Billie Jean (Landals) Rombough, born Oct. 20, 1924 in Jonesville, Washington, USA to William Patrick and Rosa May (Arnold) Landals, died on Jan. 13, 2019.
As a child, she loved the farm where they lived outside of Hardisty, Ab. until she was 12-years-old.
She attended Crickle Dale School from Grades 1 – 6 and walked three miles to school each day unless neighbours gave them rides in wagons or they rode their horses.
The family moved into Hardisty where she attended Alan Johnson School from Grades 7 – 11.
She loved basketball, swimming at the lake and skating on the open air rink.
The highlight of summer was when Mrs. Keifler would treat them all to an Orange Crush pop at the theatre for free as it sold for a whopping six cents!
After completing Grade 11, she moved to Edmonton with her two best friends to work in the Marshall Wells Store for $8 per week.
She then moved to Edson and worked in the ‘Sunset Cafe’ for a winter, then moved to Wetaskiwin to work in ‘Wilson’s Bakery’.
When Herb returned from working the Alaska highway, they went to Edmonton to be married in the Registrar’s Office.
They returned to Hardisty and started their lives together farming.
They raised nine children and enjoyed their 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
They purchased a van and golf cart after all the kids were gone from home and travelled around the countryside golfing.
Even a few trips to the US for golfing in the winter were enjoyed!
Herb passed away in 2005.
Jean spent her last few years in the Hardisty Long Term Care.
Billie Jean and Herbert were parents to Karen Valerie (Ernest Renshaw) Koreen Jean (John Golka), Patrick Henry, Bonnie Lynn (Lee Whidden), Lori Dale (Ed Goodrich), William Eugene (Wendy Matthews), Tami Gay (Lyle Kobsar), Lorna Marie (Dwight Granger) and Christina Rose (Rob Harrison).
Billie Jean Rombough was predeceased by her daughter Karen Valerie, son Patrick Henry, husband Herbert Benjamin, son-in-laws Ernest, Brent and Dwight, parents, William and Rosa Landals, sisters Donna Belle, Norma Rose, Alwyn Shirley and brothers Orren Keith and William Laverne.
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what was in my bank account, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove… because the future may be different because I was important in the life of a child…”
Jean passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2019 with her family at her side.
At Jean’s request her family will meet in the summer for her celebration of her life.
Memorial donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Hardisty Hospital Auxiliary.
Card of Thanks
We would like to thank the Hardisty Health Centre staff for making mom’s years spent there as pleasant as “home” and for all the wonderful excursions the LTC staff and HandiVan drivers took her on.
All the doctors that tended her over the years and made her comfortable and healthy even after the small bumps.
Hardisty is very fortunate to have a facility and staff that gives our local seniors a “loving home”. Grandma Jean was well loved.