Myrtle NORMAN

NORMAN – Mrs. Myrtle Christine Norman passed away on Friday, June 27, 2008 at the age of 92 years. Myrtle was born at Buena Vista near Donalda, AB on Sept. 26, 1915 the first daughter, one of what was to become a family of eleven children to Lars and Borghild Dahl. Myrtle lived and grew up on the family farm having many responsibilities there. Using the many skills she acquired on the farm, she went on to work for other farm families. In 1936 she worked for Mr. and Mrs. Streberg in the Meeting Creek area. It just so happened that there was a very handsome man also working there by the name of Swen Norman. Swen and Myrtle shared the chores on the Streberg farm during the week and come Saturday night, they would go to Meeting Creek to dances or other parties and had a lot of fun together. In March of 1938, Myrtle and Swen were united in marriage. Swen, working at the time for a farmer by the name of Mr. Ed Green in the Donalda area, was offered by his boss, a two room house to live in which they very much enjoyed. Their new home was only a half a mile from Myrtle’s parents’ farm so in the evenings they would walk to the house where she was born and visit with her family. In 1939, Swen and Myrtle bought a Cafe in Donalda called “The Blue Mill Cafe”. Not long into the ownership however the economy slowed and people could no longer afford to eat out or even buy a cup of coffee, so the business was closed. From here they moved to Buffalo Lake where they lived in a log house and looked after a large sheep ranch for Don Haggerty. Myrtle drove the school bus when Swen was out working and boarded teachers from the Skybo school to help out. After a few years, the Haggerty family wanted to move out to the ranch themselves so Myrtle and Swen were once again looking for someplace to call home. They lived with Swen’s cousin in the Buena Vista area for a while and in 1944 bought two quarters of land four miles north of Stettler with their two month old baby boy. Over a period of a few years they built a home and lived there until they retired from farming in 1972. Upon retiring they built their home on Highway 56 north of Stettler where Myrtle lived for many years after Swen’s passing in April of 1980. Myrtle enjoyed flowers, gardening, spending time with friends but most of all she cherished her family and loved to visit and spend time with each and every one of them. Myrtle will be truly missed by all of her friends and family alike. Myrtle is survived by her loving son Doug (Joan) Norman of Stettler, granddaughter Olana Norman of Sherwood Park, Alberta and grandson Warren (Sandra) Norman of Stettler, Alberta. Great-grandchildren Sawyer, Aspen and Riley all of Stettler, sister Irene Wilson of Red Deer and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of wonderful friends. Funeral service was held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 2 P.M. with Rev. David Denholm of the Stettler United Church officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Donalda Cemetery or to a charity of donor’s choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd., P.O. Box 193, Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who were entrusted with the care and arrangements. Condolences can be e-mailed to brennenf@telusplanet.net. 403-742-3315.


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