Delia cou­ple cel­e­brates 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

George and Elsie Humphrey will be cel­e­brat­ing their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2 in Delia.

The cou­ple were both just 21 years old when they ex­changed vows and have kept those vows ever since.

George was born and raised in the Delia area. Elsie lived in Man­i­toba for the first few years of her life and moved to Michichi when she was 2 years old. Elsie fre­quented the com­mu­nity dances with her friends.

Since meet­ing George at a dance in Michichi when they were 17, George and Elsie have done ev­ery­thing to­gether.

“I don’t go any­where with­out Elsie and Elsie doesn’t go any­where with­out me ex­cept to the hair sa­lon,” laughs George.

They both agree that maybe this is why they have made it this long.

“We only had $600 when we got mar­ried. We just had to work hard and we tried to love one an­other in the hard times.” George said.

George and Elsie courted for three years be­fore say­ing “I Do” in 1946. Dur­ing this time, George started work­ing at the Nacmine as a miner and con­tin­ued work­ing there un­til 1949.

Af­ter work­ing in the mine, George started farm­ing while Elsie stayed home with the chil­dren. They had four chil­dren, one girl and three boys, which has grown to six grand­chil­dren and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.

happy with how far my horses and I have come,” said Jayana. “I am very lucky to have been taught by RaeLynn Arm­strong, Niki Cam­maert Flun­dra and Madi­son MacDon­ald who are among the best in the North Amer­ica. I am very ex­cited and ner­vous to rep­re­sent Canada and com­pete in Las Ve­gas this De­cem­ber."

The riders train to­gether near Bas­sano.

These girls will get to go down and com­pete in their age cat­e­gories,” ex­plains Rox­Anne. These range from un­der eight, up to 17 and older. “All the girls are com­pet­ing in the in­di­vid­ual part of the com­pe­ti­tion where they are judged on horse­man­ship, pre­sen­ta­tion, and on their tricks.”

There is also a team com­pe­ti­tion and Piper is on one of the squads.

“It is a pretty in­tense com­pe­ti­tion for these girls and we’ll see how they do,” said Rox­Anne.

Lead­ing up to the event, the team is do­ing a demon­stra­tion at the Cana­dian Fi­nals Rodeo on Novem­ber 9. They will also be sell­ing raf­fle tickets to help fundraise for the trip. They are ac­tively look­ing for spon­sors to cover the cost of the com­pe­ti­tion and travel.

“Ever since I was a lit­tle girl, it has been a dream of mine to per­form in Ve­gas. Through hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, count­less bumps and bruises, I have been able to turn that dream into a re­al­ity. I am very ex­cited to be rep­re­sent­ing Canada this De­cem­ber in Las Ve­gas,” said Shelby Burns.

George and Elsie Humphrey, soon to cel­e­brate their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary, share their story.

Shelby Burns, 17 years old, do­ing the Hip­po­drome.

Piper Yule, 6 years old, do­ing the Shoul­der Stand.

Trick rider Jayna Hale, 11, of Dorothy vault­ing over her horse.

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