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Obituary: Madeline Bird Calkins Scott



Born April 30, 1943 - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Passed Away April 23, 2022 - 70 Mile House, British Columbia

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Madeline Scott on April 23, 2022. Lois Madeline was born April 30, 1943, in Prince Albert to Ken and Jennie Bird. Madeline, as she went by, was the oldest of 4 kids: Larry, Bev (Don), and Janet. They moved to Viking in 1956 where she was able to attend school in person for the first time. In 1961 she married Elair Calkins and gave birth to their four kids Theresia, Valerie, Jim, and Ken.

While busy raising four kids she volunteered with the Girl Guides for many years as well as working many different jobs. One she was very proud of was her time as a pilot car driver, where she met Gerry Scott. They were married in 1982. They lived in Calgary, Saskatoon, and Kindersley, Sask., where she ran Madeline's coffee shop, we still have mugs from her shop 30 years later.

In 1989 they moved to Fort St. John where they bought a 5 acre property and she started her huge garden that everyone remembers so well. Gardening was always a passion of hers and it showed in the beautiful flower beds she made and her vegetable garden with of course her raspberry patch. She spent many hours out in the sun turning that property into her dream. While building the house themselves and getting the fence built. Grandkids remember painting the fence in the summer, picking rocks, riding Kaboda mowing the lawn, and picking raspberries.

She was also an avid knitter and loved sewing; she made piles of slippers, mitts, toques, quilts and sweaters. She was a regular, familiar face at the Farmers Market in Fort St. John for over 25 years. While doing this, in her spare time she was a bookkeeper and had a thriving business that kept her very busy all year round, but especially when she would get space at the mall for tax season. In 2014, after two years of travelling in the motorhome, Oliver became home, with another Farmers Market to spend time at.

Madeline is predeceased by her husband Gerry, her parents Ken and Jennie Bird, and her son Captain Kenneth Calkins. She is survived by her three siblings Bev (Don), Larry, and Janet; as well she is survived by Theresia, Valerie (Terry), and Jim (Kim) as well as 15 grandkids and 13 great grand kids.

Funeral Service
Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm First Baptist Church
Dawson Creek, British Columbia

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Red Cross or The BC Children’s Hospital

For those unable to attend in person the service will be provided by Zoom link as follows:

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