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January 16, 2017
Mom was a loving, kind, caring person to everyone she met. She loved her family dearly. Thelma passed away peacefully Monday, January 16 at Oliver Lodge Care Home. She is finally ‘home’ and rests in the arms of the Lord. Thelma was born in Watson, Saskatchewan on July 14, 1915. She has seen, experienced, lived, endured and loved much in her 101 years. When the family farm became one of the casualties of the Dirty Thirties – the family of 5 moved to a small one bedroom home in Saskatoon. Thelma attended Nutana Collegiate and worked as a house ‘maid’ to help keep the family afloat. She worked at Saskatchewan Hall at the U of S before World War II. She had many stories of running up the stairs in Sask Hall after a hard day laughing all the way with her girlfriends. When the Second World War broke out Mom signed up with the AirForce and travelled to several locations across Canada but spent most of her time at the training base in Mossbank, Saskatchewan. She married Hedley McDonald in 1948. Dad’s little girl Joyce came to live with them soon after and became a wonderful sister to Glen and Lynn. Once Mom was back working her career was as a seamstress until her retirement. Thelma kept active helping to look after Kent and Melanie when Lynn’s childcare fell apart and just because she loved them so. She lawned bowled, aisle bowled, was active in UCW and participated in various activities. She loved her garden and home in Montgomery Place. But when it was time to move she accepted the change and found new interests. She enjoyed fun and laughter and always approached challenges with a smile and determination to make the best of any situation. Thelma will be sadly missed by her loving daughters Lynn (Jim) Earle and Joyce Nagy; grandchildren: Denis (Candace) Nagy, Sandra (John) Etheridge, Susan Strolbreg, Kent (Darcie) Earle, Melanie (Ryan) Lynchuk and Carolyn McDonald; great grandchildren: Scott, Trinity and Riley, Natalie and Gavin and her two little frequent visitors who called her Grand Mamma – Jude and Lulu. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Thelma was predeceased by her wonderful son, Glen; her Dad Almond and Mom Clella, her brothers Ralph, Herman and Don and sisters, Margorie and Echo. Heartfelt thanks are extended to Oliver Lodge Care home. The staff’s comfort and gentle hands made Mom feel loved. They became family. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. David Trinity Church (3318 Merritt St, Saskatoon). Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Carley Brown.