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Florence Blakley

June 17, 1926October 1, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Florence Glenna (Peach) Blakley inform friends and family of her passing October 1, 2020. She died peacefully at Moose Mountain Lodge in Carlyle, Sask., just after lunch. Her daughter was beside her as she slipped away.

Mom was born June 17, 1926 to Charles and Constance (Campbell) Peach of Sintaluta, Sask. The only daughter in a family with 3 sons, she was a tomboy, learning skills from both her parents and brothers. She learned to hunt gophers in the dirty 30’s for the bounty and climb trees for magpie and crow eggs. The family lived on a farm south of town about 7 miles from town. They were good farmers and managed to always have enough for the family to live on. When mom was 9 she became very ill with a burst appendix and was in Wolseley Hospital under the care of Dr. Isman. It was here she began her dream of becoming a nurse. She had wanted to be a teacher at one time. After a 3 month recovery period she passed her grade at school, Durham School, where she and her brothers got their education. It was only a couple of miles away.

In 1938, misfortune struck when Charles, her dad, had a massive heart attack while digging a dugout and passed away. It was a very sad time for them. Somehow they managed to survive that with the help of neighbours and friends who were hired or volunteered to help with seeding and harvesting the fields.

Mom and her brothers took their high school education in Sintaluta and it was there she met many fine young men. One in particular decided to keep her to himself, Ivan Blakley, also of Sintaluta. His family ran a dairy farm a mile south of town. When mom graduated in 1945 she applied for nurses training at Regina General Hospital and was proud to be accepted. This didn’t slow the relationship down at all. Back then a 60 mile distance was a long distance relationship. But they corresponded regularly by mail and Ivan would go to the city to see his girl or she would come home for a weekend of two. I have 500 letters they wrote to each other in a 3 year period.

Mom graduated in 1948 and accepted Ivan’s proposal of marriage. They were wed on November 6, 1948, dad’s 22nd birthday. He told all of the next generation to wait until then to get married. He and mom had a happy marriage for almost 70 years when he passed in 2018. Mom was in the nursing home and it was the longest period they had been apart.

Mom and dad enjoyed dancing, skating, being part of the community and were involved in many organizations over the years. She also loved to garden.

A funeral service will be held in St. Andrew’s United Church, Indian Head, SK on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor John Sellwood officiating. Interment in Indian Head Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Indian Head & District Hospital Foundation, Box 1547, Indian Head, SK S0G 2K0 or to a charity of your choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Aron Cruywels, Active Pallbearer
  • Levi Davies, Active Pallbearer
  • Ashton Davies, Active Pallbearer
  • Ken Blakley, Active Pallbearer
  • Landon Van Daele, Active Pallbearer
  • Wes Smith, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, October 5, 2020

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Chad and Barb Thresher

October 5, 2020

Meryle and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Florence. Our family has many fond memories of Florence ( along side Ivan, of course) from throughout the years. She was always kind and inviting . A true friend, good neighbor and valued community member. We are thinking of you at this time. May your memories bring you peace.

Chad and Barb Thresher and boys

Barb Friess (Mellor)

October 5, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to all of Florence's family. I always enjoyed the times we went to their farm. She will be remembered fondly.

Warren Mellor

October 5, 2020

Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother. I always looked forward to going to the Blakey farm as a child and the hospitality Florence and Ivan provided.

Agnes Legrand

October 4, 2020

We first met Florence & Ivan camping many years ago & became wonderful friends from that time onward. Playing cards, socializing & sharing many laughs. It was so nice to have Florence as a friend—she will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Agnes Legrand

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FROM THE FAMILY

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