Mavis FARRELL

FARRELL, Mavis (Wade) – Mavis was born in Durham County, England, Sept. 20, 1921. At the age of five, Canada became her home. With her parents Robert and Sarah, her brother Robert, and sisters Leila and Sheila, she grew up in the Fenn, AB and Erskine, AB area. Completing her schooling, she became a nursing aide in the RCAF. Leaving the force, Mavis attended hair dresser school, then with her good friend Vera (future sister-in-law) set up shop in Carstairs, AB, boarding with the Farrell’s. Then the Farrell boys came home from the Army. In 1946 Mavis married Norman. In 1950 when the Lassiter Land Project for Veterans became available, Norm, Mavis and son Allan, along with brother Bert (Vera) and other Carstairs families filed on land in the Codesa area. Although homesteading was a challenge, life was enjoyed. Neighbors spent hours visiting and working together to make this area we all love. Mavis raised their children Allan and Betty; picked roots, hauled water (in and out), raise her garden, picked buckets of wild berries and all the other necessary skills of the times. Over the years Mavis was active in many community activities and organizations. 4-H, History Book, First Phones, Elections, Judging Handicrafts, First Curling Rink, lifetime Legion member, to name a few. Mavis was most known for her knitting/crocheting and other handicrafts, her endless work with the Exhibit Hall at the Eaglesham Fair, missing only one of the 45 Fairs (she broke her hip the day before the Fair). But, she had trained her family well, they stepped in to fill her shoes, entering exhibits, working at the Exhibit Hall, and learning the trade of Handicraft Judging. Mavis judged her last Fair at the 2008 Wanham Plow Match, still enjoying the work and showmanship of fellow crafters. Her last projects will be entered in this year’s Eaglesham Fair. Mavis’s family proudly watched her again do the Relay of Life Survivor Lap in June this year. She was a survivor of 62 years. She is survived by and honored to know her are: son Allan (Ruth), daughter Betty, grandchildren; Steven (Andrea), Jody (Mel), Rhonda and Lana (Stacy), great grandchildren; Brandon, Brittany, Jordan, Dakota, and Kaitlyn, sisters Leila and Sheila and numerous relatives and a host of friends. If so desired, donations can be made to the Pleasant View Lodge in Spirit River. By request of Mavis, no funeral service will be held. Condolences may be sent by visiting hyperlink “http://www.oliversgrandeprairie.com” Oliver’s Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 10005-107 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB, T8V-1L8 (780) 532-2929 “Dedicated Service Since 1915”


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