DALZELL (nee McKeage) It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Thelma Margaret Dalzell (Sam) of Lacombe announces her passing at the Lacombe Continuing Care Centre on January 4, 2005 at the age of 89 years. She passed away in the arms of her daughter Linda and with her son-in-law Dave May at her side. Thelma was born September 6, 1915 to Thomas and Josie McKeage at Scotfield, Alberta. When Thlema was little, her older sister, Ada could not pronounce her name and called her Samma. She then was known as Sam or Sammy for most of her life. She was an outstanding athlete and student, winning the Governor General’s Medal in grade ten. In 1933, Sam and Colin were married in Hanna and set up house in Sunnynook where Stan and Patsy were born. Sam and Colin were very active in the community with plays and concerts, dance bands, baseball, softball, tennis, horseshoes, curling, skiing and skating. In 1940 they moved to Lacombe where Dixie and Linda were born. In Lacombe, they owned and operated Dalzell’s Esso Service Station. Curling, golf, baseball and bowling consumed a lot of their time in Lacombe and they enjoyed their leisure time at Gull Lake in the summer. Sam was an accomplished golfer in her day and usually came home a winner from any tournament she entered. Many curling and bowling trophy’s graced her mantelpiece as well. She enjoyed Little League baseball and was scorekeeper for many years for that organization even though none of her children were of the age to be involved. In later years, Sam’s interests included the seniors and singles dances, Kozy Korner activities, bingo in Red Deer, Ponoka and Lacombe, bus trips to Reno and the opera in Edmonton. Her greatest love though was for her family.

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