Longtime Rumsey-area residents mourned in funerals on same day

Monday, Sept. 24, was a busy day for some folks who attended the two funerals with Rumsey connections.

Monday, Sept. 24, was a busy day for some folks who attended the two funerals with Rumsey connections.

In the forenoon, many travelled to Trochu to the United Church to attend the funeral service for Grace Ellen (Box) Meston. Grace was a native resident of the Rumsey district until moving with her parents to Trochu when they retired from the farm.

Grace worked at several jobs in the Trochu area until she met and married the love of her life, Bob Meston from Trochu. They made their home in Trochu until being accepted into St. Mary’s Health Care Centre. They resided at St. Mary’s until just recently when Bob was placed in Stettler in order to receive more extensive care, and Grace had to go to the Three Hills hospital, where she passed away.

Sympathy to her family, which consisted of the Meston family and to her sister Peggy’s three children, Arlene and Brad of Wembley, Cheryl Warwich Armstrong of Canberra, Australia, and Dale and Wendy Riste of Iddesleigh. Rev. Pat Dyson of the Trochu United Church conducted the service.

The time of fellowship and refreshments were in the Baptist Hall in Trochu.

Later in the day, at 2 p.m., friends and family of Myrtle Upton gathered at the Rumsey community hall for her funeral service. Pastor Nick Wasylowich, pastoral care minister for St. Mary’s and minister of the Torrington Lutheran Church, led the service, which included Myrtle’s great grandsons, Brayden, Jackson, Ryder, Ty, Tristen and Wyatt Upton. Several of Myrtle’s close friends and past neighbours acted as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers for their grandmother were Jeff, Dallas, Wes, Shane and William Upton. Her daughter-in-law Kathryn- Kane Upton gave the eulogy. Sympathy to all from the folks in the Rumsey district.

Congratulations to Kyle and Danielle Tolman on the birth of their baby boy, Friday, Sept. 21, in the Drumheller hospital. His name is Rhett Robert and he weighed nine pounds and five ounces.

Although we don’t like to see the young people leave the district, we congratulate Kyle and Danielle, as they have moved to the north Trochu area where they have an acreage.

What a lineage for the Tolman family; Father, Kyle Tolman, grandfather Bob Tolman Jr. great grandfather, the late Bob Tolman Sr, and great-great grandfather, the late Sheram Tolman.

This baby is the fifth generation.

Sheram Tolman Sr. came to this country in 1907 and spent that first winter living very meagerly, looking after his cattle.

Belated congratulations to Myrtle Toliver, who had her 90th birthday on Aug. 9 of this year. Best wishes going your way, Myrtle.

It’s a pleasure to report that Helen Steen was able to come home from the hospital on Thursday and is now resting at home.

The good news in our family this week is that Ernie’s brother, Russell, was able to be discharged from hospital and has gone home to his farm at Peace River. His daughter, Iene, lives and works in Peace River. Russ was admitted to hospital in Edmonton the first week in July, so has had a long stay of it.

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of travelling to the town of Rochon Sands on Buffalo Lake to take in the birthday celebrations of my only remaining sister, Crystal Primrose of Strathmore. Today, she reaches the age of 89 years and is well and a going concern, travelling about the country visiting with her families and friends. It was a thrill to see all of her girls, Donita (Robert) from Whitecourt, Marion (Bill) Fletcher, whose home we were at by the lake, and Anita (Rob) McCormick, Lac La Biche. Also present was our sister Marie’s family that Crystal and Glen took to raise when their mother Marie passed away in 1969. Also attending were Twena (Fred) Koester of Rockyford, Jennie Leigh (David) Benuik of Lac La Biche and Anne (Tim) Hand of Innisfail. What a great day.

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