Clara passed away on January 3, 2017 at Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, AB at the age of 99.
She was born in Fairy Glen, SK on December 30, 1917 to Peter and Mary Elkew. Clara resided in the Melfort area for 50 or so years and 5 or so years in the Humboldt area. She was a farmer’s wife who lived off the land and took pride in everything she did. She kept a beautiful home, worked hard in her gardens, canned all manner of fruits and vegetables, and there was always a home-cooked meal and fresh baking to be had at her table.
Her flower gardens brought her immense joy. She was a self-taught horticulturalist, and the extended growing season in Kelowna beckoned her. She resided in Kelowna for 35 years and then moved on to the seniors’ complex in Leduc for the latter part of her life.
Clara is survived by her sister, Lena; her sons Leonard (Ella), grandchildren Trent, Vicki and Jason; Peter (Evelyn), grandchildren Michael and Brittany; Jim (Jackie), grandchildren Jeff and Jason; her daughters Beverly (Peter) Semeniuk, grandchildren Brad and Jay; and Lynda (John) Sereda, grandchildren Cassie and Michelle; as well as grandchildren Gary, Wayne, Donna, Wanda (children of Frank (Connie)); along with twenty-one great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.
Clara is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary; two brothers, Paul and Harry; her sister, Annie; and her beloved son, Frank.
As per Clara’s wishes, no funeral will be held. Instead, a memorial and celebration of her life will occur at a later date.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Extendicare Leduc for he excellent care Clara received.