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Thurza Hayes

Thurza Hayes Obituary

Thurza Jane Hayes of Swift Current (formerly of Simmie) passed away November 30, 2023, at the age of 96. The funeral service was held Friday, December 8, 2023, at Warren’s Funeral Home in Swift Current with Rev. Annette Taylor officiating. The interment service was held at Memory Gardens. At Thurza’s request, her six grandsons were the pallbearers, and her two granddaughters were the ushers. The eulogy was read by Tommy Hayes. Thurza is survived by her daughter Charlene and children: John (Karly), Lilliana and Iris; Jane (Charles) Needham, Eli and Ava; Tommy, Adalyn, Jameson and Wit; son Larry (Rhonda) and their children: Emmitt and Mitchell; son Robin (Terri) and their children: Eric; Ian (Brittany) and Tate; and Lauryn (Aaron Wittmier); nieces Linda Rouleau, Ruby (Glen) Kallenberger, Gloria Taylor (John) and Marian Ross; nephews Denis Cyrenne, Terry McCann; and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Edwin (2013), her father John (Jack) Buckingham (1941), and her mother Annie Amelia Buckingham nee Currell (1963), mother-in-law Emma Hayes nee Schmidt (1941), father-in-law Levi Edwin Hayes (1971), sisters Beatrice Kapcala (1987), Florence Buckingham (2009), brothers Tom Buckingham (1978) and Albert Buckingham (1993), sister-in-law Lillian Buckingham nee Bettis (1980), sister-in-law, Louise (Ross) Rempel (2004); brothers-in-law, Elmer Ross (1971), Joe Kapcala (1987), Lloyd Rempel (1987); and nieces Sylvia Cyrenne (2020), Sally McCann (2018); and nephews, Phil Rouleau (2012), Lanny Ross (2017).

Thurza was born on her parent’s farm (on the NW14-08-28 W3 – about 23 miles southwest of Maple Creek, SK) on June 24, 1927. Mrs. Amelia McKenzie was the attendant and midwife at birth.

Thurza took correspondence classes to complete her education, as her mother was a teacher. She was a good student with an incredible memory who often told stories of her happy childhood on the farm. Thurza and her sister, Beatrice, made life interesting for the whole family! When her father passed away in 1941, her mom, brothers and sisters kept the farm going. Her brothers, Albert and Tom, enlisted in the army. Thurza loved farm life, especially horseback riding. Amazingly, Thurza could hit the target every time she shot a gun.

In the early 1950’s, she moved to Medicine Hat to work at the Medalta Pottery and then the Medicine Hat Pottery. While living with Beatrice and her family, Thurza met Edwin who worked at the Medicine Hat Feeding Company, S & T Ranching Company and Central Motors (the Ford Garage). Thurza and Edwin were married at Salem United Church November 8, 1952, in Medicine Hat, AB. They rented the Harvey Ross Farm north of Simmie and spent summers at the farm and winters in Medicine Hat. In 1955, they purchased the Harvey Ross Farm and by 1957 were living there year-round, growing grain and raising cattle. Thurza was a true partner on the farm and when there was work to be done she did it promptly including hauling grain, milking cows, raising chickens, and gardening. She was a wonderful cook, who made her own butter, bread, buns, cinnamon buns, and often hosted big holiday meals (her brown sugar decorated Christmas cookies were a family favourite).

Family was always most important to Thurza who never missed a birthday or important family date. She loved Christmas gatherings and spent countless hours teaching her family to ride horses, compete in gymkhana, play ball, practice for track and field and anything else that they were involved in.

She served a term as President of the Simmie United Church Women, which helped organize and staff wedding banquets, funeral lunches, teas and auction sale lunches. Along with other local women, Thurza planned fowl suppers to raise money for the Simmie Community Skating Rink. She was a Sunday School teacher (and Superintendent).

Thurza had a great number of hobbies. She liked rodeos, music, sports, drama, and especially enjoyed attending events in which her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved. She could knit anything, did embroidery, and crocheted countless afghans (especially for babies). She was also an excellent seamstress.

She spent as much time as she could with her 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was never too busy to read them a book, draw a picture, or spend time playing or singing with them. She spent over 60 years in rinks at hockey games. Imagine how many miles Thurza and Edwin drove!

She was so good to all of us. She was kind, honest, caring, hardworking and strong. She set a wonderful example of how a person should be. She will be missed!

Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home.  For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.

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Funeral Service
December 8, 2023

2:00 PM
The Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home
126 2nd Ave. N.E.
Swift Current, SK S9H 2C7


Canadian Cancer Society
1910 McIntyre Street, Regina SK S4P 2R3

Heart and Stroke Foundation Of Saskatchewan
1738 Quebec Ave, Unit 26, Saskatoon SK S7K 1V9


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