Moorhead – Alma & Rex
Rex was born on May 21, 1925, to Dudley and Addie Moorhead, at the Moorhead Homestead.
He attended school at the Moorhead School. He used to joke and say, “In the door and out the window” School was not a priority for him.
He worked on the home place then for Cecil Stockdale, before he bought the place in 1955.
Alma was born on Nov. 16, 1926, to Harry and Julie Burton, on the farm just west of Maple Creek. She attended school in Maple Creek.
Rex and Alma met at a social dance which was held at the Maple Creek Armoury. They said we were just kids when we met.
They were married on Nov. 16, 1943 at the ages of 17 and 18.
Rex had bought his first half section of land on Piapot Creek in 1942.
This is where they began their married life.
The following summer Rex began building a log cabin on the property.
The place was 20 miles from Maple Creek. They farmed and raised cattle. In those days the land was farmed with horses.
They lived there until 1947, when they moved to the old Harry Fauquier place. They bought that place in 1955.
Their first son Don was born on June 24, 1947.
Their second son Dave was born on Aug. 13, 1948.
Their daughter Ann was born on March 30, 1959.
On Oct. 31, 1948 Rex was injured in a gas explosion at their ranch. He spent two days short of one year in Moose Jaw Hospital recovering from severe burns.
Rex and Alma lived a simple life. They worked very hard on their ranch for most of their lives.
They raised their three children on the place. The family all had jobs to do to keep the place going.
They had cattle, including milk cows, each of which had a name, horses, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats.
For many years the cattle were fed using a team of horses and a wagon or sleigh, depending on the time of year.
Rex and Alma enjoyed visiting with neighbours, friends and relatives. Years ago their weekly outing was going to town on Saturday, to buy groceries, visit with the people, and go to the occasional show at the old theatre.
They liked to play cards. They liked to dance and especially loved to square-dance.
Alma was an excellent cook and baker.
They also enjoyed the time they spent with their grandchildren.
Rex and Alma’s oldest son Don, married to Judy. Don has two children, Wade (Allison) and his daughter Kellie. Wade has three children Andrew, Madeline and Shaun. Kellie has one daughter, Jillian who is married to Grayson Walker.
Their second son Dave is married to Susan. They have three children. Mike married to Coral they have two daughters Makala and Jada. Angela married to John Orr they have three children Hailey, Hannah and Nathan. Curtis married to Amanda and they have a baby daughter named Aspen.
Their daughter Ann is married to Gary Olsen.
Rex was predeceased by his parents Dudley and Addie Moorhead.
Alma was predeceased by her parents Harry and Julie Burton.
Rex has two sisters, Mary Kreutzer and Margie Perrin. He was predeceased by his brothers, Don Moorhead, Lloyd Moorhead, Albert Moorhead, Marvin Moorhead and Jack Moorhead.
Alma has brothers Loui Burton, Arnold Burton, Fred Burton and a sister Joan Lonsberry.
She was predeceased by brothers Lionel, Bud Burton, Glen Burton, and Allan (Sots) Burton.
Rex and Alma have brothers and sisters in law, as well as nieces and nephews and great nephews and nieces.
The last few years of Rex and Alma’s lives were a struggle, as their health was declining.
We are comforted in knowing that they are now at peace.
Rex and Alma did everything together for the 73 years they were married. They always said they just wanted to be together. So what better way for them to leave then hand in hand. They will be together forever.
A Funeral Service was held on Dec. 22, 2016 at the Maple Creek United Church with Eleanor Bowie officiating. Interment took place at the Maple Creek Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Southwest Healthcare Trust Fund c/o Cypress Credit Union. Binkley’s Funeral Service Maple Creek & Leader in charge of arrangements, 306-662-2292.