Martin Joseph Foley was born on December 3, 1924 in Peace River, Alberta to Maurice and Nettie Foley and passed away on February 9, 2013 in Rimbey, Alberta. Martin’s dad passed away when he was three weeks old. Nettie remarried to George Smith and both parents passed away in 1938.
Uncle Humpfrey Evans went to Peace River and brought both boys back to Ponoka. Martin went to live and work for Idris and Emmly Jones east of Ponoka. It was there he met Sadie Leidenius and they married on July 6, 1951. Martin drove truck for New West Trucking in Edmonton. Faye was born in 1955. Sadie and Faye travelled with Martin around Alberta while he was trucking. In 1956 Brenda was born so Sadie stayed in Edmonton with the two girls. Neil was born in 1960. In 1962 Martin and Sadie bought the Henry Moose farm in the Usona area and they farmed there until 2005. They had a farm sale in 2007 and Martin was moved to the Rimbey Care Centre and was there until his passing on February 9, 2013.
Martin was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ponoka Branch #66. Martin enjoyed family parties and was always the last to leave. Martin enjoyed his grandchildren and there was a special ray of sunshine in his life, his great-granddaughter Emma. She would run in his room and say, “Hi Gee Pa”, and slap his belly. She always made him laugh.
Martin is survived by Sadie, his loving wife of 61 years; his daughter Faye (Doug) Dux and their children Ricky (Trisha), Michael (Terra) and Michelle; his daughter Brenda (George) Kocyba and their sons Scott (Sarena) and Lee (Shannon); his son Neil (Jamie) Foley, their daughter Jessie (Patrick) Seymour and son Marty (Char) Foley; and five great-grandchildren: Brayden, Kiera, Colten and Emma Dux, and Cohen Seymour. He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Nettie Foley; half-sister Mary Kirkland and half-brother R.T. Smith.
Grandpa will be missed by all.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Ponoka Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Ferrybank Cemetery Fund. To express condolences to Martin’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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