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PURDY, Laura Lynn (née Todd)

April 14, 1961– Shaunavon, SK
September 11, 2014 – Port Hardy, BC

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Laura Lynn Purdy (née Todd). Laura died on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in a scuba diving accident while vacationing with her family off of the coast of Vancouver Island, BC. She was 53 years old.

Born in Shaunavon, SK on April 14, 1961, Laura lived in various cities in Canada and the United States before attending the University of Calgary where she graduated with a B.Ed. and later a BA in English. She was a fine teacher, writer, editor and poet with a unique touch for observing and capturing beauty and sharing it in a precise and personal way. Laura dedicated herself to many causes and charities, devoting countless hours to Ten Thousand Villages and others.

Laura was generous of spirit, a giving friend who brightened our lives with her quick wit and warm humour. She loved literature and music, traveling, skiing, hiking, biking, exploring the outdoors, and sitting by the lake with her dog Jesse and puppy Lily in the company of good friends.

Laura was the beloved wife of Darrel Purdy for thirty-one years and the proud and devoted mother of sons, Michael and Aaron. She is also survived by her parents Murray and Elsie Todd; sister Carrie; brothers, Cameron (Colleen) and David (Vhalle); mother-in-law Hazel Purdy; sister-in-law Lynda; and brother-in-law Glen; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

We all loved her dearly, and will miss her smiles, hugs, and unending love and support.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Laura’s Life will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W.) on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A Reception will follow from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Red & White Club (1833 Crowchild Trail N.W.). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ten Thousand Villages or a charity of donor’s choice.

In living memory of Laura Purdy, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Warren and Lori Rabey :

    Darrel, Aaron and Michael

    There are really no words to describe the utter sadness we have over the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. She meant a great deal to a great many people and her positive light shone brightly upon us all. Please know we have you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time as you morn the loss of such an important part of your family. We will remember Laura’s warm smile and positive nature and we are here to help in any way you may need.

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  2. Brian and Tammy Fischer :

    Our hearts go out to your entire family, we are so very sorry for your loss.

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  3. Fred and Lorraine Sutter :

    It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the passing of Laura. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elsie and Murray, and all the family. Fred and Lorraine

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  4. Karen, Joe, Greg & Scott Watmough :

    Darrel, Michael, Aaron & family,
    We are so saddened to learn of Laura’s sudden passing. She will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a beautiful person inside & out. We are thinking of you all during this incredibly difficult time.
    Karen, Joe, Greg & Scott Watmough

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  5. Gregor Schoenberg :

    Michael and Aaron and family, I send you blessings and condolences from across the miles. Love to you all. Gregor

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  6. So sorry to hear of Laura’s accident and passing. I only know of her through Olive over the years. All I ever heard was what a wonderful, loving person she was. May God be your comfort and support during this time. Our sympathy to all of her family.
    Rudy and Ellen Dielmann from Winnipeg, MB

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  7. hector and Gail McFadyen :

    Murray and Elsie … we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on Laura’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hector and Gail.

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  8. Brent McCorquodale :

    Darrel, Michael, Aaron & Family
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you.

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  9. Amin and Liliane Ghali :

    Dear Murray, Elsie and family:
    Kindly accept our sincere condolence for the passing away of Laura in such a tragic accident. Our thoughts are with you.
    Amin and Liliane

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  10. George and Sheila Watson :

    George and I are so sorry for your loss. We never met Laura but the photo of her with that brilliant smile – so much like her Mom’s – speaks volumes of the person she was.
    Sheila and George

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  11. I was saddened to hear of Laura’s accident.. Please accept my deepest
    condolences. To be taken in her prime of life is tragic.
    Ed Hong-Louie

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  12. Alessandra Predolin, David Yager :

    We send our most sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Laura. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.

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  13. The Wild Family :

    Darrel, Michael and Aaron,
    We are all saddened to hear of Laura’s passing and our thoughts are with you all. We are out of town on Sunday however will be thinking of you. Our deepest sympathy. Ian, Deborah, James and Robert

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  14. Ted Howell and family :

    Murray and family:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you face the challenges of today and as you move forward from this tragic loss. Keep near to your hearts the many happy memories of Laura and her family. God Bless.

    Ted, Celina and Aden

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  15. Kathleen Laura Jordasn :

    I am devastated by the news of Laura’s passing. As my special volunteer we spent many happy times together. I will treasure them always.

    My heart goes out to you today and as you move forward.

    Sincere Condolences, Kathleen Jordan

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  16. Don & Ruth Neufeldt :

    Dear Darrel, Michael & Aaron,
    We were very sorry to hear of your wife’s/mother’s passing. May you find comfort in the endearing beauty of God’s love and in the warmth of happy memories. With the passing of time, may the spirit of acceptance and inner peace enfold you.
    Our love and prayers, Don & Ruth

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  17. Paul & Karen Dolynny :

    Dear Darrel, Michael and Aaron,
    We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Laura. She had the kindest smile and such a loving personality, a trait she has passed on to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Paul & Karen

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  18. Dear Elsie and family,
    I was shocked and saddened to read of the sudden death of your daughter Laura. I hope that the support of family and friends will help you through this time of trial.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Joyce Moore

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  19. Dear Elsie,
    I was shocked and saddened to read of the sudden death of your daughter Laura. I hope that the support of family and friends will help you through this time of trial.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Joyce Moore

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  20. Karen and Dave Mitchell :

    We were so saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. She was a lovely, fun, and very friendly person – always meeting friends with a bright smile and a warm hug. Our thoughts are with you.

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  21. We are so saddened to hear this news. We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    Laura was a great volunteer driver for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. She ensured that kids who needed a lunch got their lunch. She did so with eagerness and a smile. She will be missed at the kitchen by all of us here. And we deeply thank her for the time she committed.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Cathy, Josh, Mimi, Melissa, Jill, Wendy and Tanya

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  22. Laura was a kind, soft spoken, special woman with a special heart. I appreciated her time volunteering with Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, helping deliver lunches to feed hungry kids in our city that would otherwise go without, and her dedication has hugely impacted our community more than you know. We/I will miss her kindness, her chats, her beautiful warm smile and hugs, and her laughter. May family members find comfort in this difficult time, her presence will be missed, but her spirit and memory will live on in our hearts always. Sending a special Laura squeezie hug to you all.
    Love Cathy

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  23. Dear Purdy family,
    I am deeply saddened at the sudden passing of your beloved mother and wife, Laura. I met her briefly at the Oilmen’s convention a few years ago and was struck by how lovely she is, inside and out. May you be blessed to find peace and comfort at this time of mourning. You are in our prayers.
    Cathy and John Swendsen

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  24. Connie Dean-Milino :

    Darrel and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the tragic passing of Laura. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of devastating loss.

    Sincerely,
    Connie

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  25. Georgia (Straub) Jacques :

    Elsie and Murray
    I just today learned about Laura’s tragic death. I am so sorry for your loss. May your faith and your memories sustain you through this difficult time.

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  26. Dear Murray, Elsie and family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of the news of the loss of your daughter .
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Michael and Rosalyn Martin

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  27. Dear Murray, Elsie and family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of the news of the loss of your daughter.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Michael and Rosalyn Martin

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  28. Darrel – I was very sad to hear this tragic news. Lorraine Laplante and I visited you and Laura in 1983 – I think just after we had married – to hear your plans to wed and share your excitement. (That was from Lorraine’s excellent memory; mine is not as keen…) My friendship with you in school & university left a unwavering impression that you were a kind and solid person and a “good guy” through and through. To have the long gap in our acquaintance closed on this sad note is painful to me.
    I’m sorry for the terrible loss you and Laura’s family are dealing with.

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