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Degenstein, Twila

Twila Arlene Seely Degenstein, beloved wife of Walter Degenstein of Fort Macleod, passed away in her home on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at the age of 70 years.
Twila was born at Stirling, Alta. to Artie and Veda Fawns Seely on Oct. 22, 1932. She was raised and received her education there.
From early childhood Twila loved foot racing, music, dancing, art and horseback riding. In 1948 Twila and her family moved to a ranch on the Belly River near Orton. In 1951 she married Walter P. Degenstein at Fort Macleod where they made their home.
After purchasing a farm in Orton in 1960 the family’s love for horses continued. This passion was shared with family and many individuals as an active member of the Orton Riding Club. She thoroughly enjoyed riding in the Crowsnest Pass with her family and friends.
Twila loved music and dancing. Her sister, Ludene, taught her an appreciation for music and dance. As a young lady she loved square dancing, and seldom missed a community dance. For several years Walter and Twila were familiar figures at square dances throughout southern Alberta.
In 1984 Walter and Twila retired and moved to Tonopah, Nevada to be closer to family members and grandchildren. Twila loved family, friends and children. She held many fond memories of the children she transported during her 18-year tenure as a bus driver.
After a five-year absence Walter and Twila returned to Fort Macleod where she resided until her passing. Twila was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various capacities.
In 1994 Twila was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Her courage and faith enabled her to alter her activities and continue actively in her community pursuing quilting and genealogy. Monday at quilting with the quilting grannies and Thursday at the church library was her greatest therapy.
Besides her loving husband of 51 years Walter, she is survived by her children, Roxanne (Jack) Linderman of Carson City, Nevada, Doran (Tara) Degenstein of Fort Macleod, and Willis (Lanette) Degenstein of Lincoln City, Oregon; five grandchildren, Courtney and Chad Linderman of Carson City, and Jason, Russell and Megan Degenstein of Lincoln City.
She is also survived by three brothers, Deloy (Elva) Seely of Lethbridge, Vern (Kaye) Seely of Stirling and Melvin (Enid) Seely of Lethbridge; and one sister, Pearl Tolley of Fort Macleod.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fort Macleod Chapel, 643 20th St., with Bishop Brian Waldie officiating.

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