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DECHIEF, Shannon (nee Ledingham)

June 15, 1964 – Weyburn, SK
September 13, 2013 – Airdrie, AB

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Shannon Dechief on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 49 years.

Shannon was greatly loved. She was brave, compassionate, competitive and endearing. Her interests were vast but she especially loved learning; teaching and sharing her interests came naturally to her and she took great pleasure from it. Family was central to her life and Shannon was a strong, supportive and loving mother and wife. One of Shannon’s most important and cherished roles was that of a mother; motherhood was an experience that she always desired. She instilled within her family and especially her daughters many qualities including: personal strength, determination, empathy and independence. Shannon has given her girls a strong and stable foundation that will allow them to succeed and flourish. With great strength she faced the challengers and limitations associated with chronic pain but she chose to view them as lessons – as she believed everything happed for a reason. Amidst all of the challenges that she faced she remarkably maintained an optimistic outlook on life. She loved life and strived to live hers as fully as possible. Shannon was creative and crafty, loving and empathetic, driven and focused, considerate and caring. She created and lived the life that she imagined. Shannon is and always will be loved in the memories, emotions, photos and stories that she shared and created, with those she loved and those that loved her.

Shannon is survived by her loving husband Dale; daughters Taylor and Madison; her dog and close friend Rose; mother Janet Ledingham; brother Don (Kyla) Ledingham; mother-in-law Anne Dechief; sister-in-law Brenda (Les) Schrader; sister-in-law Cheryl (Joe) Wanner; brother-in-law Greg (Pam) Dechief; grandmother Leveran Bell; nieces and nephews Ceigee, Kassesy (Andrew), Sienna (Richard), Carter, Adrienne, Derek, Amber, Avery and Cassidy; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Shannon was predeceased by her father Harvey Ledingham and father-in-law Armand Dechief.

A private Celebration of Shannon’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on September 18, 2013. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Shannon Dechief, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: (403) 948-1100

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  1. Greg & Elsa Herman :

    Dear Dale and family, please accept this as our deepest condolences to your family, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this diffucult time and the days ahead.

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  2. Nicki Heikkinen :

    Dear Dale and family,
    On behalf of the Gas CBM/Conv team at Nexen, we are truly sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Shannon. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and our hearts go out to you.
    Sincerely,
    The CBM and Conventional Gas Group, Nexen

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  3. Brian & Jeannie Oliver :

    Shannon and her family were neighbours of ours, (my parents: Wally & Joyce Oliver), near Colgate, Saskatchewan. Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Shannon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. Darlene Hanley and Ken Kolstad :

    Dear Dale and family. Our deepest sympathies to you Dale, and the girls, in Shannon’s passing. We are truly saddened by your sudden loss and please know you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Ralph & Colleen Johnson :

    We are tremendously saddened to hear of your loss! Our heartfelt condolences to you and the girls. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of difficulty.

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  6. Michelle Mann & Gil Jeon :

    Dale, Taylor, and Madison,

    You know how much Shannon meant to me personally; she was a truly wonderful person and I’m grateful for the times I shared with her. This lovely notice can barely touch on the impact she will continue to leave on our hearts. Lots of hugs and positive thoughts for the coming days, as Shannon would have wanted.

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  7. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  8. Lunette (Leptich) Papp :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dale and family.

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  9. Uncle Ernie & aunt Lorraine Murias :

    Our heartfelt condolences and continuing prayers for you Dale, Taylor and Madison. She will be sadly missed but always loved and remembered.

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  10. Lorne and Michele walter :

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  11. Lockie & Marg McKinnon :

    Dale, Taylor and Madison our hearts go out to you at this time of great sorrow. Shannon will be missed by all that she has come in contact through out her live. You will be in our thoughts and prayers for now and always.

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  12. Sylvia Robinson :

    Dale – Taylor – Madison – you have our deepest sympathy. Shannon was such a remarkable person who left her imprint on our lives – we will cherish her memory and please know that the three of you are in our thoughts.

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  13. Uncle Ernie & aunt Lorraine Murias :

    Dear Dale, Taylor and Madison. Our prayers are with during this most stressful time. Wilderness Village residents will sorely miss her bright smile and friendly attitude. You have so many great memories, treasure them always. We are here always for you.
    Love auntie Lorraine and Uncle Ernie

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  14. Glen & Bev Miller :

    Dear Dale, Taylor & Madison,
    It is difficult to find the words to express the shock, disbelief and sadness we feel for you.
    We are so sorry that we can not attend Shannon’s memorial. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with you.

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  15. Marilyn Ferguson :

    To Shannon’s dear family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Shannon. I met her when we were kids taking swimming lessons in weyburn. She told me she lived on a ranch at Colgate. Yes I thought she was cool! We rode the bus together and attended high school together. Shannon was always friendly, smart, quiet, and pretty. And yes I still thought she was cool. Shannon had a grad party at their family ranch for our group of friends. It was very special and it is still one of my best times even though I knew after high school life would never be the same. Time flew by after grad,marriage,kids and life in general. I thought of Shannon especially these last couple weeks. Now it’s time say goodbye and that is the hard part. So take care and please accept my sympathies and prayers. Marilyn (Anderson) Ferguson

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  16. Dale – deepest condolences to yourself and family, thoughts and prayers. Tom and Kids

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  17. Jordan van Besouw and Chelsea Christensen :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Dale. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  18. Blaine and Gay Sebry :

    Dale, Taylor, Madison and family members, we are thinking of you in this time of sadness. Please accept our condolences.

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  19. Dale, I am so very sorry to hear about Shannon’s passing. My most sincere condolences on your loss. I will keep you and the girls in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Although Shannon is gone the memories you have shared together will never be forgotten or lost.

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  20. Joni (Rosengren) Muri :

    Janet, Don, and Shannon’s family.

    I was shocked and saddened to read of Shannon’s passing. Sending my sincere condolensces to you all in the loss of your daughter, sister, wife and mother. Prayers and thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

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  21. Deana Borys (Richaud) :

    Dale, sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts/prayers have been with you/Taylor/Madison and extended family since I heard the news. Keep the good memories alive in your thoughts. It helps to get through this difficult/sad time. I am there for you if you ever need someone to talk to. (huge hug!!)

    Deana Borys (Richaud)

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  22. Dale and family,

    We would like to send you heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the loss of your beloved wife, Shannon.

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    Denise Petrick, Valerie Rechel, Brent Rosling, Mohsen Raika, Shajaz Manoly, Nadine Miller, Joel Hamilton

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  23. Dale and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you all. dw

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  24. Wilfredo Borromeo :

    My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss.

    Wilfredo Borromeo
    TOS – Facilities

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  25. Chad & Rhonda Melby :

    Our condolences on your tragic loss. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Please let me know if you need anything.

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  26. Bow Valley Credit Union Ltd. East Branch :

    All the staff at Bow Valley Credit Union East Branch, would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful and friendly and kind hearted lady, who we will truly miss not only as a member but a friend.

    Marife
    Sheila
    Kathleen
    Gina

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  27. It is with such sadness that I send my condolences to Shannon’s husband and girls and also to Janet and Don. Know that others are thinking of you at this time and sending their love.
    Val

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  28. Dale, Taylor, Madison, Janet, Don, and Family,

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you during this extremely difficult time. Shannon was a beautiful soul, and I was honored to be close and dear friends with her through our younger years. As with all those that she touched with her warm smile and her gentle nature, Shannon will always hold a special place in my heart.

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  29. I am so very sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences.

    Rosslynn

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  30. Sandra Frei & Daryl Foley :

    Dale – The kind words written about Shannon were beautiful and made me wish I would have had the opportunity to meet her in person. It also made me realize what a tremendous loss your family must feel right now. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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  31. Sandra Frei & Daryl Foley :

    Dale – While we never had the opportunity to meet Shannon at any of the Nexen events, we certainly wished we had after reading the beautiful description of her life. It certainly made us realize what a tremdous loss you and your family must feel right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls during this time.

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  32. Ashley Varney, Mezzanine Hair Studio :

    Taylor, Madison and family,
    I am so very shocked and sorry to hear about your mom’s passing! My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad and very difficult time. I will miss her dearly.
    ~Ashley

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  33. Dale I am sending My sincere condolences to you and your girls on the loss of your amazing wife and very their loving mother your dear Shannon. May loving memories comfort you and guide you in the future.

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  34. Duane & Trina Freeden :

    Dale, Taylor, Madison, Janet & Don,
    We would like to send our love, thoughts and sympathies to you all at this very difficult time. We are sorry we are unable to attend Shannon’s Celebration of Life. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you may find some comfort in your memories of the beautiful person Shannon was.
    Love, Duane, Trina, Darian & Alyssa

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  35. Mark and Nadine Woitt, Neighbors( Mezzanine Hair Studio) :

    It is with great sadness to hear of Shannon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  36. Irene Blackburn :

    Dale, Taylor and Madison,

    Noah, Rebecka and I are shocked and saddened by the news of Shannon’s passing. She was one of the most passionate and kind hearted people I’ve ever met. May you find peace and love during this difficult time.

    Irene Blackburn & family

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  37. Dear Janet and Shannon’s family,
    I was sadden to hear of your loss of your dear daughter, wife and mother.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Sincerely.

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  38. Dale, Taylor, Madison and family

    My heart goes out to all of you. The passing of such a beautiful, thoughtful and positive person is a loss for us all. She is wise old soul and I am sure she is still watching over her family with non-judgement and kindness just as she did in life. I always enjoyed the meaningful conversations we had and I will miss her dearly.

    Myra Murias

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  39. Garth & Marie Hoffort :

    Dale and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the days ahead.
    Love from,
    Garth, Marie & family

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  40. Jean and Brian Merchant :

    Dear Dale, Taylor and Madison
    We are so sad and shocked to hear about the loss of Shannon. We remember her as full of life and wanting to live each day to the fullest. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this tragic time. “In times of tears, may you remember laughter. In times of sadness, may you remember smiles. In times of loneliness, may you think of all you shared – and may it comfort you to know you’ll have those warm, loving memories forever.”
    With deepest sympathy, Brian and Jean

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  41. Dale, Taylor and Madison,
    Jon and I are so very sorry for your loss. We both geniunely enjoyed the time we were able to spend getting to know her. She was smart, kind and funny. She was by far my favorite person to kill ten solid hours at the pool with. Her children were her world. Many people say that, but she truly meant it. I am glad that I knew her.

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  42. Rodneia & Darren :

    Dear Dale and family,

    We were so sorry to hear of your wife’s sudden passing. Being neighbors we had the occasion to meet Shannon a few times coming and going, sometimes with her beautiful daughters, and she was always so kind and gracious each and every time. She was a beautiful lady.
    Please accept our most sincere sympathies at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with you and your wonderful daughters, and all the extended family during this difficult time.
    Darren and Rodneia Mah, Dillan and Sophie.

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  43. Dale and Girls.
    This is very hard to believe that Shannon has left us.
    She was such a wonderful Niece.
    We are such a large family and all of us will miss her.
    Please keep your chin up and be Proud to have had such a wonderful Wife,Mother.
    Love you All Uncle Roger

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  44. Dale, my deepest sympathy. I remember the enjoyable afternoon I spent with you and Shannon at the Brier. My condolences to you and the girls.

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  45. My heart is joined with yours in sorrow over the loss of Shannon. She was such a special person and we had a wonderful connection. Dale, Taylor and Madison, know how much she was loved!

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  46. Garth & Marie Hoffort :

    Dale & family,
    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the days to come.
    Love,
    Garth, Marie & Family

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  47. Janet, Don and Cass
    Thoughts and prayers with you and rest of our family. Shannon with be greatly missed by many. She has touched the hearts of everyone she has met.
    May she fly with the angels and forever watch over her girls. Hugs to u all!

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  48. Dear Dale, Taylor and Madison,

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear that Shannon had passed. She was such a warm presence and I always felt her calming influence when we were together. I remember last month camping, noticing how much the girls are growing up to be so much like their mom: calm, confident, and strong. She gave us that, her girls and a strong family that will somehow get through this.

    I’m so sorry to be so far away and unable to be there for you, but you are in my thoughts and I am comforted to know you have extended family close by to lean on.

    Take care,

    Love Ron

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  49. To Dale & Family. My sincere condolences during this tremendously difficult time. I only met met Shannon once, but remember her beautiful, friendly smile and welcoming personality. May your wonderful memories be there to give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

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  50. Dale & family,
    Dale, we are so very sorry for your loss and praying for you and your girls. May God bring you the comfort and peace that only He can bring.
    In Deepest Sympathy
    Mary and Gord

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  51. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through right now. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that each day you find new ways to heal and keep her love alive in all of your lives.

    Alanna

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  52. I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Shannon once and she was so caring and fun and Dale you spoke so highly of her. My prayers are with your family and I hope your happy memories with Shannon help your through this time.

    Monica.

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  53. Dale,

    Please accept my sinsere condolences, I can only imagine your loss. May time and family bring you peace and may you remember the best of the time you did have.

    Sean

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  54. Suzanne & Malcolm Sills :

    Dale, Taylor and Madison – we were shocked to hear of Shannon’s passing and send our deepest sympathies while you deal with her loss. Cherish the memories and always remember that you have friends with broad shoulders who will always be there for you.

    Suzanne and Malcolm

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  55. Dear Dale, Taylor and Madison,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Shannon was a wonderful women in so many ways. May all your loving memories help you through your days ahead.
    Wendy, Trevor & Emma Hogue

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  56. Darryl Hutt, Nicole Quinn & Family :

    Dear Dale Taylor & Madison

    Dale & family, we are so very sorry for your loss and praying for your family. Cherish the memories as these are what help you heal.

    In Deepest Sympathy
    Darryl Hutt, Nicole Quinn & Family

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  57. Calvin and Danette Tracey :

    Calvin and I have such fond memories of Shannon from our High School years. She truly was an inspiration. Her smile and laugh was contagious along with her positivity. Our heartfelt prayers go out to her family and friends in sympathy, that God will bless and comfort you.

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  58. Dear Dale, I am sorry to hear of your loss and offer our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Reg and Karen Beck

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  59. Dale and family
    Only just finding out the news. So sad to hear about it Dale.
    May God give you all the strength to carry on and the peace that comes with the knowledge of how you’ve been blessed with Shannon in your life.
    Brian

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