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Bugbee, Sarah "Sally" Lillian
November 9, 1917 - June 24, 2018
Service:Wednesday, July 4, 2018
2:00 pm
Caroline Hub, Caroline, Ab
Interment:  Caroline Cemetery
Notice:  Memorial Contributions may be made in Sally's name to the Alberta Children's Hospital or Caroline Ambulance or the charity of your choice.


The Lord Jesus, softly reached out His hand and gently led mom, Sally to her forever home in Heaven, on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 100 years of age. Her family was with her as she peacefully passed away, at the Good Samaritan Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House.
She was born November 9, 1917 at Red Lodge, Alberta, to her parents, Joses and Lillian Miller, at the family farm. Six children were born and raised here: Will, Pearl, Henry, Ed, Sally and Annie. They all walked to the White Creek School for the education. Mom took her Grade 9 schooling at Summerland, BC, where she lived with her aunt for a year. Cherries were her favorite fruit and she loved to pick and eat them fresh off the tree, with her cousins.

When mom came back, she went out to work on different local farms, cooking and whatever else there was to do. Eventually, she worked closer to Caroline in the fall of 1934, where she was employed as a cook, for Burt Rhodes and his saw mill crew. She cooked at his various camps until the spring of 1936. A young handsome, stranger, George Bugbee, rode into her live and they were married at the Kemp House in Innisfail on June 1, 1936. George had filed on a homestead west of Caroline NW1/4 20-36-6 W5 in the early 30’s and built a log cabin where he batched until Sally came along. So this is where they made their first home. On December 8, 1938, daughter, Joyce was born in the log cabin. In 1940, daughter, Karen was born in Bowden and son John arrived in April 1943 at Rocky Hospital. They bought a quarter of land from Grandmother Bugbee, SW1/4 14-36-7 W5 and built a barn and a little house, where the kids grew up and went to school at Ricinus.
Times were hard in those years and Dad was a guide and outfitter in hunting season, and in the winter he was a trapper and sawyer in the lumber camps up west. Mom kept the home fires burning, milking cows, chores and looking after her kids. She was a great good and her homemade bread made our mouths water.
Mom was a strong person for her size and an independent nature which served her well, in taking care of the tasks she had to do. She was a crack shot with a rifle and amazed some of the States hunters that Dad took up to the mountains on hunting trips.
Tragically in 1970, he beloved husband, George, of 34 years, was killed in a car accident, leaving mom also badly injured with a broken knee. When she was able to leave the hospital, she stayed with her mother in Bowden and faithfully walked every day to increase the strength and mobility of her leg. She loved walking and hiking and increased the distance regularly. She cut her wood with a power saw and even hunted squirrels every winter.
In 1976, June 5th, at the age of 58 years, she hiked and back packed with two friends about 175 miles from the Kootenay Plains over the mountain trails and creeks with about a 45 lb. pack on her back, all the way to Banff.
She was always there to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever there was a need. She worked diligently with the book committee for our history book, “In the Shade of the Mountains.”
At the age of 80, she moved to Caroline, where she enjoyed living at her little house across from the school. She liked to watch the kids getting off and on the school bus. Her great grandkids would wave at her in her yard. She was awarded the Citizenship award one year, as on her daily walks she cared for the flower planters in town. We thank our community “Angels” for keeping a watch out for her. At 93, she chose to move to Westview Lodge in Rocky where she was surrounded by many friends and a dear sister in law Birtris Bugbee. Her family is thankful for the wonderful care she received, the friendship and the awesome food.
When the time came and more care was needed, mom moved to the Good Samaritan, Clearwater Centre, where she resided until her passing. Her family is grateful and thankful as well, for all the nursing staff and caregivers for their kind and gentle ways. She greatly appreciated all who were able to come and visit her and her family. Thank you all for your love and support.
Sally is survived by her family,
Joyce Pengelly (& husband Lawrence), Karen Pittendreigh (& husband Bob, John Bugbee (& wife Ilene).Grandchildren: Pengelly: Darryl (Eleanor), Dean (Wanda), Brian (Sue), Keith (Donna), Kelly(Michelle Henry); Pittendreigh: Laurie (Jimmy), Keri Machan (Stewart), Dale (Kristy), Jodi Brimicombe (Rick); Bugbee: Carmen, Michelle Merrick (Gord).
13 grandchildren and 5 in heaven, 34 great grandchildren and 2 in heaven, 24 great great grandchildren, 1 great great great grandchild.
2 sisters in law; Birtris and Mary Bugbee and very special nieces and nephews.
Sally was predeceased by her husband George and two infant daughters, Clarice June and Laura Lee.


Pat and Rick Jones:
All women should aspire to be like Sally . The biggest heart and the biggest smile . She will be missed by everyone who knew her . Our sincere condolences to the family .
Debb Peters ( Kemp ):
Keri, I was so sorry to hear of sally's passing, our condolences to you and the whole family, I will always remember camping in her yard.
Hugs from your neighbors up north
Gerry & Rita Kemp:
John, Joyce, Karen and Families:
The times we were able to visit with Sally are so memorable and appreciated. I (Rita) had never camped before, and it was a privilege we enjoyed many times over the years. Sally was one of a kind and so very special.
May God bless her, and know that you were also blessed by having her for a mother.
Our love and God's blessings.
Diana Ketchum:
Sorry to here of her passing she was a great lady and always a friendly face to see and a very kind person she will be missed by many she lived a great long life love Diana and families

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