September 17, 1923 – March 14, 2013
Gertrude Marie Hawkwood, a long-time resident of Bearspaw and Cochrane, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the age of 89 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Glenda (Jack) Johansen and Kathleen Hawkwood; grandchildren, Calvin and Mark Johansen. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Birchall and numerous loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Mason Hawkwood, sister Lois Hainsworth and her grandson Drew Johansen.
Gertie was born in Thompson, Alberta on September 17, 1923. She moved to Glendale near Cochrane at the age of one and lived in the Cochrane, Calgary and Bearspaw areas all her life. Gertie attended the Cochrane School and Crescent Heights High School in Calgary. In the 1940’s she worked for two and half years at the only Royal Bank of Canada in Calgary at the time. In April 1947 she married Thomas Mason Hawkwood and moved to the farm on Twelve Mile Coulee Road. They operated a purebred Holstein dairy and Hereford farm. Gertie was very hands-on with the operation of their farm. This past August Gertie moved to the Big Hill Lodge in Cochrane and established a new home where she enjoyed her new and old friends. She enjoyed reading many works, both fact and fiction. She loved the music of her time and would often sing the old melodies. Gertie was a community-minded woman. She was a lifetime member of the Bearspaw Women’s Institute, where her skills and talents were brought to the forefront, and she was an active member of the United Church Women. Gertie supported her daughters’ activities – piano lessons, Bearspaw 4-H clubs, Cochrane High School Band and various sports teams. She loved travelling to the beautiful Rocky Mountains with Tom and made the trip many times during their marriage. She also enjoyed holidays with her family to Hawaii, England, Arizona, British Columbia, Ontario, the Maritimes and Alaska. Nothing was more important to Gertie than her family, extended family, friends, community and church. They all brought her great joy.
“This time for me is truly past I have loved you all to the very last Weep for me but courage take And love one another for my sake”
Memorial Services will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 – 1 Street East), Cochrane, Alberta, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ray Goodship officiating. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the St. Andrew’s United Church, c/o St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 – 1 Street East, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1Z3. A special thank you to the caring staff at the Big Hill Lodge and Foothills Hospital.
In living memory of Gertrude Hawkwood, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.Print This Obituary & Condolences