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Elizabeth "Betty" Myrtle (Gaines) Horne

Died: Wed., Jan. 20, 2016


Memorial Service

1:30 PM Sat., Jan. 30, 2016
Location: Stettler Funeral Home


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In Loving Memory
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Horne
December 25, 1929 – January 20, 2016

Myrtle Elizabeth “Betty” Horne passed away at the Good Samaritan Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

Betty was born in Erskine on Christmas Day, 1929 to Ed and Myrtle (Roppel) Gaines.  She grew up in a gentle and loving home and attended Erskine School through to grade nine.  The family then moved to Stettler where she completed her high school education while working at the local drug store.  It was during this time that she met Jim Horne, one of the young men back from the war, at a local dance. As the romance blossomed Betty attended many a baseball game where Jim played first base. The relationship was put on hold when the Gaines family moved to Iowa, USA.  For the next three years Betty attended the School of Nursing at the Mercy Hospital, in Burlington, Iowa and, following her graduation in 1951, went on to work on her Nursing Degree at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa.  While studying she worked at the local General Hospital excelling in and preferring to work in surgery and obstetrics.  Her plans changed though when that handsome first baseman came back into her life.

Jim and Betty were married in Iowa in December 1953 and returned to Alberta where they made their home in Sylvan Lake before settling back in Stettler. Betty stayed home in the early years to raise their two children, Richard James, born in August 1954 and Jeri Lynn, born in May 1956. She later returned to work at the Kennedy Auxiliary Hospital, Eaton’s order office and she sold Vanda Beauty Counselor products from her home. Betty volunteered as camp nurse at the Bar Harbor United Church camp, and was a member of the Alberta Chapter of Registered Nurses, the United Church Ladies and the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. The family returned to Iowa many a summer to see family and friends and spent time at the family cabin at Buffalo Lake. In later years, Jim and Betty travelled with friends to Hawaii and the USA. They loved to dance to old time music and did so until Betty’s health didn’t allow her the mobility needed to “shake a leg”.  A new joy came to them later in life with the arrival of their grandson, Taylor James in 1993. They were so proud of this happy little fellow and delighted in any opportunity to spend time with him. Jim and Betty lived on the family acreage until health issues required a move to Stettler’s Heart Haven Lodge in 2006.

After losing her partner of over 50 years, Betty moved to the Good Sam in Rocky Mtn. House to be closer to her daughter. Here she seemed to blossom. It was an environment where a wheelchair was the norm and daily life had lots that interested her with opportunities to become involved in such activities as bell choir, card bingo, ‘answer that question’ (at which she excelled) and hymn sing. Betty was always interested in learning, keeping up on medical breakthroughs, reading the newspaper and watching educational shows. Like anyone that has ever known Betty, the staff and volunteers at the Good Sam recognized in her and grew to love that sweet, kind, caring, thoughtful, and intelligent, yet determined, lady with the beautiful bright blue eyes that didn’t miss a thing.

Betty will be remembered and missed by her son Rick; daughter Jeri Lynn (Glenn) Coughlin; grandson Taylor Coughlin; brother-in-law Paul Lefaivre; cousins, nieces and nephews as well as the many friends she has made from childhood, through high school, to nursing school and into her senior years. Betty was predeceased by her parents Ed and Myrtle, husband Jim, brother Clinton (Florence) and an infant brother.

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Patti & Lorne Nicoll
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
I am so sorry to hear the news of your Mom's passing. She was always so sweet and kind, and always welcomed us and our dog as visitors when she lived at Heart Haven in Stettler. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Alvin & Carrie Kuefler
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was always so tender, loving with a positive attitude. I marvelled at her enthusiasm even when she struggled in pain or was isolated. She was always chatty and made us feel so welcome. Alvin & I and all the Moxham family send our deepest condolences. - Love Carrie

Larry & Lynda Greiner
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Regret that we never made it to Rocky to see your Mom again. So enjoyed her at Heart Haven. She always welcomed everyone with that incredibly warm and beautiful smile. She had kind words for everyone and was interested in what you were doing and how you were. Bless her

Mike Dorchak
   Posted Sat January 30, 2016
I am sorry to here of the passing of Aunt Betty. While I have not seen her in a long time, I have fond memories of a kind, sweet lady. She welcomed all of us into her home and enjoyed each other's company. Uncle Jim. Jerry-Lynn and Rick, my thoughts are with you.

Brenda Jickling
   Posted Tue February 02, 2016
Rick, Jeri and family - I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing and sorry I was unable to come to the service. Your mom was always so kind and caring. I have many memories of being together at your house and your mom making my favorite for lunch - chicken noodle soup! My mom shared many memories she had with your mom and their last visit together at Rocky Mountain House was special to her. Thinking of you. Brenda Jickling

Peggy Zweifel
   Posted Tue February 02, 2016
Jeri - I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was always so kind and I never saw her without a smile on her face. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. All my best to you!

Davena Ma
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
Jeri, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed visiting with your Mom, when I would bring the Westies down to the Clearwater Centre for "pet therapy". We could have lengthy conversations while the dogs laid at her feet . She would tell me about your Dad, and how proud she was of you kids and her grandson, and "olden day" Nursing. She lived a full and interesting life! I was always touched by her kindness and good cheer, even when I knew she wasn't always comfortable. So very sorry for your family's loss. Treasure your many warm memories! Hugs!

Gordon & Rita Mielke
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
To Rick and the rest of the Horne Family, I only knew Betty from delivering MOW but remember as always being the sweetest lady. Our sympathy goes out to you, may she rest in God's loving arms.

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