Magdalene Pretty, nee Zimmerman, joined her husband, Donald and son, Gordon in Heaven on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the age of 91.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Donald; son, Gordon Pretty; parents Adam and Genevieve Zimmerman; sister, Kathryn; brothers Martin, Joseph (Elvina), Marcus, Matt (Inga, Lillian), John (Marion) and Ralph; sisters and brothers-in-law Muriel (Melvin) Doyle and Myrtle (Delbert) Foote; nieces and nephews.
Magdalene will be greatly missed by her daughters: Gail (Edgar) Silljer and family: Tyler, Tyson and Kelsey; Donna (Robert) Dumont; Judy (Mel) Van Betuw and family: Michael (Allysia) and their daughter [Jane], Nathan and Jayda; Lori (Glenn) Le Drew and family: Danae and Kailee; sisters-in-law: Alice and Fay Zimmerman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance was held Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Tim MacKinnon officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were all of Magdalene's grandchildren. Urnbearers were Gail and Edgar Silljer. Interment was held at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, SK with luncheon following at McKenna Hall, Weyburn, SK.
Magdalene was born at home on November 10, 1928 – so small, they kept her on the oven door to keep her warm. She was the fifth child and first daughter of Adam and Genevieve. Upon completing Grade 12, she worked in Weyburn as a telephone operator. She met the love of her life, Donald, at a community dance in Hume. They were married on October 18, 1952 and shortly after moved to a small house on the Pretty farm.
Magdalene was very active in the operation and success of the farm. She drove grain truck, baled, tended a large garden, kept the yard mowed, and the flower beds looking beautiful. She also made sure full meals were on the table three times a day. Even with all of these duties, Magdalene found time to enjoy her hobbies of knitting, crocheting, square dancing, jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles. Magdalene enjoyed participating in community events – Homemakers’ Club, Talmage Christmas concerts, community showers and socializing with neighbours. Magdalene and Donald enjoyed travelling with friends and family. Favourite trips were to Nashville, Florida, Alaska and the Maritimes.
In 2006, Magdalene and Don sold the farm and moved into a house in Weyburn. She enjoyed the pace of retirement and appreciated the conveniences of “city living”.
In October, 2016, Magdalene and Don moved into Hill Top Manor. They were embraced by such a dedicated staff that the transition was an easy one. The family would like to thank the entire Hill Top family for their loving care.
For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Magdalene may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK, S4P 2R3 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 919 B. Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4R 2P6.
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