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Emerentiana MATERI
Père : MATERI
Décès le : 2004-06-12
Parution : 2005-01-12
Paru dans : Canoe.ca (Obituaries Today)

Emerentiana Gray (née Materi) - Em was born at St. Joseph’s Colony, near Balgonie, SK on February 27, 1916 to Eugene and Margaret Materi. Her first nine years were spent in this vicinity with the family including brother Ed and three sisters, Barbara, Irene and Rose Marie. In 1925, the family moved to homestead on the Oscar Stevenson farm near Wollard, south of Hazenmore and southwest of Gravelbourg. About 1931-1932 at the age of 15 or 16, she moved to Swift Current to work as a maid with the Creightons and then with Dr. White. About this time the Materi family moved to homestead just north of Grayson. At Swift Current she met W.H. (Harold) Forsythe, her first husband and about 1935 they moved to Regina (a room in the Clayton Hotel). They moved to Saskatoon in 1937 as Harold was working with the CPR where, on October l2, 1937 they were married; she at the age of 21 and Harold at age 22. They moved to Regina in 1938 where Sylvianne was born at the Grey Nuns (now Pasqua) on March 15, 1938. In 1939 they moved to Prince Albert where Leander (Lee) was born on September 13, 1939. They again moved to Regina in 1940 and lived at 2172 Wallace Street until 1944 when they moved to 2222 Garnet Street, the home of Harold’s parents, Art and Eve Forsythe. They all moved to 2911 Victoria Avenue in 1945. The house was renovated into four suites with the Harold Forsythe’s occupying the top floor. During the fall of 1947, Harold and Em separated with Em and Lee eventually going to Ceylon, SK on November 6, 1947 to live with Claude Gray. In July of 1950, Lee returned to Regina to live with his father and Em remained with Claude. Em worked as a bookkeeper for Gray’s garage until 1950, when she had her first of three strokes (also in 1962 and 1972). In the mid 1950’s Claude took on well drilling-related work in northeast B.C. and northwest AB and Em was the cook for the well workers. In the early ‘60’s they began farming in the Ceylon-Hardy district until 1969 when they sold to R. McCarty of Plentywood, Montana. Em obtained a divorce from Harold in 1962 and Claude from his American wife in 1970 and they were married in Seattle, WA on February 25, 1971. They remained on the farmstead until August 1972 when they moved into Ceylon to a permanent trailer home. They spent winters near Fall City, WA in the early 70’s and later down near Mesa, and Apache Junction, AZ until 1987. Most of the summers from the mid-seventies to 1987 were spent at Grimeau’s Trailer Court at Round Lake, in the Qu’Appelle Valley north of Whitewood, SK. For a short time in the spring of 1988, Em spent about three months in the St. Joseph’s continuous care wing of the Radville Hospital. Claude had her out for a visit and she decided not to return. On January 25, 1990, a smoky fire in their home sent both to Radville Hospital. After being notified on February 1, Lee, on February 3, took her to Regina and on February 5th she became a resident in Dore’s Senior Care Home at 3821 Regina Avenue. Claude ended up in the Weyburn Regional Care Centre where he passed away on May 29, 1992. He was buried at the Ceylon Cemetery on June 1, 1992. On January 21, 1993 Em became a resident at the Parkside Extendicare, in Regina. She passed away on June 12, 2004. Funeral arrangements by Regina Funeral Home

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