Flora Lorraine Wylie (nee Cowie)


On September 21, 2017 at 9:10 AM Lorraine succumbed to the complications of Frontal Temporal Degeneration/Dementia. She will be missed by many friends and family but especially by her husband of 43 years, Keith; her son Scott and daughter-in- law Elizabeth and her precious grandchildren Malcolm and Merrin; brothers Neil and Betty Cowie, Bob and Joanne Cowie and in-laws Linda and Sheldon Otto, Mary and Doug Woodward, Lea and Mike Johnston and all of her dear nieces and nephews. I wish I could list everyone but it would be such a long list that this obituary would be nothing but names.
Flora Lorraine was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 9, 1954 to Jack and Flo Cowie. She grew up in the community of Parkdale where she and her brothers enjoyed all the thrills and excitement that growing up on the north hill with the Bow River just blocks away could offer. Lorraine was a high achieving student throughout her school years culminating in her graduation from Queen E High in 1972. She was active in school clubs and groups throughout those years, most of which would have been labelled as the nerds or goody-two-shoes groups. Such is the trail to success for good people!
Lorraine was also very active in the first synchronized swim club organized by the Calgary YWCA. She and her fellow Aquabelles experienced a great deal of success during the years that Lorraine was an active member. Keith describes her as a fish because she was so comfortable in the water. She also kept Keith from drowning on the snorkeling adventures that they took over the years. Lorraine loved the water so much that she became a certified scuba diver. Her wish to swim with the turtles was achieved in Hawaii in 1991.
Lorraine was successful in qualifying for the B.Sc. Speech Language and Audiology program at the U of A. After 4 years of hard work she graduated in 1976 and went on to work for 37 years in her chosen profession – 4 years at the Glenrose Hospital, 7 with the City of Edmonton Board of Health and 26 at the Grey Nuns Hospital (Covenant/ Caritas Health). Lorraine opted like many of the U of A B.Sc. graduates to take the modified M.Sc. Speech Language and Audiology program which she proudly graduated from in 1999 after 3 years of sacrificed holidays. Lorraine also mentored 50 plus students from the U of A speech language programs as she ardently believed that it was the responsibility of practicing Speech Language Pathologists to help all those who wished to enter this valued profession.
Lorraine and Keith enjoyed many activities together which included hiking, cross- country skiing, dragon boating and Lorraine’s 5 years of penance curling. They also truly enjoyed all of the gatherings, meals and special events that they had with friends and family over their many years together.
Lorraine was a very special person who touched many people throughout her life. She had a golden smile, a golden personality and she will be dearly missed by an innumerable number of people. For her to have been lost to the foibles of FTD for the last 7 plus years was a tragedy. Let us all remember her when she was well and at her best for we were lucky to have known her. Thank you, Lorraine, for being a part of our lives.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Asian Christian Cultural Association Centre at 3530 91 Street in Millwoods. The service will start at 2:00 p.m. and refreshments will be offered after at the same location. Keith will be in bright green so feel free to follow suit. No flowers please, make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Asian Christian Cultural Association of Alberta

3530 91 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6P1

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