Muriel Florence Bye passed away at the Long Term Care in the Coronation Hospital and Care Centre on Nov. 17, 2014 at the age of 80 years, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Coronation on Oct. 16, 1934, Muriel was raised on her parents’ farm in the Midvale district. She attended school at Fleet until Grade 11 and completed her high school education in Red Deer. After her Grade 12 graduation, she worked as a correspondence supervisor at Talbot and Bulwark.
In 1953 Muriel married John Arnold Bye from north of Veteran, and they lived on Arnold’s parents’ farm at Pleasant Heights and her parents’ farm at Midvale until they purchased their own property north of Federal in 1958. Muriel and Arnold retired to Coronation in 2001.
Muriel poured her considerable energy into raising her family, supporting the family farm and volunteering in the community.
Over the years she served on the Coronation Hospital Board, the Alberta Hospital Association and the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta. She was an avid member of the Trinity United Church congregation and she participated in the United Church Women. Muriel served the Federal Friendship Club in various capacities for more than 50 years.
She enjoyed judging at fairs and 4-H speaking competitions, volunteering for the annual music festival and helping to organize fund raising events for the local hospital foundation. She was named Coronation Citizen of the Year in 1994.
Over the years Muriel grew big, wonderful gardens and became an expert at cooking, baking, sewing, needlework and quilting.
In her younger years, she liked to curl and dance and later became an aggressive bidder at auction sales. She was always a voracious reader.
Muriel was very proud of her children, grandchildren, family and community.
She is survived by her daughters: Cristine Bye and children Georgina and Lawson; JoAnne (Ken) Meents and children Morgan (Kristy), Miranda, and Carson; and her sons: Howard (Catherine) Bye, son Kyle (Robin), and step-daughters Megan, Kaitlin, and Rachel; and Jaron (Lisa) Bye and children Cameron and Caitlin. She also leaves her sisters Jean Checkel and Anna (Tom) Rodvang, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Muriel was predeceased by her parents Georgina Edith and Bert Griffiths, her husband John Arnold Bye, her brothers Charles, Jim, and Ralph Griffiths, her granddaughter Patricia Bye, and her daughter-in-law Susan Kary Bye.
Funeral services were held at the Coronation Community Centre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 with Reverend Evelyn Rigby of Trinity United Church officiating.
The eulogy was written by Muriel’s children, Cristine Bye, JoAnne Meents, Howard Bye and Jaron Bye and was read by Reverend Evelyn Rigby.
Congregational hymns were ‘In the Garden’ and ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ accompanied by pianist, Barbie Evans and organist, Margaret Evans. Soloist, Brenda Brigley sang ‘In the Bulb There is a Flower’.
Honourary pallbearers were Muriel’s grandsons, Morgan Meents, Carson Meents, Lawson Beaty, Kyle Bye, and Cameron Bye. Interment took place at the Coronation Cemetery. Following the service family and friends gathered at the Community Centre for a time of visiting and reminiscing.
A lovely lunch was prepared and served by the Funeral Lunch Committee.
As a tribute to Muriel, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund or to the Coronation & District Agricultural Society in care of Coronation Funeral Home, Box 358, Coronation, AB T0C 1C0. 403.578.2928 Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca