Ellen Mary Studer
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Ellen Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Studer passed away peacefully in Saskatoon, SK surrounded by loved ones on February 13, 2013. She was 96 years old, but according to her she was "almost 97!" She was predeceased by her first husband, Lawrence Harper (1947), her second husband, Lorne Studer (1972), her son, Benne Harper (2000), and her son-in- law, Arthur Budd (2009). She is survived by her son Alfred (Martina) Harper and children; Cat (Jordan) Walker and children, Dawson, Rowan, and Ashton; Joy Harper and children, Taylor and Jessica; and Jason Harper; her daughter Alayne Budd and children; Marrian (Ted) Moore and children, Rob (Carrie) Moore, Barb, and Megan; Sheryl Budd (Ryan Ray) and children, Seth, Ebony and Rayn; Debby (Dave) Block and children, Theo, Anna, Aidan, and Sharaya; Dan (Lori) Budd and children, Jolayne, Naomi, George and Emily; her daughter-in-law Jan Harper (Peter Mitchell) and son John (Tammy) Harper and children, Alex and Cameron; and her son Bob (Jennifer) Studer and children, Sarah (David) Lewis and children, Joseph and Jonathan; and Barnabus Studer. Ellen was born at home near Waldeck, SK April 14, 1916 to proud parents, James and Ellen Wightman. Tragically, her mother passed away 2 days later. She was raised by her Wightman grandparents in Nesbitt, MB until she was 4 years old when her father remarried and she rejoined her new family. After blending families Ellen was the third of ten children; Alfred, Violet, Ellen (Bessie), Margaret, Harry, Gordon, Phyllis, Louis, Leslie, and Joyce. Joyce is now the only remaining sibling. Ellen became a school teacher and taught for several years. While teaching at the Hayfield School she met Lawrence Harper. They were married on January 1, 1940. Over the next few years they had three children. Lawrence was killed in a farm accident in 1947. Ellen moved the family to Brandon, MB that year and married Lorne Studer on September 26, 1953. After Lorne's death in 1972 she remained in Brandon until 2002 when she moved to Saskatoon to live with her daughter Alayne and her husband Art. Ellen spent that last 11 years of her fulfilling life living with family, enjoying and being enjoyed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Memorial Service will be held on Monday February 18, 2013 1:00 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church, 3102 Laurier Drive, Saskatoon, SK. Arrangements in care of DALMENY FUNERAL HOME (254-2022).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Feb. 15, 2013