SUSAN LUELLA CUNDLIFFE passed away on July 11th, 2019 at Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, Alberta She was 91.
Luella was born to William and Sarah Scutt on November 19th, 1927 in Lafleche, SK. The family later moved to Rabbit Lake, SK and Luella has many fond memories of life on the farm, with her horse Roly and dog Rex, She enjoyed milking cows and helping her brothers Elmer and Norman with chores. She was content to leave her older sister, Hazel to help her mom cook and do household chores. She wasn’t thrilled with school but loved the school dances at Park Royal.
Luella moved to Lloydminster to work for Melburn and Martha Clark who farmed in the Streamstown area. When WWII ended in the fall of 1945, Martha’s brother Jim Cundliffe returned from active duty, he also worked for the Clarks during harvest. He purchased a farm in the Durness District two miles from the Homestead where his parents immigrated from England.
Jim and Luella were married on January 30th, 1947. They had two children; Stan and Joyce. They worked hard and made do with what they could afford, growing their own food, and preserving it for winter. They went to the community dances and curled for a few years and there were very few Sundays when they didn’t have family or friends for dinner or were at someone else’s dinner table. They loved playing cards and many times drove home when the sun was coming up. Crokinole became another favourite and later bumper pool. They camped and fished throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan until Jim built a cabin at Kopps Beach at Turtle Lake, SK. Many family weekends were spent there and the card playing continued. As the nieces and nephews married and had their own families, she loved it when they would visit and continue the card playing tradition.
They sold the farm in 1969 and after spending a couple winters in Victoria decided to purchase a house in Lloydminster. Luella worked at the Dr. Cooke Nursing Home for 20 years. She met Grace Kine who was to become her life long friend as well as many other people she spent time with. Luella and Grace made baby quilts and many babies grew up dragging their blanket around for months to come. Most were spoken for in advance and always some were donated to the Ladies Auxiliary tea and bake sale. Luella’s grandchildren and some great grandchildren as well as babies born to nieces and nephews were recipients of a soft flannel quilt with nursery rhymes or animals embroidered in the squares. BINGO was a favorite past time and Luella didn’t miss too many.
She loved having her grandchildren in Lloydminster and never tired of playing fish and Old Maid and as they got older, taught them all the card games she knew. She attended all their Graduations and Weddings and welcomed the Great Grandchildren.
Jim passed in 2003 and the house was sold. Luella moved to the Pioneer Lodge and enjoyed friendships and the musical groups that came to entertain the residents. You could always find her with a group playing cards or if she was missing, may have went on a road trip to the Casino in North Battleford with a car load of other residents.
In July, 2016, her health forced her to move from Pioneer Lodge. After a short stay in Rocky Mountain House, she spent the last 2 ½ years at Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, AB.
She is survived by son Stan Cundliffe of Ministikwin Lake, SK; daughter Joyce Delaire of Cranbrook, B.C.; Grandchildren Renee (Greg) Joslin of Red Deer, AB ; Ryan (Tara) Delaire of Cranbrook, B.C. and Brandy (Jon) Haslam.of Beaumont, AB. Nine Great-grandchildren Drew, Cade and Paige Joslin; Erik, Maya, Jennica and Jake Delaire; and Hayden and Liam Haslam. As well as many nieces and nephews.
Luella is predeceased by husband Jim, sister Hazel (Bruce) McPhail; brothers Elmer (Judy) Scutt and Norman (Ann) Scutt; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws on the Cundliffe side. Luella has returned home and her ashes placed with Jim in the peaceful St. Luke’s Northminster Cemetary located 4 miles east of their farm along with several of the Cundliffe family.
Thank you to Dr. Powell, nurses and staff at Blairmore Long Term care for their kindness and compassion. They enjoyed her quick wit and sarcastic good humor even though she would forget their names. Thank you to Fantin’s Funeral Chapel in Blairmore for their professionalism and compassion.
A special thanks to Reverend Michael Stonehouse for your blessings, Wendy Plandowski for singing Luella’s favorite hymns; Old Rugged Cross and Amazing Grace. Paige, Jake, Jennica and Erik for the readings. Donna Tripp and staff for preparing the lunch.
Donna Manley, Lyle Manley and Wayne Cundliffe – THANK YOU.
To family and friends, thank you for sharing this day with us.
EULOGY READ BY RYAN DELAIRE
MEMORIES: RENEE JOSLIN
CAROL TYNER (read by Renee Joslin)
SOLOIST WENDY PLANDOWSKI
READINGS PAIGE JOSLIN Isaiah 41:10 Good News
JAKE DELAIRE John 11:25 – 26 Good News
JENNICA DELAIRE - Eccleslastes 3:1 – 4 International Childrens Bible
ERIK DELAIRE Psalm 23:1 – 4 English Standard Version
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