Melda ‘Millie’ Irene Woods (Stewart) passed away in Stettler Alberta, September 18th, 2013 at the age of 76 years. The youngest of seven children, she was born to Milton and Emma Stewart on March 23, 1937. She grew up on a farm near Erskine and attended school there as well. Living on a farm formed Millie’s love for all animals, but she was especially fond of her horse and rabbits, a love that stayed with her for her entire life. When she was old enough, one of her first jobs was waitressing at a restaurant in Erskine. It was here that she met Bob Woods. They became husband and wife on June 15th, 1956 and had three children together, Leonard, Brenda and Ronald. After living various places they finally settled in Big Valley and called it home. Through the kid’s younger years, Millie was a stay at home mom. As the kids grew older she gradually returned back to the workforce, dabbling in bartending, working in the local grocery store, catering and cleaning. Over the years she was blessed with nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. A loving grandmother, she always made time for her family and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet her.
Millie is predeceased by her parents, Milton and Emma Stewart, husband Bob, infant brother Melvin, brothers Marvin and Alvin and sister Leona. She leaves to mourn her children: Len (Cindy) Woods, Brenda Woods, Ronald (Cheryl) Woods, nine grandchildren: Brandi Woods, Ryan (Ashley) Woods, Joshua Woods, Catrina Dubitz, Nicholas Dubitz (Shea), Chantel Dubitz (Stefan), Dakota Wilson, Kyler Wilson (Liz), Kaleigh-Rae Wilson, great grandson Jacob Woods, brothers Howard (Janet) Stewart, Arnold (Marilyn) Stewart, other family members and many dear friends.
Funeral services were held at the Big Valley Community Hall on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Ross Helgeton officiating. Tributes were given by Cindy Woods and Nora Saar read wonderful memories of Millie by Biff Balcom. Musical selection My Wayfaring Stranger was presented by Lori Gordon, Robyn Armstrong and Lynda Thurston and they accompanied for the hymn Amazing Grace. The family recessed from the hall to I’ll Fly Away by Alan Jackson. Interment took place at the Big Valley Cemetery as Millie was laid to rest beside her beloved Bob, with son Ron Woods as Pallbearer. Honorary Pallbearers were All Those That Touched Millie’s Heart. Family and friends remained in the Community Hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by Bill’s Catering. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your own choice. To send or view condolences please go to www.stettlerfuneralhome.com