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CHURCH, Alexa Winnifred

June 27, 1908 – Airdrie, AB
December 29, 2014 – Balzac, AB

Alexa Church passed away on Monday, December 29, 2014 at her home on the farm at Balzac, AB at the age of 106 years.

Alexa was born on her parents’ (Alexander and Gertrude Black) homestead in Yankee Valley east of Airdrie. She is survived by her five children, Robert and his wife Gina of Calgary, Gordon and his wife Rosemary of Balzac, Beverley and her husband Dale Wilson of Drumheller, Stanley and his wife Susan of Bearspaw and Mabel and her husband Gavin Hamilton of Innisfail; eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. Alexa was predeceased by her husband Bertram Cecil Church in 1984 and her sister Bernice Shuttleworth in 1997.

Alexa graduated from Normal School to become a school teacher and started teaching school in 1927 at Columbia School, East of Airdrie and subsequently for five years at Didsbury. Education always played an important part of her life. She demanded that her children apply themselves and “do their best” at whatever endeavour that they took on. She was proud that her children and grandchildren graduated from not only Universities of Calgary and Alberta, but also Holy Cross School of Nursing, University of Edinburgh, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, Colorado State University, Harvard, Queen’s University, London School of Economics and University of Lethbridge.

Alexa lived on the family farm at Balzac from the time of her marriage to Bert in 1934 until her death 80 years later. During this time she had an enduring presence in the local community and church. For all those years her home was a stopping off place for so many – a welcome place to visit.

Funeral Services will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W.) on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Alexa Church, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Linda and Real Moreau :

    To Joy and family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We know that she will be truly missed. Hugs Linda and Real.

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  2. Ryan & Cassie Dorran :

    Wishing you our condolences during this time of loss. May you cherish the memories, love and legacy of Alexa for years to come.
    Love, Ryan and Cassie Dorran

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  3. Jack & Gaylene Groeneveld :

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Church families. What an age to live to and have seen all the changes that a century has given her. She truly loved her family and community. Alexa was the true definition of a “legacy,” and a friend to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

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  4. George & Lorna Janes/Germain :

    How sad we are feeling today at the loss of Alexa. Our hearts go out to you at this time.. How we wish we could be there to be with you to celebrate her life but we are unfortunately travelling and can only express our deepest sympathy from a distance to all the family that she was so proud to share with us. Gordon, Bob, Stan, Bev and Mabel we were honored to know your Mom. How we enjoyed the Flames games at the Saddledome with her has been and always will be in our fondest memories. She was a wonderful lady.

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  5. Lorne Sutcliffe :

    A sad day indeed. Alexa was an important part of my years growing up. I am indebted to her for the influence she had on me as leader of the Balzac United Church Sunday School for the nine years I attended. By far, the greatest impact she had on my life was during the summers of 1967 and 1968 when I worked for and lived with the family. I will never forget that experience. My heart goes out to all of you. May God bless you all.
    Sincerely,
    Lorne Sutcliffe

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  6. Cheryl and Allan Laxdal :

    Our sincere condolences to the vast Church family on the loss of Mrs Alexa Church. A true pillar of our community, she will be forever remembered and cherished by so many of the lives she has touched.
    The Church and Black families will always be regarded with the utmost respect and honor for their continuous support and commitment to their neighbours and community-a tribute to a fine matriarch! Rest in peace.
    Cheryl and Allan Laxdal

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  7. George and Janet Frohlich :

    Our condolences to the Church family. We had a great admiration for Alexa and her family thru the years we knew her at St. David’s and at my dental office in Beddington. Dearest sympathy to Gord, Rosemary and Bob from us. Your mother was a true inspiration to all.

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  8. Kathy & Larry Besplug :

    Dear Gord and Rosemary my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    I remember your Mom from the many times I saw her at Dr.Frohlich’s Dental Office.
    She always amazed me with her humor and spunk, many hearts are sad today.
    Please know y’all are in our prayers.

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  9. Fred &Gerri Shadlock :

    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of Alexas family. How we enjoyed knowing her for some 50 plus years and reading of her life in the book she had written. What a legacy and what memories she has left all of you as well as those whose lives she touched during her remarkable life. Cherish your many memories. We will remember her fondly.

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  10. Robert and pat cook :

    Mrs church was a very special and dear friend of Robert and Patricia Cook of King Valley -Victoria -Australia. Knowing her has really enriched our lives, spending time with her was always an absolute privilege and pleasure. A life of over 106 years so very well lived. May she now rest in peace. Our deepest sympathy to Bev and Dale Wilson and all the Church family.

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  11. Sincerest sympathy to all of the members of the Church family on the passing of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was very proud of all your individual and family accomplishments, as you were in her guidance in your lives. Sincerely Perry Wilkes and Pat Parker

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  12. Kirby and Mavis Hugo :

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest condolences to you Mabel, Gavin,and family.

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  13. What a wonderful, long life! Our sincere sympathies to the Church family on Alexa’s passing, our thoughts are with you all.

    Jean Dunbar and family

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  14. Cindy and Michael Martin :

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Alexa was a very important part of our family’s life and my (Cindy) mentor.
    We will miss her but we will cherish all the great memories!
    Love Cindy, Michael, Phillip, Geoffrey & Laura

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  15. Rev Lynn Watson :

    Bob and family,
    I think of you folks often and especially in October when I was visiting in Calgary and Airdrie. I talked about your Mom and our friendship and her character. She left a mark on my ministry but also on my life. She was wise, forthright and unpretentious. Having her respect meant a great to me as did yours. She was a remarkable lady who quietly went about leaving an impression on her family, church, community and indeed her province. You all are in my tho’ts and prayers today.

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  16. Agnes Kinniburgh, Dawn & Gail :

    Our thoughts go out to the Church, Black and Kinniburgh families today. Alexa, inspired us all by living such a full and long life. Agnes spoke with her not long ago and was amazed by her sharpe mind and enduring enthusiasm. We were always so proud to call her family, what a legacy she has left. Our deepest sympathies to you all with special mention, to Bev Wilson who Dawn worked with at the medical clinic in Drumheller years ago.

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  17. Sorry I wasn’t well enough to attend Alexa’s funeral service.
    She was a great source of inspiration to everyone and I am sure her wise counsel will be missed by all the family.
    Doug Linda Dean & Craig

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  18. Carol & Bill Herron :

    So sorry to hear of Stan’s Mother passing. Our thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

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  19. Rob & Marci Matthews :

    Dear Church Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of Alexa’s passing and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.

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  20. Keith & Gloria Johnson :

    Dear Bev, Dale & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the sad loss of your Mother. She had a wonderfully long life and has left you all with many memories of the family times you had together. May these memories sustain you all through this sad time.
    Sincerely,
    Keith & Gloria

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  21. Garry & JoAnn Hanson :

    Condolences To The Church Family,
    Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with you all as you celebrate your Matriarchs life. She was such a wonderful influence to her family and all who knew her. Her wisdom and inspiration will be missed but will be remembered.

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  22. My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of Mrs. Church. Clearly she lived a long and productive life, held strong values and was a source of inspiration and guidance to many, including her children, grandchildren and the many others she taught. My thoughts and sympathies are with you all.

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  23. Dale & Suzanne Sands :

    Bev and Dale – We’ve just learned of your mom’s passing, Bev. Hers was a life well-lived. She has left a fine legacy for her whole family. Our sympathies to all of you, Dale and Suzanne Sands

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  24. Frank and Donna Harbour :

    January 14,2015

    To the Church Family, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Mrs.Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.

    Sincerely,
    Frank and Donna Harbour

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  25. Beverley & Brian McNeely :

    Sincere condolences to the Church family on the passing of your mother. We cherish our memories of dear Great Aunt Alexa.
    With Sympathy,
    Beverley and Brian McNeely and Families

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