April 1, 1940 – October 3, 2020
Mom’s days of being pranked on her birthday and having her name spelled incorrectly came to an end the evening of October 3. She was in her third battle with cancer, and we are quite sure it’s the only fight she ever lost in all her 80 years. After Dad passed in 2017, Mom began making plans to move to a retirement home – which she thereafter referred to as “the prison”. During her sentence in the brand new, state of the art big house, she suffered through countless days of planned activities, painting classes, gourmet meals and forced labour in the form of water aerobics and yoga, just to name a few of the hardships. She also joined a small gang of likeminded inmates and would often meet to discuss their plans for escape. The seriousness of these meetings was always disguised by their endless fits of laughter. Once the wardens became wise to these meetings, they mixed it up with the distraction of nightly Crokinole games – again, the laughter. We know her gang will miss her. A, S and D will need to recruit a 4th so be on the lookout.
Mom leaves behind two very special Grandsons, Bryce and Ben Tonn, her son-in-law Nelson Tonn, numerous nieces and nephews and us, Judy, Ryan and Tracy – her three somewhat rotten children who would not act as accomplices in her plans of prison escape.
Mom loved golf, curling, hockey, painting, gardening, classic country music, dancing, butter pecan cake, yellow leaves in the fall, yellow roses, yellow anything, her family, her friends, her girls Doreen and Joan and her grandsons. Mom loved being a Grandma and her boys were the highlight of her life. Once Mom and Dad moved to Edmonton, she saw them nearly every single day.
Mom’s wishes were for no funeral or memorial to be held. In lieu of flowers if you wish to honour her memory we ask that you do one of the following:
Crank the classic country music and dance in your kitchen
Enjoy a big cup of coffee while you watch the yellow leaves fall
Laugh with your friends and let them know they are loved
And please donate to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.