Georgia Marie MacArthur

MacArthur, Georgia Marie

1933 – 2010

On April 13, 2010, Georgia Marie MacArthur passed away at the Galahad Care Centre at the age of 76 years, 12 days short of her 77th birthday. Georgia was born on April 25, 1933 in Herbert, Saskatchewan the first daughter of Carl and Delia Schmidt. Her early years of schooling were at Schoenthal School. These were simple times with family and Georgia learned by example. Watching as her mother took a loaf of bread to a family traveling by with all their possessions on the hay rack or inviting “hobo’s”off the road for something to eat before they traveled on. Georgia continued to be just as generous and fair throughout her life. In 1948, the family moved to a farm North East of Botha, Alberta and Georgia attended high school there. Family stories say that Georgia was an excellent ball player and played shortstop, no glove required! After high school, Georgia worked at the Stettler Hospital for several years. At this time she met and later married John “Johnnie” MacArthur in 1956.

Johnnie and Georgia traveled around Alberta with the oil boom and rig work. In 1959 they moved to Valleyview, Alberta. In 1967, Johnnie bought a water truck and supplied water to the drilling rigs. Georgia was the secretary for the company and kept very careful records and collected all the bill payments. If she thought you were taking too long to pay the bill, she would remind you by telling you that it was pretty hard to live on just love! Georgia was a good cook. Her fresh bread and fudge were among the best. Georgia learned to make fudge at a young age and when her mother left for town, Georgia would get out everything and make fudge while she was gone. Friends and family were always welcome at Georgia and Johnnie’s house. Georgia always had treats stashed away and brought them out when anyone would come. Family was important to Georgia and she wrote lots of letters to keep in touch. She was also the family photographer; the camera was always handy for snapshots. Lovely knitted outfits would arrive for the newest niece or nephew. During this time Johnnie and Georgia also rented their basement suite to the young RCMP officers. Georgia would keep a careful eye on the “babies” as she would call them and tell them what they needed to know about the real world to keep them safe. Johnnie and Georgia traveled to Codroy Valley, Newfoundland three times to visit with John’s family. Georgia loved riding in the truck and touring the countryside visiting family and friends. Georgia also loved her dogs, Pepper, Splash and Keisha. They were well trained and behaved and listened intently when Georgia spoke doing exactly what was asked of them. Georgia took up a new job in the 1980’s and became a guard at the RCMP station in Valleyview. After retiring from truck driving Johnnie followed suit. They worked for the RCMP for 20 years. They retired in 2000 when Johnnie’s health began to fail. Johnnie passed away in August of 2001 and Georgia moved to Stettler with Edith a short time later. In 2003, Georgia moved to the Galahad Care Centre and lived there until her passing. Georgia liked the home and after a long weekend out with family, would say to Edith “Can’t we go back to that other Hotel?”.

The staff was kind and caring and Georgia enjoyed her time there.

Georgia is survived by her four sisters Edith Schmidt, Ruth (George) Ginn, Alana (Garth) Gill and Esther (Doug) Bergen and by her brothers Clifford Schmidt and Steven (Kathy) Schmidt. Auntie Georgia is also survived by 58 nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Funeral servcies were held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. Debbie Stockdale of the Stettler United Church officiating. Interment followed in the Erskine Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Galahad Care Centre or to the Erskine Cemetery in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO. 403-742-3315 or toll free at 888.942.3315. Condolences can be e-mailed to:

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