Ida Amelia (Nichols) Hallett was born in the Cereal Hospital on Feb. 22, 1929, to Charles and Eva Nichols.
She was the second eldest, being followed by her sisters Doreen, Donna, Irene and baby brother Dale.
She passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2018, in her Bedford room in Sherwood Park, Ab. with her children by her side at the age of 89.
Ida first lived in Lanfine, Ab and then she stayed in Oyen, Ab. to finish her high school. The family moved to Halkirk in 1945.
Growing up on the farm she learned hard work and the importance of family and community.
Ida followed the family to Halkirk and started working for the Royal Bank there.
She also worked for the Matthias’ as a bookkeeper in Castor. She met Gilbert Hallett at a community dance.
They were married in Fleet, Ab. on July 17, 1949, where they made their first home in Castor.
They welcomed their first child there. Gordon was born on Dec. 30, 1950. Followed by Donna, Jim, Jacky, Cathy, Debby, Brooks and Harold.
Gilbert started his trucking career in Castor and they chose to move to the new community of Sherwood Park in 1961.
They welcomed two more children Randy (1962) and Gloria (1965) to round out the family now with five boys and five girls.
She joined the Castor United Church and the United Church Women’s Group in 1949 and continued to be a member of the Sherwood Park United Church until her passing.
Gilbert’s 21-year-old second cousin immigrated from England in 1980. Ida took him under her wing and Graham Lunny became her sixth son.
She was involved with all the children’s activities, attended hockey games, band concerts, cubs, scouts, explorers and CGIT.
She won the Heart of Gold Award for Strathcona County.
She loved gardening and planted a vegetable garden until age 86. She enjoyed sewing and spent hours making us clothes, Halloween costumes and Barbie clothes.
Gilbert and she loved camping with family and friends and fishing with her sisters. They belonged to the Highwaymen RV Club.
She loved playing cards, board games and playing with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her weekly ladies card group.
She was a wonderful mother and head of the Hallett family.
Ida was a good neighbour and cherished her friendships with her lifelong friends from Castor and Sherwood Park.
She stayed in her home on 24 Pine Street as long as she could, for 56 years. She is survived by her children, Gordon Hallett, Donna (Marvin) Younger, Jim (Susan) Hallett, Jacky Hallett, Cathy Hallett, Debby (Roger) Sawatzky, Brooks (Liz) Hallett, Harold (Monika) Hallett, Randy (Shirley) Hallett, Gloria (Tony) Hallett, Graham (Wendy) Lunny, 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, her sisters Doreen Johnston and Irene Schilling, sister-in-law Wilda Nichols, brother-in-law Bob Hallett, sister-in-law Norma and Peter Poohkay and sister-in-law Helen Erickson.
She was predeceased by her husband Gilbert, baby sister Evelyn Nichols, sister Donna and George Schilling, her brother Dale Nichols, brother-in-law Morley Johnston, brother-in-law Benny Schilling, sister-in-law Holly Hallett, sister-in-law Margaret Curcio, sister-in-law Mary Biggs, brother-in-law Tom Biggs, brother-in-law Vern Erickson.
Her celebration of life was held on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Sherwood Park United Church.