In Memory Of


Alta Kathleen Backs

Nov 3, 1937 - Sep 2, 2020


Saturday, September 12, 2020
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Jesuit Martyrs Catholic Church (Evergreen) on Saturday, September 12, 2020.


Memorial donations in Alta’s name may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Society or West Country Family Service Association, both of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.


Backs, Alta Kathleen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alta Kathleen Backs on September 2, 2020 at the Hospice in the Good Samaritan Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta at the age of 82 years. Alta was surrounded by her beloved family and passed peacefully from their loving arms into the Arms of her Lord.

Alta was born on November 3, 1937 to James and Kathleen Williamson in Crossfield, Alberta. She was the fifth of six children. Her home was filled with happiness, faith, hard work and music. She lost her mother when she was 7 years old, a loss she felt keenly her whole life. Her older siblings stepped in and filled her young life with much love. She was grateful for each one of them and all they sacrificed for her and her younger brother. She was educated at the Dogpound and Westbrook Schools and left home at the tender age of 15 to work as a telephone operator in Calgary. She married the love of her life, James (Jim) Backs on July 16, 1956. They were blessed with 5 children and built a loving, faith filled home together. They moved a few times early in their marriage, finally settling on the farm near Alhambra where they resided for almost 50 years. As Alta’s health declined, they moved to a condo in Rocky two years ago.

Alta dedicated her life to raising her children, then working for West Country Family Service Association helping seniors and the disabled remain in their homes as long as possible. She shared her deep faith in the way she lived her life and through teaching Sunday School and singing in the music ministry at Church. Alta was as an active volunteer in the community, the church and retreat groups. She was an avid golfer, curler and gardener and she loved going on bus trips with Jim in their senior years, enjoying the people on the trips as much as the destinations they went to. She was a compassionate soul who was always ready to help someone in need whether by giving a helping hand, a listening ear, a warm hug, or a heartfelt prayer. She was a loving wife, dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was an enthusiastic cheerleader and the biggest fan of her children and later her grandchildren and great grandchildren at their sporting events, recitals, and concerts. Her life left an impact on all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Alta leaves to mourn her loss her loving husband of 64 years, Jim; their daughters: Kathy (Bill) Ramage of Rocky Mountain House and Carol (Ed) Szymanek of Eckville, their son Keith (Rhonda) Backs of Evergreen; daughters: Patty (Doug) Galloway of Rocky Mountain House and Barb (Doug ) Dermott of Langdon; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sisters: Anita Wood and Corrine Leask; brother Denny (Audrey) Williamson; sisters-in-law: Brandy Williamson and June Williamson; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Alta was predeceased by her parents: James and Kathleen Williamson; stepmother Gladys Williamson; brothers: Nelson, Bob, and an infant brother Denbow; brothers-in-law: Slim Leask and Gordon Wood; sister-in-law Faye Williamson and all of her in-laws on Jim’s side of the family.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Jesuit Martyrs Catholic Church (Evergreen) on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Memorial donations in Alta’s name may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Society or West Country Family Service Association, both of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151


Mary Ames:

The family of Alta my sincerest condolences

Cindy Thomson & Brian Brownlee:

Sending our condolences to the Backs family. Alta was such a beautiful lady...she will be missed by all that knew her. Hold all your precious memories close to your heart.
Hugs to you, Jim, Keith & Rhonda and Carol & Ed and your families.

Judy Mayfield (Backs):

Dear Uncle Jim and my Cousins,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of my Aunt Alta. I have so many fond memories of her
from Wesbrook School where we both attended although about 10 years of age difference. It was always wonderful to watch her and Uncle Jim courting and falling in love!

She was always a kind and generous soul whose love overflowed to everyone that surrounded her.
Heaven will be a better place with her there.

I regret not being there with all of you but Covid has made travel from the US to Canada impossible.
I wish you all the comfort of her love overflowing from heaven.

Love Always,

Judy Mayfield (Backs)

Blaine, Agnes ,Kathy Bowersock:

Our deepest sympathy to Jim, Kathy, Patty, Bill and Doug,
I will miss the visits from Alta at the dental office. She always brought a warm and cheery smile to my day.
As Kathy would remember, I worked with Alta at West Country Family Services. I admired the compassionate care and dedication to her clients, often going over and above the care plan to see their needs were met. She was a such a good person and will not only be sadly missed by her family, but her vast community of friends.
We all have fond memories of a truly amazing lady,
Blaine, Agnes & Kathy.

Karen Herle (Wood) and Tim :

Was so saddened to hear of Alta's passing. I had not seen her in many years but I have thought of her often. She touched me in an amazing way from the moment I met her as did Jim. What a truly wonderful couple. May you all find peace and comfort in the million memories. Prayers to you Jim, Keith and Rhonda and all of your families.
Hugs to you, Tim and Karen Herle

Wayne Guenther:

The Backs family have touched the Guenther lives for over fifty years. Alta was my mother Marie’s dearest friend during this time
We would like this opportunity to express to Jim how deeply Alta will be missed by each and everyone of us.
Cathy and Wayne

Wayne and Marilyn Downey, Dean and Deena Arychuk:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all of your wonderful memories help you through this time. Each of you know what a wonderful, caring, loving person Alta was. Know that each of us and so many others, in our own way, were also so blessed by knowing her. We will truly miss her and her ever wonderful smile and love of life she shared.

Julie Feragen:

Thinking of the family. Grandma Alta will be missed by many. May she RIP and golf the best game possible

Ed and Jolene Chapin:

Sympathy to you all. Love and Blessings

Dayle and Alice Murray:

We are so sorry for your loss. May God's peace and comfort surround you. Hugs to all.

Louise & Laurent DeChamplain:

Our thoughts and prayers to you Carol, Ed and family in the loss of your precious mother. She sounded like an amazing women. May your fond memories carry you through the dark days. God bless you all

Barb Rhyason:

I'm so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences. Love to you all.

Tim and Carolyn Clow:

Mr. Backs,Kathy, Carol, Keith, Patty , Barb and your families: Mrs. Backs' life was a life lived to the fullest. She first of all had Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour; Her and Mr. Backs had a long and happy marriage; a wonderful family; and a loving home were just some of the great things that she accomplished. Even though she wanted only Jesus as her legacy, with so many children, grandchildren, and great children, her legacy will certainly live on. Prayers and hugs for all of you as you grieve together.

Warren and Diana Randall:

Please accept our sincere sympathy for the passing of dear Alta. She was such a beautiful woman with such a truly beautiful spirit. The love she had for God and for her family was so evident in everything she did.
I feel so blessed to have been able to share some truly meaningful spiritual experiences with this great lady. She will always have a tender place in my heart and I will fondly remember her for being one of God’s special messengers on this earth. I’m sure there is great rejoicing in heaven as she is welcomed into the loving arms of God.
We will keep all of you in our prayers for peace and strength as you go through this time of sorrow. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
With love and great respect,
Warren and Diana Randall

Daryl and Penni Lougheed and Joyce Stuart:

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We have many fond memories of her. Alta will be sadly missed.

Chad & Marie Juuti:

Kathy, Bill & family, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom.

Len and Marlene Kangas:

Our thoughts are with you during this time. May the knowledge that Alta’s pain is gone and the memories of the good times you had together help to ease your pain. Our deepest sympathy, Len & Marlene

Lois Jobs:

My heartfelt condolences to all, remembering the beautiful and caring lady that I feel privileged to have known. She made songs sound so grand with her beautiful harmonies.
Love and sympathy from Lois Jobs

JosieKen Frid:

So sorry for your family s loss

Gayle Mason :

We at Eclipz wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to all. We feel blessed to have gotten to know Alta over the last few years. Her strength, positivity, faith, and cheerfulness touched us all. She will be missed.

Jim & Cathy Drinnan:

Our deepest sympathies to Kathy, Bill and families.

Pam Greenwood:

My sincere condolences to the family. Mrs. Backs was a sweet lady!

Pat Lightbown:

This breaks my heart. She was such a good friend and wise I loved golfing with her. She always said that game kept you humble. It was always such a pleasure to be near her. You will miss her. Hugs to you all She is in a safe and loving place

Gary and Norma Thompson:

We wish to express our sincere condolences to the Backs family on the passing of your dear Alta. We knew Alta as a great supporter of her family and the community and know she will be missed by many people. Keep the wonderful memories you have of her close to your hearts!

Sheila Robin:

Our sincerest sympathy to the families of Alta. Her sincerity was such a gift to me when I (Sheila) met her. I will dearly miss her. Hugs to you all. Fred and Sheila

George and Heather Loomer:

Our deepest sympathy to Jim and all Alta's family. She was such a sweet, gentle person who will be missed very much by many people. It was a pleasure to have her in the community.

Emily Green:

I am so thankful for having known Mrs. and Mr. Backs. They helped mold some of the best kids ever. Their legacy will forever be seen through the kindness and community they created in their children's , best interest.
My condolences to you all. Of course one of you still can’t get rid of me.
Blessed Be your journeys .
Sending love to All.
I Love where we come from.

Cheryl Breault:

My heartfelt condolences to all of you. We are keeping you near and dear in our hearts.
Greg, Cheryl Breault & Family

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