Well-travelled retired couple

From our January 2014 issue

By Velma (Hack) Cote Lethbridge, Alta.

My husband, Leo, and I came to Lethbridge in 1949. We’ve been married 64 years and have six children – four sons and two daughters – 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

While our family was growing up, we went on fishing vacations because money was scarce in those years and we couldn’t afford other vacations.

After our family was grown and had left home, Leo and I did a lot of travelling and sightseeing, most of which was done with truck and camper, then a big motorhome.

We’ve been to every province in Canada except Newfoundland, have travelled a lot of American States as well, and have taken an ocean cruise through the Panama Canal. This was on the largest cruise ship at that time, the Royal Odyssey.

We’ve also been on a European tour of eight countries – England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. We took this tour in 1999 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary after celebrating here with family and friends. This was our last major holiday.

We don’t travel very far anymore because we don’t own a car now. We are still in our own home, and Leo, now 87, puts in a large garden each spring.

In my last letter, I had wondered if Margaret (McEwen) Springett was the same girl I went to school with. Well, she saw my letter in The Senior Paper and we are now corresponding.