Elsie May (Bowditch) Garland, age 95, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at the Meadows, Swift Current, SK. Elsie was born April 3, 1924 on the farm in Success, SK — the youngest to Thomas & Mabel Bowditch and an unexpected twin with Gordon. She took all her schooling in Success and lived there most of her married life.
Elsie married Edgar Garland, the love of her life, on June 1, 1948. They farmed through tough and good times with grain, cattle, pigs, chickens, and a big garden to help them through. Elsie was a leader for Brownies, Girl Guides, the Success-Cantuar 4-H Club, a member of Homemakers that was later called Women's Institute, Birthday Club, Slimmettes that changed into Thursday Coffee years later, the Success Curling Club, Eastern Star, and Job’s Daughters.
Elsie loved to decorate wedding and shower cakes, and was able to decorate her girls wedding cakes along with many others in the community. Elsie took great joy in her garden and growing flowers. When the garden got to be too much of a chore, she turned the whole area into a beautiful flower bed. Elsie was a faithful member of St. John's in Pennant, SK and St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Swift Current.
Elsie was a faithful friend, wife, parent, grandparent, and great- grandparent. We all knew she really loved her family — with that twinkle in her eye when she saw them, it looked like she had won the lottery. Elsie & Edgar did a lot of travelling to Ontario (Edgar's homeland), England, Ireland, Australia, Hawaii, a Panama Canal Cruise, and many stops and trips to friends in the USA — friends they made during their fifteen years wintering in Arizona. They moved into a condo in Swift Current where they lived for thirteen years before moving to the Bentley. Edgar's passing in 2011 was a loss that never left her. Elsie stayed active with cards, bingo, entertainment shows, and socializing with family, friends, and workers. Elsie then moved to Cypress House for over a year and then into House 9 at the Meadows this past summer.
Elsie is survived by her daughters, Linda (Glenn) Stewart (Swift Current, SK) and Peggy (Bill) Stirton (Kauai, Hawaii); her four grandchildren, Shayne (Kristie) Stewart (Stewart Valley, SK), Kristi (Marc) Schwartz (Swift Current, SK), Brianna Stirton (Saskatoon, SK), and Sean Stirton (Saskatoon, SK); her five great-grandchildren, Logan and Lauren Stewart, and Payten, Carly, and Brinkley Schwartz; her sisters-in-law, Jean Bowditch (Success, SK) and Shirley Garland (Ontario); a few remaining cousins; and by many nieces and nephews.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband of over 62 years, Edgar Garland; her parents Thomas & Mabel Bowditch; Wm Garland (Mary, Hattie and Amy); her brothers, Tommy ( Elsie), Charlie, Walter ( Jean, Nanette), and Gordon (Joan); her sister Milleta (Bill) Medforth; her brothers-in-law, Art (Teen) Garland and Don Garland; her niece, Elsie May Fadish; her nephew, Melvin Bowditch; and by many aunts and uncles in Canada and England.
The Funeral Service for Elsie Garland was held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm from St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Swift Current, SK with Rev. Chris Dowdeswell officiating. “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “One Day At a Time,” “Amazing Grace,” and “How Great Thou Art” were sung by the congregation. The Scripture reading was given by Brianna Stirton. The tributes were given by Shayne Stewart and Kristi Schwartz.
The Private Family Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service from Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Elsie’s family — Glenn, Bill, Shayne, Sean, Marc, Logan, and Peyten — serving as Pallbearers.
In memory of Elsie Garland, donations made to St. Stephen’s Memorial Fund (108 2nd Ave. NE, Swift Current, SK, S9H 2C7), the Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation (2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current, SK, S9H 0X6), and the Success Community Hall (Box 111, Success, SK, S0N 2R0) would be appreciated by the family.
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St. Stephen's Memorial Fund
108 2nd Ave NE, Swift Current SK S9H 2C7
Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation Inc.
2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current SK S9H 0X6
Success Community Hall
Box 111, Success SK S0N 2R0