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Martha Derheim
1937 - 2018

September, 24, 1937 ~ January 4, 2018
It is with broken hearts that we, the family of Martha Derheim, beloved wife of Harvey, announce her passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the age of 80 years.  Along with Harvey, Martha leaves to cherish her memory their two sons, Gary (Janice McGinnis) and his children, Bethany and Danika Derheim and Gerald (Brenda) Derheim and their children, Ried (Jessica) Derheim and Kristy (Benjamin) Coxson; sisters, Ida Mack and Katie Rath; sister-in-law, Hazel Geigle and Harvey’s siblings, Norman Derheim and Agnes (Gordon) Minnes. Martha was predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Rose Geigle;  sister, Emma (Ralph) Ulrich;  brother, Fred Geigle;  brothers-in-law, Edwin Mack and Arthur Rath and sister-in-law, Jean Derheim. Mom enjoyed many activities but by far her favorite was playing the guitar and singing.  Evening time was spent with her family playing familiar songs or learning new songs.  Mom was always striving to play the guitar better and learn new chords.  It was important that she teach her grandchildren how to finger pick and strum on the guitar.  Songs such as “Shall We Gather at the River” or “When We All Get to Heaven” in the G and C chord were her beginner songs to teach them.  The family would often be playing a song and mom would stop and say, “Somebody is playing out of tune.  Do you have the C chord?”  Her finely tuned ear would know exactly who was not playing in the correct cord and she’d call you out and get that straightened up quickly.  Christmas was one of her favorite times.  Memories were to be made with family, church family and friends.  Lots of good food was made, presents exchanged and when all the clean up was finished (she was very neat and tidy) then the real fun happened.  Her guitar was always ready at a moments notice but Gary’s banjo would take a little time to get in tune so he was left out of clean up to get that banjo tuned!  Gerald’s violin and bass would quickly get tuned and Dad’s mouth harmonicas were lined up ready to get going.  One song lead to another and sometimes two hours would go by until the fingers would be too sore to play any more. Mom was very faithful to God, independent, knowledgeable, devoted to her family, church and friends, willing to serve at a moments notice-a woman of action, an exceptional gardener, and a talented homemaker.  As her family grew, she strived to be their spiritual mentor and encourager: always cheering her grandchildren on to do great things with their lives but ultimately to use their talents for God.  Mom thoroughly enjoyed being the only one in the family who had her motorbike license and class 1 license.  The boys were a bit envious of that accomplishment of hers, especially since she came by those licenses because she was “asked” if she drove those vehicles on the roads around the farm! Another great hobby of mom’s was cutting grass with her garden tractor.  She loved doing that and spent many hours during the summers keeping the grass neatly trimmed.  When she was done cutting grass with the garden tractor and neatly put back in the shop, she’d hop on the quad and take a quick spin around the farm. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Leist officiating. Private Interment will take place at the Redcliff Cemetery.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Little Plume Church, P.O. Box 414, Redcliff, Alberta, T0J 2P0.