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CATOR, Opal “Ethelda”

August 22, 1921 – Vancouver, British Columbia
October 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ethelda Cator passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 97 years.

Ethelda was a vibrant woman that was loved, is missed and will always be cherished by her family.

Opal “Ethelda” was born on August 22, 1921 and spent her childhood, went to school, played sports, worked hard, grew up, and made many lifelong friends in the farming community of Shackleton Saskatchewan; a place like none other in her mind.

Shackleton was where she met the “best husband in the world”, Tom Cator. After marrying, Ethelda and Tom spent many hardworking years on their farm north of Shackleton. A little spot tucked beneath rolling hills that they both loved; where they went for walks to the “Spring”, ski-dooed and entertained friends.

Ethelda could also get out and work the cattle, milk the cows and drive truck with the best of them. She worked that farm very hard, baked the best pies and buns ever and made sure her house was spotless. The household motto was if you were going to do it half-assed you may as well not do it at all.

Ethelda’s grandchildren were her heart and joy and she made sure they were engaged in learning about the fun part of life on the farm; teaching them to sleigh ride down the hills (watching out for cactus of course), shooting eggs off the fence posts, playing anti eye over at the barn and fishing at the river. Her great grandchildren followed in their parents footsteps and loved coming to the farm.

Always together, Ethelda was lost when her Tom passed away but insisted on staying on the farm until she was 90. She moved to a Calgary retirement home, and although she was able to partake in her love affair with shopping for clothes and makeup, she longed to return home to Saskatchewan. In God’s hands, she will now be home tucked in beside her husband where she will be at peace. We are immensely grateful for having her for so long, but we will miss her forever. She will be remembered constantly and fondly.

Loved ones that cleared the path for Ethelda were her husband, Tom, her mother, Opal Rule Gagnier, father Ambers Drinkwalter, sister Fern, brothers Harry, Earl and Herbert, and nephews Wayne Smith and Gary Johnson.

Loved ones that will miss Ethelda until they meet again are her daughters Dawn Forbes and Darlene (Bob) Thompson; grandchildren Denise Thompson Ogston (Ken), Sherise Thompson Schultz (Brian), Lane Forbes (Nikki-Jo), Shawn Forbes (Shauna); great-grandchildren Ali Ogston, Candace Ogston, Bradley Schultz, Lauren Schultz, Brittany Dickie, Braden Forbes, Hayley Forbes, Luke Forbes; great great-granddaughter Addison Gabriel; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

And so the story goes on until we see our Mom and Grandma again. We love you and miss you Mom.

Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank the ongoing support provided by Shirley and Brian Hoogeveen, Erwin and Olive Telke, Marv Cameron, Larry Stenerson and Joe Knittel. A special thank you to Dr. Catherine McKenna for her kindness and care, Dr. Anton and Nurse Nga (Unit 82) of Foothills Medical Centre.

In living memory of Ethelda Cator, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Much love,
    Mary and John Kozokar
    and family. xox

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    With deepest sympathies,
    Nina and Richard Jacobs

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