Ms. Frances Depeel | paNOW
Frances Clara Depeel
November 11, 1931 – April 17, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce that our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Frances Clara Depeel, passed away peacefully on April 17th.and at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
She is predeceased by her husband, Lambert, her parents, Robert and Margaret Thomson, her son-in-law, Lorne Romanchuk, and her grandsons Lance Depeel and Jordan Lederhouse. She is remembered with love by her nine children, Marie Romanchuk, Denise (Mark) Brandon, John (Nicole) Depeel, Yvonne Depeel, Steve (Zoria) Depeel, Letitia (Willie) Anderson, Paul (Michelle) Depeel, Michelle (Murray ) Schneider. , and Pierre (Karalyn) Depeel, as well as his grandchildren, Laurelle (Justin), Carmelle (Logan), Alysha (Ricardo), Clarissa, Tyrone, Jessie (Landon), Hanna, Conrad, Alley (Mekhi), Lisa, Levi, and Brendan, as well as many great-grandchildren.
Frances was born and raised in Turner Valley, Alberta. While working in Banff, she met Lambert, and after a week-long whirlwind courtship, they ran away on May 23, 1953, and moved into her cabin in Uranium City until Lambert built their first home. .
It was in Uranium City that Frances, who was raised as an atheist, began visiting different churches, reading and studying the Bible, and seeking answers to her deep questions about life and its purpose. Through careful study of the Bible, she became convinced that she had found the truth and was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in Meath Park, Saskatchewan on September 20, 1958. For more than 60 years, she has fully trusted his Creator and lived his life. Therefore.
After Lambert’s death in 2001, Frances shared her home with longtime friend Daisy Eninew (affectionately called Auntie Daisy by the family) until Daisy’s death 10 years later. Frances loved people and cultivated friendships with people of all ages and walks of life over the years, keeping in touch with them by phone or letter, and always including positive scriptural thought. She also enjoyed visits from local friends and family to her home, where the conversation was always flowing and the teapot always on! An avid reader all her life, she also enjoyed writing poetry and stories, and had a penchant for watching old movies with her granddaughters. And of course, everyone who knew her knew of her great love of dogs, of which she has had many over the years!
Frances was an avid Bible student and until the end of her life spent hours each month contacting her neighbors by letter to share the wonderful hope she holds for the future. She confidently envisioned living in the paradise land promised in the Bible, where “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Revelation 21:4) We look forward to welcoming her back soon and seeing her get back to work with renewed strength and energy!!
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (CST). If you want to see the service, you can join the Zoom meeting ID: 708 352 4006, passcode 144000, phone: 1-780 666-0144.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray’s Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.