Service Date: September 14th, 2019 2:00 p.m., Saturday
Service Location: Tofield Alliance Church, Tofield, AB
Edith Elenore (Nerland) Crosland was born in Kenyon, Minnesota on August 29, 1919 to Edward and Elen Nerland who had immigrated to Minnesota from Norway. She was the middle daughter - the oldest being Elvina, the youngest Elfrida. Edith was extremely proud of her Norwegian heritage and would keep in touch with her extended family in Norway for many years. Eventually the Nerland family would settle on a farm east of Airdrie AB.
Edith’s Christian faith was very important to her and began with her baptism into the Lutheran church on September 21, 1919. She would attend a number of churches in her life, the main one being Faith Lutheran in Calgary where she was a very active member. Edith did her high school and business training in Calgary. She would go on to become a secretary for one of the Calgary Eaton’s managers and later work for many years for the lawyer Spencer Cummings as a legal secretary. Through a friend at Eaton’s she was introduced to her future husband Jim Crosland. Jim and Edith were married in 1951 and would have 51 years of marriage until Jim’s death in 2002. In 1954 their only child, Bob, was born. Later the family would grow to include his wife Irene, grandson Nate and his wife Kara and three great grandchildren, Tessa, Luca and Willa. Immediate and extended family were always loved and cherished by Edith.
On August 24 and August 29, 2019 various family members gathered at the Tofield Long Term Care to celebrate her 100th birthday. Edith died peacefully at the Tofield Long Term Care on September 7, 2019. She will be lovingly remembered by her immediate family, sister Elfrida Lunde, sister in law Pauline Crosland and her extended family. She was predeceased by her husband Jim, parents Edward and Elen Nerland, sister Elvina Clark and niece Myrna Keim and numerous sisters in law and brothers in law. A special thank you to everyone who visited Edith in the Tofield Long Term Care and to all the disciplines and staff of the Tofield Health Care Acute and Long Term Care units who gave Edith such compassionate and loving care over these last eight years.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Tofield Alliance Church in Tofield with Pastor Cal Andringa officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tofield and Area Health Services Foundation - Long term care, or to the charity of one's choice.