Amelia Metzger (nee: Helm) passed away on Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018, in Linden, Alberta.
Born March 14, 1922, in Calgary, Alberta, she was the daughter of the late Johannes Helm and Katharina Elizabeth Helm (nee: Konshuh).
She is survived by three sons: Monty (Lucille), Richard (Carole), Ronald (Wendy), and one daughter Pamela. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Debbie, Tanja, Brian, Todd, Steven, Scott, Tyler, Allan, Kelly, Marc, Amelia (Amy) and Elita, and 25 great grandchildren: Maxx, Rory, Hailleigh, Riley, Callie, Maverick, Asher, Emric, Keirstin, Jase, Isabelle, Paisley, Nolan, Quinn, Kelsea, Alex, Owen, Manney, Hardy, Henry, Oliver, Quinn, Liam, Finlay and Miles.
She was predeceased by her husband Clarence (CG) Metzger in 1990 and her youngest grandson Ian Metzger in 2002, and also by all of her Helm family except one brother-in-law Bob Masters.
Amelia's family moved to the Beiseker area when she was 9, so that her older teenage brothers could farm while her father worked for the C.P.R and stayed in Bridgeland, Calgary, where her older sisters kept house for him during the week. She attended Greenfield school, and said that some of the other students thought she was “rich”, because she had peanut butter sandwiches while they had syrup. She married Clarence in 1942, and lived at the ‘Whittman place' in an old home that had been used for grain storage, together with newlyweds Elsie and Roy Berreth. They moved to Beiseker for awhile, then to Amelia's home farm, the ‘Helm place' with no running water or phone. She milked cows, separated the cream, often when Clarence was away driving truck, while raising three boys and one daughter. They bought and moved to the ‘GG Berreth' place in 1962, where she resided until moving to the Linden Nursing Home in 2002.
She will be remembered for her caring and creativity. Her cooking and baking were delectable. She was an avid gardener, and preserver, and her flowers and vegetables took many awards at the ‘shows’. Her house was a beehive of activity before these fairs, as she gathered, sorted, cleaned and arranged her entries. Her ability to have beautiful blooming orchids was legendary, and her grandkids fondly remember her Venus Fly trap. She embraced volunteerism, the Beiseker United Church, school, and the Beiseker History Book society being some examples. She expressed her creativity by writing poetry, sketching and painting, sewing, photography, playing piano and guitar (self taught), and singing in the choir. She also sang in a trio, and performed with Margaret and Elsie Berreth.
She was ‘ahead of her time’ in many ways, saving and collecting antiques, using herbal remedies, avoiding chemicals on her dandelions, scrapbooking, and she was also a lifelong learner. She collected and ‘tumbled’ rocks, built a small pyramid to test its’ unique capabilities, composted, and took willow weaving classes, among other pursuits.
Her home was prepared to accept all of her grandchildren when their parents were away, with a crib, 2 beds, lots of toys, books, and much love. Everyone who knew her is blessed with their special memories of Mela/Mom/Grandma.
Interment to be held at Zion United Church Cemetery, Beiseker, AB.
Memorial donations can be made to Acme United Church Memorial Fund, your favourite charity or to Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the North West Territories, Administration Office, 10531 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 4K1, ph 1-866-950-5465, www.alzheimer.ab.ca.