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The Verdant Valley Community is mourning the death of a very special and loved young woman. Gloria Wilson Anderson was 41 years old when she passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 after a five and a half year courageous battle with cancer and related medical issues. Gloria was daughter of Jim and Toni Wilson, sister of Loretta Wilson and Derrick Wilson and auntie to Dalan, Avril and Kasen. She was married seven years ago to her soul mate, Kelly Anderson. Her spirit and sunny smile endeared her to all and her love of life was an example to everyone she encountered. A service of Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, November 24 at the Stampede Barn with a capacity crowd of family and friends. Our sympathy to Kelly and the Wilson family and to all who knew and loved Gloria.
On Tuesday, November 20, the Verdant Valley Agricultural Society held their Annual General Meeting at the Community Center. The meeting, followed by a Board meeting and regular meeting, resulted in four board members elected for a three year term. They are: John Duncalf, Shawni Jo James, Brad McDougald and Lyle Rowe. From the twelve board members the following executive was elected : President – Lyle Rowe; First Vice President – Brad McDougald; Second Vice President – Logan James; Secretary – Amanda Panisiak; Treasurer – Shawni Jo James. Final plans were made for the annual Community Christmas Party which will be on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. at the Community Center. A catered turkey and ham supper will be served followed by entertainment and a visit from Santa handing out candy bags to all the children. There is no charge for the supper and everyone from the community with friends and family is welcome. Come and start the Christmas season with friends and neighbours. A new commercial dishwasher has been installed at the hall. A donation was made to Samaritan’s Purse in memory of Oswald Orthner.
A work party to set up and decorate the hall for the Christmas party will be held on Friday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. All members are asked to turn out to help.
Lynn and Clint Hemming are in Edmonton this weekend to visit daughters Ashley and Kyle and Amanda and Brock and attend the Grey Cup game and festivities.
Congratulations and best wishes to Fred and Gerri Shadlock as they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 22.
Birthdays since the seventh of November in the community were – Pat McDougald, Harrison Martynes, Angie Landry, Dalan Wilson, Kelsie Calon, Dustin Ireland. Frank Wilson, Chris Pickering, Tim Calon, Gene Donais, Suzanne Sands, Derek Dekeyser, Cody Hunt, Laurin Main. Hope you all had a happy birthday. This coming week we wish happy birthday to Carol Drotos on November 30, Martin Larsen on December 2 and Pam (Ewing) Elzinga on December 5.
Wedding anniversaries in the month of November were Elson and Pat McDougald on November 13, Fred and Gerri Shadlock on November 22, Tyler and Val James and Logan and Shawni Jo James on November 24 and Cliff and Chrissy McDougald on November 25. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone. In the coming week we send greetings to Blaine and Kathy Leonhardt on December 3 and Bert and Penny Dekeyser on December 5.