“Home For Christmas” – Gertrude Graham left us for her heavenly home on December 23rd, 2010 at the age of 85 years. She was born in Strasburg, SK, 1925, the second eldest of four children of Bill and Alta Strickert. Known as Gertie, she was preceded in death by her husband Earl, her parents and only brother Lester.
Gertie is survived by her sisters, Vivian (Don) Bruck, Luella Johnson, and Colleen (Bob) Cardiff; her children, Barb (Larry) Gustafson of Maple Ridge, BC, Brenda (Ray) Schultz of Standard, AB and Doug (Marlene) Graham of Marsden, SK; her grandchildren, Darla (Bryan) Williams, Karolyn (Matt) Lock, Deah (Mark) Clark, Joy (Dan) Rayton, Jay (Sarah) Schultz, Laura (Craig) Nelson and DJ Graham; her 11 great-grandchildren, Josh, Nathan, Daniel, Serena, Marchella, Trinity, Danika, twins Nolan and Chaz, Braden, and Luke; as well as numerous extended family members.
In her youth, Gertie spent most of life in SK, and found pleasure in singing and DVBS work. On July 2, 1948 she married Earl and lived in Marsden, SK. until they retired in 1985 and moved to the Okanagan Lake near Vernon – a place that she loved dearly.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. T. Gilhooly who oversaw Gertie’s health and care, the Jubilee Hospital in Vernon third floor and overflow department staff, and the Creekside Landing Retirement Home staff who were very helpful and friendly.
“Free from the turmoil and toil of life;
Free from earth’s sorrows, its cares and strife.
Glorious deliverance; release from the fray;
Gone on to glory – O wonderful day!”
(Used with permission from Vivian Bruck)
Celebration of Gertie’s life will be held at 11 AM on Friday, December 31st, 2010 with reception to follow at the McCaw Funeral Home in Lloydminster, AB. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Gertie to the Manitou Lake Bible Camp, PO Box 226, Marsden, SK S0M 1P0
Funeral arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd. in Vernon and McCaw Funeral Service, Ltd. 5101-50 Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 0M2 780.875.4444