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Rose Blacklock (Aarbo)

June 2, 1918 - August 30, 2016


On August 30, 2016, Mrs. Rose (Rosa) June Blacklock of Elk Point passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Room in the Elk Point Hospital, surrounded by her family, at the age of 98 years. She is survived by her 3 children:

– Daughter Jennifer, grandsons Monte & Clint, granddaughter Nicole (Matthew), great-grandsons Tyler, Markus, and baby on the way; granddaughter Natasha (Tyler)

– Daughter Grace (Bobby), granddaughter Armina (Jeff), granddaughter Felina (Jacques), great-grandson Kaysen, great-granddaughter Ellyra, granddaughter Yolanda, granddaughter Zoey-Lyn (Darren)

– Son Harry, granddaughter Tanya (Brad), great-granddaughters Mackinley & Layne, grandson Lorne (Kristin), great-granddaughters Kadence & Aynslee.

She is also survived by 2 sisters Martha & Phyllis; as well as numerous nieces & nephews.

Rose was predeceased by Harry, her loving husband of 45 years, in 1998; parents Thea & Tarold Aarbo; siblings Alfield, Jens, Martin, Lillian & Jeanette; son-in-law Randy; & grandson Chris.

Rose was born, June 2, 1918, at the farm of her parents, Thea & Tarold Aarbo, who were pioneers that raised their family of 8 children on a homestead 2 miles east of Elk Point. Rose had many fond memories of her childhood … from birthdays and Christmases with home-made gifts, doing chores, and playing with her siblings. Rose attended school until grade nine, first at the school kitty corner to the homestead and later traveling by horse to Elk Point School. After school Rose did housework for neighbors, until going to Edmonton with friends to work at GWG Jean Factory. During the war, Rose and a few friends went to Fort William to make airplanes such as the Spitfire. She was a rivetter. After the war she returned to Camrose where she was a nanny for the Olsen family. She exchanged Christmas letters with them as long as we can remember.

In 1953 she was courted by Harry Blacklock, and on November 28, 1953 they were married. August 31 1954 they had their first child, Jennifer. A couple of years later Grace was born on February 13, 1956, and three years later their family was completed with the birth of their son, Harry on June 29, 1959. Rose and Harry raised their family on their farm 8 miles east of Elk Point. Through milk cows, selling cream and crops, etc. they made a comfortable living.

Rose always had a big garden to feed the family for the year. Rose’s job was to separate the cream from the milk and she kept the household running smoothly. Her children and grandchildren remember favorite meals and dishes she made, The grandchildren each received a quilt made by Gramma with their names on it.

In 1980 Harry and Rose sold the farm and moved to St. Paul, Alberta for their retirement.  After moving to St. Paul they took bus tour trips to Alaska, Newfoundland, P.E.I., New York and Niagara Falls. Later they bought a boat and camper and camped every year with family. Just this July Rose spent 2 weeks at Garnier Lake with family, camping.

When her husband Harry passed away in February of 1998, she then maintained her home for another 9 years on her own. She sold her home in 2007 and began living alternately with each of her 3 children. Living with each of her children, Rose attended grads, birthdays, weddings, Christmases and Christmas concerts etc. Rose was able to stay an active part of the family and interact with each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, receiving many hugs and snuggles from all.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 2 at 12:00 p.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel, St. Paul. Pastor Kelly Sibley will be officiating, with interment in Mooswa Cemetery, Lindbergh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elk Point Palliative Care c/o 5626-51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1.

To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jim and Lynn Blacklock
Relation: nephew

Sincere sympathy to all of you

From: Myles and Cheryll Ockerman
Relation: Friends

Our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. Take care of one another

From: Orest and Myrna Fedorus
Relation: friends

Our sincere condolences to all of Rose’s family. She was a very gracious, lovely woman with always a lovely smile when we would meet. May she RIP – Myrna and Orest

From: Yvonne Hyde
Relation: Family

Aunt Rose was a very special lady! Sending you all big hugs and our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time! Love Dave, Yvonne and family.

From: Maureen Fedorus
Relation: Family

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers today and over the past few days. Great Aunt Rose was such a soft spoken, gentle, loving lady. I was so glad to see her at the reunion. Celebrate her long life and cherish all your memories.

From: Marc & Margaret Marcoux
Relation: Friend

Grace Bobby and family our deepest sympathy to you all.

From: Norma Lorenson

Sending my sincere sympathy to The children of Rose and their families. Sorry I was unable to attend the funeral. Sounds like she had along life filled with many special memories. You should all be proud of the care she received in her later years. Special moments become great memories.

From: Walter and Marg Saranchuk.
Relation: Long time friend

So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 💕💕💕

From: Sandra Lorenson
Relation: Niece

Jenny, Grace, Harry and families. Aunt Rose will forever be in my heart. Where does one begin….or end…to find enough words to describe such a lovely and beautiful person. Aunt Rose was always so kind, gentle, welcoming, nonjudgmental, generous and warm, a woman with strong and true values. She left behind many fond and cherished memories that will be reminisced about for many years. I love my Aunt Rose. She taught me a lot about life and she gave me one of the best gifts I’ve ever received….my cousins. Rest in Peace Aunt Rose.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 2, 2016
Beginning at 12:00pm

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel
5626 51 Street
St. Paul, AB Canada

5626 51 Street
St. Paul, AB Canada

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In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Elk Point Palliative Care

c/o 5626 51 Street, St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A1.

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