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MacDONALD, Sheila (Etherington) (nee Dorey)

June 25, 1925 – June 9, 2012

We sadly announce that Sheila passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 86 years.

Sheila was born in Elk Point, Alberta, the youngest of six children of Harold and Margery Dorey, who farmed in the Landonville District near Vermilion. She married Wilfred Etherington in 1945, and the young couple moved to Edmonton where Wilf pursued a degree in pharmacy at the University of Alberta. Wilf and Sheila together owned and operated Etherington Drug Store in Jasper Place until 1968, when the business was sold. Wilf returned to the U of A to obtain his degree in biology, after which he worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service. Sheila joined Wilf in his many field studies. Sheila was widowed in 1973 after a wilderness accident took Wilf’s life. She moved to her beloved “Monashee” acreage west of Cochrane, Alberta in 1977, where she enjoyed returning to a more country lifestyle. In 1984 Sheila met and married Charles A. MacDonald, a long time resident of Cochrane. Sheila and Charlie enjoyed twenty five wonderful retirement years together, filled with travel, working on their acreage and socializing with friends, until Charlie’s passing in December 2009. Sheila will always be remembered for her adventurous, independent spirit and her lively sense of humour.

Sheila is survived by her daughters, Beverly Kemsley (Garry Robertson) of Calgary, and Carol Barmeier (Bill) of Saratoga, California; grandchildren, Jyllian Kemsley (Bill Bennett), Cameron Kemsley, Julia Barmeier, Henry Barmeier, Laura Robertson and Christine Robertson; great-grandchildren, Laryn, Patrick and Peter Bennett; and many nieces and nephews.

Sheila was predeceased by her parents; her husbands, Wilf and Charlie; her brothers, Henry, Gilbert and Geoffrey Dorey; and her sisters, Joan McCrae and Betty West.

The family sincerely appreciates the loving support provided by loyal friends and extended family, dedicated caregiver Dawn Koenig, as well as the caring and compassionate staff of Edgemont Seniors Residence.

Memorial Services will be held at All Saints’ Anglican Church (Located 1 block north of Highway 1A on 4th Avenue, Cochrane), on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Sheila MacDonald, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Dan & Joan Lafayette :

    We are sorry for your loss of Sheila, we knew them when Sheila & Wilf had the drug store in Edmonton. our sincere condolances to all the Family. Dan & Joan Lafayette

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  2. Jeanne Harrison :

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a true LADY. I will miss her always! “MY BUDDY” Love Jeanne

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  3. Maureen Bell :

    My Condolence to the family, particularly Carol – it is good to know your mother moved on from the tragic event of your father’s death and lived a full and happy life. Inspiring. Maureen

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  4. Anne and Bill Hill :

    Dear Carol and Bev,

    Bill and I read about your mother’s death in the Edmonton Journal and wanted to let you know that we very often thought of the friendship your mother offered to Janet. Janet was what one might have, 100 years ago, called a recluse! But she really did treasure your mother’s friendship and we think that Janet experienced a great deal of life vicariously through their long correspondence. It sounds as though she had lots of family and that, as always, her life was full of meaningful relationships. I can still hear her voice – I respected her and loved to watch her eyes spark. Bill and I have 3 grandchildren – Arden and his wife a little girl; an 18 month old, red headed, blue eyed elf and David and his wife have an athletic, very very busy 7 year old boy and very girlie “3 and 3/4” year old. Bill still works and I do some work for the university and for St. Stephen’s College at the U of A. Life is good. We hope that life is good for you as well.

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  5. Leonard and Jean Barry :

    Bev, Carol and families, Ann, Marie and Joyce
    We were so sorry to hear about Sheila’s passing. We shared the infomation with Uncle Nelson. He was so pleased to see everyone at Betty’s service but will not be able to attend. We are involved with other obligations on the 10th so will not be able to attend. Our thoughts are with you. It is very nice that a tree will be planted in her memory. We will thinking of you as you share this day with family and friends to remember your Mom and Aunt.

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  6. Joy McKinnon :

    Dear Bev and Carol, I want to tell you how much I appreciated the lovely letter you left at the Edgemont in the frame. I was very touched. It was an honor to have known your Mom and to have met you two wonderful ladies. I wish you God’s peace and blessing on your lives and families as you travel on your journey of life without your Mom, creating your own legacies of love, honor and integrity.
    Sincerely, Joy McKinnon

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  7. My condolences, I was walking in Cochrane and saw a bench dedicated to Shelia and Charles and had to look them up on the Internet. It made me think of my parents and the joy they have sharing thier lives together… I can see by the above condolences they meant a lot to the people around them… You are fortunate to have had people like them in your life

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