Freda Brewitt passed away November 8, 2021, at the Hanna Long Term Care Centre at the age of 92. She was born to Henry and Lucille Birkhiem on the family farm north of Michichi. She grew up there with her two brothers Walter and Jack. They attended school at Lloyd George until it closed and then went to Starland. Mom started grade 10 in Drumheller and stayed at the dorm until Christmas. Being the country mouse, she never seemed to fit in with the city girls and absolutely hated her time there. While home for Christmas she begged not to be sent back and shortly after went to work at the McCallister ranch at Big Valley. She loved working there and they became a second family to her especially after her mother died when she was seventeen.
In 1951 she married Ken Brewitt and moved to the family farm. She became a partner in all aspects of the farming operation; a true mixed farm. No job was too menial or hard to tackle. They became affectionately known as the egg lady or man to their many customers to whom they made weekly produce deliveries. At one time, they supplied eggs to three of the grocery stores in Drumheller and also to the hospital. Many of their customers became lifelong friends.
Mom loved to garden and spent many blissful hours in it. She really hated being indoors in the summer. Her love of growing things made a progression to showing them and she entered many of the local fairs. From here, she again progressed into judging after taking the necessary courses at Olds college to certify herself. For many years, she judged at various fairs all over Alberta. She enjoyed the travel and the people she met.
She was a lifetime member of the Sunbeam Ladies Society and had many friends there. They as a group kept our community together and entertained for many years.
Mom loved to cook and there were always cakes or cookies around and whoever showed up usually got coffee and a sampling.
Whatever dog we happened to have at the time became the center of the universe. A fridge magnet she had summed it all up - “this house is owned and operated solely for the comfort and convenience of the dog.”
Mom and dad were married 57 years. After he died in 2008, she remained on the farm until dementia began to take its toll and when she lost her driver’s license, she moved into Sunshine Lodge, then to Hillview and finally to Hanna Long Term Care. She rejoined Dad two days before what would have been their 70th anniversary.
She is survived by her son Donald and wife Diana, and grand dog Cocoa (Mom would love that part), nieces, nephews, and lifelong neighbors.
A graveside service will be held on November 15, 2021, at the Delia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. has been entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca.