We begin with my mother's mother's mother's...well, you get the point.
Dorothy was born in 1903, the first child of Clarence Layton and Minnie West. She was raised on a farm near Taber, where she attended sewing school. In 1925, Dorothy married George Stalker, and they raised their 7 children near Taber. She passed away in 1996.
Minnie was born in 1884 to a very young mother and a much older, already married father. Not a lot is known about Minnie's life, but it can be assumed it was a tough one. Her father, William West, abandoned Minnie's mother Mary, taking Minnie to live with him, his wife and his other children. She apparently had no contact with her mother until 1910, the year after William's death. In her late teens, she married Clarence Layton, and they raised their 8 children near Taber, Alberta. Minnie passed away in 1929.
Mary has always been a bit of a mystery. Depending on the sources, she was born in 1863, 1866, 1870 or 1871. Her father was James Charles Taylor, whom nothing is known about. Her mother was Sarah Kearl, whose family is well researched, but no mention is ever made of Mary. She apparently lived with her maternal grandmother for awhile, and various family stories tell of her living on the streets after William abandoned her, taking their daughter with him. It's unclear if this is actually true or not, but we know that she eventually met and married Henry Gibboney, and they went on to have their own family and small business. Mary died in 1931 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
*for the sake of privacy, I have not included any information about living relatives.