Elmer Orvel Sanders

15/03/1924 - 12/04/2021

Obituary For Elmer Orvel Sanders

March 15th, 1924-April 12th, 2021
Age 97

Elmer Orvel Sanders passed away after 97 years of devoted service to his family, faith, and friends.

As a farm kid from southern Saskatchewan, Elmer came from humble beginnings. Due to Economic Conditions in 1929, his family moved to Alberta, where they established a homestead along the banks of the Wapiti River, south of Wembley. Here Elmer and his brother George continued learning life lessons from their parents Alice and Marion.

Elmer's aptitude for mechanics allowed him to serve his country during WWII as an Aero Engineer. After his Air Force service, he moved to Edmonton, where he met and married Drusilla Burton. As devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elmer and Drusilla were married for time and all eternity in the Cardston, Alberta temple.

Elmer and Drusilla welcomed seven children into their family: Keith, Cathleen, Bruce, Douglas, Yvonne, Glenn, and Ronald. Together they shared their faith, and taught principles of love and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout Elmer’s time in Edmonton, he continued his Mechanic career, owning his own garage and working for a variety of other shops, which provided for his family.

One of Elmer’s most cherished life experiences was to serve with Drusilla as missionaries for the church in the Washington DC temple, shortly after their return, Elmer moved back to the Peace Country with Drusilla who unfortunately suffered from dementia and passed away in Sept 2002.

All his life Elmer loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and camping. Building a log home west of Grande Prairie allowed him to pursue these activities well into his 90’s. In Elmer’s final years, with increased health struggles, he moved to the Wild Rose Manor in Grande Prairie. There he was often found playing cribbage, reading, or having much needed naps in his favorite armchair. Elmer had many wonderful friendships with
residents and staff.

Elmer shared his life with not only his seven children but also with his 25 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Elmer spent time with his grandchildren telling them stories of the good old days and teaching them the “Right” way to do things.
Elmer is survived by Keith, Bruce, Doug, Yvonne, Glenn, and Ron.
Elmer was Predeceased by his daughter Cathleen.

1. Elmer’s Favorite Colour was PINK!
2. Due to Elmer’s stubborn independence, he continued to drive his
own vehicle beyond his 97th Birthday!
3. All his life Elmer Claimed to be “ALLERGIC” to Cantaloupe

A Funeral Service for Elmer will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Bear Creek Funeral Home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only. A livestream of the Funeral Service can be found on Bear Creek Funeral Home's YouTube channel (link provided below).

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home and Cremation Sanctuary 780-830-7742

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As a little boy, my life was made much better to see his example, and see the light of Christ shine so bright in an individual that was so beautiful and humble.
- A Friend
We are so sorry for your loss! Sending our sympathy and prayers to the family! Hal and Sherry Hanuse
- Sherry Hanuse
We are so very for your loss hugs to all our our love Dennis & Debbie
- Dennis & Debbie Rushton
We send our sincere prayers of love and support for all of you at this tender time. Kelly snd Julie Strong
- Julie Strong

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

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The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

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Do I need to have an embalming

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Why are funerals so expensive?

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