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Vest, Gertrude Alice

Gertrude Alice Vest, 88, former long-time Edmonton resident, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Noric House in Vernon, B.C. She was born in Fort Macleod on July 22, 1920, the eldest daughter of the late Harold and Lillian Moorey.
Gertie was predeceased in 2004 by Jens, her loving husband of 61 years. Gertie is survived by brother Arnoll (Glenna) Moorey; sister Olive Moorey; sons Richard (Gennie) and Dwaine; grandchildren Marisa and David. She is also survived by many relatives, nieces, nephews and friends. Gertie grew up on a farm near Fort Macleod and remembers helping with the animals and riding the horse to school.
After graduating from high school, she worked in Regina but returned to Fort Macleod during the war to marry Jens who was stationed there with the RCAF. They were a perfect match; they loved to go to dances and play cards with their friends.
Gertie and Jens moved to Beverly in Edmonton, where they lived for over 50 years in the same house. Gertie was involved with many aspects of community life, loved meeting people and especially loved small children and babies.
Most of all, Gertie will be remembered for the nurturing and caring home she maintained for Jens and their boys. Love, peace and joy were her constant companions. We will all miss her gentle presence.
A celebration of life will be held in Edmonton and in Fort Macleod. The date and location will be announced at a later date.

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