Edna Mary Potratz
1938 – 2010
Edna Mary Potratz was the oldest of three children, born January 2, 1938 at home, in a little log cabin to Art and Emma Hartman at Watino, Alberta. She grew up and attended the Watino elementary school and then took her junior and senior high schooling in Eaglesham. She then graduated from a business course in Spirit River.
She took a job as an admitting clerk at the Spirit River hospital. On a weekend trip to Watino to see her family during the summer of 1956, her husband to be was there also. After a whirlwind courtship they were married April 2, 1957.
They followed the Hi-way construction employment until it was decided to take up a homestead in Gordondale in 1960. Here they farmed and raised a family of six: Allan (Brenda), Peter (Lynn), Charlie, Sadie (Bob), Wanita (Charlie) and Ricky (Michelle).
They moved off the farm in 1989 and took up residence in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, where they resided until the present. During this time, they did extensive fishing, hunting, and camping with family and friends.
Edna’s door was always open to friends and family for a coffee or a short notice meal so that no one ever left her house hungry. She was an avid crib player and one of my greatest challenges was to go home with a loonie or maybe two if I could skunk her.
Edna was predeceased by her parents Art and Emma Hartman. She is survived by brother Wayne Hartman (Joan) and sister Anita, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Edna passed away quietly at home with her lifelong soul mate at her side.
She will forever be remembered by her loving family and as a loyal friend to all who knew her.
A funeral service was held on Friday, December 3, 2010 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Edna, may be made by donation to the ‘Canadian Diabetes Association’ P.O. Box 2361, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 4T9.