KOBER, Ada

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March 4, 1918 - February 21, 2011 - Ada May Kober passed away peacefully on February 22 at the Three Hills Hospital just shy of her 93rd birthday. Ada was born March 4, 1918 on the family farm at Huxley, Alberta. She was born to Carl and Blanche Nelson. Ada was the third child of six children - she had a sister Marjorie and four brothers Russell, Lewis, Ross and Pete. Ada enjoyed her childhood and growing up with her sister and brothers nearby. Ada attended Florence School and the Letts School. By the time Ada became a teenager in 1931, the Great Depression, the Dirty Thirties had arrived, so she took employment on nearby farms helping farm wives taking care of their children, cooking, cleaning and chopping wood, gardening, caring for animals and whatever else she was asked to do. Sometime during the mid-1930s Ada met the Kober family of five young cowboys - she kind of liked Edward. In 1936, Ada married Edward Kober and they moved to the family farm just east of Trochu to begin their life together. The family began with Merlin in 1937, Norma in 1938, Dennis in 1939, Burleigh in 1943, Donald in 1945 and Janice in 1954. Ada grew a large garden with enough vegetables to last through the winter. She would can many quarts of saskatoon berries and crab apples that she and the kids would pick. Ada enjoyed cooking and baking, and she was especially noted for the fresh baked bread and buns. Ada was an excellent seamstress, she made all of the kids clothes as well as her own. She liked taking pictures of family, friends and events, filling many photo albums. In 1990, Ed and Ada moved into Trochu after spending 54 years on the farm. In 1996, due to health issues, Ed had to move into extended care facilities until his passing on Sept. 09, 2000 at the age of 90 years. In 1998, Ada moved into the Trochu Manor where she continued to enjoy an independent lifestyle, driving her car, coming and going as she pleased. Ada gave up driving in 2007, and continued living on her own until 2009 when she decided, due to failing health, to move into long-term care facilities in Three Hills. She adjusted to her new lifestyle and was doing okay until she broke a hip in 2010. She came through hip surgery fairly well for 92 years old but now she was confined to a wheelchair. She was driving again. She is survived by her six children: Merlin (Gina), Norma (Don), Dennis, Burleigh, Donald (Margie), Janice; her ten grandchildren: Dana (Cindy), Dean (Lorie), Terry (Tim), Denise (Tom), Donna (Dean), Alison (Wade), Dixie (Russ), Kimberly, Tanya (Brian), Blake (Jana); twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by her sister Marjorie and brother Ross, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Edward, an infant granddaughter Debra Long, grandson Tracy Kober, parents Carl and Blanche Nelson, three brothers Pete, Lewis and Russell. A celebration of Ada's life was held Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Trochu Baptist Fellowship Centre with Pastor Larry Lentz of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Memorial donations in Ada's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Prairie Winds Funeral Home 403-443-2200. prairiewindsfuneralhome@gmail.com