ATKINSON, Alice Eva
February 12, 1922 â€" June 27, 2009
Alice passed away peacefully on Saturday evening. She is survived by her sister Winnifred Trawick [Calgary]; her daughter Norma Jean [Fort McMurray]; her son Fred Atkinson [Regina] and her granddaughters Bridget Zacharias [Jonathon â€" Lethbridge] and Brianne Atkinson [Regina]; her daughter Fran Atkinson [Bert Loeffen â€" Prince Albert] and her grandchildren Anthony Loeffen and Amanda Loeffen. She was predeceased by her husband John (Jack) Millar Atkinson; her sisters Isabel Miller and Dorothy Schick and her daughter-in-law Carolyn Atkinson. Alice was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Tyvan, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Reginaâ€™s Balfour Technical School. She had a short career with Sask-Tel as a stenographer before enlisting with the Royal Canadian Air Force (Womenâ€™s Division) on April 29, 1942. Alice trained as a Clerk in Rockcliffe, Ontario and was stationed at Arnprior, Ontario and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Shortly after her release in 1946 she met Jack in Regina and they were married on October 19, 1946. During their 50 years of marriage, Alice worked in numerous clerical positions with the Public Service Commission. In 1975 she transferred from the Regina Correctional Centre to the Prince Albert Correctional Centre. In January 1977 she left PACC to work at the newly created University of Regina Extension Departmentâ€™s Human Justice Program until retirement. Alice enjoyed gardening, camping, and fishing. Their cabin at Nemeiben was always full of friends, family and fish mainly caught by Alice. Jack and Alice made many friends during their numerous trips to Montego Bay and Jamaica. Alice played the piano and the organ. She sang in the following choirs: Knox Metropolitain [Regina]; Zion United church [Regina]; Wesley United Church [Prince Albert] and, the Watsonairs. She kept busy with her volunteering at Zion and Wesley as well as Cansurmount; Kiwanis Music Festival; Meals on Wheels and numerous other community organizations. Alice was proud of her childrenâ€™s and grandchildrenâ€™s accomplishments. She will always be remembered for her support and encouragement; her independent nature; her music; her organizational skills; and her sense of humour. A Celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Wesley United Church, 65 â€" 11th Street East, Prince Albert, SK with Reverend Tony Thompson officiating. In lieu of other tributes, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 54 â€" 11th Street East, Prince Albert, SK S6V 0Z9 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 279 â€" 3rd Avenue N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, Drew Gray, Funeral Director.
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