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BESANT, Laura Olive (nee Jessop)

November 2, 1920 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan
June 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Laura Olive Besant passed away peacefully at age 97 in Calgary, AB on June 15, 2018, predeceased by her loving husband, Anthony George Kitchener “Buzz” Besant, and two of their children in infancy: John Rayner Besant and Janice Dawn Besant.

Laura grew up in Saskatchewan, lived in Saskatoon, Fort Macleod, Winnipeg and Ottawa before returning to Calgary in 1967. She was a long-standing member of The Order of the Eastern Star O.E.S. in Calgary, and was active with her skating and community hiking groups into her nineties.

She leaves behind her daughter Bonita Hicks, her grand-daughter Robin Hicks, and great-grand-daughter Jessica Cluett. She also leaves her son Derek Besant and his wife Alexandra Haeseker. Laura was predeceased by her brothers, Charley, John and Stanley Jessop; her sisters, Barber Searle, Emma Gibney, Ruby Baker and Florence Jessop.

A private service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818 or to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

In living memory of Laura Besant, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Derek and Alexandra, I was so sorry to hear about Laura’s passing. She was such an elegant lady and we had some great talks over the years.

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