Thelma Grace (Berry) Gilchrist

September 29, 1928 ~ September 23, 2020 (age 91)


Thelma Grace Gilchrist

September 29, 1928 – September 23, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mom, Thelma Grace Gilchrist at Clearwater Center on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

In her early years, Thelma was an industrious, hard-working farm wife willing to take on any challenge from feeding chickens to pitching bales. Later in life she discovered her creative side taking up sewing, crafts and gardening. Thelma developed a love for shopping and especially loved square dancing, sewing all of her own and her dance partner’s costumes.  

She will always be loved and remembered by her special partner, Don Soderquist; her children, Bill (Rose) Gilchrist, Alan Gilchrist, Mary (Cliff) Kohlman, Thelma “Babe” Gilchrist, Roy (Eleanor) Gilchrist, Mark (Colleen) Gilchrist and Kim (Maryann) Gilchrist. She was so proud to have 21 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She will also be remembered by her many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Thelma is predeceased by her husband, Russell; her grandson, Chris Gilchrist and daughter-in-law, Marion Gilchrist as well as by her siblings, Walter Joneson, Louelle Berry, Doris (Laughlin) Bannister, Evelyn Haight, Herman Berry, and her parents, Ruth and Norman Berry.   

For those wishing to pay their respects to Thelma, an outdoor viewing will be held at the Berrymoor Community Centre grounds on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. with Graveside Service to follow at the Berrymoor Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

The Gilchrist family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers at Drayton Valley Serenity House and Rocky Mountain House Good Samaritan Society Clearwater Centre for their loving care.  

For those who so desire, memorial donations in Thelma’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7.  

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements in care of Colleen Sekura and Joelle Valliere at Affinity Funeral Service, 5137 50 Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta  780.542.3338

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September 29, 2020

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Berrymoor Community Hall
Township Road 500
Berrymoor, AB T0C 1W0

Graveside Service
September 29, 2020

1:00 PM
Berrymoor Cemetery
Township Road 500
Berrymoor, AB T0C 1W0

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