Elaine Margaret (Nelson) Holmstrom

August 22, 1931 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Elaine Holmstrom Obituary

It is with sadness that we announce Mrs. Elaine Margaret Holmstrom (Nelson) passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2024, around 5:30am with her eldest daughter by her side.

Elaine was born on August 22, 1931, out on the family farm where she would grow into a young woman. Delivered by her grandmother, she was born to Mabel Ovida (Aasen) Nelson and Andrew Gustav Nelson. Her Grandmother had also delivered a baby boy at the Holmstrom homestead a month prior, and it was mused that possibly the two would have a connection.

Wilbert Arthur Holmstrom (affectionately known as Bill) was born July 18, 1931, to Arthur Sigfred Holmstrom and Syster Nanny Holmstrom.

Elaine worked hard on the family farm while she was growing up. She had a very close family, and everyone had jobs. Her father was a jack of all trades, and her mother did a lot of good cooking and baking. Her hard work made her a strong person, which consequently led her to first place in a ladies Nail Driving Competition at the North Star School’s sports days. Learning from her mother, she also was able to pass down her own amazing baking skills as well. She kept everyone fed and made the best pies!

In their spare time she and her siblings would play music. Her father made sure they always had instruments, and there was always music in the home. This carried on with Elaine throughout her whole life, she always loved music. The best was live music and especially wonderful when she was playing and singing herself. She would often jam with her brothers, and they played for many dances with their sisters singing along. Elaine was the 6th born of 9 children. She is survived by her sisters June Bailey and Sylvia Kellington.

Eventually, Bill asked Elaine on a date, and they went to the movies. One date led to many dates, and one snowy day they got stuck in the field and she was given a ring and a proposal. Bill and Elaine were married on April 26, 1951, and would go on to have 5 children.

They farmed on the old Holmstrom place, and they both drove school bus, until 1972 when they moved to Mackenzie, BC with their growing children, and they made many new connections. Bill worked at the Sawmill and Elaine was like a second mother to a lot of her children’s friends. She was the mom who would drive the boy’s hockey team and all their gear to games. Her home was a safe place filled with music, laughter, background TV noise, smelled of fresh buns and comfortable conversation. Everyone was welcome at Bill and Elaine’s. Their grandson David, and their granddaughter, Ashley, also lived with Bill and Elaine as young adults when they needed a safe landing pad.

She also delivered papers, was a part of the Legion, enjoyed curling and was a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. She knew all their stats and planned her time around their games. She was also a big fan of the Olympics and would set her alarm to get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch certain events. She was a sports enthusiast who played baseball well into her fifties, she curled and cross-country skied into her 70’s and was bowling until she turned 90.

When the children had all moved out, Bill retired, and they did some travelling in Arizona as well as spending time with their grandchildren. They would stay with their kids for visits, take their grandkids with them on trips, and they often had the best campsites. They began square dancing together which would take them to many different places for dances. They drove around in their motorhome for a few years before settling in the Crowsnest Pass. They lived there for years and then eventually Bill became too ill to be cared for by one person and they moved into a Basement Suite at Wendy and Gerald’s.

They were married for 61 years before Bill passed away on November 21, 2012.

After her loving husband passed away, Elaine continued her life journey for more years. She made new friends, kept up with her activities like bowling and golf. She went on a cruise to Alaska and the Maritimes, she travelled to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and many road trips with her children and grandchildren. She even got to go to a live Blue Jays game in Toronto and Seatle which were some of the highlights of her later years. She lived with her daughter Wendy and family for many years before moving into Blackrock Terrace in Lethbridge in 2022. There she made many more new friends and enjoyed participating in many of the activities and events they provided, especially Bingo and Happy Hour.

Elaine was pre-deceased by her parents, five brothers and one sister, husband Bill, son Warren, and Grandson Landis. Elaine is survived by her children and their spouses Wendy (Gerald), Tammy (Chuck), Leon and Neil (Janice), 13 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren with a couple more on the way.

Elaine was a special woman, and she will be missed dearly by family and friends. She did not want a funeral, so a Celebration of Life will be held with a date and location to be announced after preparations have been made.

Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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