It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lorie McArthur. She will be deeply missed by her Husband and best friend, Kevin, and their children Duncan and Juliana.
Also left to mourn her loss are her siblings: Wynne (Errol) Widdis, Vern Yakimishyn and Lana (Kirk) Toth; as well as her brother in law Peter McArthur. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews Aaron (Kathryn) Widdis, Colleen (Joao) Borralho, Eric Widdis, Casey Toth, a large extended family and many great friends.
Lorie is predeceased by her parents Kay and Bill Yakimishyn and In-laws Peter and Betty McArthur.
Lorie was born in Lamont Alberta on September 6, 1959, the 3rd child of four. She attended Austin O’Brien High School. She graduated from the U of A in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and a Masters of Library Science in 1984. Her varied career gave her the opportunities to work as a librarian for Athabasca University, the Provincial Archives, Alberta Education and then later as a Policy Analyst with the Alberta Government.
She married Kevin, the love of her life in 1988, and found great joy in being a mother to Duncan and Juliana. Being involved in her children’s lives was important to her, motivating her to be a dedicated volunteer in their many interests. She stayed active in their schools while serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Councils.
Lorie found great inspiration and solace in her religion and volunteered as a leader in Vacation Bible school at St Thomas More Parish and participated in Scripture Study.
Lorie had a passion for the outdoors. She enjoyed skiing, canoeing, biking, hiking and gardening.
She loved music, sang in several choirs and played saxophone and recently the harp. She always found her happy place while baking and practicing yoga.
Lorie inspired all of us with her courage and positive outlook as she battled breast cancer for more than 15 years. It was a big part of her life, but not what defined her.
The family wishes to thank numerous people who supported Lorie and the family as Lorie went through this brave journey; truly too many to note with the gratitude and appreciation appropriate to their contributions. These kind acts of compassion made all the difference to Lorie and her husband and children. We are truly blessed for their support.
Funeral Mass for Lorie will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Thomas More Parish, 210 Haddow Close NW, Edmonton, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute or a charity of your choice.