In Memory Of


Verna Bradshaw

Aug 13, 1923 - Mar 20, 2021


  Verna will be laid to rest beside her husband and son in the Hespero Cemetery.


Memorial donations in Verna’s name may be made to the Eckville Manor.


Verna Bradshaw

The family of Verna Bradshaw wish to announce her peaceful passing at the Rocky Hospital on March 20, 2021 at the age of 97 years.

Verna was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma and great grandma to her family, and she will be greatly missed.

Verna was born at Alderson, Alberta on August 13, 1923 and lived at Retlaw with her family. In 1933 the family moved to Condor after several years of drought on the prairie. Verna and the rest of the family worked very hard to clear the land and establish their farm south of Condor. School days were spent at Daisy Nook School after a walk of 2 miles. As a young woman Verna worked in Red Deer and Calgary before her marriage to Charles Bradshaw on January 21, 1946. The couple farmed on the Bradshaw farm, raising a family of four: Shirley, Sharon, Ken and Les. Verna was a wonderful mother, homemaker, and dedicated farmer's wife. She also worked outside the home, caring for children of local teachers. Later she worked at Westview Lodge. After Charlie’s passing in 1984, Verna became a farming partner with Les until his passing in 2002. Verna was always a very busy lady. She lived by her motto "it's better to wear out than rust out!" She cared for orphan lambs and calves, raised chickens, grew large gardens, loved berry picking and enjoyed rural life with many great neighbors and friends. She served countless cups of tea and baking treats such as her famous homemade buns, haystacks, and flapper pie. She was especially happy that Ken and Fem were also farming nearby.

To Verna, living on a farm in her beloved Alberta was the best possible life. Verna enjoyed travelling in Alberta and other parts of Canada with family and on bus trips with friends. Verna was fortunate to have travelled to all provinces of Canada as well as Yukon. One highlight was meeting a pen pal in Seldom-Come-By, Newfoundland. Another highlight was visiting Winsford, England where the Bradshaws had lived. Verna was a member of the Condor W.I. and a canvasser for the Cancer Society. She was a community volunteer at the Condor Hall for many years as well as helping to organize the school reunions. After leaving the farm, Verna lived in Rocky and then in Eckville, independently in her own home until 3 1/2 years ago when she moved to the Eckville Manor. During this time Verna was treated with loving care and kindness by the staff and fellow residents.

Verna is lovingly remembered by her family, daughters: Shirley Frisky and Sharon (Fred) Blair; son Ken (Fem) Bradshaw; grandchildren: Pamela (Terrace Smid) and Allison (Phil Carpentier), Kathryn (Bryan McHale) and Jennifer (Markus Lahtinen), Brian (Manon) Bradshaw and Diane (Fred Duplessis); great grandchildren: Keziah, Matea and Arie Smid, Andrew Carpentier, Finley McHale, Ayla and Avery Lahtinen, Ian and Emily Bradshaw, Sarah and Lauren Duplessis. Verna is also survived by her brother Walter (Irene) Birce and brother-in-law Tom Campbell, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Verna was predeceased by her husband Charlie and her son Les, her parents Pearl and Allan Birce, her siblings: Ethel, Edna, Mildred, Donald, Douglas and Jean, her brothers-in-law Bud Taylor and Bill Brodie as well as Charlie's parents, Rebecca and Alfred Bradshaw, his siblings and their spouses, numerous other relatives and a host of wonderful friends.

Verna will be laid to rest beside her husband and son in the Hespero Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Verna’s name may be made to the Eckville Manor.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626


Dawna McNeill:

So sorry to hear of your loss my school friends--never met your mum but she raised great kids. You enjoyed her for a long time so you will miss her greatly. Our thoughts (Bill) are with you.

Stewart Stephanson:

Dear Shirley, Sharon (Fred) Ken (Fern)
and all the extended family of Verna.
I recall meeting Verna, soon after she took up residence in her home on 58
street in Rocky. I was making a routine call at her home, while checking the gas meters in the area. Verna was in her back yard, and we soon exchanged information who we both were. I recall she mentioned family, and my reply was, yes, I’ve met and know them all. Possibly it was this connection, but all future visits were pleasant and looked forward to.
It was some time later that I was in Eckville doing similar duties on 53 Ave in the east side of community.
As the resident opened the door, to greet me, a big smile, and instantly,
these words: Oh good, you’re my gas man down here as well!
( not sure if in 36 years of performing
my employment duties, if it ever happened before or after ) I just know how good she made me feel that day!
She was one grand person, and I’m glad to have been a small part in her life!
My condolences

mary ames:

Verna was my mom's best friend, they'll be visiting in heaven! my sincerest condolences to Verna's family.

Nathan Welch:

Condolences to Shirley, Sharon, Ken and your families, you had a wonderful mother and I had a great neighbor. Rjght up until she went into the manor she wouldn't let me shovel her walk(said she needed the exercise) . I know my cat annoyed her digging in her garden but she always said it wasn't worth ruining a neighborly relationship over so I tried to keep her out. I told the young lady that bought her house "you know the previous owner would bake me lemon meringue pies, so you have big shoes to fill". Somehow it just didn't translate, Verna was a special person, GOD bless you all.

Pam Smid:

As the saying goes: "Strong women: May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them". Thank you, Grandma, for personifying strength to me and to all who knew you. You are an incredible matriarch - may you rest In peace knowing the loving legacy you are leaving behind.

Laurie Archibald:

My sincerest condolences to the Bradshaw family.

Judy Lorenz:

Cherish the many memories of your Mother.
Her kind words, gentle touch, and encouraging smile brightened many of my days as a pharmacist and as my neighbor.
With sympathy

Dale & Terrie Speight. :

So very sorry for your loss. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Lynda Currie:

To Shirley and the entire family I send sincere condolences at this sad time.

wanda frillman:

Verna was a perfect reflection of kindness . May your family know she is comforted with Gods grace . Rest Well Verna .

Gertrude Zwierink:

My memories of Verna are many. She was a neighbor to my sister Lola and her husband Clifford. Ve
Verna was a true family and community person always there for neighbors and friends.I spent many summers in the area and remember her wonderful, warm and caring ways. My condolences to the family and friends who will remember Verna with beautiful memories.

Sylvia Bernie Sundsten:

With healing hearts we send our prays for all the famliy and share in the healing .May god bless each of you in the days to come .

Phil & Rose Taylor:

As a kid, I used to spend a good chunk of the summer at the Bradshaw farm. Memories of falling off Trixie, leading a calf in the Condor parade, fresh bread and chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven, morning coffee with plenty of cream, pitching bales and (even) picking rocks were all made special by Auntie Verna’s warm and knowing smile and her quiet "Hmm, Hmm".

Auntie Verna was a special lady who touched lives in a lasting way.

Rhonda Hamilton:

My sincerest condolences to all of you. May she Rest In Peace.

Joyce Zirk:

I wish to send my condolences to all families on the passing of Verna, on behalf of my family and myself. She was a great neighbour and friend through out my life time. I grew up with these wonderful neighbours and enjoyed all our times together. Verna was a very strong and family orientented lady. She instilled her gentleness in all of her children. Memories of Verna will be carried on.

Gary and Norma Thompson:

We wish to send our condolences to the whole family on the passing of Verna. She certainly lived a very full life and will no doubt be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her. We are sure that you all have wonderful memories of Mom and Grandma that you will always hold close to your hearts. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask!

Donna Hunley :

So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person she was. Always so kind and gentle and caring

Terry and Sylvia Nile:

We are so sorry to hear of Vernas passing. We will remember her for her get to it atitude and warm smile. Praying the family will be wrapped in peace and comfort during this time.

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