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June 5, 1919 – December 28, 2012

Ruth Harriet Johnson-Graham (nee Staples) passed away suddenly at the
age of 93 at the Seniors Residence at the Colonel Belcher in Calgary. Born in Fort
Saskatchewan, Alberta, the youngest of three children, she is predeceased by her brother
Dr. Jack Staples of Sidney BC who died two years ago at the age of 94,
and by her brother Hugh Staples who died this year at the age of 98.
Ruth is predeceased by her husband, Clarence Johnson. Ruth married Clarence
Johnson of Barons, Alberta prior to his deployment to Italy during World
War II and after the war they returned to Calgary where she spent the
rest of her life. She is lovingly remembered by their three children, her son
Douglas Johnson (Connie Wilson) of Vancouver, BC, her daughter Nancy Elliot
(John Elliot) of Deep River, Ontario and her daughter, Leslie Johnson (Jim Phipps) of Cochrane,
Alberta. Ruth is also predeceased by her second husband, George Graham, of Calgary, Alberta.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Adam Johnson (Tyler Johnson) of Vancouver, BC,
Eric Johnson of Vancouver, BC, Kristen Elliot Yantha (Adam Yantha) of Pembroke, Ontario and
Denys Elliot of Deep River, Ontario. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Emmett Johnson
and Gareth Johnson of Vancouver, BC and Rowan Marion Yantha of Pembroke, Ontario.
An accomplished pianist and loving mother, she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Cochrane Country Funeral Home, 402 Railway Street West, Cochrane

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2,
Interment at Queen’s Park Cemetery, Calgary

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on January 2nd, 2013 | No Comments »

SMITH, Frances Kathleen (nee Bailey)

November 19, 1913 – December 22, 2012

Frances Kathleen Smith passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the age of 99 years. Frances was born November 19, 1913, in Bolton, England, the second of three children. Frances lived her life with inexhaustible enthusiasm, total dedication, high expectations and prodigious energy. She was a scholar, poet, author, mentor, volunteer, donor, philanthropist and the ultimate hostess. She left home at the age of fourteen to help support her family. While working in Scotland from 1933 to 1937, she pursued her love of mountain climbing, acting and photography. In 1937 she moved to Cambridge where she met her husband Walter MacFarlane Smith, a Canadian, who was in the process of completing his PhD. They married in 1940 and lived in London and then Bournemouth, both working in the service of Britain’s war effort. During this time, she was accepted into the London School of Economics and began her studies extramurally. In 1944, they decided to move to Canada and settled first in Quebec City where their first daughter Janet Elizabeth was born in 1945. In 1946, they moved to Kingston, Ontario where they welcomed their second daughter Sheila Kathleen in 1950. Frances completed her degree at Queen’s University in 1956, and in 1957 she began her career at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at its inception at Queen’s. She spent the next twenty-three years helping build up the permanent art collection, researching, and cataloguing all the art work at Queen’s, planning exhibitions, pursuing funds, and publishing numerous articles. As a friend and co-worker once said “She was a powerhouse. She was the core of the art centre and the energy of it. She put in 18 hour days, six and a half days a week – she took Sunday evenings off.” In 1970, she took an eight- month sabbatical to pursue her work on the biography of Andre Bieler (Andre Bieler: An Artist’s Life and Times), which published in 1980. She retired as Curator Emeritus in the same year. In her so called retirement, she continued to write, fundraise, organize exhibitions and took up bird carving which in typical Frances style, was done with perfection. In 2006, she moved to Calgary, Alberta to be closer to her family. Frances will be missed but will live on in our hearts and minds. She was predeceased by her husband Walter MacFarlane Smith in 1993 and is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws, Janet and Robin Halliwell, Sheila and George Watson; three grandchildren Eric (Kimberley) Watson, Tara (David) Ramsden- Wood and Scott (Beth) Watson; six great grandchildren Ella, Katelyn, Georgia, Ben, Andrew and Abigail. Frances’s family would like to thank her companions Cherry, Katherine and Mercy for their wonderful companionship and also the nurses and the caregivers at the Wentworth Manor for their excellent care during her last six months. The funeral service will be held at Saint James Anglican Church, 10 Union Street West, Kingston, Ontario on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:30 am with a Reception to follow at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on University Avenue.
Interment will take place at the Cataraqui Cemetery, 927 Purdy’s Mill Road at 3:00 pm
Memorial donations may be made in Frances’ memory to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, University Avenue, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6.

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on December 28th, 2012 | 4 Comments »

McLELLAN, Mary Agnes

September 18, 1928 – December 12, 2012

Mary passed away at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 84 years of age. Lovingly remembered by her husband Chuck, daughter Kathryn ( Glen ) Barrett, three grandchildren: Zachary, Jason, and Brendan, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. A celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, 23 White Avenue, Bragg Creek, Alberta on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. If friends so desire memorial tributes in Mary’s memory may be made to the Mustard Seed, 102-11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB. T2G 0X8 , the Calgary Food Bank, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5 , or the Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Point, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3 .

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on December 17th, 2012 | 3 Comments »

THOMAS, Brandon Stanley Walter

October 8, 1995 – December 6, 2012

Brandon passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Cochrane, Alberta as a result of a tragic auto accident at 17 years of age. He was predeceased by his grandparents Lawrence and Evelyn Thomas. Brandon is lovingly remembered by his mother Kim and, sister Kayla, father Nelson ( Darla Stav and her children: Dayna, Brad, and Riata), grandparents Roger and Jeanette Fredrick, many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Brandon’s life will take place at Cochrane Alliance Church 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Rick Bergh officiating.
If friends so desire memorial tributes in Brandon’s memory may be made to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, MADD Calgary, 6528 – 11th Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7J4 or to the Trust Fund set up in Brandon’s Memory, at any Alberta Treasury Branch.

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on December 8th, 2012 | 10 Comments »


October 14th, 1931 – December 2, 2012

“Pastor Bill”, or “Cowboy Preacher Bill” as he was most commonly known, peacefully passed away on December 2, 2012 at the age of 81 years.
Bill was born in Grande Prairie, AB, on October 14th, 1931, the third of five children. He was pre-deceased by his father, John, and his mother, Pearl, his sister, Geneva Magee and a step grandson, Phillip.
He leaves to mourn his childhood sweetheart and wife, of over 59 years, Audrey (Stanchfield), their children Ken (Anna-Dawn) DeMaere of Cochrane; Cyndie (Alex Baum) of Calgary, Kevin (Rhonda) DeMaere of Calgary, and Cheryle (Kurt Ellis) of Edmonton. He also leaves 15 grandchildren: Amber DeMaere, Trevor DeMaere, Corry Baum (Emily), Kelly Baum (Tara), Ryan Baum (Carli), Nathan Zuccherato, Michael Traynor (Lisa), Michelle Knull (James) and Andrew Traynor (Brittany), as well as 6 great-grandchildren. Bill will also be greatly missed by his brother, Philip (Clarice), a brother-in-law Ralph Magee, sisters Ann (Brian Snow) and Mary DeMaere.
After attending Alberta Bible Institute he worked for Shell Oil. It was then, at the age of 23, Bill and Audrey felt called into full time gospel ministry. They pastored churches in Schuler, Regina, Carstairs, Kelowna, and Lloydminster; spending much of their near 50 years of ministry in Red Deer. Bill loved to compete in rodeos, team-pen, and hold weekly concerts at rodeos and churches across the country. He was involved in the founding of the Deer Meadows Camp and the Country Gospel Jamboree. He served as the first chaplain for the Red Deer Hospital, and helped establish the chaplaincy program. He served as a member of the Piper Creek Foundation as well other community programs. He loved to ride and train horses, and share his passion for horses with young and old. He loved to drive school bus, drive and plan trips for seniors, youth and children to camps and conventions. He loved his family, being with people, and a good cup of coffee; but most of all he loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart.
In 2006 he was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease and Glaucoma, but remained a testimony of gentleness and faith until the Lord took him home. He Had Truly Come This Far By Faith.

A Memorial Service will be held for Bill on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Deer Park Alliance Church, 2960 – 39 Street, Red Deer, AB, at 2:00 p.m.

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on December 7th, 2012 | No Comments »

NAISMITH, Nancy Louise

May 11, 1971 – November 9, 2012

A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15, Cochrane, Alberta, 114 – 5th Avenue West on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:00P.M.

The family wishes for those attending to dress casual and wear pink as
it was Nancy’s favourite color. In lieu of flowers it was Nancy’s wish that
all those who are able, please donate blood to the Canadian Blood Services.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Nancy’s memory may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Unit #47, 1331- 29th Street N.W. Calgary, AB. T2N 4N2, or to the Cross Cancer Institute 11560 University Avenue Edmonton, AB. T6G 1Z2.

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on November 12th, 2012 | 22 Comments »

MURPHY, Christopher Paul

August 7, 1945 – November 7, 2012

Christopher passed away peacefully at the Foothills General Hospital on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 67 years of age.
Lovingly remembered by his children; Dianne (Bob) Taillefer, Patrick (Michelle), and Louise (Mario) Piattelli, seven grandchildren: Jordan, Jessica, Curtis, Shane, Emily, Massimo, and Maximus, sisters; Patricia Miglarini, and Theresa Adams; brothers Laul, Mike, and John, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10 River Heights Drive, Cochrane on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 11:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Christopher’s memory may be made to the Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Park, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 0A3

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on November 8th, 2012 | 8 Comments »

BITTNER, Gladys Minnie (nee Harboo)

November 16, 1922 – October 28, 2012

Gladys passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Sunday, October 28, 2012, just 2 ½ weeks before her 90th birthday. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 66 years, Harold Vernon, her son Lorne, daughter-in-law Janice, grandchildren Briana and Austin as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. An open house will be held in her remembrance, on Saturday November 17, 2012, at Vern Bittner’s place of residence between Noon and 6:00 P.M. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gladys’ memory may be made to a charity of choice.

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on November 8th, 2012 | No Comments »


June 24, 1939 – November 3, 2012

Doreen was born to Ernest and Edna Dickey at the Grace Hospital in Calgary and was raised at her family’s dairy farm in Bears Paw.
She attended Western Canada High School and then worked as a Key punch operator.
From 1960 she resided with her husband Pat, where she was partners running a farm and agribusiness.
Most of 2012 was spent battling cancer, she was admitted to the Agape Hospice in October.
Doreen is lovingly remembered by her husband Pat, children: Robert, Gordon, and Diane, brother Harold Dickey, sister Norma Parks, eight Grandchildren and one great grandchild as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
Her family, neighbours, and customers were of great interest to her.
A celebration of her life will be held at Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane, on Thursday November 8th, 2012 at 2:30 pm.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Doreen’s memory may be made to Agape Hospice, 1302 8th Avenue, NW Calgary, AB T2N 1B8

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on November 4th, 2012 | 4 Comments »

VOIGT, Jean Maria

February 4, 1925 – October 27, 2012

Jean Voigt of Calgary, Alberta passed away suddenly in her home on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the age of 87. Born in Warsaw, Poland on Feb.04, 1925, Jean met and married her husband John in Nienburg, West Germany and immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, where her two daughters were born. The family then immigrated to Ontario, Canada where Jean lived most of her life in Toronto until her move to Calgary in 2005.

Jean was a kind and generous woman with a love for handicrafts and socializing. She was a sewer and cook, par excellence. She raised her family while working for Wm. Neilson Ltd. in Toronto for 25 years.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Lekodia Ewald, husband John, and nephew Gregory Ewald.
Jean is survived by her daughter Alice (Paul) Ballantyne of Petawawa, Ontario, her three grandchildren, Sara, Joanne, and Neil; her daughter Theresa Voigt and her husband Jeffrey Allan of Cochrane, Alberta and their two dogs, Kylie and DeeDee who made her laugh; her sister Alice Krywejko and nephew Jerry Krywejko of Toronto; her brother Ted (Renee) Ewald of Etobicoke, Ontario, niece Christine Patton and great nephew Nash Patton.

Cremation has taken place in, Alberta. Jean will be interred next to her husband in the Park Lawn Cemetery, Etobicoke, Ontario in the Spring of 2013. In memory of Jean, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, .

Published in: Obituaries 2012 | on November 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »