August 25, 1930 (Ottawa) to December 31, 2014 (Calgary)
Elizabeth MacBride Kerr Lawrence (Libby) passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the age of 84 following a brief illness with ALS.
Elizabeth is survived by her 4 children all of Calgary; Steven (Barbara), Gordon, Carol (Darren) and Robert (Gail). She is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Molly and Scott and many wonderful relations and friends across Canada, the US, and Scotland. She was predeceased by her husband, Keith William Lawrence in 1999, sister Mary Kester in 2005 and twin brother Robert Paterson in 2006. Elizabeth was born to parents Elizabeth and Dr. Robert Paterson in Ottawa, Ontario. She attended the Elmwood Girls School in Ottawa and then one year at Carlton University. She then went on to finish her education at Queens University in Kingston. While at both universities she was a member of the swim teams. Elizabeth and Keith were married in Ottawa in 1954 and spent their remaining years in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Inuvik, Frobisher Bay, Yellowknife and finally Calgary. Elizabeth worked for several years in the Northwest Territories as a substitute teacher and then as an assistant teacher with the Calgary Board of Education in the 1980’s and 90’s. She was also a math tutor. Elizabeth enjoyed many years, training and showing her beloved Dalmatians (she had 7 over 40 years). She was fiercely independent and was able to drive her car almost until the end. In earlier years she took many long car trips across Canada and the US to visit friends and family. She was an excellent seamstress, was an oil painter and in more recent years belonged to the Confederation Park Community Centre camera and art clubs. The family wishes to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at the Rockyview Hospital for making Elizabeth’s final weeks comfortable and dignified. A celebration of Mom’s life will be held at the Glamorgan Community Centre at 4207 – 41 Ave SW at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015.
In living memory of Elizabeth Lawrence, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences