BATTLE

BATTLE Mrs. Wilma F. Battle of Red Deer, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Red Deer following a long fight with pancreatitis on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at the age of 85 years. Wilma was born on November 18, 1921 in Delia, Alberta to Martin and Florence Julson. She was raised on her father’s farm, attending school in Delia (Starland) until 1938. Wilma met and was later united in marriage on October 28, 1939 to John Battle Jr. They were blessed with their first child, Russell Gary on November 6, 1940. Wilma and John farmed together in the Delia District until 1941, at which time John enlisted in the army. Wilma and their young son moved into Delia while John served during W.W.II. John returned home on September 23, 1945, and Wilma and John purchased the family farm from John’s father in 1946 through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The young family grew, as Diana Gail was born April 8, 1947, Sandra Irene followed on July 17, 1952, David John on May 17, 1956, and Elizabeth Lynn was born on February 29, 1964. Wilma and John left farming in 1969, and moved their family to Crossfield, Alberta. In 1972, the family moved to Nanaimo, B.C. for a few years, returning to Red Deer, Alberta in 1975. Upon their retirement in 1987, Wilma and John moved to Drumheller where they enjoyed many years together in a senior’s housing complex, returning to Red Deer in 1996. John passed away in 2002, and Wilma continued to reside in Red Deer until the present time. “Wilma will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.” Wilma will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her son, David Battle of Sylvan Lake; her three daughters, Diana (Garren) Battle of Red Deer; Sandra (Jim) Zielke of Chilliwack, B.C.; and Elizabeth Battle of Red Deer; and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Battle of Lethbridge; as well as eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. She will also be lovingly remembered by two sisters, Virena Little of Calgary; and Enid Carter of White Rock, B.C.; in addition to many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Wilma was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John in 2002; her son, Russell in 2000; two grandsons, Gary and Thomas; one great granddaughter, Angelica; and her brother, Mervin Julson. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Wilma’s Life will be held at the Delia United Church, Delia on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Clarence Sellars officiating. Interment will follow in the Delia Cemetery, Delia. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Wilma’s Memory may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, Building #16, 29 Airport Road N.W., Edmonton, Alberta T5G 9Z9; or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 4730A Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1X2. Condolences to the Family may also be expressed by e-mail to: special_reflections@telusplanet.net Funeral and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Mrs. Wilma F. Battle entrusted to the care of OBERHAMMER FUNERAL CHAPELS LTD. Rimbey, Alberta Telephone (403) 843-4445


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