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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuttday, March 19, 1974 Sense of acute, lasting loss marks widowhood at all ages A real whiz with numbers Shakuntala Devi, 32, says she can't cook or knit and at times can't remember where she is supposed, to be. But she is a real whiz with numbers. It takes her just six seconds to work out in her head the cube root of a 20-digit number. GUELPH, Ont. (CP) No matter when widowhood comes, it brings an acute, lasting feeling of being alone. Laura was 21 and had been married five years when her 25-year-old husband was killed in a car accident. She said: "The possibility of losing my husband was something I never really thought of. You think about natural death, but not acci- dental." Agnes, 71, said: "There was no question in either of our minds that he would go first. Being older, I had met death at fairly close quarters be- fore. A strong faith allows me to realize that death is just a stage of living." Fae, 57, said: "When you first become a widow, you wonder if it's worthwhile go- ing on. I have fortunately been surrounded by family and friends, and prayer." Dorraine, 42, has four chil- dren, three of them still at home. "The first three months I was so frightened. Making decisions on my own was the hardest thing for me to do after my husband died. "Adjusting to the fact that he was really gone was an- other hard thing for me to do. The first job I got was just to fill the lonely hours." According to Statistics Can- ada, in 1971 there were widowed people in Canada, of them women. Sixty five per cent of people over 65 were widowed, but there were 2.405 widows 20 to 24 years old. One factor in the early days of widowhood for many women is that they know nothing about their husbands' finances. Dorraine said: "My hus- band ran the financial aspects of our home. He took care of the bills. "I now think every woman should know how much insur- ance, for example, her hus- band has. Women should be involved in every aspect of their marriage." Laura said: "Everyone was telling me what to do my. money. The people my hus- band worked for were very helpful; they told me about my rights." Laura and others said people tried to take advan- tage of their insecurity and relative inexperience with money. Three of the widows inter- viewed said their social lives changed. Their friends dropped them. Dorraine and Laura said they believe it was because they didn't fit into a social pattern that was all Buy your value-packed laundry pair on your Eaton Account Credit Terms Available 329 CGE five-cycle washer with a mini basket can handle any load This CGE automatic washer is packed with features 1o maiie things easier for you. no rnauer how much is in your Hamper. Mini basket fits on the agitator to gtve gentle care to delicate items and smatl in- between loads. 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At one time I thought I'd get married again, but now I've accepted the fact I'm alone -and I guess I'll always be, unless something changed." Dorraine dates platonically. "I did it because I was lonely. It's important that you find someone your own age to talk to. I still date, but many of my dates end up at home with my children because I don't like leaving them." Fae manages the property she and her husband used to manage together. She said: "Life is quite sim- ilar to when my husband was alive. If I had more time, I'd do a lot more things." Agnes said she asked her doctor what she could do to help people, and he told her the world needs good grand- mothers. So she tries to keep herself available for her fam- ily. "My family see to it that I'm rarely alone. They may have a scheme among them- selves." She suggested that a wid- ows Anonymous might be a useful group to give a new widow help over the early crisis period. -The Herald Family Calendar There will be an important joint staff nurses meeting with St. Michael's Hospital and hospitals from the surrounding district at p.m. Tuesday in the nurses residence of the Gait School of Nursing. Guest speaker is Yvonne Chapman, on amendments. All nurses are asked to attend. The Disabled on the Move will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Assumption church hall, 2405 12 Ave. S. The topic to be discussed will be transportation. All interested persons welcome. For further information contact Gerald Trechka, 329-0911 or Frank Merkl, 328-4029. The Hi Neighbor Club will hold a dance tonight from to at the Lotus Inn. Dance requests appreciated. Everyone welcome. The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association Ladies Auxiliary will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Adam's Ice Centre. New members welcome. Christian Science will hold a public testimony meeting at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. There will be a general for all AARN members at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the former St. Michael's nurses' residence. Mrs.. Helen Cotter, community AARN advisor will speak on medical nursing responsibility. A tape on the legal aspects of nursing by Teddy Miller, lawyer for the AARN. will be presented. Lighthouse life beats city pace VICTORIA, B.C: (CP) Lighthouse life beats city comforts, say people living in.remote localities on the west coast of; Vancouver Island. "Life is so fast-paced in the city, but people never seem to get said Pat Kidder, 31, who lives with her husband and two children in Nootka Island Lighthouse station, 150 miles northwest of Victoria: "Here you have time to think." Nootka Island has no TV, no stores, movies, regular telephones, no scheduled mail delivery nor newspapers. Mrs. Kidder said she loves the lighthouse lifestyle. "We read, we talk and water-ski arid go camping. And in the summer we have flocks of tourists who want to know how we stand it." There are 12 people, including two boys, in Esteval Point lighthouse and weather station, about midway up the west coast of the island. Charlie Gibbens, 35, does maintenance work on the lighthouse and is a skilled cabinet-maker. He uses only mahogany planks that break off skiffs in the waters off Japan and float across the Pacific. "It's a bit unusual, and here I have the time to dp it." he said, Mrs. Gibbens, 28, doubles teacher for her two children who like their surroundings without traffic to be wary of. "But I don't like said Jamie. 9. "There's not enough people to.get candy from." Shopping without a weekly trip to the supermarket "is just something you get used said Sharon Wood, 25, wife of chief meteorologist Stu Wood. People on the 32 lighthouse, radio and lifesaving stations around the rugged coast of Vancouver Island must give their shopping list to the coast guard ship Camsell on its monthly supply trip. "You learn to be careful when making out a grocery list." said Mrs. Wood. "I don't miss the department stores. When I go on holidays I go wild in them for a few days. Then they gel boring." Head lightkeeper Jim Barr, 61, went to Esteval Point be- cause there were no other jobs available and grew to love the life. "I thought I'd settle down and let retirement catch up to me." he said. Dave Watson. 22. a bachelor, likes the hunting and fishing "I finish work and trot off with my rod 34 feet away." he said. As for social life, he gets a month's holiday a year, "and I make up for the lost time quickly." Farther north on Kyuquot Sound, about 200 miles northwest of Victoria. Tony DiMaddalena. 22. also a bachelor, works on the Spring Island radio station. 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