It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Mom, Alma on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at the F. W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook.
Mom was born to Mary and Joseph Laughlin on September 7, 1926 on a farm east of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, she was the third of six children. After all the children were born Mary fell ill and the family moved to Saskatoon. Times were hard with the drought and depression of the 30’s and when the Second World War broke out, jobs were to be had in munitions factories, so the family relocated to Windsor, Ontario without Mary who had passed away. After the War, the family moved west to Cranbrook. Mom was about 19 years of age and the first job she had in town was at the Trading Company. A year or so later Mom started working at Colleen’s Dress Shop. Saturday night dances were held at the Bluebird Inn and that’s where Dad met Mom. They were married in the summer of 1949 and set down permanent roots to raise their family. They had four children, Stuart, Roy, Lorne and Janet. After the last child was grown, Mom returned to the outside workforce and was employed by the East Kootenay Regional Hospital until her retirement.
Mom was a past president and member of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles for over 55 years. She was also a breast cancer survivor. Mom was a great baker, excellent seamstress and gardener. As a Mother she was simply the best. She enjoyed travelling, reading and keeping up with current events by listening to the radio.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Mary and Joseph, her sisters Blanche and Marie, brothers Floyd, Hartford and
Joseph, her true love and husband of 51 years Ed, her sons Stuart and Lorne, daughter-in-law Diane and grandson Greg.
Mom is survived by her son Roy, daughter Janet (Dave), 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Christ Church Anglican in Cranbrook.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Canadian Diabetes
Association, Parkinson Society of Canada or the Alzheimer Society of BC.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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Alma Florence Anna Bailey
1926 – 2016