Alma Feragen passed peacefully on June 4, 2009 at Chemainus Health Care Centre with family and staff present.
Alma was predeceased by her parents Carl and Hilda Johnson, husband Peter (1952), brothers Bernard and John and son-in-law Mel Miller. The matriarch of five generations was loved by all who knew her.
Alma is survived by daughters LaVerne Miller and Lois (Jack) Dawson; grandchildren Tara Daly, Kim (Margie) Miller, Randy (Mickey) Miller, Michael (Brenda) Troiano; great-grandchildren Lance (Amanda) Daly, Steven (Lacey) Daly, Dale (Desiree) Miller, Dana Miller (Colm Brennen), Carly (Aaron) Masters, Brooke Troiano and two delightful great-great grandchildren Carter and Kylie. Also surviving: sister-in-law Viola McKenzie; cousin Ellen Schwerzle; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends in Alberta, BC, USA, Norway, Sweden, good friends Hilda Falconer, Louise and Claude Jutras.
Alma was born October 14, 1910 in Kingman, Alberta. Two brothers completed the family. They lived on a farm and attended school in a one room country school. Alma went to Olds Agricultural College for two years, graduating in 1929. She met Peter Feragen there and a few years later they were married. Alma was an excellent seamstress, knitter and quilter; all in the family have an afghan, quilt, slippers or other items she created. She was also a good cook and baker.
Alma moved to Lake Cowichan in 1966 and continued to cook, sew and make new friends. She was a member of the Arbutus Glee Club, the United Church Choir and the Canadian Scandinavian Club.
She travelled to Alberta every year, went to Norway, Sweden, Holland, across Canada, to Minnesota, North Dakota, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Alma was a truly amazing lady who loved her family and life – we are so blessed to have had her in our lives.
The family thanks Dr. Broere and staff at Chemainus Health Care Centre. Mom felt so loved and cared for in the years spent with you.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future in Lake Cowichan.
Should you wish, a donation in Alma’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 73, Duncan, BC V9L 3X1.
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