Royal King Lewthwaite
May 15, 1939 – May 17, 2020
It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Royal Lewthwaite (King) on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the age of 81.
Royal was predeceased by her parents Allan and Opal King.
She leaves to celebrate her life, her husband of 56 years, Robert Lewthwaite, her children; Leslie (Larry) Bailey, Brad (Terri) Lewthwaite, four grandchildren: Taylor, Matthew Bailey, Jessica (Chase) Caldwell and Samantha Lewthwaite; she is also survived by her siblings: Brian (Bev) King, Dale (Tom) Webb and Janice (Larry) Keene, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Peggy and Bob Patterson; she will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Born in Saskatoon, Royal and her parents experienced separation during the war, with her Dad overseas and her Mom, working as a RN in Toronto. During this time, Royal lived with her doting grandparents. Following the war, her family settled in Prince Albert where she acquired siblings, enjoyed her childhood and completed her education. Following high school, Royal trained at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, completing her nursing diploma. Around this time, she met Robert and they were married and moved to the family farm near Sintaluta in 1963.
Farm life was a new experience for the city girl; however, in true Royal fashion, each new challenge or experience was tackled with quiet tenacity, she adjusted to outdoor plumbing, horses on the veranda at night, and learning to run a farm household and a variety of farm machinery. Royal and Robert shared a strong work ethic, working hard when there was work to accomplish, but taking time to enjoy life when work was done. In winter, they curled and attended community functions, and in summer, there was golfing, camping and fishing with family and friends. Royal and Robert shared an interest in travel, recognizing that life is short and the world is large with a great deal to see. They were fortunate to travel to many locales, always interested in the new experiences they might have, and what could be around the next corner. Royal loved having her family around and when they built their retirement home at Katepwa it offered space for the whole gang to be together. Many great times were had ‘at the lake’ with family and friends. For many years, Grandma/Nana would have her grandchildren come stay in summer. The kids looked forward to her annual ‘Boot Camp’ for the grandchildren, which was afternoons at the beach, endless water balloon fights, campfires, lots of giggling and fun. Royal was a kind and loving Mom, wife and friend, she often put others before herself. Her time on earth was too short for those of us she left behind. A celebration of Royal’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Katepwa & District Lions Club, Box 130, Lebret, SK S0G 2Y0
Royal King Lewthwaite
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Allyson and Dean McDonald
August 19, 2020
I'm at a loss for words! It's August and I just reached out to Royal last night to see how she has been. I didn't realize she had passed in May. My heart is broken when reading her obituary. She brought many smiles to our faces during my husband's stay in Wascana. Faced with new life changes ourselves, we always looked forward to our daily meals with Royal. We were each others cheerleaders to keep working hard to over come some of the things we faced. We were family while being in there together. Her sense of humour lightened our days when we were faced with new challenges after my husband's massive stroke. She became a good friend in a short time and always spoke highly of her family. I will always cherish those times with her as she often gave me the strength to keep going. My condolences to the family. May your fond memories of her comfort you as you move forward.
July 29, 2020
It was with sadness that we learned of Royal's passing. On behalf of the RGNH Grads, please accept our heartfelt condolences. A card was mailed but returned.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Linda Bachmann (on behalf of the RGNN Alumnae)
May 29, 2020
My sympathy to Bob and the family.
Denys & Linda Tourigny
May 26, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to all the family. We always enjoyed a visit whenever we met. She was a great lady!
Tom & Shirley Blenkin
May 25, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Robert and the family on the loss of Royal. She was very kind and such a beautiful lady. She will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
May 23, 2020
Some of my favorite memories of Auntie Royal, were at their farm in Indian Head. The large meals put on and all the family she hosted. Auntie Royal always made you feel at home and I'll never forget it.