- 86 years old
- Date of birth: May 16, 1929
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Nov 22, 2015
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Alma be with us forever|
We will remember her forever. She is our treasure from God!
The Healing Gift of Memories...
It is without a doubt that our Mom has been a larger than life force throughout the years! She has certainly been known for her kindness, her compassion, her humour and indeed, her deep love of family and friends. She has touched so many lives and left behind so many wonderful stories. It is for this reason that we reach out to you - her friends, her family and her acquaintances. We would be so happy and indeed, honoured if you would please share any thoughts or memories you may have of her with us. It may be a thought, a funny story, a photograph, a saying or an expression of Mom ... anything you remember about Mom. Every story or thought is a precious gift that we would cherish forever!
"It has been a year since this wonderful, thoughtful lady left an empty place in the hearts she has touched. Thinking of the family today. Alma left many memories in many lives."
"( Message on behalf of Mom's friend Verena Ellis from her daughter, Bonnie Burton).
I remember your mom and going to your house when I was younger. Hope you are doing well.Wow!I wish we could go back to those days again.I also want to say that I am so sorry for your loss.My dad passed away and we were very close so I know what you must feel.
I phoned my mom and asked her about your mother and this is what she told me. She said that when she worked in Old Perlican hospital, she met Alma. Night time, mom and Jean Goodwin who went out with her brother Max would have a big sing song night time at your house in the room off the kitchen. Mom dated Jack at that time. Mom said that Alma was one of her best friends and they used to go to the movies together, across from her house. Phil Smith put off the movies. Mom always visited her when she could. I asked mom if there were any funny memories and she said that there were too many to tell,especially for the computer. Mom thought a lot of your mom and considered her one of her best friends.She went there a lot.My apologies once again for not getting back to you sooner.There has been just so much going on in my life right now.Just want you to know that I appreciate your message and it is so very nice to hear from you.Take care and I wish you all the best."
"(Posted on behalf of Mom's friend, Evelyn Thorne)
We were all saddened to hear of Alma's passing, bringing to an end many years of suffering. I never knew Alma when she lived in Old Perlican but when she moved to New Chelsea we were both involved in L.O.B.A., U.C.W., church, school and P.T.A.
We really became friends when several of us decided to become seamstresses. Lucy Harris taught us sewing two nights a week at the old school in New Melbourne. We really had a great fun time. Our first apron was a real masterpiece! It was good that Lucy had lots of patience.
Later, while doing a Statistics Survey in that area each month, I always managed to drop in for a cup of tea, and it turned into a lengthy visit. The six of us also enjoyed getting together for a game some weekends.
Alma, at that early time, really suffered with headaches and face pain but was always cheerful and not complaining. But after surgery, her life really changed. She was so lucky to have a family that cared for her every need until the end and I know that she knew and appreciated that.
Rest in Peace Alma and great job done Barbie, Clarence and Ralph.
"I met Alma during the summer of 2002, when I visited Barb’s family in New Chelsea for a few days (Barb was my wonderful teacher at McDonald Drive Junior High :)) While my visit was short, I remember the warmth, humor and hospitality with which I was welcomed :) Some of my favorite moments from the visit were the dinner table conversations and assembling a jigsaw puzzle together. Alma always wanted to make sure that I was cared for and well-fed :) Thank you so much for your kindness, and for raising such wonderful children, who have given love to their students and to all those around them."
"Barb, Ralph and Uncle Clarence: The first Mother's Day, the first birthday, (so close together!!) and the first Christmas are the worst. You are in my thoughts. Try to think about the happy times you had together, the laughter and the joys. The tributes people have left are very uplifting and Aubrey and I pray that you are finding comfort in them. Maxine and Aubrey."
"Happy Birthday to a dear friend. We sure had lots of laughs together. I have so many good memories over the years. I will always cherish the memories i have. She was such a good friend and so good to my Mom. Love always Marcella"
"Happy birthday in heaven hope you are having a blast
Think of you often with fond memories love from your buddy's Ed and Debbie xx"
"Message to Alma and family via Heaven, Today is your birthday Alma and though you left them behind when you went to live with the angels, we still think of you and wish you all the very best. Maybe you've met up with Dad and are renewing loving relationships with all your past acquaintances and family you are dearly missed on this earth and lovingly thought of on this special day of your earthly birth. Hugs, June and Brenda"
"Yang (Iris) was always very special to Mom. The fact that she was so very far from her home and her family and of course, the fact that she was so petite made Mom feel all that much more protective of her.
This is a follow up to Yang's post...I'd like to share it
I was trying to post these pictures on Alma's memorial website, but it didn't work.
I would never forget that morning in 2005 you were curling Alma's hair at your kitchen. You were very concentrate. Alma looks beautiful with her curly hair. This Monday coming is Alma's birthday. I just realized my litter brother has the same birthday as your mom. I will think about Alma on May 16 every year and remember her forever.
Talk to you soon. :)
"I have wonderful memories of Alma when I was a university student and lived with Pynn's family. Alma calls me "little one". Clarence and Alma taught me how to play bridge card game at Barb's kitchen. They welcomed me to their home in New Chelsea for Thanksgiving day.I will always remember Alma. ---I also wanted to say Barb, you are the best daughter in the world. Love oxox"
"Hi Barbara - I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Alma's passing. Please know that I'm thinking of you all at this very difficult time. May God give you the strength to get through the coming days. I had all intentions of visiting Barrett's Funeral Home. I kept checking their site for information but her obituary was not showing - nor was it showing on Greens. I got word today that she's now resting at Greens. Unfortunately, I'm unable to get out home. Please know that my heart and mind is there. (Nadine Bursey)"
"Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Take the memories you have, the love and guidance which she showed you and hold them dearly to your heart. They will help you through the coming days.
I remember many times when her and Clarence would drop down on a weekend for a visit with Jackie's family, of course we were all privy to a joke or conversation that was on the go...many giggles and laughter, as a young girl, I thought so much fun enjoyed by all…I remember Jack’s Alma making cold plates for Sunday supper, everyone sitting around the table, great family times."
"She was a very sweet lady....I worked with her at the plant.
(Peggy Vallis Guilliford)"
"Much loved by June & (Nelson) Belbin.
(Written by daughter, Brenda)"
"Many fond memories of your mom when l was part of their card club when I lived in New Chelsea. Always ready for a laugh and some fun. I used her favourite saying many times over the years. R.I.P. Sweet lady.
"What can I say about such a wonderful person!!!One of the many times at her home, (I guess I may have talked too much), she said"Lee Ann if I give you a quarter would you stop talking for a minute? Do I talk that much? Anyway, that was our friendship...just give and take,a wonderful lady with so much spunk!!!!
"I have many good memories of time spent at her house with my dear friend Beverley. She always made me laugh and feel so welcome. We took advantage for a chat whenever we met. Hugs and take care.
"She always called me mother of mercy. She was funny!
"I have thought of you many times since hearing of your Mom's passing, hope you are managing through this very difficult time...I know how close you were to her. How is your Dad doing? I had a look at your facebook site created for your Mom and I love the picture of her in the pink top, that's how I remember her..so bright and full of life, such beautiful eyes. My memory is of babysitting you. I loved to get a call to babysit as it meant I could listen to my records, remember that stereo you had? We were also allowed to bring our boyfriend's in for a little while. We should have the records on while sitting at the living room window watching for them to walk or drive by...lol. If my memory is correct, your Grandma was there at one time?? I also loved that your Mom took the time to sit and chat with us, she wanted to hear all the news about what was happening on Trimm's Square...in thinking back on it, she was different from the other adults who spent their day cleaning...she loved to socialize! Take care.
( Carol T)"
"There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. As much as you are hurting now, remember the good times. You devoted your life to your mom and I'm sure that your care made her life much better than it might have been otherwise. There's never a good time to lose the ones we love but this time of year is the worst. Our faith tells us that she is in a better place as much as you want her here. Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.
"So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She has fought a tough battle and has had many challenges over the years. Today she is having the peace beyond our comprehension as she is singing and dancing in the presence of the Great One. I hope you find solace and comfort in knowing that. I am sure the void is deep, but find comfort knowing that you have given all that you could have and your mother left this world knowing that. Be strong and be comforted knowing that you are in my prayers during this time. Big hugs my friend.
"I remember your mother as being care free and always in a good mood. Loved to have a laugh!"
"Barb & Ralph....so very sorry we didn't get to your Mom's funeral service....we were in Toronto on a little vacay. Your Mom was so very blessed....your love for her was endless and a love like no other. Your lives will never be the same without her. Paula got me a funeral brochure and I just finished reading it. It's beautiful. You truly have to believe that you will see her again someday....I don't think we could keep going thinking otherwise. As you go through each day, always believe that she's with you....it makes you be on your best behaviour too. lol We are sending all our love to you both and your Dad. You will have many lonely days and the tears will seem like they'll never end......the hurt does subside some but there will always be that void that, unless you've experienced this loss, you can't explain it. Over the next few days, we plan on sending a donation in memory of your Mom. I just wanted you to know that I can't stop thinking of you guys. My heart is broke for you..... xoxoxo Love always, Lisa & Mike"
"Barb , Ralph and uncle Clarence. We remember your mom fondly and especially at Christmas when there was a beautiful tree with all her loving adornments. The house felt so nice and cozy and there was always a drink with some Christmas cake. We would always love to make our rounds during Christmas with all the aunts , uncles and cousins in new Chelsea. We look back at that time with so many fond memories and it seems like yesterday. God bless and always remember the good times. Hazel , Bruce , Jessica snd Josh"
"I remember , your Mother, as a lady I loved to see and chat with ; always had a story to tell and full of humor. I also remember her as a Mom who dearly loved and always spoke well of her family , with nothing but love. Cherish all your fine memories!"
"Barb I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I remember her so well from high school days. She was such a vibrant woman and so loving to you and Ralph. I hope you are doing well. (Geraldine Critch-Gillingham)"
"There are no words that can express how I feel for your loss. Loved her beyond words. I have so may memories !! As a young girl she was a mentor to me!!(Yvonne Pynn Wheaton)"
"Your Mom was a beautiful lady, wonderful friend and next door neighbour.
Love Marvin and Ruby."
"She was a very sweet gentle person .I work with her at the plant for a few years .She loved her bit of fun .I will always remember her"
"Barb, Ralph and Clarence, When I started coming to New Chelsea I was always welcomed into your home. Myself and Rick played a lot of cards on Friday or Saturday night where Alma enjoyed the battle encouraging the female team fought to the bitter end. When Marie came along she loved her Sunday morning visits, where she was loved and got what she wanted. Time goes on but leaves us with lots of memories, ensuring family, friends and good times are never forgotten.Marilyn, Rick and Marie"
"Alma and Clarence were well loved in their community of New Chelsea, NL. My mother and father, June and Nelson considered Alma and Clarence as best of friends. Alma once gave me a wooden heart on a ribbon with my name on it. I've kept it as a reminder of a very sweet lady and it remains attached to a zipper on my purse. I think fondly of a very sweet lady, each time I see it. Alma will be dearly missed by all her friends."
"Barb, Ralph and Uncle Clarence, I will always remember Aunt Alma for her dry sense of humor. She loved her children so much. I have many fond memories of the many sleep overs we shared as young teens. Your mom always made me feel welcome and cared for. I know from personal experience that this grief feels like a hole in your heart that will never heal. It will; life will be forever changed but your pain will also change and in it's place you will have sweet memories that will leave laughter and sometimes tears. Trust in God for your strength. He is always faithful."
"Please accept sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. May you find strength, comfort and hope in the Bible's promise about a time when sickness and even death will be gone forever, and our dead loved ones will be resurrected! (Revelation 21:3 & 4; John 11: 43, 44). Till these trustworthy promises are fulfilled, may cherished memories of your mom keep her forever "alive" in your heart, and may you have "Undeserved kindness and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1: 2)."
"Barb, I never really knew your Mom until I started working with her, but I soon realized that she was kind of person you could get attached too real quickly. Alma was very kind , loving & sweet person, she also had a very good sense of humour & you really didn't know what was coming out of her next but I really enjoyed that it made your work a lot more fun than just actually working. Barb, in spite of all she had to go through she always had that smile which I Loved. I have got to say that it was my Pleasure to work with your Mom, I still Miss Her to this very day, Every time I pass by the house I think of her & when I worked with her & the good times we had together. I Loved Your Mom Very Much As I Did Your Dad, You & Ralph & I want To Thank You All For Giving Me The Priviledge Of Working As Your Mom's Home Care Worker, It's Something I won't Forget Too Soon. I Love You All & I Think Of You All Often. Hugs To You All, Take Care & God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"This site is not room enough to share all our memories of a special friend Alma.Our many games of cards,laughs and get togethers at their home in New Chelsea and At Barbara's in St. John's.She was the life of them all.We have shared many ups and downs with Alma and her family and she will be missed by everyone.From turkey dinners at the Health Science to hamburgers at the Miller Centre .She enjoyed it all and so looked forward to our many many visits."
"I have fond memories of Alma as a child visiting Aunt Louie and Uncle George at their home in Old Perlican. Also through our friend Blanche March I was able to keep in touch with Alma and Clarence. I always enjoyed my visits with them over the past years. Alma will be missed. Thank you for creating this Memorial to her."
"Barb and family: I didn't know Alma personally. Her sister, your aunt Yvonne lived with me and my many international students and sons for a few years after she moved to Nanaimo, BC. (everyone who lived in my house at the time called Yvonne, Grandma). I recall Grandma telephoning often to chat with each of you. She always loved to hear from your mom, her sister. Even the briefest conversations made Grandma's days brighter. The love of her sister was one of her greatest treasures."
"Great memories of Alma playing pranks such as "for sale" sign on our boat. We always enjoyed listening to her analysis of events & speed of response if questioned. She is an amazing lady creating much laughter to so many!! The Harris family thoroughly enjoyed her company."
"Wonderful memories of growing up next door to her and her beautiful, loving family! This is an indirect thought of your Mom brought on by my Mom (which is something that remains with me to this day)....if you asked my Mom who cooked a certain meal - not sure why we even asked that - but Mom used to always jokingly say "Oh, Alma cooked this!".....Your family was and still are thought of very often in very fondest, loving memories. Always remember that your Mom was truly blessed with the truest, most unselfish love and caring that anyone could ever ask for!!!"
"I didn't know your mom really well Barb but on the several occasions I did meet her she was always such a kind and caring person. I remember how she welcomed me to your home, many years ago when we were in university, and I went home with you for the weekend. She was such a quiet, soft spoken and gentle person, with a heart of gold and a good sense of humour!! May you, your dad and Ralph and his family cherish your memories. I will always remember her fondly."
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