We are sorry for the loss of your mother.
Dear Alvin & Laura and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Good memories are with us today and hopefully will be with you always.
With our deepest sympathy and love
Uncle Al, we are so sorry for your loss. All the best to you and Aunt Laura. Leeann and Phll Derksen.
Frieda is well remembered and loved by her friends and neighbours in Riverdale where she raised her family and led a busy and productive life. She will be much missed.
Dear Erica and Alvin,
I am an idiot when it comes to computers and have already written you a lengthy not about your Mum, but all of a sudden before I could press "send" it disappeared! You may have already received it, but I don't want to take the chance, so I am going to repeat what I said. My name is Judy MacDonald. I used to be Judy Pulton, and your mum and mine were friends for many, many years. A long, long time ago when we were living in a tiny house on 139th street, my mum somehow or other came across your mother's name as someone who would be willing to help with housework. The first day your mum came, I believe I was in my early teens at that time and undoubtedly driving my mother insane. At the end of the day when you mother was getting ready to leave, she said to my mum, "I think you were too hard on Julie," which is what she called me and did forever after. My mother laughed out loud, and that was the beginning of a very long and warm friendship between the two.Mrs. Twardy's house was a place that I loved to visit, especially her wonderful garden which produced delicious items that she very generously shared with our family. She tried to comfort my mother when we found out that my brother had multiple sclerosis, and for as long as I can remember, she was a part of our family. When I was extremely pregnant with no. 2 child, she came to my house near Christmas time to give me a hand. That year, for some stupid reason, my sister-in-law and I had decided that it would be fun to dress all the children in red jumpers. I have never been known for my expertise in sewing and had made a terrible mess of a little red dress I was trying to sew for my daughter Nancy. Your mum took one look at it and said, "Oh Julie, Julie, Julie! Let me have it!" and she forthwith more or less took it all apart and put together a very wearable and cute outfit that would have been impossible for me to produce.
I phoned her one day after she had retired and asked if I could come to visit her. She was still living in the little house in the river valley at the time, although her garden was not the size it once was. We sat in the kitchen and had tea and got caught up on each other's family and doings. I wish I had continued to keep in touch with her as I have thought of her many, many times in the years since with love and appreciation. If it is at all possible, I will come to her service. If I cannot, I send you all my very best wishes and want to tell you again something you already know. Your mother was a very special person. All the best from "Julie."