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Isobel Srubowich

Isobel Srubowich

June 28th, 1925 July 22nd, 2019

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Obituary for Isobel Srubowich (WIlliamson)

Passed away on July 22, 2019. Ms. Isobel Juanita Srubowich of Medicine Hat at the age of 94 years. She was born in Medicine Hat on June 28, 1925. She leaves to mourn her passing three children, Tara (Mike Rackham) Higgins of Winnipeg, MB; Tonia (Bruce) Morgan of Ottawa, ON; and Stephen (Connie Johnson) Srubowich of Medicine Hat, AB. She is mourned by seven grandchildren, Richard (Samantha) Kaus of Cleavleys,U.K., Kyle Brinkley (Dayna Evans) of Brandon, MB and Katrina Rackham of Winnipeg, MB; Natasha Pedro (Art Bowles) of Ottawa, ON and Justin Pedro of Gatineau, PQ; and Danielle and Cameron Srubowich of Medicine Hat, AB. And also by two great-grandchildren, Mila Rose and Zoey Belle Pedro of Gatineau, PQ. Ms. Srubowich is also survived by relatives in Ontario, Scotland, England and Australia.
She will be deeply missed by her grey companion cat Grady, 12. Mom completed all her schooling in the Hat attending Toronto Street School, Earl Kitchener and graduating from Alexandra School. During her childhood years in the river valley she learned to swim in the river, and skate on it during cold months. She was an avid dancer and received three years of piano lessons. She also became one of the first Hat women to take welding lessons. In her 50's she took Spanish lessons at the Hat college. In 1951 she adventurously drove up the new and rugged Alaska Highway deep into the Yukon. The following year, she boldly turned her wheel down to Oakland, California. After successfully graduating from the Garbutt Business College, she held a number of secretarial positions in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and CFB Suffield. Amongst her notable positions were at the Canada Employment office, lawyers, Medicine Hat public school division and Defence Research Establishment Suffield on two occasions. She lived the majority of her life in Medicine Hat but lived briefly in Lethbridge and Calgary.
Mom was a strong advocate for animals and their protection and rights. She had countless pet dogs and cats over her lifetime. She was a voracious reader and had a wide range of literary interests running from her love of animals to the Far North, China and European history.
Ms. Srubowich was predeceased by her parents, mother Amy Williamson, 84, in 1969 and father Bill Williamson, 96, in 1985. She was also predeceased by her husband Alex Srubowich passed away in 1994. The memorial service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society or to The Salvation Army. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Isobel Srubowich.

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  • Service

    July 26th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel
    1 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB
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    July 26th, 2019
    1:30pm
    Officiant
    Captain Ron MacDonald
    Co-Celebrant
    Captain Joyce MacDonald
  • Reception

    July 26th, 2019 |
    Saamis Creekside Centre
    11 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB
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    July 26th, 2019

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Bruce Morgan

I met Isobel later in life. She had a strong personality and a marvellous, diverse knowledge, which she maintained to the end. A strong mind in a failing body. She was an insular woman. She had a great affection for animals, to the possible exceptional exclusion of her own interests, She adored her son and grandson, always preferring males to females. In her later years, when I met her, she lived on her own in a pioneer home built by her father on the banks on the South Saskatchewan River a century ago. She outlived almost all of her friends. Only at the end did she leave her home for necessary medical attention, reluctantly leaving the care of her cat to her family. She died shortly thereafter surrounded by her nearest kin. Requiescat in pace, Isobel.
Bruce
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Sharon Bacon

Tara and all your family members, I am so sorry to hear that you've lost your mother/grandmother.
What I'll remember most about her is that she was a true challenger when playing Scrabble - she could very well be the Scrabble Champion - I know I couldn't beat her. Not many people that age can put up much of a challenge playing that game but there's one lady who truly could - and DID !!
You're all fortunate to have had her for as long as you did. Thinking of you all at this time in your sorrow.


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