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Welsh, Mary Belle

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our best friend, mother and grandmamomma, Mary Belle Welsh, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at the age of 81 years.
Mary will be sadly missed by her children Daniel Justik of Edmonton, Joanne (Marty) Michaud of Bonnyville, Bonnie Justik of Bonnyville, Barry (Cindy) Welsh of Fort Macleod and Barb (Trevor) Norlin of Fort Macleod; grandchildren Dean (Melonie) Michaud, Tina Michaud, Mitch (Debbie) Michaud, Keith Justik-Ackerman, Kory (Alisha) Ackerman, Kris Zubiak, Katie Zubiak, Scott Norlin, Tracey (Lorne) Hunt, Carla (Mike) Adam, Todd (Christine) Norlin, Rob Welsh, Chirsty (B.J.) Boot; 25 great grandchildren; siblings Linda (Larry) Oro and Jim Ince (Jerry Webber).
Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert G. Welsh; and sisters Leona Bakke, Ella May Thrasher and Eileen Odynski.
Born Dec. 25, 1929 in Red Willow, Alta., Mary arrived in Bonnyville with her husband Victor Justik. Here, from 1948 to 1974, Mary engaged in a committed and active role in the future development of a then fledgling frontier community.
In 1977, Mary Belle was remarried to Robert G. Welsh, a rancher, farmer and loving husband and moved to the community of Fort Macleod. For the next 35 years Mary and Bob brought their two families together in feast, celebration and lived life to its utter fullness.
Mary never wavered in her strong sense of family, her soft heart and stubborn resolve. Not even in death. Her honest opinion, like it or not, could always be relied upon. Perhaps mostly, Mary will be remembered for the priority, focus and love she placed upon her children and grandchildren. For this we are indebted and she shall be missed all the more.
A celebration of Mary Belle’s life was held on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the St, Louis Parish Hall in Bonnyville at 11 a.m. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Fort Macleod.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to: Haying in the ’30s Box 35 Mallaig, Alta., T0A 2K0.
Northern Lights Funeral Chapel Ltd. were in trust of arrangements. Funeral director Kelly Turzanski and staff providing compassionate service to the families we serve. Phone 780-594-6083 (Cold Lake) and 780-826-6083 (Bonnyville) or toll-free 1-888-926-6083.

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