Myrtle Lenz Litchfield family obituaries

Myrtle (nee Lenz) Litchfield of Taber, beloved wife of Linden Litchfield, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Taber Extended Care at the age of 83 years.

Myrtle was born February 7, 1924 the daughter of August and Della Lenz of Hillspring, Alberta, the fourth in a family of twelve girls. She attended Business College in Lethbridge and specialized in accounting. After working for a time in Glenwood, Myrtle came to Taber and worked for the Taber Cannery. There she met and married Linden Dee Litchfield on December 20, 1944, in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They lived on the family farm in the Fincastle area and have shared more than sixty two years of marriage. They have six children Linda (Wren) Atwood of Bow Island, Merlin (Debbie) Litchfield of Taber, Rita (Bill) Toone of Claresholm, Ardyth (Randy) Erickson of Coaldale, LeRon (Patsy) Litchfield of Taber, Christine (Ken) Proskow of Creston, BC. Linden and Myrtle have eighteen grandsons and seventeen granddaughters, and fifty five great-grandchildren with six more on the way. Myrtle is also survived by five sisters Irma Anderson and Ruby Fletcher both of Taber, Rachel (Mark) Merrill of Hillspring, Marietta (Bill) Oviatt of Spruce Grove and Hazel Lenz of Calgary.
She was predeceased by her parents and six sisters.

Myrtle gave a life of service to her family, church and community. She was Cub Leader for over fourteen years and many a Taber boy will have fond memories of the many activities on the Litchfield farm during his cub years. Myrtle also spent many years caring for Linden’s parents in their later years. Linden & Myrtle worked for over eighteen years in the French name extraction program. Myrtle loved genealogy and felt a great connection with her ancestors. She was very proud to be working in the name extraction program that enabled her to help other people all over the world to find their own ancestors. Myrtle and Linden always had a large garden and were very willing to share their produce with neighbors and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, April 13, 2007 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and prior to the service in the Relief Society Room of the Church from 9:45 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Frank Walton conducting. Interment to follow in the Taber Memorial Garden.

Linden Dee Litchfield of Taber passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at the age of 94 years.

Linden was born September 27, 1914, the son of Joseph and Ferl Litchfield in Raymond, Alberta and grew up on the family homestead north of Purple Springs. Linden was the second in a family of eight children. Linden grew up with a deep love of the “Sandhills” and spent many hours in the saddle: both on his own land and in working for ranchers in the area. He often spoke fondly of his memories of working for Charlie Furman and the Francis family.

Linden married Myrtle Lenz of Hillspring on December 20, 1944 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. They have six children: Linda (Wren) Atwood of Bow Island, Merlin (Debbie) Litchfield of Taber, Rita (Bill) Toone of Claresholm, Ardyth (Randy) Erickson of Coaldale, LeRon (Patsy) Litchfield of Taber, Christine (Ken) Proskow of Creston, BC. Linden & Myrtle have eighteen grandsons and seventeen granddaughters and sixty seven great-grandchildren with four more on the way. He is also survived by his brothers Elden Litchfield of Lethbridge and Dean Litchfield of Raymond; sisters Iris Meldrum of Magrath and Dorothy Francis of Taber.

Linden is predeceased by his beloved wife, Myrtle; his parents, two brothers and one sister.

The most important things in Linden’s life were his family, his church, and being a good friend and neighbour. He gave many years of service to his church and to the community. He was respected and admired by all who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 10, 2008 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and prior to the funeral service in the Relief Society Room of the Church from 1:00 P.M. to 1:45 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 54th Street Chapel, 5314 – 54 Street on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. with Bishop Frank Walton conducting. Burial to follow in the Taber Memorial Garden.

Merlin Dee Litchfield passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Taber Long Term Care on Friday, December 3, 2010 at the age of 63 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 between 9:30 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Mark Baldry conducting. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden.

Besides his loving wife Debbie, Merlin is survived by their children Dusty (Jennifer) of Lethbridge, Mardy (Charlotte) of Bournemouth, England, Lara of Edmonton, Jordy (Cassandra) of Lethbridge and Bryan of Taber. Merlin was a loving grandfather to Raven and August. He is also survived by his siblings Linda Jean (Wren) Atwood, Rita (Bill) Toone, Ardyth (Randy) Erickson, LeRon (Patsy) Litchfield, Christine (Ken) Proskow and their families. He will be fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Dawn Sommerfeld and Debbie’s entire family.

He was predeceased by his parents and father-in-law Alfred Sommerfeld of Creston, BC.

Merlin was born to Linden & Myrtle Litchfield on February 17, 1947 in Taber, the second of six children. He grew up on the farm working alongside his father, brother and uncle. Merlin’s love of farming, ranching and horses continued to his final days. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern France and looked back on that time with great fondness. Merlin loved being a missionary and made many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. After his mission Merlin continued to work on the farm while attending the University of Lethbridge where he met his love, Debbie Sommerfeld. They were married May 27, 1978 in Cardston and raised five children in Taber with regular trips out to the farm and to the mountains. Merlin loved people and was always active in his community. Whether it be with his church, his children’s sports teams or politics, he was always involved.

Merlin struggled with his health and was diagnosed with multiple systems atrophy. As the disease slowly progressed he fought to continue on with life to its fullest. Merlin loved his children and grandchildren and was always bragging about their accomplishments and showing off their pictures. In the end his happiest and most alert moments were the times he shared with them. Merlin loved and was loved by many.

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