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LAU, Olive Mary

1942 – Chesterfield, England
2013 – Calgary, AB

Olive Mary Lau beloved wife of Ka Ming, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the age of 70 years.

Olive was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. She trained as a nurse and midwife. In 1974, Olive and Ming and their two young children immigrated to Canada. She worked first as a nursing aide and later as a librarian at St. Philip School and then Father Doucet School until her retirement in 2001 after the birth of her first grandchild. Olive was adored by her grandkids. She spent many hours reading and singing to them, and of course spoiling them! Olive enjoyed spending time in her garden and watching the many different birds that would visit her yard. Olive’s beautiful smile and kind spirit will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Besides her loving husband Ka Ming, Olive will be dearly missed by her children, Sarah (Matthew) and Simon (Stella) and her precious grandchildren, Katie, Zac, Sidney and Stasia. She is also survived by her brother and sisters, Mamie (John), Peter (Linda) and Joan (John) in England; and her sister-in-law, Lisa, in Indonesia and their families; as well as Ming’s sisters and their families in Hong Kong, England and Toronto. She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Joan Davenport, and her brother Bob.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. The family wishes to thank all the wonderful staff in Unit 37 and the ICU at the Foothills Medical Center.

In living memory of Olive Lau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Jane Ferguson (King) :

    We are so very sorry for your loss, and wanted to offer our condolences. My husand, Randy and I are thinking of you. You were all truly blessed to have Olive in your life. She was delightful! When my mom Ann was alive, she spoke of her often.. smiling….

    Take care.
    With love, Jane and Randy Ferguson

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  2. tracey and andy shields :

    Love and miss you Aunty Olive, always and forever.

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  3. Danielle and Hayden Revering :

    Mr. Lau,
    We have no words to express how very sorry we wre for the sadness that you now feel with the loss of your beloved wife. Nor can we say anything to you, Simon and Sarah, that will take away the pain of losing your mum,
    Hayden and I have talked a lot over the past few days of what your wife and mum gave to us and to everyone she met. She always carried with her a quiet strength, immense kindness, great spirit and a feeling of comfort everywhere she went. To have lived well, laughed often and loved much is the call that we all have on this earth and she exceeded those expectations of who we are called to be.
    The only thing that we have concluded that we can say is thank you for allowing us, all of us, to be a part of your hearts and sharing your wonderful wife and mum.
    I personally, am so thankful for her support, her love towards my child and her friendship.
    During this time of grief, know that God has welcomed her home and she is renewed in His glory. Know too, that all those who were touched by her are united in sharing your sadness and are here in any way that you need. God Bless
    Danielle and Hayden Revering

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  4. Faye Prichard :

    Sarah and family; I was so sorry to read about your Mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at most difficult time.

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  5. Jen and Claribel :

    Olive was such a beautiful person inside and out. Her personality shone brightly everyday. She always had a smile on her face despite all the hurdles she had to go through. Mrs. Lau always made our day a positive one. Condolances to Mr. Lau, Simon, Sarah and family. We miss her dearly. God bless you.

    With lots of love,
    Jen and Claribel (FMC unit 37)

    1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
    For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

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  6. Lorna de Zilva :

    Ming, Sarah (Matthew) and Simon (Stella) grandchildren and family

    We are so sad to hear about Olive. Sorry we cannot be there with you. We were Blessed to share many memorable times with Olive and you when we lived in Queensland. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Eternal Rest be Granted to Olive, May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon her, May her soul Rest In Peace.

    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives.
    ~ Author –Unknown

    Doug Lorna Kaaren & Johnny Al & Carrie
    Vancouver BC

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  7. Carol Watson :

    Ming, Sarah, Simon & Families,

    I am blessed to have known and worked with Olive. One of my fondest memories was when Ming and Olive’s first grandchild was born. Olive invited myself & my late husband Les to share a glass of brandy with them. Ming and Olive had bought the bottle on their honeymoon in England and saved it to open upon the arrival of their first grandchild!! What a special moment to share! Olive was very special and loved children and the children at Fr. Doucet School loved her!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Carol Watson

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  8. Lisa Wilson :

    I am truly sorry to hear about Olive’s passing. I worked with her at Fr. Doucet and we all knew what a treasure she was to staff and students alike. I remember her excitement when she announced that her first grandchild was arriving. I know her spirit will soar forever. Treasure the memories, laughter and take comfort that an angel is watching over you.
    May God’s grace strengthen you
    Lisa

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  9. Tommy Lau & Family :

    We are sadden by the news and would like to offer our condolences. We still remember the days when we were celebrating Sunday Mass at St. Paul’s Church, Edmonton Trail, with you and her in the era of Rev. John Mak. May God look after your family and may Olive rest in peace.

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  10. I am so sorry of the loss of such a fantastic lady who has been so much of a very dear friend to all of us who knew her. I personaly will always remember the kindness and care that Olive and the family gave to me. God bless.
    Dave

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  11. Michelle Fraser :

    Dear Sarah, Matt and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so amazing. I will miss her dearly. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
    Michelle, Tony Fraser and Family

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  12. Debbie and Terry Page :

    Loving memories Olive of our time together at Kings College Hospital and our letters every Christmas. I will miss you. Rest in Peace xxx

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  13. Jackie Paas :

    Sarah and family,
    I feel so blessed to have known your mom all these years. She was a great woman and amazing grandmother. I cannot imagine the pain you are carrying at this moment however I want you to know that I am here for you if you need me. I will miss seeing her bright smile and hello’s every Saturday evening at mass. May God be with you and your family during this very difficult time. Love you lots.

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  14. Barbara Kimmitt :

    Sarah and family – we are all sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and grandmother, and we are sending you our love and support.
    Eric, Barbara, Elan and Anna (Arrata)

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  15. Kathryn Danchuk :

    Ming and family: we’re very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Olive. I spent many pleasant times at St. Philip school as one of many of Olive’s “Library Moms”. She will be missed.
    Kathryn, mother of Olive’s library patrons, David and Julie Danchuk

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  16. Sheri McDougall :

    My deepest condolences at the loss of Olive. She was such a genuine person and good soul, her kindness will always be remembered. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Sheri (Dyck) McDougall

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  17. Diane and Trevor Jennens :

    Dear Sarah and Simon, Our family send our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, Olive. Juliane and Andrew knew your mother well when they attended St. Philip school. Also, as parents, we appreciated the wonderful job she did as the school librarian. As a volunteer, Diane enjoyed working with Olive. She was always a positive and happy person and we know she will be missed.
    Sincerely, Diane and Trevor Jennens

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  18. Amyn Kanjee :

    Sarah and family,
    Our deepest condolences on your great loss. We pray that you have the strength to overcome this great loss and wishing you and your family peace and the ability to overcome such a great loss.
    Amyn Kanjee and family

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  19. Maureen Lallier :

    Mrs. Lau meant so much to my children when they attended Father Doucet. Roald Dahl has never seemed so much alive in his wonderful stories as when we heard Mrs. Lau read them. I had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know Mrs. Lau while volunteering to work in the library. Never was there a kinder person with a smile for everyone. Thank you.
    Maureen, Nicole, Michelle

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  20. Lambros and Ingrid Tsaprailis :

    Dear Simon and Family,
    Ingrid and I would like to send our deepest condolences to the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and always remember that your mother was so very proud of all of you. Remember the good times and the words of wisdom she all gave you.
    Lambros, Ingrid and Family

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  21. Keri Barker :

    My deepest and warmest condolences to the family. We visited Olive and Ming many of times while my Granddad came from England to visit family. She opened up her home and her heart to all she meet. My daughter only got a handful of times to meet this amazing women but she adored her every time she went over there. Her smile lit up a room and the banter between Ming and Olive and Granddad was times to never forget. Olive was like family to my Granddad and me too. It might be years since they last saw each other but when they got together it was like they just saw each other at the pub for a pint! She will be missed and never forgotten.
    The Barkers

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  22. Lynne Bischke :

    Dear Ming,Simon,Sarah and family
    My deepest condolences to you on the passing of a beautiful and kind lady. Olive will be greatly missed and I will especially miss visiting you both when my dad came to visit. Olive always greeted us with open arms and made us feel welcome. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Lynne and Ben Bischke

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