PETTERSON Edith Adelaide Petterson is safe in the arms of Jesus as of March 17, 2009. She lived life to the fullest for 95 years. She was a long-time resident of Sylvan Lake and passed away in the arms of family and friends at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Edith was born to parents, Earl and Ethel Drader, in Tofino, B.C., August 9, 1913. She grew up east of Edmonton, in the Fultonvale area. She was an avid horsewoman and always told fond memories of her black horse, Nancy. Edie was especially close to her five siblings and has maintained that closeness through the years. As a young woman, in Edmonton, Edith began work at the T. Eaton Co., doing clothing alterations. She also worked as a tailor with La Fleche Brothers. She was an amazing seamstress and crafted beautiful clothing for her family and friends over the years. During her time as a professional seamstress, she was challenged by her brother, Clarence, to "do something different". She took up welding and worked on aluminum planes for the war effort, even taking test flights with the finished products. Throughout her Edmonton years, Edie worked tirelessly to care for others, including her great-uncle Sam, her parents and her siblings. On March 30, 1949, Edith married George Petterson and moved to her new home on the farm south of Sylvan Lake. She was George's sweetheart, constant helpmate and companion for 52 years. She became his "right hand" when he lost his in a farm accident. Edie has been waiting eagerly to be reunited with him since he went to be with the Lord in 2001. Edith was a wonderful mother to her two children, Ernie and Myrna. She was the most unselfish person, always giving of her resources and time. She was a Godly woman who taught by example and instruction. She is known for her hospitality. She always had in “strays” for meals, Christmas, and for extended time. She loved her church and served eagerly all of her life. She loved music and inspired her children and grandchildren to do the same. Edith was the ultimate Grandma – her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much joy to her. Recently, Edith has resided at Bethany Care Society, where the staff have loved her and always comment on her ready smile. She has been a blessing to all those around her. Edith Petterson is pre-deceased by her parents, Joseph Earl Drader and Ethel Ball, as well as two siblings: Delia Seatter and Clarence Drader. She is also pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Gustaf George Petterson in 2001. She is survived by three siblings: Samuel Drader of Grand Prairie, Nora Alexander of Edmonton, and Frank Drader of Sherwook Park. She is survived by her loving children, Ernest Petterson (Kate) of Sexmith; and Myrna Dipert (Robert) of Sylvan Lake. She is loved and missed by her daughter-in-law, Myrna of Minitonas, Manitoba, as well. She has seven grandchildren: Jeran McConnel (Lonnie) of Bakersfield, California; Joshua Dipert (Jacqueline) of Carlsbad, California; Joel Dipert (Lidy) of Bakersfield, California; and Joash Dipert of Culver City, California (Joash's girlfriend, Jenelle Wells has been a special comfort to Edie at Bethany and in the hospital, as well.); Pamela Nickel (Brian) of Swan River, Manitoba; Aaron Petterson (Helen) of Sylvan Lake; Faith Martin (Scott) of Benito, Manitoba. Edith has 5 great- grandchildren that she dearly loved: Denali McConnel, Dylan McConnel, Aislynn Petterson, and Elly Martin, and Ty Martin. Edith, faithful, loving generous, and beloved lady – you will be greatly missed! You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. There is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to you on that Day! A Funeral Service will be held at The Gospel Chapel, 4290-50 Street (Highway 781), Sylvan Lake, Alberta on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES Unit 1, 6828-50th Ave. Red Deer, Alberta (403) 341 – 5181 and Airdrie (403) 912-0307 entrusted with arrangements.

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