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Ethel (Granny) Davies
1919 – 2018

Granny, as she was affectionately called by many, passed away peacefully after a long and healthy life at the age of 99 years in Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
She was born Ethel Emblton on Feb. 17, 1919, in Darlington, England. In 1929, having lost both her parents, by the age of 10 Ethel was placed for adoption and within weeks was brought to Canada by her adoptive parents settling in Calgary, Alta.
Ethel struck out to make her own living at the age of 15 gaining employment housekeeping at the tuberculosis clinic in Calgary for three years. In 1938, Ethel travelled to Langdon, Alta., working at the McKinnon Ranch cooking for thrashing crews, and it was here she met the love of her life, John McAllister Davies, of Alhambra, Alta. They went on to marry Oct. 30, 1939, in Calgary. Two children: Shirley and John McAllister (Joe) followed. Losing their home to a fire, Ethel and her family moved to Caroline, Alta., in 1945 and resided there for 22 years. The year of 1954 brought another addition, daughter Wendy.
Ethel spent a few years on the job with her husband John around Alberta and Saskatchewan crushing gravel for railroads, Ethel cooking in camps and home-schooling Wendy at the same time.
In 1967, Ethel and John moved to Rocky with Wendy giving Ethel her dream home and running water for the first time.
Ethel promptly went to work at the Mountainview Hotel as a desk clerk which spanned 33 years till her retirement at the age of 66 in 1985.
Remember Ethel as the woman who loved Friday poker games and her annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas in the spring.
Ethel was predeceased by her husband John; son-in-law Wayne Thomas; son Joe Davies; grandsons Jordie Lang and Randy Thomas.
Left behind to mourn are daughters: Shirley Thomas of Olds, Alta., and Wendy Robertson (Scott) of Rocky Mountain House; six grandchildren: Janell, John, Wanita, Dianne, Jordan, Shea, and spouses; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; many relatives, friends and acquaintances will miss Granny.
To fulfil Ethel’s wishes, no service was held.
Rest in peace Mom. “Working hands at rest.”