joy

JOHNSON (neé Simpson), Phyllis Joy

JOHNSON (neé Simpson), Phyllis Joy
July 21, 1955 – January 24, 2013


On Thursday, January 24, 2013, Phyllis Joy Johnson passed away at Bethany College Side, Red Deer, Alberta at the age of 57 years.  She was born in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan on July 21, 1955 and was raised in Drumheller, Alberta.  One of her biggest accomplishments was obtaining her diploma in nursing in 1991 and then working as a nurse in the Drumheller Penitentiary before being diagnosed with MS in 1996. In the fall of 1997, Phyllis moved to Red Deer for better medical access. Phyllis will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 37 years; Neil Ernest Johnson, two children; Kena May (Scott) Wiseman of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Amanda Joy (Luis) Constanza of Red Deer, Alberta  and her six grandchildren; Steven, William, Ashlyn, Ella, Jaxon, and Isabel as well as by her brother Warren (Maureen) Simpson and their family.  She is predeceased by her parents Phyllis Kena Simpson and Ernest John Simpson as well as siblings; Jon, William, Carol and James.   In honor of Phyllis, a memorial service will be held at CrossRoads Church, S.W. corner of Hwy 2 and 32nd Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the MS Society of Canada, Central Alberta Chapter, #105, 4807-50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4A5.  Phyllis’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the nurses and staff at Bethany College Side for the love and care provided over the past year.  Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium.  Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winters Funeral Home, Drumheller, Alberta.

KELLER (Przybylski) Grace Helen

KELLER (Przybylski) Grace Helen

Keller (Przybylski), Grace Helen
February 19, 1949 – January 16, 2013


On the morning of January 16th the angels came from Heaven to take a mother, a spouse and a dear friend from us.  Grace was born in Fairview, Alberta, the youngest in a family of eight children.  She grew up in a traditional Polish family on their homestead in Whitelaw, Alberta. Grace received her education at St. Thomas More School in Fairview,  the General Hospital in Edmonton and the University of Calgary.  During this time she obtained her RN diploma and degree in Nursing.  Grace was employed in numerous northern Alberta hospitals. While working in Spirit River she met her husband Thom.  For the next few years the couple moved to different locations finally settling with their small family in Drumheller.  Here Ryan joined Kirsten and the family was complete.  Grace continued to work in various nursing roles.    One highlight of her nursing career included being one of seven Home Care Coordinators from the province to write the first protocol manual for Home Care Nursing in Alberta.  A second highlight was a return to northern outpost nursing in Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan.  Here she worked as a nurse practitioner tending to the medical needs of this community.  She loved the north and loved the people.  She was a woman whose love for others guided her every step. Grace is survived by her husband Thom,  daughter Kirsten (Gerald) Skocdopole, son Ryan (Shelly) Keller, three grandchildren (Grace’s passion and delight) Cassandra, Lauren and Preston, seven siblings, spouses, beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren, too many to list. Throughout her life Grace maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.  Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family and friends carried her through the past three and a half years of living with cancer.  The Funeral Mass will be presided by Fr. Mario Basque at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, Drumheller, on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation in support of Palliative Care. 351-9th  Street NW. Drumheller, AB.  T0J  0Y1

RIDLEY Evelyn Merle (SHADLOCK)

RIDLEY Evelyn Merle (SHADLOCK)

(SHADLOCK) RIDLEY, Evelyn Merle
September 8, 1940 - December 25, 2012


Evelyn Merle, beloved wife, Mom, Granny, born September 8, 1940 to Bill and Muriel, in Drumheller, AB peacefully passed away on Christmas day at the age of 72 years. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 54 years, Al, and her children: Sherry (Rick), Wendy (Ray), Linda (Bruce), and Glenn (Carolyn). Evelyn had 11 grandchildren: Amy, Dayna, Jay, Ryan, Mark, Sarah, Devon, Paula, Leah, Brendan and Jeremy. Great-grandchildren: Ethan, Caiden, Garnett, Wayland, Julia, Ayla, and Evverett. Mom was a remarkable woman. There wasn’t a craft she couldn’t master. Mom also had an adventurous, mischievous spirit. Evelyn’s wonderful smile, beautiful laugh and amazing heart will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Heaven is smiling, Earth is crying. Evelyn is predeceased by her parents, granddaughter Dana, brothers Walter and Ray. Surviving are sister Flossy (Art) Klan, brother Fred (Gerri), sister Marion, brother Murray (Marion), sisters-in-law Anna and Betty Shadlock and June Thomson. Services were held at Gospel Chapel, Sylvan Lake, AB. December 29, 2012.    3p