Melita Jean Swartz (Westgard)
October 10, 1935 – May 30, 2020
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of Melita Jean Swartz (Westgard) on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the age of 84 years.
Melita’s family was by her side as she passed peacefully after a short time in the University of Alberta Hospital.
Melita leaves to mourn her loss and treasure her memory her son, Calvin Swartz (Cathy) grandsons Chase and Connor; daughter, Rena Swartz (Geraldine Cahill), granddaughter Crystal (Justin) de Jong, great-grandchildren Jayla and Jayce; son Terry Swartz; daughter Alana (Scott) Swendseid, grandsons Riley and Layne; Melita is survived by Annie Rae, Charmaine Trelevan, as well as numerous relatives and many precious friends.
Melita was predeceased by her husband Bud (Edwin); parents Clarence and Melita Westgard; brother Sam (Gwen) Westgard; sister Laura (Jim) Sich; sister Ruby (Jack) Smith; niece Molly Westgard.
Melita Jean was born in White Bear, Saskatchewan during the Great Depression as the youngest of 5 children. She grew up on a mixed farm and at a young age moved to Kyle where she resided with her sister Laura in order for them both to attend high school.
Melita continued her education at the nursing school in Saskatoon, graduated in 1958 and moved first to Swift Current, and then on to Calgary, Alberta. Soon after graduating Melita and three of her nurse friends purchased a car and had it shipped to the United Kingdom. The foursome traveled by train to Montreal, steam liner to Scotland, and then by train to London where they collected the car to begin a year long trip exploring Western Europe.
After returning to Alberta, Melita began work at the Wetaskiwin hospital and soon thereafter met Bud. They married and moved to Drayton Valley where they would live out the rest of their lives. Melita worked at both the old and the new Drayton Valley hospitals until she retired at age 75 in 2010. That same year she received a commendation from the Province of Alberta for her 52 years of service as a nurse, which at the time was the longest service recorded in Alberta.
Melita loved helping and comforting as the primary caregiver to many. She provided encouragement and reassurance to those bringing life into the world as well as gentle care and compassion for those departing this world. Her modesty and dedication to professional sanctity meant that it was left to others to share the stories of her profound contributions.
Mom’s love and devotion to her family was always apparent. It was her humble nature to put everyone before herself, a habit she couldn’t break even in her latter years. Melita never wanted much for herself other than a cup of coffee, a bowl of ice cream, and to spend time with her loved ones, which brought a smile to her face and joy to her heart. Her presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
A family Funeral Service will be held privately.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation, 4550 Madsen Ave, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1N8 or the Drayton Valley Food Bank, Box 6805, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S2 in memory of Melita Swartz.
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