June 12, 1926 ~ May 18, 2017

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Sylvia Kempling of Drumheller, Al­berta, beloved wife of the late Tom Kempling, passed away peace­fully with fam­ily by her side, on May 18, 2017 at the age of 90 years old. Sylvia was the first born child of Ed­ward and Cather­ine Pickard on June 12, 1926, in Cal­gary, Al­berta. She at­tended school in Cal­gary, and was quite ad­ven­tur­ous as a youth, en­joy­ing speed skat­ing and a bike trip to Banff. She worked as both a clerk dur­ing World War ll for the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, and as a sec­re­tary for the Cal­gary Seed Branch. While liv­ing in Cal­gary, she at­tended Cen­tral United Church, where she was a mem­ber, and was in­volved with youth groups. Along her path, she met a hand­some farmer from the Drumheller area, the love of her life, Tom Kempling. They were mar­ried Au­gust 14th, 1953. Tom brought Sylvia to Drumheller, and built his bride a new home, where they resided, farm­ing for many years. In 1956, they wel­comed their daugh­ter, Lo­ralee Ann and in 1959, their son, Steven Thomas. With her fam­ily com­plete, Sylvia en­joyed trips to Cal­gary, vis­it­ing her par­ents, go­ing to the zoo, Her­itage Park, Bow­ness Park, and camp­ing in the moun­tains, mem­o­ries which were cap­tured by Tom with his love and eye for pho­tog­ra­phy. As a farm wife, Sylvia loved bak­ing, gar­den­ing, sew­ing, cro­chet­ing, curl­ing, bowl­ing, and was al­ways game for a round of crib or cards with friends. She al­ways liked to look her best, adorn­ing the lat­est fash­ions, which she wore on her tall frame, with style and grace. She and Tom en­joyed trav­el­ling, Eng­land, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the US were some of their most mem­o­rable hol­i­days. Sylvia was a mem­ber of the Mun­son Women’s In­sti­tute, Re­becca Lodge, the Angli­can Guild, Farm Fo­rum, Home­stead Mu­seum, and Pi­o­neer Acres. Sylvia is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Lo­ralee (Dave) Dedul, son Steven Kempling, grand­chil­dren Lisa (Kevin) McKen­zie and their chil­dren Me­gan and Kelvin, Wendy (Chris) Walsh and their chil­dren Coyne and Opal. She is also sur­vived by her sis­ter-in-law Dorothy Pickard, as well as nu­mer­ous cousins, nieces, neph­ews and their fam­i­lies. Sylvia was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents Ed­ward ( Ted) and Cather­ine (Cathy) Pickard, her brother Ken Pickard (2016) and hus­band Tom (1998). A fu­neral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., on Thurs­day, May 25, 2017 at Court­ney-Win­ter’s Fu­neral Home, in Drumheller, Al­berta with Pas­tor Scott Gam­ble of­fi­ci­at­ing. If friends so de­sire me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foun­da­tion (Con­tin­u­ing Care Recre­ation De­part­ment). Court­ney-Win­ter’s Fu­neral Homes are in care of the ar­range­ments.

The fam­ily would like to thank the car­ing staff at the Drumheller Con­tin­u­ing Care and Recre­ation Ther­apy De­part­ments for the time,

love and spe­cial care Sylvia re­ceived over the last 22 years.

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