Alice May Keir
Alice May Keir (née: Erickson, Munroe) was born in the Darmody, SK district to Mabel and Jack Erickson on September 5th, 1933. Soon after, Doris (Hooey) was born, she was followed by Shirley (Abrams), who completed the family. Sadly, Doris passed away in December 2023. At the age of 16, Alice and her family moved to Moose Jaw, SK so she could go on to high school.
She met Jim Munroe at the young age of 17 and they started their family in 1951 when Pat was born. They had 5 children: Patricia Munroe (Dave), Cheryl Chow, Kevin Munroe, Edward Munroe, and Douglas Munroe (Dianne); 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren: Stacey Fogal (Trent), Tyler Heshka and Tristan Fogal, Deanna Heshka, Morgan Homenuik and Kaige Heshka, Robin Heshka, Kari Morin (Rob), Austin and Ayden Morin, Josh (Heather), Emmitt and Isabelle Chow, Mike Chow and Bailey Chow. Sadly, she experienced the greatest loss any parent can, losing Edward at birth and Kevin at the young age of 23.
Alice met and married Hal Keir in 1983 giving us the best stepdad we could ask for and added two more daughters, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren to our family: Michelle Keir-DesRochers (Daryl), Rebecca and family, Jordon DeRochers (Aurora), Brenda Waldenberg (Randy), Tara Hicks Carline (Greg), Rachael, Paige and Claire Carline, Jeff Ganyo (Lynn), and Tammy Ganyo.
Alice was always so proud of her family and loved to know what everyone was doing and what adventures they were facing. She truly treasured their visits. Alice always said she was lucky to have two loves of her life, one that gave her their wonderful children and the other who gave her a beautiful life.
Alice worked as a pharmacy technician at the Moose Jaw Co-op until she was 52 years old. She was very active in and a key part of the RWDSU Union and we all remember joining her on the picket line during their strike!
She loved playing cards, bowling, golf, travelling, and was a member of the Royal Purple for many years.
Alice lived a long life filled with love and loss, joy and sorrow, a large family and many friends. She taught us to face life head on, never quit, work hard, to love unconditionally and always be there to support family and friends. She used to say when we were young, we might not have much, but we have all we need – love and each other!! Think of her and carry it forward by always giving a hug and saying ‘I love you’ ❤️
To say Alice was a social butterfly might be an understatement, even in the last couple of years at Providence place she wanted to be a part of every activity and enjoyed them all! She had an amazing attitude and when she had to make the move to Providence Place, she decided that it was what happens to everyone, and she was going to make the best of it and not make it difficult for her kids. She did just that – staff have told us she was a delight to care for and I know she felt the same about them!
On Thursday February 8th, 2024 at 7:14 p.m. Alice passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family at the young age of 90 years (she was very pleased she reached 90 and loved the many compliments on how she looked much younger than that!). Rest in peace mom, you are dearly missed by all!
The family would like to extend our most sincere thank you to the amazing staff on St Anthony’s wing of Providence Place. You made a home for mom and provided exceptional care for which we will be forever grateful! Special thanks to Dr. J. King for the wonderful care of our dear Mom. We would also like to thank the staff in the emergency department at Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. We sincerely appreciated you helping us to understand what was happening, your kindness and compassion to the family, and your respectful care of mom!
The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Pastor Walter Engel will officiate and interment will take place in Sunset Cemetery. Those not able to attend may view the service virtually by going to www.moosejawfuneralhome.com/webcast/. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Alice’s name may be made to Providence Place Foundation, 100 – 2nd Ave NE, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1B8. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Michelle Ellis, Funeral Director 306-693-4550