Rosalind Dorothy Gordon

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Rosalind Dorothy (Russell) Gordon, age 71, of Devon, AB, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family and in deepest sorrow they gave her kisses and hugs and told her how much she was so greatly loved.

Rosalind (“Rozz”) was born on November 24, 1943 and raised in Fort Smith, NWT. Rozz was always very athletic. She played fastball, basketball and curling. The love of curling was her passion. She traveled across Canada to various Brier tournaments.

In 1961, Rozz married the love of her life Alex Gordon from Caslan, AB. They settled in the Northwest Territories, serving communities along the MacKenzie, the High Arctic and Eastern Arctic. Rozz and Alex raised four children, Bill, Wendy, Alex, and Scott. In 1977 they moved to Fort McMurray where they lived for 18 years and Rozz worked in the Catholic Schools. Rozz and Alex retired to Nanton, AB in 1995 and then on to Devon, AB where they have resided for the past 14 years.

Rozz was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved family get-togethers and holidays with many family and friends around the dining table. She spent hours preparing the most wonderful meals and baking for her family. Rozz took joy in baking pies and other special goodies for her grandchildren to their particular tastes. Rozz was so welcoming to everyone that visited her. She was known for her amazing sense of humor, for caring deeply for others, for cultivating lifelong friendships, and giving selflessly to her family and friends. And she loved to laugh…

Rozz is survived by her loving husband, Alex; her four children Bill Gordon, Wendy (Colin Anderson) Gordon, Alex Gordon, Scott (Angie) Gordon; her brother Jack Russell; her sisters Stella (Buck) Dahl, Ann ( Gary) Lobb; her grandchildren Meghan, Logan, Gregory, Conner and Reece. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Rozz was predeceased by her parents Bill and Bertha Russell, and her sisters Mona Jones and Norma Little.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Memorial Service for the Celebration of Rozz’s Life to be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish, 8 St. Clair Street, Devon, AB.

Donations in Rozz’s memory may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 9Z9; or the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, 18 Burndale Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 3Y5; or a charity of your choice.

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Alex Jr

Happy Birthday Mom!Many hugs and kisses with your wonderful spirit .Thank you for visiting me in my dreams.I love you Mom.XOXOXO…

Jane Martel

Miss you terribly, dear friend. Think of you every single day.How I miss talking to you and having a good laugh like we always did. Love you always.

Wendy Gordon

It has been two years since you left us to go onto your next journey. This will be my last entry here on this website. I will continue to honor you in my memory, recalling all the joy your brought me. I have been changed forever by your love, Mom. I will always remember you, Slavie. xoxoxoxoxo

Alex Jr

Good morning Ma!It’s very apparent that your spirit is alive in me.I’m in a good place and you showed me in so many ways how to seek out the beauty in life and to stay happy and keep inspired.Every now and then i get sad cause i obviously would like to hug you and see are whole family together again.Then i get reminders that are family is indeed together through your spirit that allows us to Love and grow and keeping on,keeping on!Never take a day for granted your life and spirit shows me Mom.I love you so much.Love you forever Mom.

Scott

You are so beautiful. I’m so thankful for being a part of your life. I love you mom!

Wendy Gordon

I love you, Mom. You were such a sweetheart! Always there for a great laugh and wonderful discussions. Xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I am thinking about the wonderful times we had together. So many to be thankful for. 🙂 xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

Today was your wedding Anniversary. I have such loving memories of you and Dad together. I love you, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I am so glad to have wonderful memories of you and Dad at our wedding 3 years ago. I love you so much, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

Some flowers for you Mom. Thinking about our last Mother’s Day together and how much you laughed. You were our sunshine. We are just like you, spreading sunshine. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

It’s Easter Monday. I remember Easter always being a wonderful time at your home. You brought us all together. Thank you, Mom, for all the special times you created for our family. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

The unconditional love you gave consistently, every day, cannot be matched. When you left, my life changed forever. Nothing comes close to a mother-daughter relationship. I miss you, Slavie. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

There are so many things in life that humble me. There are things I will never understand. The plan is so much larger than me. I love you, Mom. You were such a good friend and Mother. You deserved so much more. Xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

Thinking about you every day. There is always something that reminds me of you. I love the way we would laugh together! :):)
xoxoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I thought of you many times yesterday. You always called me on Valentine’s Day. You always let me know that I was loved and especially on that day…you knew how hard it was for me to be without a partner all those years. I remember how special you made me feel. I love you, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

So many times, when I come home from some event or from doing chores, I think of calling you to share funny thoughts or to chat about the day. It still gives me a shock. You are gone. My love is so strong for you. Xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I realize every day that the world doesn’t stop when we lose our best friend. It does not wait for us to catch up. It’s like I am looking through a stranger’s eyes. So many things look unfamiliar. I had another dream of you yesterday, Mom. You looked like you were about 35 years old and I was the age I am now. We were holding hands and you had such a wonderful smile. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

It’s 2017 and I am wishing for happiness. I know you would like that! I love you, Mom. Xoxoxoxoxo

Alex jr

Merry Christmas Mom.I woke up this morning and the first waking thoughts were of you Mom.Christmas just isn’t the same without you Mom.I guess it never will be.Our family is scattered in different town and cities and this particular Christmas seems a little distance.There is no distance in my heart Mom when it comes to loving you and our family.You hold us together Mom in our hearts.I Love you Mom.Kisses and Big Hugs for you Ma.

Wendy Gordon

Thinking about you so much. It’s Christmas time … you always made this time so special for everyone. You were amazing. I miss you, Mom. Kisses and hugs. Xoxoxo

Alex jr

Happy Birthday Mom(Mother Goose).I love you Mom.I’m always thinking of you,always have you close in my heart.Always miss you Ma.Always Love you Mom.Happy Birthday Mom.

Wendy Gordon

You would have celebrated your 73rd Birthday today. I look at your photos and I see how beautiful you were. Inside and out. Some flowers for you on your special day. I love you so much, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Scott

I wish I could see your face as you read my card. I wish I could feel your hug. I love you mom. Happy Birthday.

Wendy Gordon

Thinking about you with so much love in my heart. I am so thankful. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I have you in my thoughts always. Sometimes my heart is so heavy and it feels tight because I am missing you so much. Then I just let the tears flow and it feels better. You were taken so suddenly from us. My gosh. I am thankful for every day I have with our family. Tomorrow we see Dad! It will be good to see him. I will give him a hug for you. I love you, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

Thinking about you this morning, Mom. We went to Saskatoon and when I was in the airport, I was so excited to let you know that we were boarding the airplane to come home, so I grabbed for my phone. It felt like it did before, all the excitement to connect with you! And then, I catch my breath again, and realize that you are not here. I miss you. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

We are so thankful for the memories we have of you, Mom. So many wonderful times. Today we remember the many ways you brought us together to share a beautiful dinner. All the love you put into all that you did. We are grateful. We give thanks. We love you so much. xoxoxoxox

Wendy Gordon

I wonder where you have shown up in the universe, and I know you are catching people’s eye. You are an amazing light filled with authentic love. You are already touching people’s hearts with your spirit. I long to see you and to hold your hand. To just see you smile with that assurance in your eyes. You know. You know. Yes, you know. And I know. Our spirits are forever together. You blessed me by being you. xoxoxoxo

Scott

Hi Mom. I haven’t written to you in a while. I type something out, and I start to cry…erase it all, and just tell the ceiling what I have to say. haha I miss you so much!! I love looking at your pictures….looking closely at your eyes, and smile. You always gave me such a welcoming smile. It didn’t matter if I hadn’t seen you in days, weeks, or if I was just in the next room. (taking a break, looking at the ceiling again) “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone”. Well I did know! I knew every day that you were the best! Thank you Mom. xoxoxoxoxo
P.S. I’m playing golf with Dad today. Shine down some luck for us. 🙂 I LOVE YOU

Wendy Gordon

Having fun doing my Angel work, Mom. Did something on Sunday night and we are doing something today for homeless people. I love you, Mom. xoxoxox

Wendy Gordon

Thinking about you every day. I kiss the Virgin Mary statue for you when I wake up. I love you, Mom. xoxoxox

Wendy Gordon

Thank you Universe and thank you Mom for sending me love. I am so grateful. You are with me always. Thank you Universe for all of my family. The love that our family shares is shining brightly. I feel blessed. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

It sucks going through “the change” and I can’t ask you questions or just have a hug because I don’t understand any of it. I miss your advice. It’s a pity party today, Mom. Sometimes I feel so alone with this. I guess I thought we would laugh our heads off over me going through it. It’s my turn! Please help me laugh about it. Please send me a little bit of you. xoxoxoxo

Angie Gordon

I forgot to share this after my week of camping.

I was camping on my birthday this year with the boys and my parents and sister, while on my walk up to see my sister on July 21st which is my birthday I came across a female deer. Now at first I stopped in my tracks as not to spook her so I could tale a few pics. As I continued along the road she just stood there staring at me, I was actually getting nervous as to how close I was getting to her, she was on one side of the road and I was on the other, she stayed there the whole time looking at me while I walked past her, as I finally made it past her she turned around and continued walking away from me. Now at first I thought it was really strange for a deer to do what she did especially with how close I was able to get to her, then it hit me, this was my happy birthday greeting from my beloved mother-in-law!! My heart was overjoyed and it brought tears to my eyes, I love how even when she is not here anymore to show me how much she cares she can send a little something to me anyways.

Love you to the moon and back Rozz, miss you every single day, thank you for showing me you are still around and watching over me. <3

Scott

I’m eating dry fish from Hay River, with butter. Thinking of you. hehehe Love you Mom.

Wendy Gordon

The last entry was actually made on July 16th.
Today is July 26: I think of you every day, Mom. I can see you in Logan and I can see you in my nephews. I see you in my brothers. I see you in me. When any us laugh, I can hear you. I hear you in my voice. You live on in us. Thank you, Universe. xoxoxoxo

Family

We are all here together Mom, to tell stories, to reminisce, to laugh, and most of all to remember you. Today we enjoyed all of your favorites; fresh flowers (no orange ones), good food, pumpkin pie, and of course lots of laughter. We learned from you how to enjoy life. Thank you for that gift, Mom. We love you! xoxoxoxoxo

Alex jr

Mom,I miss you.My tears of Love and Sorrow need to hug you so very much.Thank you for hugging and loving me Ma.I miss you so much.Love you Ma,lots and lots and lots of hugs.

Wendy Gordon

We will be with Dad tomorrow. We remember all the love you gave to us. We are grateful for all the wonderful memories you left us with. I remember your hugs and kisses every time I saw you. You were so loving. Before you left us, I remember us kissing you and holding your beautiful hands. We miss you so much. I love you, Mom. xoxoxoxoxo

Scott

Hi Mom…I see your beautiful smile where ever I go. Your laughter is heard when ever I laugh. Your arms and warmth are felt when ever I hug my kids. Your spirit lives through me. Thank you Mom. I love you!

Wendy Gordon

I can’t believe you have been gone for almost a year. I think of you every day and I get a shock-like feeling when I realize, again, that you are not with us physically. I still get excited to call you about something funny and I run to get the phone; then I remember that I can’t call you. I know you are with us in spirit though. I know this for sure. xoxoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

I have been remembering how much we would laugh together. It was so much fun being around you. xoxoxo

Wendy Gordon

You are always near. I can feel your spirit, as gentle as you were on this earth. I can see the symbols that you send. I imagine you flying and gliding in the wind. So graceful.

Angie Gordon

When I lost you

I wish I could see you one more time
Come walking through my door
But I know that is impossible
I will hear your voice no more.

I know you can feel my tears
and you don’t want me to cry
Yet my heart is broken
because I can’t understand
why someone so precious had to die.

I pray that God will give me strength
and somehow get me through
As I struggle with this heartache
That came when I lost you.

Love you and miss you so much

Alex jr

Happy Mother Goose Day Mom.I miss and love you so much.my tears and emotion run high for you mom.I miss your smiling face,and hugs like only you can do.You continue to inspire me with your love.I watched you treat everyone you came in contact with love and kindness,something i,m trying to do today Mom for you.

Wendy Gordon

Loving memories of you on Mother’s Day. I woke up thinking of you as I remember all the love you gave us. You were such an amazing Mother. I am so lucky to have had you for my Mom. I miss you. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Scott

So many more days than just Mother’s Day remind me of you and all of your love. You are amazing! Thanks mom.

Angie N. Gordon

Thinking of you today sweet angel and of your four children who will find this mothers day the worst one yet, I found a beautiful card the other day while looking for gifts and I had one all picked out for you and in my cart, then realized you would not be able to open it a heavy feeling came over me and I had to fight back tears as I put the card back, I did how ever see something I could post on here so that is what I am going to do.

It is a beautiful plaque and it reads

To the world you are a mother,
But to our family, YOU are the
whole world<3 <3 <3

Miss you everyday and wish I could see you one last time to chat and laugh together

Love always Ang

Wendy Gordon

I miss our time together, when we would sit together and chat about all kinds of things…for hours. Or even on the phone. We connected, we kept in touch all the time, we had to hear each others voice. We totally understood each other. I still have so much to say, so much to share with you. It just stays inside me now. I miss you so much, Slavie. xoxoxo

Angie Gordon

Thinking of you today Rozz as I make pumpkin pies and pumpkin squares for our Easter Supper tomorrow, each one of these holidays is bitter sweet, I miss you dearly but I know you are there with us in spirit. Wish just one more time to be able to hear your beautiful voice and laugh and receive one of your warm hugs, not being able to talk to you and hear your voice is the hardest thing. Much love your “other” daughter

Scott

This day isn’t the same without you. You gave me so many amazing memories of my birthday. Gifts, special meals, home made cakes…but what I miss the most is your voice and hug! I couldn’t sleep last night thinking of how you’d call me early in the morning to wish me happy birthday. I miss you so much mom. Thanks for all the hugs. I love you and I know you’re watching. Xoxoxoxo

Angie Gordon

My Angel up in Heaven, I wanted you to know,
I feel you watching over me, everywhere I go.
I wish you were with me, but that can never be,
Memories of you in my heart, that only I can see.

My Angel up in heaven, I hope you understand,
That I would give anything, if I could hold your hand.
I’d hold you oh so tightly, and never let you go,
And all the love inside of me, to you I would show.
My Angel up in heaven, for now we are apart,
You’ll always live inside of me, deep within my heart.

(Poem written by Dave Hedges)

Thinking of you always my sweet mother-in-law and missing your smile, hugs and laugh

Wendy Gordon

You were my best friend and my Mom. You were amazing. I miss you so much. xoxoxo

Angie Gordon

So beautiful!!!!! Miss her everyday, she showed me how to love without judgement and enjoy each and every moment. Miss your beautiful smile and infectious laugh

Wendy Gordon

Extra special loving memories of you on your birthday. I love you Mom.

Wendy Gordon

We give thanks today for all the love and kindness you gave us. We love you and remember you, Mom. xoxoxoxo

Angie Gordon

I was looking through pictures on my camera the other day and came across a few I had forgotten I had, had a cry and a giggle and my heart warmed as I scrolled through the pictures and saw my beautiful mother-in-laws smile and beautiful face, miss you always and forever, lots of love from your “other” daughter 🙂

Wendy Gordon

I think of you every day, Mom. I know your spirit went home. I will love you always. xoxoxo

Anige

The moment that you died
my heart was torn in two
one side fillled with heartache,
the other died with you.

I often lay awake at night,
when the world is fast asleep,and
take a walk down memory lane,
with tears upon my cheeks.

Remembering you is easy,
I do it everyday,
but missing you is heartache
that never goes away.

I hold you tightly within my heart
and there you will remain.
Until the joyous day arrives,
that we will meet again

With love Always
Scott, Angie, Gregory, Conner, Reece

Melody & Robert McLeod

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. I have so many good memories of Roz and will cherish them always. Her laugh was infectious and that “look” are forever embedded in my memory. May God surround you with much love, family and friends as you grieve for one taken far too soon. Much love, hugs and prayers, Robert and Melody

Deirdre, Thomas and Maeve

I’ll always remember how welcome she and Alex made me feel. She had a beautiful smile that could light up a room.

Scott Gordon

I want to share a reflection that I’ve just had.
My mother has always had a special bond with children. She adores them. She loved to hold a baby and see them smile at her. Her understanding of children was like no other. It was a joy to watch. I was fortunate to witness this, as she worked at my junior high school. Back then I thought she just got a job at my school to keep an eye on me. Now 30 years later I see it differently.
The banner above the front doors of St. Anne Catholic School, quoted Luke 18:16. “Let the children come to me”. Jesus was saying, don’t stop the children from visiting me. They are welcome in the kingdom. I understand the children and they understand me.

Mom also had this relationship with children. I’m not comparing her to Jesus, I just find it interesting that of all the schools to work at, she chose St. Anne. Maybe it chose her.

Thank you for understanding, and teaching me Mom.
Love Scott.

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