It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Alva, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, on February 19, 2020, at the age of 86 years. She will be greatly missed by daughter, Pat (Keith) Carlisle, grandson James (Megan) Carlisle, granddaughter Val-Lynn Carlisle; son, Philip (Sharon) Bourdeau, granddaughters, Amanda (Nate) Montey, Aimee Allers (Lane Weislein), and Tia Allers; sisters, Louise Nickerson and her family, and Peggy (Jon) Werkman, and their family.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Rocco and Vera Maida, her infant daughter Cheryl Lynn Bourdeau, her sister Audrey Burton (Lou, Valerie, Debra and Jimmy), and her husband Roland ‘Roy’ Ford.
Mom spoke fondly of the many years she spent farming with Roy near Debolt, before moving back to Edmonton shortly before his passing. Before starting her family, she worked with the Royal Canadian Air Force in their Medical Services Branch. After starting her family, mom spent many years employed in a variety of jobs, most notably for the Hudson’s Bay Northern Stores, where she met Roy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation at https://www.albertacancer.ca/donate/, Canadian Cancer Foundation at https://www.cancer.ca/cancer/donate/, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation at https://hsf.donorportal.ca/Donation/Donation.aspx?F=1773&T=GENER&L=en-CA&G=328&NFP=1 .