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WATSON, Leslie Gayle

April 27, 1949 – Swift Current, Saskatchewan
April 16, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the family of Leslie Gayle Watson announces her passing after a courageous battle with ALS, on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the age of 68 years. Leslie entered heavens gates under the compassionate care of the hospice staff at Carewest Sarcee in Calgary, AB surrounded by her immediate family.

Leslie was born on April 27, 1949 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to the late Margaret and Allan Brandhagen. Leslie lived a fulfilling life as a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and dear friend to all. She loved unlimited long distance plans, trips to Palm Springs and any opportunities for family gatherings. Leslie’s career spanned 36 years for the Calgary Board of Education working at Dr. EP Scarlett Senior High, John Ware Junior High and most recently Centennial High School.

Leslie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 50 years, Moe and their children, Bill, Kelly and Jeff (Eang). In addition, she will be sadly missed by her three grandchildren, Easton, Katie and Brody and is also survived by her two sisters and their families, sister Lynn, husband Wayne Meyers and children, Lorna, Shaun (Joe) and Erin and sister Donna, husband Brian Dickie and children Kristi (Jason) and Karen (Mike). Leslie’s nieces and nephews’ children, Hannah, Makenna, Cooper, Chloe and Logan were also very special to her and join us in grieving. Outside of family, Leslie had many cherished friendships we’d like to acknowledge from her childhood to work colleagues, neighbours and newer friends made down in Palm Springs. She touched so many far and wide that the amount of love she gave was never ending and she kept giving it till the end.

During this difficult journey, our family and extended family would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of Leslie’s doctors, nurses and caregivers. These amazing people from South Health Campus, the ALS Society & ALS Clinic, Homecare, AHS and especially those during Mum’s final days in the Hospice wing at the Carewest Sarcee location were instrumental in not only caring for Mom but helping our family cope and grieve through this horrific time. The Watson’s, Dickie’s and Meyer’s families would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Leslie was taken from us far too early due to this horrible disease and as such in lieu of flowers the family wishes that any contributions be in the form of a donation to the ALS Society of Alberta in her honour. Mum’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with and would want them to know that she ‘Loves us all to the Moon and Back’.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

In living memory of Leslie Watson, 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.

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  1. To the entire Watson family: Please accept my sincere condolences on Leslie’s passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call me.

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  2. Heather Pearcey :

    My deepest sympathy to the Watson family on the loss of Leslie. I had the pleasure of working with Leslie at Centennial High School. Leslie was a kind and thoughtful colleague, and visiting her at her office always brought a smile to my face. She cared for everyone who walked through her door. I’m very sad to hear of her passing.

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  3. Remembering Leslie’s kindness and positive attitude – always caring for others. She was such a blessing to me in the Business Office when I came to Centennial and was always willing to help. She developed many caring relationships with students and staff who would drop by to just talk and receive kind words from Leslie.
    Her passion was her family and her love for them was always evident. Deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend!

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  4. To Morley, Bill, Kelly, Jeff & the entire Watson family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Leselie was an amazing Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt & friend. She was a kind, generous, hardworking person who loved her family so very much. She will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

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  5. Traci O'Keefe :

    My deepest sympathy to the Watson family during this time of loss. Leslie was one of the kindest people I knew. She was always giving. She was a beautiful person and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

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  6. Claire Carfoot :

    We are so sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. we have so many memories of growing up together. Our deepest sympathies. Claire and Murray Carefoot

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  7. Nancy (Cooper) and Rick Lake :

    Dear Morley and family,
    Rick and I were so saddened to hear of Leslie’s horrible disease and untimely passing. I remember Leslie as being one of the most attractive teenagers in Swift Current and always a kind, gentle person on the occasions when we crossed paths. I also remember her kindness and welcoming personality when Lynn and I came to Calgary on a Christmas shopping trip many years ago! Our sympathy to you and your family. May you find strength from wonderful memories!
    Nancy (cooper) and Rick Lake

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  8. Karen & Dave Sandeman :

    To Mo, Jeff, Kelly & Bill, we have been friends & neighbors for 30 years. Leslie will be missed by all of us….Karen & Dave

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  9. Michelle & Darren Jackson :

    Leslie was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed.

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  10. Michelle & Darren Jackson :

    The World lost a beautiful person. She will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

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  11. I will always remember Leslie for her honesty, kindness and caring attitude. She was an example of goodness to us all . Her dedication was always to others whether it was family , friends, colleagues or the students at her workplace. All ages felt her warmth and compassion. This made her such a good mother and friend . My deepest sympathy to the Watson family . Leslie will be missed.

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  12. Condolences to you and your family Kelly. May your Mom be with the angels above and rest in peace❤
    Love and strength to you and yours.
    Mandy Heap Neugebaur & family.

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  13. Tracy Laycock :

    So sorry for your loss. I work with Kelly, and didn’t personally know her mom, I did know how close and special their relationship was. So many friends and family, I’m sure your memories will be a comfort to all of you.

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  14. Maureen Nichol :

    Dearest Morley, Bill, Kelly, Jeffrey, your families and all of Leslie’s loved ones. Memories of dancing at Teen Town, getting married the same year, having our babies together, travelling to Vegas & Disney; laughing, crying, gossiping as only neighbours and besties would do. Years and years of wonderful times. ALS took my Momma from me and now it has destroyed yet another beautiful family. Please hug as hard as you can today, Happy Heavenly Birthday Leslie, Maureen

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  15. Ian & Joan Greig :

    Moe & family,
    We were saddened when we heard of the hand that had been dealt to Leslie. No one should suffer like that. Although she will be missed dearly, she is in a better place now. May you find peace in remembering the love she had for you.

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  16. Dear Morley, Kelly, Bill and Jeff
    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife, mom & gramma. She sounds like she was a wonderfully kind and loving soul. The entire Gryba Family sends their condolences. We are thinking about you all and send you all many hugs & prayers.

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  17. Rob, Caroline, Samantha, Emily & Gracie Gryba :

    Morley, Kelly, Bill, Jeff & Family
    We are so saddened to hear about the passing of your beautiful wife, mother & grandmother. She was full of love and touched a lot of lives in a positive way, that is something to be cherished. The Gryba family send our deepest condolences, hugs and prayers.

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  18. Pattie and janine :

    To the Watson Family. So sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. She was a kind, gentle, caring, positive person and will be deeply missed by all of you. Take care.

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  19. Lindy Bellamy :

    I just recently heard of Leslie’s passing. I’m very sorry for your loss. I remember Leslie so well spending countless hours in the family home and lake cottage and later in years as your neighbours, when our kids were young. She was always a beautiful person inside and out. Thinking of you all with prayers. Heaven got an angel.

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  20. Tricia Katelnikoff-Ingram :

    Loved your mom, love you all. Thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time. ❤️

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  21. John O'Lain :

    Morley, just heard of Leslie’s passing. We are so very sorry for your loss. Both of you were so kind when we lost Pat. Our heart goes out to you and your family.
    John and Joan O’Lain ( Bremner)

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  22. Susan (Kantrud) McConnell :

    Just heard Leslie s passing. She was always such a happy and positive soul . My condolence to your family

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  23. Alexis Choquette :

    “My most sought after angel”, God said as he welcomed her into heaven.
    My condolences to the entire Watson family.
    She was one of a kind. She brought the best out of everyone around her. She was the life of the party, always positive and full of laughter. She made me feel at home, like part of the family, knowing mine was so far away.
    She raised my best friend Kelly to be a strong, independent woman.
    It is with great sorrow I say goodbye to a wonderful woman and hope that when God calls on me we will meet again.

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