Pat Hymers, age 97, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2019 at The Meadows, Swift Current, SK. A private graveside service for family and friends was held on Friday, November 15, 2019. Pat is survived by: Daughter-in-law Dianne Hymers (Swift Current). Grandchildren Melanie (Roger) Wolf (great-grandchildren Kaytlynn Maloney (Jeff Sullivan) (great-great-grandchildren Ava and Oliver Sullivan) and Lochlan Maloney; Darrick (Randi) Hymers (great-grandchildren Brady, Cameron, and Ian); Selesta (Clay) Beauchamp (great-grandchildren Avery and Cavelle). Son: Eldon (Terry) Hymers (Moose Jaw). Grandchildren Shane Hymers, Jason (Rhonda) Hymers (great-grandchildren Callum, Owen, Kaia); Vanessa (Ryan) Davies (great-grandchildren Caden, Megan and Ian). Daughter: Donna (Keith) Lange (Lloydminster). Grandchildren Raelene (Brandon) Tupper (great-grandchildren Aaralyn and Beaudon); Janine Lange. Daughter: Judy (Peter) Newman (Sherwood Park). Grandchildren Andrea, Jeffrey and Lindsay Newman. Sister-in-law: Phyllis Hymers. Many nieces and nephews. Pat is predeceased by:
Husband: Clifford R. Hymers (in 1988), Second husband: Ralph Thistlethwaite (in 2010), Son: Kenneth Hymers (October 11, 2019),
Parents: John (in 1956) and Annie (in 1984) McBurney, Brothers: Lloyd McBurney and Stuart McBurney, Sisters: Ilene Corkery, Mary Mortensen, Dora McBurney, Ruth Williams, Brothers-in-law: Norman Hymers, Gordon Hymers, Ralph Prior, Ted Corkery, Claritt Mortensen, Frank McBurney, Ken Williams, Sisters-in-law: Eva McBurney, Hazel McBurney, Norma Hymers, Kay Prior, several nieces and nephews. Pat was born on a farm at Gull Lake, the 6th of 7 children. In 1925, the family moved to the Admiral district where she spent her childhood years. She attended Stone Farm School for elementary grades and completed high school through correspondence. In 1942, she completed a 3-month teacher-training course offered by the Dept. of Education and taught school in rural areas for four years. In 1946, she married Clifford Hymers, a farmer from Glen Bain. There they raised four children: Kenneth, Eldon, Donna and Judy. In 1959, they moved to farm near Swift Current. Cliff and Pat travelled with farm tour groups to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Hawaii, Cuba, U.S.A. and Canada. They farmed until 1988 when Cliff died suddenly of a massive heart attack. After being a widow for eight years, Pat married Ralph Thistlethwaite, a very fine gentleman. They were married for 15 years when Ralph became ill, and died at age 95.
Pat volunteered many hours to several organizations: First United Church; Frontier Days Fair; Swift Current Senior Centre; and 20 years with the Odds "n" Ends Band. She felt honored to receive a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (1999); a medal for volunteerism commemorating the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth's reign (2002); and a medal commemorating the 100th anniversary (1905-2005) of Saskatchewan for "significant contributions to Saskatchewan" (2005). The two provincial medals were presented to Pat by the Hon. Linda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and the Queen's medal by M.L.A. David Anderson. Pat was a Life Elder of First United Church. She held Life Memberships in the United Church Women, the Swift Current Agriculture and Exhibition Assn, the National Farmers' Union, the Associated Countrywomen of the World (ACWW). She was also an active member of the Saskatchewan Seniors' Association Inc. (SSAI), the Saskatchewan Women's Institute (SWI) and while farming, was a member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Pat had many interests - music, cooking, sewing, dancing, knitting, crocheting, petit-point, gardening and family gatherings. A priority was keeping in touch with family members, having 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to staff at The Meadows for their loving care and support over the last few months. In lieu of flowers, Pat had requested memorial donations to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, 400-280 Smith St, Box 767, Winnipeg, MB. R3C 2L4 or the National Farmers' Foundation 2717 Wentz Ave, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 4B6. Cards of condolence may be sent to Donna Lange Box 10031, Lloydminster, AB, T9V 3A2.
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Canadian Food Grains Bank
400 - 280 Smith Street/ Box 767, Winnipeg MB R3C 2L4
National Farmers Union
2717 Wentz Ave., Saskatoon SK S7K 4B6