Nellie Roer

Nellie (Janet Hellen) Roer nee Gray passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017 at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre. Her son Rae and daughter-in-law Danielle were by her side.

Nellie was born February 13, 1919 in Lacadena, SK. She was the baby sister to Dorothy and Ken Gray. Nellie finished her schooling in Saskatoon and became a teacher. It was during that time she met her future husband Roy Roer of Hazlet, SK. They celebrated 62 years of marriage until Roy's passing in 2005.

Shortly after they were married, Roy joined the Navy to serve during WW2. Nellie followed him on his posts to Victoria, BC and Halifax, NS. After the War they moved to Edmonton for a short time, then began their 35+ years in the hotel business when they bought a country hotel in Lancer, SK. It was during this time that the Roer's and the Bitz families would be forever linked. While not blood, Nellie and Roy always treated Millie, Dusty, Jerry and all the extended Bitz's like family. They spent many holidays and other celebrations together as one big extended family.

In the late 50's they sold in Lancer and moved to Swift Current to build and operate the Skyline Hotel. One of the first to build on the North Service Road (on the site Super 8 motel today) it was touted as a thoroughly modern hotel with full banquet facilities. It was also home to many firsts, including a Ladies and Escorts section in the bar and the first to have live music. But by 1975 they had tired of the business and opted to sell and retire.

Sports had always been a big part of her life. Growing up she played softball, basketball, hockey, tennis (on the clay court built on the family farm) and even barrel jumped on ice skates. Curling was also a passion that she had excelled at. In retirement in Yuma, AZ she took up golf. Excelling again, Nellie twice recorded a Hole-in-One.

Nell and Roy shared many adventures and travels but as age caught up to them they moved into the Bentley in 2005 just before Roy's passing. During her time in the Bentley, Nell made some new friends. In particular, Mary Mead, who at the time was on staff but they stayed in touch over the years. Nell remained in the Bentley until 2010 when requiring more care necessitated a move to nursing care, first in Herbert but then to the Gull Lake Special Care Centre. She also enjoyed regular visits and great support from Millie Allsen, Sandy Omland (Niece) and Jerry/Donna Bitz. She spoke regularly with family and friends, loving to hear what everyone "was up to" in particular her Grandchildren Adam & Zac Roer (sons of Rae and Danielle).

During her stay at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre the staff and Doctors were always very kind to Nellie.  In particular, during her final week Dr. Kozroski and the duty staff went out of their way to make sure she was as comfortable as possible.

While she is predeceased by most of her family and friends, "it's what happens when you live so dam long" she'd say, she is fondly remembered and greatly missed by those still here.

"To every thing there is a season..."

Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.


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