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LAFLEUR, Elizabeth Ellen (nee Johnson)

August 1, 1924 – October 15, 2012

Elizabeth (Betty) Lafleur of Airdrie, AB, passed away on October 15, 2012 at the age of 88 years.

Betty was born in Cambuslang, Scotland, though spent most of her younger life in Edinburgh. In 1949, she immigrated to Canada, settling in Kitchener, Ontario where she met Joseph Marcel Lafleur. They fell in love and were married in 1952.

Throughout Joseph’s military career the family moved often, residing in Picton, ON, Kingston, ON, Montreal, QC and Huntsville, Alabama before settling down in Shilo, Manitoba. During their travels, the family grew with the addition of five children (Thomas, Peter, Andreé, James and Michael).

Betty had a love for horse riding and figure skating, teaching both at various times in her life. She also dedicated many years to the Cub Scouts as a leader in Shilo. After the death of Joseph in 1974, the focus of her dedication turned to her family.

As most of the children slowly migrated west, Betty soon followed to be near her family, landing in Didsbury, Alberta. Her final stop was under the care of her son, James, in Airdrie, Alberta.

Those who knew her will forever remember her as a wonderful friend, loving wife and caring mother. Mum, you taught us well and will always be in our hearts. May you once again find peace by Dad’s side.

Betty is survived by her five children (their spouses and grand children): sons Thomas Joseph Lafleur (Steven and Nikki) of Airdrie, AB; Peter Marcel Lafleur (Laurie, Mackenzie and Addison) of Peterborough, ON; daughter Andreé Elizabeth Hammond (Gary, Erin and Morgan) of Calgary, AB; and sons James Paul Lafleur and Michael Edward Lafleur of Airdrie, AB.

Betty was predeceased in 1974 by her loving husband Joseph Marcel Lafleur.

Private family services were already held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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

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  1. Randall and Linda Bryden :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing and wanted you to know I was thinking of you. She and I had exchanged Christmas card/newsletters for many years until they stopped coming about 4 years ago and Peter was able to let me know why. She kept me informed of what her “children” were up to and was a very proud Mom. I have nothing but very fond memories of your Mom and Dad and the fun times we had in Shilo. Take care.
    Randall

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  2. Cordell Grant :

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I had the pleasure of having some of the kids in my classes at CFB Shilo.

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  3. Ida (Oake) Rabideau :

    My condolences to Andree & the boys. I was a child ‘ShiloBrat’ & knew Mrs. Lafleur. I remember her as a very gentle, kind-hearted lady. Hugs for the family.

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  4. Brenda (LeBlanc) Douglas :

    So sorry to hear of your mom passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Brenda

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  5. Paula and Glen Morris :

    Our deepest condolences to all the Lafleurs. Your mother was such a special, kind and loving woman who always welcomed us into her home with open arms. She always kept us up-to-date with all the family news, Betty will always have a special place in our hearts.
    With love and prayers Paula and Glen

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  6. Connie (Boatman) Torossi :

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Connie

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  7. Heather & Ron Dalgleish :

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Lafleur family on the passing of your Mom. She was a grand lady and will always be remembered.

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  8. Karla Kewell (O'Donnell) :

    Sending my deepest sympathies to all of the kids. Your mom was such a wonderful woman and I so wish I would have known she was in Airdrie because I would have stopped in to see her. I have always thought the world of your mom and she was truly an inspirational woman in my life. Mike big hugs coming your way…..xo

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  9. During the 60’s, my parents (Norman and Joyce) were very close to Betty and Joe, to the point that to the Barker kids they were “Auntie Betty and Uncle Joe”. They were both down to earth people who centered their lives on family and friends. Although my parents have both passed on, I would like to send sincerest condolences from the Barker family to the Lafleurs. RIP Betty and Joe.

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  10. Susan Adkins (Parsons) :

    I remember both your parents well, as I used to babysit for them when they went to any formal event at the Sgt. Mess. Also when my mother was president of the protestant chapel’s guild, your mom was her opposite at the Catholic Church. They worked together. Your Mother was a special lady who I know you will miss greatly. My deepest condolences to the family. Susan Parsons-Adkins

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  11. Gordon and Marie Matheson :

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of your mother, Betty. May all the fond memories of her help to comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

    Sincerely,
    Alex and Peggy Matheson (Brandon, MB)
    Gord and Marie Matheson (Brandon, MB)

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  12. Nancy and Jamie Westaway :

    Andree, Jim, Tom, Mike and Pete, We know that you will all miss your Mom. She lived a good life, all the better for the love you showered on her. She was a kind and gentle woman from all we saw and what you told us.
    Jamie and Nance

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