With great sadness we announce the passing of Rose Rae Webber on January 15, 2021 at the York Creek Lodge in Blairmore, AB. She was blessed with 96 well-lived years.
Our mother was a free spirit who loved babies, flowers, the Blue Jays, a good bargain, and especially Elvis Presley. She loved to collect things, listen to Elvis, paint with acrylics, oils, pencil crayons and pastels, and in later years, read (preferring non-fiction). She also enjoyed crocheting and working on crossword puzzles.
While living in Toronto, our mom delivered cars, either driving them from one city to another or across the border to Florida. She spent many years driving an owner-operated taxi in Calgary, enjoying meeting new people including Wayne Gretzky and Allan Thicke. Of course, she didn’t recognize them, saying only that they looked familiar. They both had a good laugh and gave her their autographs. Once, she met Charlton Heston at the Palliser Hotel. Her memory of that was “his wife wasn’t very friendly.”
Upon moving to Crowsnest Pass, she spent many hours driving around picking wild flowers which she dried and, using birchbark, made unique book marks. After some health challenges in her 80’s, she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Norm Neufeld. She also went on many exploratory trips with Norm as well as spending many hours fishing with her grandson, Brian. In the fall, she loved picking dried leaves for projects. She was a creative cook and was known for her pierogies and cabbage rolls.
In her last year, she spent her time at York Creek Lodge where she was treated with great affection and kindness.
She leaves behind to mourn her daughters: Sherry (Norm) Neufeld, Dana Donovan, Tracy Mosby, Stacey (Joe) Skaper, Michelle (Ian) Colquhoun and Patricia Donovan. She has seven beloved grandchildren: Matthew (Jenna) Neufeld, Brian, (Chelsey) Neufeld, Kyle (Robin) Mosby, Sarah (Scott) Cochrane, Anna (Chas) Donovan, Dallas Skaper and Kelsey (Brad) Harding. She also treasured her great grandchildren: Kiera, Samantha, Rayne and baby Callum.
A private Celebration of life will be held once Covid-19 restrictions allow. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the York Creek Lodge Residents Association (PO Box 1050, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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