Deaths in Rumsey and beyond a cause for mourning, reflection

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Rumsey Record

Last Tuesday, many folks from the area attended funeral services in Stettler for Edith Watts, beloved wife of Lorne and mother of four children, grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to 15.

Although Rumsey was not really their home district, the family did farm just north of here in the Scollard area. In Edith’s younger years, her folks lived in the Two Valley View area and she was the janitor of the school there for a time.

Sympathy is extended to all of their families and friends.

Floyd Anderson passed away Sept. 12, surrounded by his family. Services were held in Drumheller at the Alliance Church last Friday. Floyd was born in Stettler on Dec. 28, 1918, the same month as my sister Helen. He lived all of his life in the Rumsey district, except for the time he spent serving his country.

There has been cremation and a private family service will be held at a later date at the Rumsey cemetery.

Sympathy wishes are extended to his wife Lilian and their family of three boys, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Floyd was predeceased by his infant daughter Rosanne and also his sister Ruth.

Word has been received this week of the passing of Shirley Woods of Stettler. Shirley became a very good friend to all when she worked in the Big Valley bank for many years and more so in later years as she was an avid supporter of the annual STARS ride at Rumsey, having won the highest or second highest pledges throughout the years.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and sympathy is extended to all of her family and friends. Funeral service was Monday at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall.

The weather has been great this week, making it full steam ahead for harvesting.

The first church service of the new season was held in the Morrin United Church on Sunday, with Jerry Beskowine leading the service.

In the absence of our regular organist, Shirley Bremmer, Jerry’s wife Judy played piano for the service.

As always, lunch was enjoyed following the service. The next service will be Sunday, Oct. 2, when Rev. Mervyn and Marilyn Penfound of Stettler will be in attendance. Services are at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

The September birthday party at St. Mary’s Health Care Centre was held Monday. Linda Helmer will be the hostess.