Dearest GASTRELL

GASTRELL Dearest Mum, Nana, sister, sister-in-law and friend, Norma Eloise Gastrell (nee Glassford) passed away at the Valley Park Manor Nursing Home, Red Deer on Monday, November 21, 2005 at the age of 78 years. Norma was born on June 5, 1927 in West Toronto, Ontario. Though shy and quiet by nature, she had a heart of gold and a warm smile. Norma worked as a dental assistant, then as a telephone operator for Bell, before marrying her high school sweetheart, Clarke, when he returned from the war. They lived in various cities in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, before moving west in 1996. Norma was happiest when working in her garden, taking the dog for long walks, teaching Sunday School, doing crafts with the children, volunteering at the neighbourhood school, cross country skiing on Mont St. Hilaire and attending dance recitals or school concerts to watch her grandchildren. She loved to sew and knit until her arthritis worsened. Norma’s lemon meringue pies were the best, as were her delicious butter tarts, even if they had been sent by mail to Montreal!! Norma and Clarke especially liked the walking trails in and around Red Deer. Her grandchildren meant so very much to her and she always wanted to know of their accomplishments and adventures. She always looked forward to visiting and being visited by friends, family and relatives. Norma will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered and forever cherished in the hearts of her family and friends. Norma leaves to mourn her loss her daughters, Glenda (David) Pedersen of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec and Paula (Lyle) Rehn of Red Deer; her eight grand children, Jennifer-Anne, Vibeke, Abraham, Kristen, Kaylah, Lainie, Gaige and Tanner, and her precious great granddaughter, Siena. Norma will also be sadly missed by her brother and sisters, Lionel (Eileen) Glassford, Shelburne, Ontario, June (Stuart) Martin, Toronto, Ontario, Meryl (Stan) Slinger, Guelph, Ontario, and sister-in-law, Lorna Dabbs, Prince George, B.C., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Norma was predeceased by her beloved husband of fifty-nine years, Clarke, in August of this year, sister, Lenore Westbrook and brother, Leonard Glassford. At the family’s request, there will be no formal Funeral Service. Cremation entrusted to the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. In the summer of 2006, Clarke and Norma’s ashes will be scattered from the top of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, close to the home they built there years ago. If desired, Memorial Donations in Norma’s honour may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 101, 5208 – 53rd Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5K2. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Valley Park Manor Nursing Home for the kind and loving care Mum received, Dr. Rigby for his ongoing care and concern for both Mum and Dad, and the staff on Unit 22 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre where they both had spent a considerable amount of time in the last year. Norma died of a broken heart…from her heart condition and from losing Clarke in August. Our hearts are now so heavy without having them here, but we know they’re together again. “We love you so much” Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222. “DOWNTOWN RED DEER"


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