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GORHAM, Patricia (Pat) Lee

September 17, 1956 – Leader, Saskatchewan
September 8, 2018 – Okotoks, Alberta

Pat Gorham of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the age of 61 years. Right until the end Pat loved to serve children, people and her Lord.

She has touched many hearts through her giving and generosity. Even after retirement from teaching her mission was to help others.

Surviving to celebrate her happy memories are her mother Eileen Riedlinger and her three siblings Randy Riedlinger, Ron (Suzanne) Riedlinger and Sheila (Norm) Ash. Most precious of all to this wonderful mother and nana were her three daughters, Monica (Glen) Bouchard, Shannon Gorham and Allison Gorham; and two grandsons, Alex and Lucas Bouchard. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Jeremy (Shayleene), Rachel and Robin, Jacen (Taunia) and Sean. She was predeceased by her dad Ray Riedlinger, and grandparents Esther and Joe Sitter.

A Celebration of Patricia’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. At Pat’s request for her celebration of life, please dress in colorful attire. A private family graveside service will be held in Leader, SK later. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1S1, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org.

In living memory of Pat Gorham, 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. Melanie Yanofsky :

    My sincere condolences. Pat was an incredible woman and touched many lives, in including mine. She will be dearly missed.

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  2. Caroline Bauer-Collette Andree :

    Our deepest sympathy to Patty’s family. May fond memories of great times with her bring you consolation.

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  3. Loris Freysteinson :

    My deepest sympathy to Pat’s family and friends. Over the years of teaching with and subbing for Pat, I knew her to be one of the most kind, caring, and dedicated teachers. Pat had a beaming smile and a cheerful disposition every time I saw her in the halls or elsewhere. She is loved by many and will be deeply missed.

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  4. Connie Sothmann :

    I wish to send my sincere condolences to Pat’s families. Pat was a loving, caring person who touched many lives. She was a good friend and colleague and will be sadly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Hugs.♥️

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  5. June and Jerry Gizen :

    Deepest sympathy on the passing of Pat She was a wonderful person and always had a friendly smile for everyone.
    May her legacy live on in her beautiful family!

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  6. Jo Ann Heeg-Williams :

    Dear Eileen and Family, I have been thinking of Pat and her family since I heard she was not well. I have not seen Patty for quite awhile but I will always remember her smile and her loving and kind personality. Pat was blessed with a beautiful and caring family and I know that is why she was such a wonderful woman. Love and hugs to Eileen, Sheila, Randy and Rodney and your families.

    Love Jo Ann Heeg-Williams and Family

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  7. Sheridale Pearman :

    Eileen, I am so sorry about your daughter. I did not know her, but I can only imagine how devastating it must be to lose a daughter. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  8. Heaven gains another beautiful angel. So sorry to hear of this news, my deepest condolences to the family. Pat was such an inspiration and compassionate lady, my daughter was very blessed to have her guidance during her time at Langdon School.

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  9. Hugh and Faith campbell :

    We send our sympathy to Pat’s family. Pat was a devoted teaching colleague with an enormous capacity to shine her love to those she taught. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul!

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  10. Dave and Karri Wagman :

    Loving thoughts and prayers to all of your family. Heartfelt sympathy to you all.

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  11. valores janvier :

    My deepest condolences to the family …Pat was my teacher in grade 4 , she is true amazing woman,,,,i often talked about her because i wanted to see her again ,,she was like the person i knew and very much a best friend,,,,,may you rest in peace Pat

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  12. Pat you were an inspiration and a great mentor. You are released from pain and heaven has gained another angel .
    Hugs to your family and friends

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  13. Karen Abdallah :

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to Pat’s family and all her friends. She richly enhanced my life as a friend and colleague. Pat always shared her loving heart, dynamic personality, and love of life and family. We’ve all been blessed with her time on earth and she will be deeply missed. Heaven has gain another beautiful angel.

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  14. Pat and Don Wagman :

    The world is a better place for Patty being in it. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. So glad we reconnected this past year. You will be missed my friend.

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  15. My deepest sympathies to all. I will always remember the great Saturdays mornings when all of you came to my store to shop. Always a great time and some good laughs.

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  16. So sorry to hear of this sad news. Pat was always such a kind person. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to her family.

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  17. Alfred and Sandra Elsasser :

    Our sincere sympathy Eileen, on the loss of your daughter. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family,in this time of great sadness.

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  18. My heart and thoughts are with you as you say goodbye to your mother and friend.

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  19. my deepest condolences to the family, Pat had taught in La Loche and had inspired a lot of students and made friends, sorry for your loss. ♥️♥️

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  20. Darlene & Tony Wagner :

    Deepest Sympathy Eileen in the loss of your daughter, Pat. I will keep her family in my prayers.
    Take comfort in how many people loved and cared for her.

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  21. Sending our thoughts, prayers & hugs. I will always cherish our teaching days at Indus. Pat was a phenomenal educator who was kind, caring & inspirational. You will be missed & never forgotten.

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  22. Debbie Bueckert :

    Eileen, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear daughter. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  23. Sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. She is now at peace with her Lord.
    Sending hugs.
    Xxxooo

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  24. My condolences to the family of Pat! I so enjoyed teaching with Pat at Indus and Langdon Schools. She was a light and inspiration! Her faith was also so inspiring! So sorry for your loss!

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  25. My sincere condolences to family and friends of Pat. We will miss her smile and enthusiasm.

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  26. Pat you encouraged me to take this path I have been on for the last 10 years. You inspired me. Thank you. I will be praying for your family. Rest in peace.

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  27. Words fail me; to say that our beloved Pat will be missed is an understatement.
    Her smile, her laugh. Her faith, and strength of character a role model for us all.
    To her family, my deepest sympathy.

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  28. Cherryl L. Walter :

    My sincere sympathy to Patty’s mother Eileen and family. As a childhood friend of Patty’s, I treasure her wonderful smile and her ability to be a friend to anyone. Her sincerity and genuine interest in others was a very rare quality. Rest in peace my dear friend.

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  29. Cherryl Walter (Meier) :

    My sincere sympathy to Eileen and Patty’s family. As a childhood friend of Patty’s, I remember her genuine, bright smile and her ability to befriend anyone. Her sincerity and concern for others was a very rare quality. Rest in peace my friend.

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  30. Nicky Serfontein :

    My heartfelt condolences for you at the loss of our dearest sister in Christ. Pat will be missed dearly but always remembered as I know she has left a mark on so many lives, mine included. Thankful she is at peace now and dancing in celebration with Jesus! My prayers are for her very loving family at this time of grief.

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  31. Pattemore Family :

    We are so sad to hear the news of the passing of Mrs. Gorham. She broke the mold in so many ways and has touched many families on her life’s path, including ours. She taught our eldest daughter, Grade 1 at Prince of Peace; and was a charismatic inspiration to her successes and enriched her faith daily to always trust in our Lord, RIP Mrs’ Gorham. – Our sincerest condolences to her Family and Friends. – the Pattemore’s

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  32. Sincere condolences to Pat’s family.
    I got to know Pat through our church community. She had such a wonderfully upbeat attitude and carried her cheerfulness and strong faith with her.
    Thinking of you at this time of loss.
    Verna Kehler

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  33. Al & Heather Liddiard :

    Pats warm smile and sparkling eyes will truly be missed…she shone bright…condolences to her daughters and extended family

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  34. Toni and Joe Cavar :

    Pat’s faith astounded me. Her positive and selfless attitude were a lesson for us all. We will miss her.

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  35. Luis and Jennie DeLeon :

    Mom’s are special people; and yours was most special. We know she was an amazing person and we are sorry for your loss. Her church community misses her……

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  36. I grew to love Pat while working at Prince of Peace. She actually stepped into my job and then I subbed for her. She made me smile and laugh more than I can count. Her strong faith was a witness to all. I grieve for those of you left on earth but rejoice that she is with her Lord and Saviour – all sickness gone, having a grand time with the saints of old. Bless you as you cherish your memories.

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  37. Pat was an amazing person. I had the privilege of working with her when she first started at Indus. She was kind, caring, and would give you the shirt of her back. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. She will be missed but I know she is looking down from heaven cheering the rest of us on in life!

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  38. Devastating. My loving condolences to the family. She will always be forever remembered for her extraordinary positiveness through all her hardships which radiated into her strength and love. She is your light to guide you through the difficult days ahead. May she be at peace in the loving arms of her Lord.

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  39. My heart is sadden by our loss. Patty was a very special person with a limitless capacity for kindness and an amazing strength of spirit. It was a true pleasure to reconnect with her over the last couple of years. My most heartfelt condolences to her family.

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  40. I met Pat at Campbell Stone Church; she was a bright light to all with her warm smile, friendliness, and enduring faith. Deepest condolences to all her family, Merla Coppock

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  41. Pat worked for Home Instead Senior Care as a CAREGiver for close to 2 years. I had the honor to get to know Pat for one of those years. It is beyond a doubt that she was an incredible woman and her heart and passion was always incredible and we’d talk at the office about Pat’s huge heart and smile and how it could brighten anyone’s day, especially her clients. Nothing was too challenging, she’d dive right in to the hardest of situations. And was incredibly proud of her nurse daughter to give her tips! Deepest condolences to her family. She’s smiling up above creating just as much joy in Heaven as she did down her on earth.

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  42. Greg & Dawn Hockaday :

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I enjoyed getting to know her while Allison and Courtney were in school together. Her smile and cheery disposition were a delight when our lives overlapped at GCA. Condolences to her entire family; our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  43. To the family: my sincere condolences. Pat was a bright spirit at Campbell-Stone and I always appreciated her caring ways. She will be missed. Prayers and Blessings.

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  44. Dwight and Leilani Dirk :

    I still remember Patty as always having the biggest smile and having such a glowing personality. To Eileen, Randy, Ron and Sheila and to Patty’s daughters, sincere condolences on your loss.

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  45. Harold & Lori Loewen :

    We are heartbroken about Pat’s passing. Pat was such a beautiful person inside and out – she will be deeply missed!

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  46. To Pat’s girls and grand babies: As you know that the first thing your mom and gran would do is give a warm and caring hug. She would ask how we were doing and then with only the enthusiasm your mom has to chatting about her wonderful girls and grand boys. What a lady, what a teacher, what a friend and what a mother. We are blessed to have know dear mom. Our condolences. Stu and Kathy Leson

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  47. I was so saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. What a lovely lady she was; always thinking of others and delighting in remembering and asking about details from conversations from months before. She was truly dedicated to the learning and well being of her students and took the time to share her knowledge with her colleagues. I enjoyed working with her at Indus School and will always have those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Gone far too soon.

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