WEIS (McGillivray Milne)
1923 – 2010
Alma Weis of Stettler, Alberta passed away on November 6, 2010 at the age of 87 years at the Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Alma was the only child of Neil and Ada McGillivray. Her father owned McGillivray’s Furniture Store and was the first Mayor of Stettler, and her mother was a nurse at Stettler’s Dr. Creighton Hospital. From a young age Alma played, then worked in McGillivray’s Furniture Store. After her father’s passing in 1944, together with her dear friends Martha Wendt and Mary McCurlie, the three women ran the business. Alma taught Sunday school at the Stettler United Church for nearly 20 years and was a member of the Church groups Ching Neon and U.C.W. Unit #6. Her lifelong friends of the Stitch and Bitch sewing club will remember Alma for her funny little jokes, always told with a twinkle in her eye. In 1951 she married George Milne. With the arrival of her four children, Neil, Bruce, Norma and David, Alma’s life transitioned to that of mother, business woman / farmer’s wife and during that time the family moved to Anderson Subdivision south of town. George passed away in 1961. Alma then raised her young family on her own and continued to care for her beloved mother Ada who passed away in 1972 at the age of 99. In 1967, Alma started work at Gulf Oil and retired 19 years later. She proudly liked to say that Gulf Oil fed her family. She married Art Weis in 1979. They had a very social retirement, loved to garden and grew and sold Saskatoons. Alma and Art catered numerous weddings and social events in the Stettler area. They were active members of the Buffalo Lake Naturalists, the Stettler Seniors Centre, Rock Hounds and Seniors Floor Curling. They both volunteered at the Stettler and County Tourist Bureau and Alma also volunteered at the Stettler General Hospital. When Art passed away in February of 2005, Alma moved into Heart Haven Lodge. For the past two years she has been a resident of Pine Ridge Nursing Home where she became reacquainted with many of her old friends and neighbours. Alma had the kindest words for the nurses and support staff who she always said “treated her royally.” Alma was a frail cheerleader at exercise class where those Sunday School nursery rhymes, learned and taught so long ago, came in handy. Alma is lovingly remembered by her four children and their partners: Neil (Laureen); Bruce (Ted); Norma (Dietmar) and David. She had three grandchildren, Ian, Curtis and Taylor Milne and a numerous nieces and nephews including Laurel Lockhart and Lindsay Smith. She was also Grandma Weis to Art’s grandchildren and great grandchildren and just plain Alma, salt of the earth, to her many, many friends and neighbours. Alma was a shining example of many women in this community of her era. She lived her life with humility, kindness and service, offered up with her own generous dose of laughter to share with others. Funeral services for this very special lady and daughter of Stettler, will be held at the Stettler United Church on Thursday November 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with The Rev. Debbie Stockdale officiating. The service will be immediately followed by a luncheon in the C.E. wing of the Church. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Alma, memorial contributions may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation – Pine Ridge Nursing Home, the Stettler United Church or the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315.
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