SCARF, THELMA ALVERA
Alvera passed away peacefully on January 15, 2014 at the age of 101 years. Thelma
was born on August 12, 1912 in Crookston, Minnesota. She was the second daughter of nine children, to John Alexander and Electa Pearl (Henry) Lightheart. Shortly after being born, her father made a ‘blind swap’ trading a pool hall for a homestead at Foam Lake, Sask. Her father enlisted in WW1 and
experienced action at Vimy Ridge, France. Following the war, they moved to Ituna, La Bret, Fort Qu’Appelle, Regina, Nipawin and finally settling on a homestead in Smeaton, Sask. Thelma met and married Fred Carter in 1934. Fred helped clear land for the new Torch School where Thelma would become the first teacher. Thelma and Fred had two sons, Grant and Roland. Fred Carter passed away July 3, 1938 while digging a well. Thelma remarried Irvin Scarf on December 15, 1944 in Prince Albert. While living in Prince Albert she taught with the Prince Albert School Division for eight years. In 1965, Thelma and Irvin purchased a resort at Candle Lake, Sask. They renamed it Telwin Beach by combining letters from their two names. Thelma continued with her profession for two years at the Candle Lake School. Lac La Ronge was their last move prior to retirement in 1972. Peachland, B.C. became their home until the death of Irvin. Thelma moved to Owen Sound, Ontario to be close to her brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. She lived many
years with her caring niece & nephew Lynn (Wayne) Bailey and her sister Clarice. Thelma’s final move was to the
Sutherland Hills Retirement Home, Kelowna, B.C.
She spent her last few years close to her deeply loved granddaughter, Brenda (Rob) Bulach & Corey, Kira , Ryan and adored grandson Brent (Shirley) Carter. Thelma was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, aunt and teacher. When in her presence, you always enjoyed laughter and deep affection. Thelma is survived by her devoted grand children, Brent (Shirley) Carter, Brenda (Rob) Bulach & family; a daughter -in-law Marie Carter & family; a sister-in-law, Mildred Lightheart; Pearl Lightheart, numerous nieces and nephews. Her Great grandchildren were very important to her as well. Special recognition to Kira and Corey who were by her side constantly. She was predeceased by many as she lived a long, healthy and happy life!!
And “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” St. Matthew, 16:19
A private family service will be held at a later date with cremation to follow.
Special thanks to the staff at Sutherland Hills. She loved you!!