Aug 26, 1923 - Aug 20, 2020
Emily (Gibson) Ames
August 26, 1923- August 20, 2020
Emily passed away peacefully on August 20, 2020 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital just 6 days before her 97th birthday.
She was born to Arthur and Margaret Gibson in Rocky Mountain House, where she spent most of her life. In 1942 she married Gordon Ames and they had one son Terence Gordon who predeceased her in 2012.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Faye Ames, her grandchildren: Darrell (Dianne), Darrin (Judy), and Darcie Phillips; great-grandchildren: Lindsey (Adrian), Landen (Jessica), Brittney, Spencer, Anthony and Darby; 5 great-great grandchildren: Dawson, Henry, Bronwyn, Addison and Tanner. She also leaves a sister-in-law Yvonne Gibson and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Gordon, son Terry and 5 brothers.
Emily was known to many as a teacher in the Rocky Mountain School Division from September 1949 to July 1980. She taught 4 years in Aurora, 2 years in Leslieville, 4 years in Condor and her final 17 years in the Rocky Jr/Sr High school, specializing in Home Economics. Several years of Summer School allowed Emily to get her teaching degree. Emily was very physically active. She loved hiking, cycling, gardening, camping and lots of Fishing- summer and winter. When she wasn’t doing those things, she was indoors playing piano, sewing, knitting, crocheting, hardanger needlepoint, and baking. She kept the grand-kid’s in clothes while they were young. She was close to 70 years of age when she joined a cycling group from Delta, B.C. She did 11 trips with this group covering Holland, U.S.A and Canada among them.
Emily continued to live in Rocky Mountain House until December of 2019 when she took up residences in the ‘Villa Marie” in Red Deer to be closer to her family.
We would like to express our thanks to the staff of Villa Marie for their constant good care.
At Emily’s request there will be no service. If desired, memorial donations may be made to; West View Lodge 5427 52 ave, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1S9, or Villa Maire Covenant Care, 10 Carrington Drive, Red Deer, AB, T4P 0G7.
Mrs. Ames taught my Grade 3 class at Leslieville School. She was my favorite teacher! She was so kind, patient, understanding and encouraging. When I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1998, I received a card from Emily. She wrote, "I am always happy when one of my little ones go on much later to reach a happy goal".
I will always treasure her words of encouragement and feel so fortunate to have learned so much from her.
My sympathies to you Darrell, Dianne and family.
I did meet your Grandma many years ago, but did not have the opportunity to
get to know her. You have told me that she was a very strong woman, and lived life to the fullest.
My thoughts are with you all as you remember all the precious times you shared
Tammy (Hunley) Cote :
Mrs Ames was a wonderful teacher with such a kind heart. My sister and I enjoyed seeing her out walking on a regular basis over the past few years and admired her tenacity and desire to keep moving. Condolences to her family.
I'm so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. my condolences to the family
Barry and Gail Horth:
RIP Emily, knowing you enriched out lives and that of many others. It was an honor to have known you.
I am so sad to see that Emily has passed. She and Gordon were wonderful friends from the time I moved to Rocky in 1976.
Sharon (Schmelzer) Vierboom:
To the family,
Mrs. Ames was my high school home economics teacher. She had such patience for all her students and taught me many tricks in the kitchen.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May she RIP.
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