It is with great sadness the family of Ardis Bramall of the Evarts District announces her passing on November 14, 2020, surrounded by her family at the Rocky Mountain House Hospital.
Ardis was born to Soren and Ruth Norre in Innisfail, Alberta on October 11, 1932, arriving twenty minutes before her twin sister Arla. The family relocated to Dickson, Alberta where "the twins" grew up with numerous close cousins. Ardis received her teaching certificate from the University of Alberta and took her first teaching job at the Rich Hill School (Garrington Bridge) then moved to the Evarts School. Ardis met Dennis Bramall in the Evarts area and they married on February 6th, 1955, settling in the Evarts Community where they built their home, farm and large family. Ardis took a few years off from teaching while having five young children but returned to teaching at the Benalto School at 1973, finishing her teaching career at H.J.Cody School in Sylvan Lake as the school librarian, retiring in 1988.
Ardis was a tireless active member and leader of many community organizations, giving countless volunteer hours where needed. She was active in the Evarts Community Club, Benalto Agricultural Society, the Dickson Danish Heritage Museum, the Evarts 4-H Sewing Club, Benalto 4-H Beef Club, and the Sylvan Lake Presbyterian Church and Choir. Ardis received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Benwood Recreation Board in 1999 and was honored with a nomination for the Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Ardis was well known for her skills as an expert seamstress and received literally hundreds of ribbons for her fair entries from the Benalto Fair all the way to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. When someone needed alterations to their graduation or wedding gowns, it was Ardis to the rescue. No matter if it was fine lace and chiffon or denim and leather, anything could be sewn or mended by Ardis. We lost count years ago of how many little girl's dresses, cowboy vests and soft pajamas and blankets came out of Grandma's sewing room, with each being made specially for the lucky recipient.
Ardis was predeceased by her husband Dennis, daughter Vicki and sister Arla.
She is survived by her children Colleen, Daryl (Michelle), Glenda (Curtis) and Les (Sherry) as well as 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
A Family Funeral Service will be held at the Sylvan Lake Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 21st at 1:00 PM, followed by a service at the Benalto Cemetery. To access the live stream video of the service please visit: http://slmpc.ca
Memorial Donations in Ardis' memory can be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society: 99 Arnot Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6
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