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Winifred SCOBIE

Winifred C. Scobie, affectionately known as Winnie, passed away on July 4, 2023, at the age of 93 in the Beaverlodge Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on June 28, 1930, to John and Cora Stephenson, who were long-time residents of the Meadowbank district and High River, Alberta. In her early years, Winnie attended the Springdale School until ninth grade before completing her high school education in High River.

In 1950, Winnie married Clarke Scobie from the Cayley district, and they settled in Cecil Lake, B.C., where they operated a grocery store and service station. During this time, they also acquired land in the area. After a few years, they relocated further north and purchased a ranch along the Halfway River. Despite the remoteness of their home, Winnie ensured that their four children received an education through correspondence courses. She delighted in sharing captivating stories about their life on the ranch.

Following a semi-retirement, Winnie and Clarke purchased a small farm north of Hythe, Alberta. Winnie harbored a lifelong passion for horses and raised Anglo Arabians. After the move from the Halfway, she even participated in competitive endurance rides. Additionally, for 29 years, they enjoyed winter trips to Arizona. Eventually, they sold their land and relocated to Hythe. Winnie remained actively involved and attended multiple Alberta 55+ Summer Games, showcasing her talents in shot-put, javelin, and discus. At the remarkable age of 91, she was honored with gold medals for her outstanding performance in these events.

Winnie was predeceased by her loving husband, Clarke, as well as two brothers, two brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. She is survived by her four children: Allister (Dianne), Jack (Barbara), Tess (Howard), and Linda Lee. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law Wayne Scobie, sister-in-law Kay Clark, and sister Rose Dayment. A Celebration of Life took place on July 9th at the Royal Canadian Legion in Hythe, Alberta, as a tribute to Winnie’s extraordinary journey.

Rest in peace, Winnie Scobie. Your remarkable spirit and enduring legacy will forever be cherished by those whose lives you touched.

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