Posted: January 11th, 2016

Fernande “Quinnell” Speelman

1919 – 2016

Mrs. Fernande “Quinnell” Speelman of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Dr. James “Jim” Speelman, passed away peacefully in her home at Pemmican Lodge on January 6, 2016 at the age of 96 years.

Fernande, fondly known as Nana, was born on April 9, 1919 in Mud Lake, Fort MacLeod, AB. She was a member of the Trinity United church since 1949. She was also a life member of the Order of the Royal Purple, a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary, member of the U.C.W.L. of the United church, member of the Archery Club and an Honourary member of the Happy Oldtimers. She taught Sunday school, was a cub troop leader, as well as a CGIT leader for five years and she delivered meals on wheels for three years. In her free time, she enjoyed making homemade cards for all occasions for her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Buss Quinnell, a brother Judd Couillard and her sister Paula Farr.

She is survived by her daughters; Paulette (Floris) and Jewel (Ed), both of Picture Butte; Jim’s children Donna, Doug (Heather), Lee (Nora), and Kim (Sheila); numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Buss and Fernande owned and operated the “Frosty Dip” for fifteen years, while living in the house behind it. They were married for forty nine and a half years. Buss passed away February 12, 1996 at the age of 92 years.

After Buss passed, Fernande married Jim and they moved to the Pemmican Lodge in Lethbridge, where they spent two months short of ten years together. Jim passed away on July 29, 2006.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the UNITED CHURCH PICTURE BUTTE TRINITY, 528 Maple Cres S., Picture Butte.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to United Church Picture Butte Trinity, 528 Maple Cres S., Picture Butte, AB, T0K 1V0.

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One Condolence for “SPEELMAN Fernande”

  1. Dale Batty says:

    RIP Mrs Quinell (Spellman) There are many of us that have fond memories of your endless smiles as youths in Picture Butte.

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