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Rhonda Maynard Collins Obituary Photo Pincher Creek

Obituary | Rhonda Maynard Collins

Rhonda Maynard Collins (née Boughton), age 105, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 3, 2024, in Lethbridge, Alta.

Rhonda was born in Yorkton, Sask., on March 17, 1919. She had four siblings, Lorraine (deceased), John (deceased), Glenn (deceased) and Ardeth.

Rhonda grew up in Saskatoon, where she attended King George Elementary School and Bedford Road Collegiate. She attended the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, where she received a bachelor of arts with a certificate in medicine in 1940.

She then transferred to the University of Manitoba Medical School, in Winnipeg, where she was one of only a handful of women in her graduating class. She graduated with her medical doctor degree in 1943, cum laude, and was also presented with the Dr. Charlotte W. Ross Gold Medal, for the highest standing in obstetrics.

She did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, then immediately started working as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Winnipeg, where she worked during and after the war.

Rhonda met a dashing young surgeon, Lorne Collins, while they were both in training in Winnipeg. They were married on Feb. 23, 1943. Lorne was already part of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and went overseas in 1944 to serve in England, Holland and Germany during the war. He returned in 1946 to Canada and his bride.

After the war, Rhonda and Lorne moved to Pincher Creek, Alta., where Lorne started a general medical and surgical practice, and where they started and raised their family. They had four children: Shelagh (George Torbiak) Stefan, Ruth Collins-Nakai, Elinor (Paul) Hobbs and Peter (Elizabeth) Collins; her seven grandchildren, Sean, Rachel, Natasha, Joshua, Sunil, Erin and Monica; her two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Sam; and many nieces and nephews.


Rhonda Maynard Collins Obituary Photo Pincher Creek


In 1963, when her children were all of school age, Rhonda returned to a clinic-based medical practice.

Rhonda was a faithful member of the Pincher Creek United Church, sang alto in its senior choir and was matron, Castleview Chapter, of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Rhonda served on the local school board for nine years, was a member of the local library board for many years, and also served on the board of governors of the University of Lethbridge, from that university’s founding in 1967 until 1973, and thereafter on the University of Lethbridge senate. Her involvement in these key governance positions reflects her dedication to the advancement of education and her commitment to community service.

Rhonda and Lorne had a very social life — golf league, curling, the Pincher Creek Community Band (where they both played clarinet), frequent dinner parties and community events.

Rhonda and Lorne retired from medical practice in 1979. The early retirement years were full of frequent foreign travel, and motorhome trips to Alaska, across Canada and to various parts of the United States. Rhonda and Lorne eventually purchased a unit in a retirement park in Mesa, Ariz., and spent many happy winters there, hiking, golfing and socializing with their many friends.

Rhonda was an elegant, graceful and beautiful woman; a fine mother; the town’s “women’s doctor”; an advocate for the advancement of women; an avid reader; a musician (voice, piano and clarinet); a knitter; and a good friend to many.

There will be no public memorial service for Rhonda; the family will have a private remembrance for her, when her ashes will be interred at the Pincher Creek Cemetery alongside those of Lorne (who predeceased her in 2019).

The family thanks the staff at Adaptacare Personal Care Homes – Cedar Creek for their kind and compassionate care of Rhonda in her final years.


Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.



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Obituary Photo of Catherine Cyr of Pincher Creek

Obituary | Catherine Cyr

Catherine (Betty) Elizabeth Cyr was born on Sept. 16, 1942, in High River, Alta., and passed away peacefully at home in Pincher Creek, Alta., on May 8, 2024, at the age of 81.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joan and Urban Bricker.

Betty will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 62 years, Rodney (Rod); children Bernice (Brett Wuth) Cyr, Rhonda (Bruce Kachowski) Casson, and Russell (Jo-Anne) Cyr. She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Charmayne (Riley) Barrett, Dominic (Kendall Clarke) Cyr, Stephanie Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Brandon (Nicole Reser) Cyr, Shania (Lane Crawford) Casson, Greggory Anderson, and Samantha (Dillon Pond) Cyr; as well as two great-grandchildren, Jake Reser and Everly Cyr.

Betty is also survived by sister Karen (Allan) Hurl, brother Barry (Patricia) Bricker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty married Rod in High River on Oct. 14, 1961, and moved to the Cyr Dairy Farm, south of Pincher Creek, where they resided until 2010 when they moved to their current home.

Betty was very involved in her community, belonging to various groups including CWL, the Canadian Sheep and Wool Commission, Lethbridge Exhibition Board, and the Farm Women’s Network. She also served as a member of the University of Lethbridge senate representing Pincher Creek and area.

Over the years, Betty travelled southern Alberta in the summers judging various baking, canning and sewing events at community fairs.

Betty had a passion for gardening, herbology, cooking and sewing. She has shared her wealth of knowledge over the years with her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people plant something special in their own gardens in memory of Betty.

A funeral mass for Betty will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at St. Michael’s Church in Pincher Creek.

Arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home.

The family of the late Mrs. Catherine “Betty” Cyr would like to express their most sincere gratitude to all those who sent cards, flowers and condolences.

Your support made all the difference during a very difficult time.

Rod Cyr & Family


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