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Medicine Hat Obituaries

1944 ~ NANCY WEBSTER ~ 2017

Nancy Ruth Webster, beloved wife of Bob Webster of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Nancy also leaves to cherish her memory three children, Robbie Webster, Rick (Sherry) Webster and Rachaelle (Terry) Fode; seven grandchildren, Raylene (Mitch) Leask, Regin Fode, Treyden Fode, Taija Fode, Ryan Webster, Spencer Braconnier, and Shelby Braconnier; her brother, Pete (Naomi) Simpson; two sisters, Wendy Hughes and Penny Gaetz; one brother-in-law, Bill (Rose) Webster; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy was predeceased by her daughter, Robin Braconnier; her parents, Peter and Audrey Simpson; one sister, Audrey Heidinger; her brother-in-law, Robert Gaetz; and her mother and father-in-law, William and Lillian Webster. Nancy was born on March 10th, 1944 in Medicine Hat and graduated from Medicine Hat High School. She met the love of her life, Bob, and they were married on July 18th, 1964 in Shelby, Montana. Over the years, Nancy was employed as a lifeguard with the City of Medicine Hat in the summer, worked at Dom Glass, the Medicine Hat Lodge, and the Veiner Centre. She was an awesome cook as anyone who visited will agree to. She didn’t like conflict, so her favourite reply was “whatever”. Nancy loved shopping, crafting, gardening, camping, and travelling south and especially loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed weekends at the family farm. Nancy was the love of Bob’s life and will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Nancy's memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 340A Maple Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7L5. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Nancy Webster

1958 ~ LAWRENCE “TONY” SMALE ~ 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Lawrence Anthony “Tony” Smale announces his passing after a brief battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at the age of 59 years. Tony leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Lucy Smale; his daughter, Oralee Smale; his step-daughter, Tessa Desroche; his step grandchildren, Evan and Jayla; his sister, Tracy Pedersen; his God daughter, Danielle (Mark) O’Brien and their children, Kaysen, Kashton, and Keegan; his uncle Len (Cindy) Mann; his special cousin, Darlene; Keath Blaeser, who was like a brother to Tony; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Tony was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Smale; his brother-in-law, Karsten Pedersen; his nephew, Derrick Pedersen; his uncles, Will, Lyle and George; and his aunts, Betty and Eva. Tony was born in London, Ontario where he received his early education. He moved to BC in 1968 and attended school in Delta. Tony worked in the mills in BC and Northern Alberta for many years. He had his own auto parts business in Bashaw, Alberta, and drove cement truck near Camrose until his disability forced him to retire. It was at that time that Tony moved to Medicine Hat. He enjoyed playing crib at the Strathcona Centre and exercising at the YMCA. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Tony was an animal lover and enjoyed his motorcycle as well as classic cars and trucks. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Creston, BC. Memorial gifts in Tony’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5, to Brain Injury Relearning Services, 856 Allowance Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 7S6, or to the Seniors Outreach Services, c/o Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Tony Smale.

1921 ~ ELDA THORBURN ~ 2017

A beautiful life, fully lived has come to a close. Elda Thorburn, beloved wife of John Thorburn, peacefully passed away on November 15, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat at the age of 96. Elda also leaves to cherish her memory six sons and two daughters: Doran (Lois) of Olds, AB; Larry (Judy) of Assiniboia, SK; Dale (Sandra) of Abbey, SK; Marion (Wayne Murch) of Lancer, SK; Dennis (Rita) of Burstall, SK; David (Helen) of Leader, SK; Paul (Crystal) of Mossbank, SK; Charlotte (Kent Powell) of Edmonton, AB; as well as 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three sisters, Wilda Miller, Marie Steinley, and Nina Dickie; and numerous half-brothers/sisters, nieces and nephews. Elda was predeceased by her parents, Ross Valentine and Eva Haw of Pennant, SK; her son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Ellaine Thorburn of Red Deer, AB; and her precious great-grandchild, Garrett Delorme of St. Victor, SK. Elda was born on April 6, 1921 on the Valentine ranch north of Pennant, SK. She was raised on the ranch with her three younger sisters, attended school in Pennant and later obtained her teaching credentials at the Moose Jaw Normal School. While teaching at a rural school near Abbey, she met John Thorburn and they were married July 20, 1949. Together they made their home at the family farm east of Abbey where they lived for 51 years before retiring to Medicine Hat. Elda was a devoted and natural born teacher who loved the years she spent teaching at rural schools in the Leader and Abbey areas. Many students benefitted from her patience and dedication. As Elda left teaching to raise her family she continued to be the consummate teacher guiding her children with wisdom and unconditional love. Elda’s family meant the world to her and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. Her greatest joys in life were times she spent cuddling new babies and being with children. We will never forget the many family gatherings where her encouragement and love were shared over delicious meals and endless baking. Elda also loved working with her hands; she sewed, knitted, crocheted, quilted and in the summer nurtured a large vegetable garden and grew spectacular sweet peas, gladiolas and marigolds. There was always a freshly cut bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table! Elda enjoyed dancing, which she continued to do until a few months ago and playing many games of cards. The family would like to thank her caregivers at St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice for their respectful and compassionate care. The Funeral Service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Lancer, SK at 2:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, #201, 770 – 6 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4J6, or to St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street NE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Elda Thorburn.