Tudie (Wilhelmina) Marie Rodgers
May 10, 1933-October 7, 2011
Tudie passed away peacefully October 7, 2011 at the Bulkley Lodge, with family beside her. Tudie was the youngest of 4 born in Beaver Lodge Alberta. She worked with her dad at the post office in Beaver Lodge for many years. In 1949 Tudie & Jim met while Tudie was working as a sales clerk at Co-op. They dated for a few years and were married in 1952 and settled down in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Jim worked as a traveling salesman for Ashdown Hardware, while Tudie raised their 3 children Randy, Rickey, and Tami. In 1964, they moved to Dawson Creek, and to their surprise, their 4th child, Jodi was born.
Jim secured a job with Beck’s Hardware 1968 in Burns Lake BC where their family of 6 lived for 18 months. In 1970, they then moved to Smithers, BC and ran the Beck’s Hardware and eventually taking over as owners. In 1973 the existing Home Hardware building was built where Jim & Tudie built a thriving business for 20 years. After retiring in 1989, Jim & Tudie continued to reside in Smithers. They were both very active members of the community. Tudie was a proud member of the Lady Lions, volunteered at the New to You, and many other community events. Over the years Jim & Tudie made many wonderful and supportive lifetime friends. They were blessed with 4 beautiful children, 7 granddaughters, Vickie, Bonnie, Cathie, Becky, Jenifer, Stephanie, and Katelyn, grandson Christopher, and 2 great grand daughters, Courtney and Emily.
After a long battle of Alzheimer’s, Jim passed away in 2005. Tudie continued to live in their residence until 2006, when she too moved into the Bulkley Lodge and after 5 years, succumbed to her illness.
Jim & Tudie were married for 53 years and still walked hand and hand every where they went.
Please come help us celebrate the life of Tudie, October 14th, 2011 at Schrader’s Funeral home. We will reminisce of the wonderful life she had with Jim and their children. A reception will follow after graveside service at the Pioneer Activity Centre where tea, coffee and a light lunch will be served.
Tudie Wilhelmina Marie Rodgers
May 10, 1933
October 7, 2011
James Hart Rodgers
January 9, 1931
September 16, 2005
Walking hand in hand once again…
Rest in peace Mom & Dad
We could not ask for more loving and devoted parents. Our house was always filled with love and laughter. They loved their family deeply, as we did them. They are gone from our lives, but never from our hearts.