It was a step back in time on Tuesday, July 12, when the ‘celebration’ of life was commemorated at the Scollard Anglican Church for Pat Block. She arrived at the church adorned in her beautiful white pine casket riding in a horse drawn wagon. Her husband Jess and her two sons, Chad and Todd followed on their saddle horses as did the six pallbearers. Jess led the riderless horse of Pat’s. Several other close friends joined in the posse.
The little church has a seating capacity of about sixty. Many other folks were seated outside the church which had the windows open for hearing. Pat’s daughter-in-law Karen (Hampton) led the celebration accompanied by eulogies from Pat’s brother and brother-in-law as well as Karen and a three piece music group of friends from Big Valley.
Following the service, cowboys mounted up and followed the casket wagon out of town where a van was waiting. The contingent then returned past the church in route to the Block farm, four miles away for a great afternoon outdoor luncheon. Although the rain came from the heavens in the forenoon, it stayed away for the rest of the day, just for Pat. What a wonderful tribute to a lovely lady.
Several folks from the area attended the funeral services in Carbon on Wednesday, July13 for Keith Halstead, a well-known cowboy who was known for his involvement in 4-H, bull sales and auctions in general. Keith and his family were very active in the old amateur rodeo when it was running years ago. (The Rumsey Rodeo club was started in 1959 and went for forty years. )
Most of the week was spent trying to make hay in between showers and overcast skies. The countryside is just beautiful right now with all the different shades of green mixed with the brilliant yellow of the canola blossoms.
Many folks were involved with the annual ball tournament held in Rumsey, beginning on Friday evening. Fifteen teams were entered and there was a very large crowd attending. There was a pancake breakfast both Saturday (Rumsey Fire Dept.) and Sunday (Big Valley Elks) mornings with a roast beef supper (Country Cookers) on Saturday night. A cabora continued into the night with everyone having a really good time.
The winners of the tournament were; “A” FTM team from Stettler, “B” Camshaft Crushers from Hanna and “C” were the Brewjays from Hanna.
Teams came from Red Deer, Stettler, Trochu, Hanna and Rumsey.
The weather over the weekend was just about perfect no matter what you were doing.
Apparently there is a Morrin School reunion planned for late in August so maybe someone can give me more details about it so we can let a few more folks know about it.
Coming up soon is the annual Ride for STARS. Sunday, August 7 is the day. Plan to take in the festivities that day and support this very worthy fundraiser. The goal is to reach the half million dollars this year, which will be really something for a small group in the twenty-two years since the ride was started by John Griffith, Rosalie McFarlane and Ernie Goddard. There are a lot of people to be thanked for supporting and volunteering for this event and STARS is most grateful. We have the honor of being the longest running fundraiser for STARS. If the goal is met this year, the Rumsey Ag Society logo will be repositioned higher on all of the STARS helicopters. It is in the plans that the helicopter will be coming to the ride this summer if at all possible. The pilot who is bringing the heli is going to ride on the ride with his daughter and other friends.
Please call me if you would like any more information about the ride. My number is 403-368-2132.