EMMA

EMMA STANNARD(WELSH) Our beloved mom Emma of Red Deer passed away peacefully on Monday, February 27, 2006 at the age of 89 years. Emma was born in Trochu, Alberta May 22, 1916 to Hans and Marie Olsen who emigrated from Denmark. They owned a farm in the Innisfail (Big Ben) area. Emma and her first husband, Frank Welsh, (one of the original horse whisperers) lived west of Sundre on "the Ranch" where they enjoyed very happy years working for Colonel Snyder. The country life and horses were their passion. For health reasons, they moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1952 where they owned a restaurant business for 3 years. Moving back to Alberta, they settled in Calgary, until Frank's death in 1966. Emma moved to the Spruce View area, eventually making Red Deer her home where she met and married her second husband Ray Stannard. Her family and community knew her as a remarkable lady, who was caring, compassionate and loyal, as well as a marvelous cook and seamstress. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, always helping her family and friends in any way she could. After Ray died in 1997 she suffered a series of strokes, eventually moving to Correct Care in Red Deer where she was cared for by the most amazing people. She is survived by two daughters Barbara Welch of Bragg Creek and Frances (Bjornson) Welsh of Red Deer. She also leaves six grandchildren; Juanita Chisholm of Turner Valley; Russell, Tyler , Jessica and Dane Bjornson all of Red Deer; Steven Bjornson of Vancouver; three great grandchildren; Jason and Tiffany Chisholm, both of Calgary and Charlie Bjornson of Red Deer. Predeceased by brothers Norman and Carl Olsen; she leaves two sisters, Ann Vooys of Sundre and Nettie MacDonald of Red Deer, numerous nieces, nephews. There will be no service as was her wish. Family members will gather early summer, near Sundre at a special place she chose to scatter her ashes, celebrating her life. Mom, we love you. We always knew you were an angel but now you have the wings to prove it. God speed!


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