“…if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven…” 2 Corinthians 5:1
Sylvia Pemberton (nee Redden) passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at the age of 84. She discarded her earthly tent and entered her new eternal building to be with Jesus forever. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, Ken Pemberton of Medicine Hat; her four children, Cynthia (David) Hall of Medicine Hat, Terri Lynn (Peter) Blanchard of Ellershouse, Nova Scotia, Kelli McIsaac of Kingston, Ontario, Craig (Lorna) Pemberton of Medicine Hat; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Havelock Redden and Ethel Redden (nee Woodman); and her three brothers, George, Clarence and Ervin.
Ken and Sylvia were married on October 27, 1956, in Martock, Nova Scotia in the home she grew up in. They lived in the Bedford and the Windsor areas, in Nova Scotia, where their children were born and raised. Here, they developed many life-long friendships that continued even after their move “out west”. In 1980, they moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta for a “change” in life. This new home became one they loved. On arrival to the Hat, they attended Heights Baptist Church where they found many new friends that became a great blessing to them.
Sylvia was the “heart and soul” of her family. She lovingly made each of them feel uniquely special and loved. Holidays and life events always were momentous through her ability to cook and bake wonderful treats. Her children and grandchildren often commented about her “brown-bread”, sugar-cinnamon donuts, and birthday cake with the wonderful icing. She was Nannie that made even simple days at Echo Dale Park feel like the “best day ever”.
Sylvia was known for her sense of humour and her ability to make people laugh. One friend commented “that Sylvia is such a hoot”. She would often say things that made family and friends, co-workers, and even complete strangers double over with laughter. Often the family would recite the things Mum and Nannie had said. It is those remembrances that continue to bring joy in the face of loss.
A life value for Sylvia was gratitude. She was not very tolerant of “complaints” and would often say “just be thankful”. She looked to be thankful for even the small things; like the colour of the paint on the living room wall, the breakfast lovingly prepared by her husband, a freshly changed bed by her daughter, a chocolate bar brought by her son. She brought her family great joy and they brought her the same.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2:00 PM at Heights Baptist Church, 1250 Division Ave S, Medicine Hat, AB with Pastor Art Hildebrand officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to The Mustard Seed Medicine Hat, 503A Allowance Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3E4; online giving – www.theseed.ca/medicine-hat-urgently-needed-items.
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