EDGE, Patricia (Pat) Eve
Oct. 6th, 1932 – June 29, 2012
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Patricia E. Edge (Pat) on Friday, June 29, 2012. Pat touched the lives of many people and she will be sorely missed.
Pat was predeceased by her beloved grandmother Nana – Eva Paterson; father William George Shrubsall; brothers Robert Norman Shrubsall and Arthur Allan Shrubsall; her husband of nearly 55 years, Gordon who passed away May 31, 2008; and her mother Eileen Florence Wallace who passed away February 20, 2012 at the age of 99 years and 6 months.
Pat was born October 6, 1932 in Prince Rupert, BC. The family moved to Calgary in 1934. At age 17 she was appointed Senior Princess – Bethel #1 – International order of Job’s Daughters. She formed the 1st Alumni of Older Members and formed Bethel #12. She served as Bethel Guardian for a few years and organized seven other Bethels in Central Alberta. She served as Grand Guardian of Alberta and as Supreme Office and on numerous committees.
Pat met Gordon Edge while in Grade 12 in Calgary and Oct. 10, 1953 they married. They were married for nearly 55 years. They had two daughters, 1954 – Dianne Eileen Bowman (Terry Mulholland) and in 1958 Wendy Sue Rhyason (Rob Rhyason). She also has five grandchildren Bonnie Bowman (Peter), Chad Bowman (Alicia), Kristi Rhyason, Caleb Rhyason and Colton Rhyason.
During her working years Pat helped form the Canadian Payroll Association – Calgary Branch. She believed education and training necessary for organizing and upgrading the payroll position. She provided numerous one day workshops in Calgary and later worked as a consultant taking training around Alberta. When CPA branches were set up across Canada she served as Educational Director for the CPA and arranged for the 1st across Canada full day of training in six different cities. Pat served as President of the CPA in 1990 – 1991.
On September 1, 1995 Pat and Gordon retired to Ladysmith, BC. She may have retired from her salaried positions and moved away but she quickly became involved in her new home and community in a variety of volunteer positions along with Gordon.
December 1996 she opened the Seniors Office at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. Pat helped many residents of Ladysmith and area with a wide variety of different issues. She also served as a Director on the Board of Directors for many years. That same year 1996, she was appointed by the Provincial Government as a Ladysmith Senior Citizen Councillor.
In 1997 Pat joined the Ladysmith Community Policing Station and remained an active volunteer until 2011. She served with Citizens on Patrol for 7 ½ years and Speed Watch 3 ½ years as well as working one half day a week in the Community Policing Station. She was also a member of the Old Age Pensioners Branch #9. Pat was a member of the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary. Pat and Gordon delivered and helped Meals on Wheels. Pat served as assistant treasurer and helped count and deposit cash. For a few years she was a member of the Ladysmith Probus Club.
Pat’s list of awards and honors are most impressive. They are as follows:
1998- Awarded Ladysmith Community Policing Volunteer of the Year
2002- Awarded Queens Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism
2006- Awarded Ladysmith Citizen of the Year
2009- Served as President of Ladysmith Seniors Centre Society
2010- Appointed a three year term to the National Seniors Council of Canada
2011- Named as Fellow of the Canadian Payroll Association
Pat is survived by her family. Also her most cherished and respected friends from Calgary; Gerri Van Iepern (Martin) and Diane Ablonczy MP Calgary Nosehill (Ron). Many friends, clients and colleagues at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.
Special thanks to Glenda Patterson and all the staff at the Ladysmith Health Centre. Also thanks for the short term care provided by the staff of the Lodge on 4th. Very special thanks to Dr. Fergus Kennedy for his excellent care.
Pat said I am so lucky with Love & Gratitude to her Special Support Team of Wonderful Friends; Barb Champagne – Financial and Personal Representative, Ken Champagne – personal Musician & Supporter and Shermie (her special little dog visitor), Bea Watson – Chef and Gopher, Don Watson – Congenial Chaffeur, Leah Broadhurst – Kind, wonderful neighbor and Brenda Huxley – great friend.
A Celebration of Life will be held July 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at The Eagles Hall, 921 First Street, Ladysmith. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.
Telford’s of Ladysmith