Obituaries of the Deceased in Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta.

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BAKER, MELBA (WILDE) April 20, 2018


MELBA (WILDE) BAKER passed away peacefully on April 10, 2018 in Lethbridge Alberta, at the age of 96 years.

Melba was born in Lethbridge on March 7, 1922 and raised in Welling. Melba attended normal school in Edmonton and taught in Edson, Magrath, California, then to Polson, Montana until 1976.  She then moved back to Canada where she taught in Warner until 1978. On August 28, 1978, she married childhood friend Bryan Baker, moved to Lethbridge, and lived there until her passing.

Melba loved her family and friends, and liked nothing better than sharing time with them.  She enjoyed her grandchildren, games, old musicals, and conversation. She also loved gardening, crocheting, genealogical work, music, travelling with Bryan and her sons and participating in community plays. Her belief in the LDS religion was very important to her and volunteered for many positions throughout the years.

Besides her parents Floyd and Delecta Wilde, she was predeceased by her loving husband Bryan, her first husband, Roy Ackroyd, sisters Elaine Wilde, LaRee (Del) Low, Bernice Wilde, Marjorie Wilde, and a brother, Murray (Vonda) Wilde. She is survived by her sons, Alan (Virginia) Ackroyd, Richard (Valerie) Ackroyd, Stewart (Debra) Ackroyd, stepsons Bob (Gloria) Baker, Jim (Karla) Baker, John (Lynda) Baker, stepdaughters Kathy (Dave) Thomas, Carolyn Baker, Maude Baker and many grand/great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Words cannot express what a great person Melba was.  She was a very loving, caring person, touched the lives of many, and will be fondly remembered by all.

A Funeral Service will be held in THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, FAIRMONT CHAPEL 205 Fairmont Blvd S, Lethbridge, at 1:00 pm Friday April 20, 2018.  The viewing will be held prior to the Service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm at the church with burial to follow at Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond, Alberta.




PATRICIA MILDRED MARTIN passed away peacefully in Raymond Alberta, on April 13, 2018 at the age of 73 years.

She is survived by her siblings, children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, grand fur-babies, and numerous extended family and friends.

She will always be remembered for her sense of humour, kindness and love.

A Memorial Service will take place at a later date in Newfoundland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any animal rescue, such as the Last Chance Cat Ranch (





MIYEKO (JULIE) OSHIRO, beloved wife of the Late Moe Oshiro of Coaldale, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on April 12, 2018, at the age of 89 years.

Private Memorial Service to be held at a later date.  Flowers and Koden are gratefully declined.




MARIE ELVA MCCRACKEN (nee Ireland) passed away peacefully on April 9, 2018 while in the care of Raymond General Hospital.  Her family was fortunate to be with her on her 91st Birthday three days earlier.

Marie was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) in 2000.  She is survived by her children Lesley (Glen) Jewitt, Robert, Peter, John (Carolyn), their sons Ryan and Cole, three Sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie had a vast curiosity about everything and was always exploring the back roads, learning about people places and things or learning a new hobby.  Vancouver’s Expo86 was a magnet to Marie.  The opportunity to experience so many countries was something Marie couldn’t miss.  After an earlier visit to Expo with Bob and in-laws Marie and Harold, Marie drove to Vancouver three times by herself because she needed to learn as much as possible before Expo was over.  For a centennial project a new interest in genealogy resulted in a large McCracken family tree and the first McCracken family reunion.  Genealogy became her passion.  When the “big city” girl (Toronto & Calgary) moved to a farm in the Glenwood area, Marie took rural life on as a challenge.  A little rocky at first but she adapted well.  Her greatest achievement, although not a passion, was being mid-wife to numerous ewes and nurse maid to hundreds of lambs.  Well done Marie!  While in Glenwood Marie was very active with the Glenwood Cemetery Committee.  The history of the area always appealed to her.  Years later Bob and Marie retired to Lethbridge.  Shortly after Bob’s passing Marie took on another challenge and went on a mission for her LDS church.  She was sent to Vancouver Island where she accomplished most of her goals and came home much richer in spirit from the experience.

In keeping with Marie’s wishes, a private service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Box 2211, Lethbridge AB T1J 4K7), Canadian Diabetes Assn. (#220, 6223 – 2 Street S.E., Calgary, AB, T2H 1J5) or charities of choice.



SEWARD, CLAUDETTE March 24, 2018


CLAUDETTE SEWARD beloved wife of the late Dale Seward, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2018 at the age of 84.

She leaves to mourn her passing, five children, Richard (Jenny), David (Mona Rae), Brian (Wendy), Shari (Chris) Wehlage and Kevin (Tammy); 17 Grandchildren, 16 Great grandchildren. Her sister Kathy (Greg) Wellman and 3 sister in-laws Evelyn (Alan) Mckay, Beverly Hayes and Judy English.

She was predeceased by: Parents Hall & Ila Poulsen, in-laws Earl and Nellie Seward and Brother Doran Poulsen.

Claudette was born June 14, 1933 in Magrath, Alberta. She graduated from Magrath High School and then attended Calgary Normal School faculty of Education.

She married Dale Seward in 1952, they moved to south of Foremost where they farmed for the next 40 years. In 1992 Dale and Claudette retired and moved to a small farm in the Coaldale area.

Claudette was actively involved in LDS church and held many callings such as the Family history center, the Bishop Store house, Scouts Leader, Relief Society and various other roles.

Claudette thoroughly enjoyed travelling with family and friends. Her hobbies included reading and genealogy.

Claudette enjoyed her life and gained her fulfilment as a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, totally devoted to the wants and needs of her family. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Funeral Services will be held in THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, COALDALE CHAPEL 2216 – 21a Ave, Coaldale, at 11:00 am Saturday March 24, 2018.  Friends are welcome to meet with the family at the church prior to the service from 10:15 to 10:45 am.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lethbridge Family History Center at 1912 10 Ave South, T1K 0B7.




ALLEN STEWART TOLY passed away March 16, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 81 years old due to complications from Alzheimers.  Born October 14, 1936, he was the oldest of five siblings born to Steve and Gay Toly.

He leaves behind his three children, Lance (Shelly), Lisa, and Dana Watson (Neil), seven grandchildren (Ali, Paige, Jaxson, Noah, Kelton, Laken and Dayton) and two great grandchildren (Hixon and August). He was predeceased by his brother Wayne and is survived by his three sisters Pat Smith (Ron), Sona, and Linda Kofman (Rudy).

Dad was passionate about education and received degrees from Olds College, Montana State University (BSc.), and UC Davis California (MSc.). He raised his family primarily in Claresholm where he was employed as a District Agriculturist for 26 years. He owned a small dryland farm outside of town which was his pride and joy and was a source of fulfillment to him. Many life lessons were taught on that farm.

Dad grew up in Coaldale and learned the value of hard work in the sugar beet fields on his family farm. One of our lasting memories of “Grandpa Pops” is teaching his children and grandchildren the value of obtaining a higher education. He was insistent that this was the gateway to a better and a more productive life. And we believed him.

After his retirement, he sold the farm and settled in Lethbridge where he delighted in his grandchildren’s various school, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments. He loved to watch and cheer them on throughout the years. He was a strong and proud man, but his heart was softened by his grandchildren’s love and respect for them. In his retirement years he enjoyed watching movies, keeping his truck clean, oil painting, wood carving, and enjoyed travelling to different parts of the world.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mikes, Dr. Lee, Dr. Ikuta, and countless other health care staff that helped care for him in his declining years.

There will be no formal service. Family will gather together for a private celebration of his life at a later time.


KUNIKO, RYNING (IWAASA) March 14, 2018


KUNIKO RYNING (IWAASA) passed away March 5, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta, 3 days before her 96th birthday. Kuni was born March 8,1922 in Raymond, Alberta, the fourth of nine children born to Kojun (Henry) and Ito Iwaasa. She was raised on the family farm, southeast of Raymond and attended school at the Mammoth School on the Milk River Ridge and in Raymond.  After school she trained and worked as an occupational therapist at the Claresholm Auxilary Hospital for Women.

In 1964 Kuni married William Ryning and they continued to live in Claresholm until 1974.  After a brief “adventure” in Kelowna, British Columbia, Kuni and Bill moved to Lethbridge in1975. After Bill retired in 1985, they spent much of their time travelling, including spending several winters in Arizona.  In 2006 Kuni and Bill moved into Martha House where they resided until Bill’s passing in September, 2011.  Kuni continued to live there until she was moved into Park Meadows Good Samaritan Facility.

Kuni was predeceased by her husband, William, her parents, three older siblings; Sachie Karaki, Toru Iwaasa,and Yasuko Hironaka. Also three younger siblings; Jeaune Iwaasa, Sumiko Hattori and Henry Nolan Iwaasa.  She is survived by two step-children, Kathleen Ryning(Larry Rayner), and Clifford William (Suzanne) Ryning, 4 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a sister, Hanae Iwaasa of Lethbridge and a brother, Ray Iwaasa of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Kuniko was kind, caring and generous. She will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Park Meadows Good Samaritan Cottage No. 5, for the good care and thoughtfulness. It truly made a difference.

Funeral services will be held at 2.00 P.M. Wednesday, March 14 at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 433 Stubb Ross Road, South Lethbridge (entrance to airport),

Koden is gratefully declined, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.




February 28, 1952 – March 5, 2018

CHERYL DIANE KIRBY passed away at the age of 66 years in Raymond, Alberta. She was loved immensely by her family and friends and will be missed more than words can express.

She is survived by her daughter Brandy (Robert) Specken, her siblings Eugene, Sandra and Robert Fox, her grandsons Christopher and William (Brooke) Reid and her great granddaughter Soleil.

As per Cheryl’s wishes there will not be a formal Funeral service. Family will be gathering together for a private celebration of her life at a later date.




SUSAN CHARLOTTE (EDMUNDS) MCDONALD passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday March 6th, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband and best friend George William McDonald and their firstborn son, Mark Edmunds McDonald. She leaves behind her 4 living children: Laura-Lynne (Robert) Boehme, David (Heather Harris) McDonald, Chantelle (Rick) Davidson, and Natasha McDonald, along with her 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grand babies.

She will also be greatly missed by her 3 living sisters, Karen (Brian) Erickson, Marsha Edmunds and Kathryn (Dennis) Milner, and many good friends.

Susan’s gentle and selfless nature has touched many lives and we invite those who loved her to a Celebration of Her Life on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 11am at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Northside Chapel (2213 6 A Ave N).  There will be an opportunity to visit with Susan’s family from 10-10:30am prior to the Service, in the Relief Society Room (northwest corner of the same building).


SIMINGTON, DEANA February 24, 2018


DEANA SIMINGTON nee JOHNSON, was born December 12, 1926, the second child of Orrin Johnson and Delma Peterson Johnson. Orrin Johnson passed away prior to Deana’s birth. Her mother later married Miles Fairbanks.

Deana grew up on a farm in Barnwell, Alberta with seven siblings: Gertrude Fairbanks, Earl Johnson, Russel Fairbanks, Verna Fairbanks, Vivian Fairbanks, Jolayne Fairbanks, and Richard (Dick) Fairbanks.  She was predeceased by all her siblings except Jolayne who lives in California. After high school she attended business school in Calgary and worked in insurance and real estate offices and at one time was Personnel Manager of the Lethbridge Woolco store.

Deana adored her seven children, 23 grandchildren (one deceased) and 34 great grandchildren and delighted in their accomplishments. One of her greatest delights was the sound of laughing babies.

She raised her children as a single parent through many struggles and did the best she could to provide for them. She sewed many pieces of clothing for her children and herself.  She was an avid reader throughout her life. In her retirement years she lived in a lodge and after she recovered from a stroke in 2013 she moved to Good Samaritans Park Meadows with her husband, Glen Simington (deceased). She was well supported by the kind care of the staff there. She suffered a second, more severe stroke on February 19, 2018 and passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 21, 2018 in the intensive care unit of Chinook Regional Hospital. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ.

A private family Funeral Service was held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, North Lethbridge Chapel.


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