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Young, Gwendolyn Ruth Chambers (nee Ferguson)—

Gwendolyn Ruth Chambers Young (nee Ferguson), was born in Fort Macleod on April 14, 1919, to Ruth (Benson) and Springpoint pioneer William (Dan) Ferguson. Growing up in the Hungry Thirties, she went to school at the old schoolhouse once located on 19th Street, and made many lifelong friends. It was at this time she learned to play bridge, a game she continued to enjoy throughout her life.
Gwen learned to swim in the Old Man River, and was a lifeguard at the swimming hole before the pool was constructed. An avowed humanitarian, Gwen was a powerful advocate of civics and was a great supporter of the arts. She was a Lioness and a 50-year member of the Hospital Axillary here. Gwen loved to socialize and dance, and starting in her teens frequented the Elks Hall and other local live music venues as often as she could. Eventually Gwen met William Chambers, a young man who came to Macleod with the air force during World WAr Two. They married and after a time living away, settled in town where they raised their family. In 1970 Bill died suddenly and at the of age 50 Gwen moved her family to Edmonton to complete a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta. She then returned and taught beauty culture at Claresholm composite until her retirement.
Around that time Gwen rekindled an old friendship with Cecil Young and they were married. They loved travelling to different countries together, and wintered for many years in Arizona.
Gwen was always very active, advocated physical fitness and swam daily in her own pool each summer. Gwen was a strong, principled, fair and compassionate woman who practiced what she preached. Her door was always open and her kitchen table was and continues to be a vibrant centre of tradition, discourse and celebration.
Gwen passed away Sunday, Jan. 4 in the arms of her daughter Maureen after weeks of failing health, aged 89. “Dulcius Ex Aspiris.” She is survived and will always be lovingly remembered by her children Chris, Mark (Susan), Monty (Dorothy) and Maureen (Trent), and grandchildren Ryland, Nick, Gilllian, Liam, Eden, Dante, Caleb and Mercedes. A celebration of Gwen’s life will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at 1 p.m. Lunch to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 46.

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