The Brooks Bulletin would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to those in our community who have recently lost loved ones.
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WILKIE, Jessie Elizabeth “Nana” (nee Brown), 1916-2007
Jessie, our “Nana”, of Brooks left us on Feb. 1, 2007 to be with her beloved Ron who predeceased her in 2000.
Jessie was born in Maple Creek, Sask. on February 25, 1916. She moved to Brooks at age eight and lived there for the rest of her 90+ years. Jessie was a devoted wife, mother, and Nana, who was also deeply involved with community life. She taught Sunday School for 43 years, was Brown Owl to generations of Brownies, served with the Kin-ettes and K-ettes, twirled with the Pheasant Promenaders square dance club, and spent countless hours sorting, repairing, and pricing articles for the United Church Thrift sales. Her final tour of duty as a volunteer was as a reader bringing the joy of books to patients at the Newell Nursing Home.
Jessie loved her Wednesday afternoon Bridge Club. Not only the playing, but the players. The cast of characters changed a bit over forty years or so but the laughter, good natured ribbing, and the stakes never did. They’re still playing for the same two dimes they did when they started. Jessie played a few hands with some of her bridge club friends in her hospital room a couple of weeks before she passed away. She loved those games especially.
Jessie and Ron had one of the first cabins at Lake Newell and enjoyed countless hours of relaxation and companionship there with their family and lifelong friends. John and Bunty Bell, Dale and Esther Smith, Ed and June Lewendon, Jeff and Agnes Philpott, Bev and Lucille Nelson, Bob and Helen Baxter, Tom and Betty Sewall, Hugh and Shirley Bevan, Schellenbergs, Elliks, and Mahoneys were all pioneers of the Kinbrook Island cabin development. Jessie would move to “the Lake” the day after school was out and return begrudgingly to the amenities of town life on the Labour Day long weekend in time for the kids to start school.
After all the kids were gone, the cabin felt empty and Jessie turned her hand to gardening. Jessie and Ron’s yard became the envy of many Brooksites. Jessie loved everything about the garden from the tilling, to the seeding, to the tending, to the harvest of her prize winning flowers and vegetables. Jessie declared more than once, “I love to weed.”
The garden, the beautifully treed yard, (and several tons of well-placed suet and birdseed) attracted birds by the score. Birdwatching and identification brought hours of joy to Jessie. It was a pursuit she shared with Ron almost every day while sitting at the dining room table or enjoying their daily car rides around the EID. Owls, hawks, waterfowl, upland game birds, songbirds . . . all were special to her. Jessie fielded many phone calls from neighbours and friends asking her to identify their latest sighting. If she couldn’t identify it, she had the book that would.
After Ron’s passing, Jessie and Ron’s brother Jim, our “Uncle Jim” became as close as any brother and sister could. They had daily contact with each other reminiscing about old times and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. When Jim could no longer come by her apartment, Jessie visited him in the Nursing home daily up to the day of his death.
Jessie started a new chapter when she moved into the Newbrook Lodge. She loved the companionship offered by old friends and welcomed her chance to meet new ones. She tried to sit at a different table for dinner every day so she could get acquainted with her neighbours. She enjoyed her years at the Lodge to the fullest. “This is just the perfect place for me!”
Jessie was taken care of in her final days by the incredible staff at the Brooks Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, who made her feel at home and loved. Doctors, nurses, and all support staff . . . A hug from Jessie and special thanks from her goes to each of you. Many friends visited and made Jessie’s time in the hospital fulfilling. (Edna . . . Jessie loved your daily visits.)
Her many dear friends will remember Jessie for her amazing red hair, brisk stride, youthful outlook, eternal optimism, kind heart and humour, but mostly for her musical, infectious laugh. She loved you all and “made no bones about it.”
Jessie is survived by her children: Donna Jean Shields, Diane Porter (Gordon), and Barry Wilkie (Johanna), grandchildren Jefry, Scott, Joel and Jennifer Shields, Dean, Ross, and John Leask, Heather and Andrew Wilkie, two step grandchildren Alexis and Elena Porter, and seven great grandchildren, Mac, Billy, Rylee, Amber, Ryan, Natalia, and Taran.
A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Brooks, Alberta, Thursday, February 8, 2007, 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Palliative Care, c/o Brooks Health Centre, Attn: Cindy Young, Bag 300, 400-3rd St. E, Brooks, AB T1R 1B3
WILLARD – James Harold Willard
It is with great sadness that the family of James Willard Jr. announces his sudden passing on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the age of 53.
James (Jim) is survived by his son Dustin and step-daughter Rowena; his partner of 16 years, Sheri, and step-children, Dustin, Danielle (Sean), Darsie (Craig). He is also survived by his grandchildren who were the light of his life: Keira, Quinn, Ryker, Hayden and Ava.
Jim was born in Sarnia, Ontario on July 16, 1963, only son to Carol and James Willard Sr. He is survived by his father, James Sr. and his sisters, Debbie, Susie, Patty and Sandi.
You are our Angel from Heaven above, giving us love, strength and the will to carry on. You may be gone from our sight but you will never be gone from our hearts.
At Jim’s request there will be no funeral service. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In memory of Jim, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS, Calgary Base – 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, AB. T2E 8M7. 10p
William David Coombs
William (Bill) David Coombs of Ottawa, beloved husband of Judith Mary Coombs, father of Andrew (Deb), Sarah (Nigel), and Tim (Sandy), grandfather of Alexander and Joshua, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009 at the age of 87.
Bill was born in Warner Alberta, on March 16, 1922, the son of Frank and Myrtle Coombs, brother to Alice, Goldie, Ben and Dean.
Bill served in the Canadian Fifth Armored Division Signal Corps in WWII. After the war he earned post-graduate degrees in the field of education. In his professional life he was a talented musician, and dedicated educator. In his private life he was a tireless community volunteer and international humanitarian.
The Memorial Service will be held in the Sacred Space at Beechwood National Memorial Centre of Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, on Thursday June 11 at 2:00 PM. In remembrance, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Williams – Gerald Charles Williams of Brooks, beloved husband of Dorothy Williams, passed away in Brooks on Monday September 30th, 2013 at the age of 76 years. Born on December 10th, 1936 in Cabri, Saskatchewan, Gerald was the youngest of 8 children. Jerry and Dorothy moved to Brooks in 1971, where Jerry worked as a truck driver. He was predeceased by his parents and 2 siblings. Jerry is survived by his wife Dorothy; 2 sons Michael (Trina) of Brooks and Neil (Tricia) of Duchess; a granddaughter Amber Skiffington (Travis) of Whitecourt, Alberta; 2 great grandchildren, Nevaeh and Tennyson; 3 brothers; 2 sisters and numerous nephews and nieces. A family service will be held. Funeral arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS, ALBERTA. Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Williams – Charles Douglas (Doug) Williams was born on August 19, 1920, third of eight children born to Glenna Gertrude (Gardner) and George Lannus Williams. Doug was born and raised, married and lived a full life on the homestead he loved at Cessford. His final days were spent with family and friends; he passed peacefully at home on June 24, 2009. He received his schooling at Cessford, Pollockville, and Hanna, before joining the Air Force in 1941, taking wireless training at Montreal, Fort MacLeod and Vulcan before going overseas. He saw service in England, Belgium, Holland, and Germany and was discharged in December 1945. With the love of the land in his heart, he bought a small parcel in 1946, built up a fine ranch with mostly Hereford cattle and continued with this way of life until his passing. He married Dorothy Coultis in December 1949 and side by side they ranched, farmed, curled, played and coached baseball, visited, and enjoyed a myriad of excursions together. They raised seven children: Ron (Linda), Richard (Bonnie), Pamela, Mark (June), Shirley (Lee), Bern, and Wade (Lorna). He enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren always taking time to tease and talk to them. In later years he and Dorothy would often be found off on some marvelous experience, by boat, motor home, air, bus or car. The motor home was a favorite form of travel; sometimes by themselves and sometimes they would pick up a group of friends or relatives and be off on an adventure – to a nearby rodeo or up the Alaska highway. Doug spent 16 years serving on the Berry Creek School Board, 15 years as councilor for the Special Areas Board, twenty-nine years as President of the local REA, several terms as President of the Berry Creek Community Club and also as president of the Pollockville Curling Club, six years on the Recreation Board, many years serving the federal Conservative Party, plus many more community activities. He very much believed in community and in making a difference. He was determined to make a better world for his children, grandchildren, and future generations. His retirement hobbies included traveling, reading, woodworking, fishing, and visiting with family and the multitude of friends he had developed over his rich and rewarding life. A celebration of his life was held Monday, June 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM from the Cessford Hall. Tributes in lieu of flowers may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation Bag 300 Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Brooks. Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dallas James Williams on February 11, 2015. He was born in Lethbridge, AB on March 21, 1974. He is survived by his beloved wife Tara, son Max, daughter Lydia of Medicine Hat, AB;
his parents Roger and Vicky Williams of Brooks; brother Dale, wife Ashley and son Burke; his mother and father-in-law Mavis and Al Procyshyn of Saskatoon, SK; brother-in-laws Sean, wife Paula and son Jack; David and son Noah. Also survived by his grandmother Betty Smith of Vulcan, numerous aunts/uncles/cousins and countless friends.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 21st. at 11 am. at the Duchess Hall.
In support of Max & Lydia Williams, donations can be made at any Servus Credit Union branch of the S. McNally in trust for Williams Family, member #12082814 or cheque payable to S. McNally in trust for Williams Family, 31 Taylor Ave SE Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4H7.
Williamson – Jack Williamson, beloved husband of Kay of Brooks, passed away peacefully in Brooks on June 11th, 2005 at the age of 90 years. Born in Lethbridge on July 28th, 1914 Jack received his education in Lethbridge, Turin, Picture Butte and Enchant. Jack and Kathleen Andus were married in 1955 in Vulcan and resided in the Lomond area. They farmed in Lomond until moving to Brooks in 1989. Jack loved his family, farming, traveling, baseball and visiting with friends. He was predeceased by his parents George and Eva Williamson, brother Stan and sister Betty Koch. Jack is survived by his loving family, wife Kay; 4 children Norma (Glen) Lundin of Fort McMurray, Mel (Mary Anne) Williamson of Lomond, Marie (Barry) Pakarno of Brooks and Dan Williamson (Sandra) of Brooks; 10 grandchildren, Robert and Jay Lundin, Megan, Curtis, Jackie and Angie Williamson, Justin and Colby Pakarno and Marcus and Danielle Williamson; 4 siblings, Edna Mitton of Kamloops, Earl (Hazel) Williamson of Quesnel, BC, Lloyd Williamson of Brooks and Millie (Jim) Ferwin of Calgary and numerous other family members. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 16th from Smith Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ken Bush officiating. Interment to follow at Lomond Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Honorary Pallbearers are Jackie Williamson, Angie Williamson, Marcus Williamson and Danielle Williamson. Active Pallbearers are Robert and Jay Lundin, Megan and Curtis Williamson and Justin and Colby Pakarno. In memory of Jack, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks And District Health Foundation for Long Term Care, Bag 300, Brooks T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or (866) 362-4652.
Williamson – It is with great sadness that we, the family of Lloyd Williamson, say goodbye. Lloyd was born on July 23, 1921 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He passed away peacefully in the Brooks Health Center on July 26, 2007. He started school at Lone Star in 1928 and finished his schooling at First Chance (Badger Lake).
WILLMS – Willms, Penny.
With our deepest sorrow we announce the passing of our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Penny Kaye Willms. She passed away peacefully at the age of 52 on January 28, 2004 in Brooks with her family at her side. She fought a courageous battle against cancer. Penny was born on February 1, 1951 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. On October 9, 1971 she married Ed Willms from Scandia where she raised her family and stayed busy helping Ed run their beekeeping business. After retiring and moving to Brooks in 2001, Ed and Penny enjoyed spending time together in both Mazatlan, Mexico and Kaslo, B.C. Penny will be most remembered for the time she devoted to her grandchildren.
WILLMS, John Cart (1943-2004) – John Willms of Abbotsford passed away quietly on October 11, 2004 in his home at the age of 61 years. He was the son of the late John and Martha Willms of Gem, Alberta. He is survived by tow sons: John Todd Willms and Shane Willms as well as an adopted son, Bradley Willms and siblings: Kathryn Skau (Vancouver); Eldon Willms (Gem); Arthur (and Sue of Surrey, B.C.); and, Willard (and Sheila of Red Deer).