EDGECOMBE, Velma Lydia

July 22, 1928 – Nov. 1, 2016

While the family is saddened by Velma’s passing, she was drawn by the loss of her husband, Don, who had passed just eight days earlier. They had happily celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 11th. Velma was born in Fort Vermilion, AB and after working a short time as a school teacher, joined Don, managing Hudson’s Bay stores in Canada’s north. Velma got into the retail business for herself in 1958, opening Velma’s Kiddie Korner in Whitehorse, YT. From there she partnered with her husband, operating Don’s Mens Wear in Grande Prairie before retiring to Sylvan Lake in 1987. Velma was predeceased by her parents, four brothers and four sisters and son-in-law, Philip Borle. She leaves children, Don (Bonnie), Deb (Gerry), Ron, Kathie (Perry), Wendy (Terry), Kevin (Linda), and 26 cherished grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The family will be forever grateful to the wonderful staff of the Red Deer Hospital and the Red Deer Hospice. A prayer service will be held at the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, 5019-47A Ave. at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. A funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 5033-47 A Ave., Sylvan Lake, AB, officiated by Father Les Drewicki.

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