In loving memory, the families of Susanna Belle Bedson announce her peaceful passing on August 15, 2010, with her family at her side at the Castor Hospital. Mother Sue was born the 9th child of 14 children to Milton and Pearl Strome on October 26, 1931 in the Castor Hospital. She attended Beaverdale School north of Castor from 1937 to 1946. Susan spread her wings and left the area to reside and work in Calgary at the Grace Hospital, then returned home to be employed at the Castor Hospital. A short time later she worked as a cook on George Butterwick’s farm, located near Brownfield. It was true love when she met the hired hand, Jim Bedson. They were married a couple months later on June 5, 1956 and resided on Jim’s homestead, four miles north of Brownfield, ‘River Road Ranch.’ They settled there until 2008, at which time they moved into Coronation. Susan graced their ranch with her love, warmth and adventurous spirit. She provided a humble home for her husband Jim and their 7 blessed children: Margaret (Carl) Deem, of Drumheller; Harry (Sherri) Bedson, of Lacombe; Bill (Roylene) Bedson, of Coronation; Ralph (Brenda) Bedson, of High River; Virginia (Tracie) Guidolin, of Whitehorse, Yukon; Louise (Lyle) Guidolin, of Red Deer and Chub (Brandi) Bedson, of Fox Creek. Susan’s home was always open to all family, friends and neighbours, whom she shared her never-ending generosity and hospitality. She will always be remembered for her devotion to the community serving on numerous boards and committees. Mother Sue’s nurturing garden will always bloom in her 14 grandchildren, Michael (Lindsey), Nicki (Kevin), Josh, Kacey, Erin, Trent, Kelton, Calahan, Charlene, Rianna, Dallas, Jesse, Janelle and Jeremy. Her face always lite up when in the presence of her 5 great-grandchildren, Rachel, Zachary, Cody, Emma and Maxx. She will also be remembered by her brothers and sisters, Wesley Strome, Hazel Annette, Elsina Strome, Dora Morasch, Violet Clark, Ernest Strome, Daniel Strome, Beatrice Tschritter & Ruby Lopetinsky. Susan was predeceased by her parents, Milton & Pearl; her siblings, Mary Ann Pederson, Clarence Strome, Henry Strome & Walter Strome. Susan will be remembered as a hard working, courageous devoted wife, a loving and nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her strong faith was the foundation for her life… a life of love, service, commitment and kindness. The memorial service to commemorate Susan’s life took place at the Brownfield Recreation Centre, Brownfield, Alberta on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. with Fred Thomson officiating. A tribute was given by Bruce & Jean Adair. Barbie and Margaret Evans played for the congregational hymns, “In The Garden” and “How Great Thou Art”. A reading was given by Heather Craigie. The recessional recorded song was “Go Rest High On That Mountain”. The Interment was immediately following the service at the Fairfield Cemetery. Following the interment family and friends gathered at the Recreation Centre for a time of visiting and reminiscing. A beautiful lunch was prepared and served by the Brownfield Baptist Church Ladies and the Brownfield Community. In Susan’s honour, memorial contributions may be made to Coronation Hospital Foundation, Mail Bag 500, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation, Box 329, Castor, AB, T0C 0X0, Burma Park, Brownfield, AB, T0C 0R0 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Heather Caseley of CORONATION FUNERAL HOME entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 1-888-578-2928.
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