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Lyla Florence



Lyla passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the age of 84 years.

She will be forever loved and greatly missed by her daughter, Ruth (Henry) Cripps; daughter-in-law, Judi Florence; four grandchildren: Jeffery (Jennifer) and Kevin Cripps, Katherine and Graham (Melissa) Florence; two great-granddaughters, Eryka and Amelia Cripps; one brother, Robert White; and one sister, Lenore Anderson.

Lyla was predeceased by her husband, Jack; son, Bryce; parents, Eva and Melville White; and sisters, Verna Anderson and Arlene Jackson.

Lyla was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28, 1930. Her family operated a grain and dairy farm just outside of Winnipeg. Mom often talked of the hard work farming was back then. Perhaps this, in part, gave her the strength she needed in these last months. Mom referred to herself as “just an old farm girl” right to the end of her life. Lyla married Jack, the love of her life, in 1951. Mom and Dad had a strong and happy marriage which lasted until Jack’s passing in May, 2009.

Mom and Dad’s lives revolved around each other and their family. What they could do to help was always first and foremost. How fortunate we have been to have had such amazing role models as parents/grandparents. In July, 2011, Mom moved from St. Albert to Villa Marguerite, West Wing, in Edmonton.

I can’t possibly begin to express all the gratitude I have for the love and care Mom received, not to mention the support and compassion shown to myself and my family. Special thank yous and hugs to Allison, Jennifer, Michelle, LaVauyn, and Jane as well as Yvonne and the Palliative/End of Life Care team that made it possible for Mom to stay in her “home” at the Villa Marguerite. Dr. Ahmandinejad: you always brightened Mom’s day and took such good care of her. She would be telling you all to “keep on singing and dancing”.

In keeping with Lyla’s wishes, there will not be a public funeral service.

In Loving Memory of
Lyla Florence
(Maiden: White)
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