Aug. 14, 1928 – Feb. 24, 2018
Mrs. Merle Alice Hein, loving wife of the late Stanley Hein and beloved mother of Kent Hein (Jan), Murray Hein and Corliss Robb (Doug), left this life on Feb. 24, 2018, at the age of 89 years.
Also left to mourn her passing are her cherished grandchildren Sterling Hein, Carlen Hein (Kellan), Natalia Phillips (Nathan), Mackenzie Hein and Meran Robb; and two great-granddaughters Iona Phillips and Hannah Gallagher.
Merle will be deeply missed by her surviving older sister Jean Sucloy of Vancouver, many nieces and nephews and dear friends from Rocky Mountain House.
She was predeceased by her parents Harvie (Happy) and Minna Phillips; her husband of 60 years Stanley Hein and brothers Harvie Phillips and Bobby Phillips.
Merle was born in Calmar, Alta., on Aug. 14, 1928, and lived there until she moved to Edmonton to study nursing at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Upon graduating, she moved with her new husband to Mayerthorpe and then to settle in Rocky Mountain House. For the next 40 years Merle dedicated her days to supporting Stan and his busy medical practice. She was a stalwart community and Presbyterian Church member, an ever-cheerful woman and a reliable person to ask for help. Plenty of food was part of Merle’s generous heart and was shared at her table and at many community events. Merle loved square dancing at least weekly, and improved her public speaking at Toastmasters.
She will be missed by the many people who grew to love her. We thank and honour those caregivers at St. Therese Villa who have gently cared for her over the past six years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, 610 - 4 St. south, Lethbridge, Alta., with Rev. Hugh Jack officiating.
A graveside service will take place at a later date at Merle’s final resting place in Rocky Mountain House.
Donations are gratefully accepted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 740 - 4 Ave. S., Lethbridge, Alta., T1J 0N9.
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