BAMFORD – Aurelia (“Ottie”) Bamford, cherished mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend, passed away at Brooks Health Centre on Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at the age of 90 years.
Aurelia was born in Suffolk, England on December 29, 1908 and came to Canada with her family when she was 11 years old. The family settled in Pickering, Ontario and soon thereafter moved to the Colonsay district in Manitoba. Aurelia married Percy Bamford in Foxwarren, Manitoba in 1932 and it was there that they farmed and raised their three daughters. In 1973, Percy and Aurelia retired to Brooks, Alberta.
Aurelia was predeceased by her parents Marie and Arthur Smith, her husband Percy on July 16, 1979; her sisters Ethel, Lillian, Maude, and Mabel; and brothers Cecil, Arthur and Kenneth. She will be lovingly remembered by her l daughters Joyce (Ray) Simms of 1 Brandon, Manitoba; Shirley (Bob) Prus of Brooks, Alberta; Beverley (Peter) Haliuk of Russell, Manitoba; grandchildren Holly, Heather, Rob (Prus); Curtis, Penni, Patti (Haliuk); and 12 great-grandchildren.
Aurelia was a strong-willed, independent, outgoing woman who fully embraced life. ln her younger years she was infamous for her practical jokes and well-known for-her fiddle playing, her beautiful singing voice, her dancing and her scrumptious raspberry pies. in her later years she particularly loved the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, regaling them with songs and stories of the past, and expressing her gratitude for the joy that they brought to her life. Aurelia loved growing flowers and seemed to nurture all people around her. Her courage, her humour and her warm and generous spirit touched the lives of many. lt is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye.
A graveside memorial service will be held on October 9, 1999 at FoxwarrenCemetery at 11:00 a.m. If friends desire, a donation in Aurelia’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Brooks Bulletin September 22, 1999 Roll 61 Image 89