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LILLUS IVAH LEIREN

Date: December 23rd, 2017

 

     Lillus Leiren of Camrose, AB passed away at the age of 94 years on December 23, 2017. She is survived by her sons and daughter: Ron (Linda), Abe (Brenda), Ray (Kim) and Coral (Isadore) Stoyko; grandchildren: Candace (Andrew) Craig, Bjorn Leiren, Troy Leiren (Petra), Courtney Leiren (Scott), Gunnar (Jennifer) Leiren, Scott (Nadine) Stoyko, Stephen (Michelle) Stoyko, Michelle (Jake) Kopperud; 6 great grandchildren; brothers: Gordon (Joyce) DeBord, Leonard (Audrey) DeBord; sister-in-law Esther DeBord, sister in-law Eva Ledene; and brother-in-law Alf Olsen; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

     She was predeceased by her Husband Oscar; infant daughter Karolyn; parents Lloyd and Almeda DeBord; brothers Earl and Leroy; sister-in-law Evelyn; brother-in-law Albin Ledene; sister-in-law Thelma Olsen; sister-in-law Myrtle Leiren; sister-in-law Esther Leiren; brother-in-law Morris Leiren; niece Karen Ranger.

 

     Lillus was born at Amisk, AB on March 21, 1923 and grew up on the family farm with her 4 brothers. She completed high school at Camrose Lutheran College in 1942 and went on to Normal School in Edmonton to become a teacher, receiving "short courses" in the art of school teaching! She taught initially in the Vegreville School Division, Killam Division, Ohaton School District and lastly with the Camrose School Division.

 

    On July 10, 1948, Lillus married Oscar Leiren - they lived on the Leiren family farm at Bawlf until moving to Camrose in 1984. She took a break to raise their 4 children but returned to teaching when Coral entered grade one in 1962. She always loved working and being with children! 15 years later Lillus retired from teaching to help more on the farm and be able to do more travelling. Lillus enjoyed many trips to the USA, Victoria, BC and Norway. She claimed to be "Norwegian by marriage"!

 

    Lillus was active with Bible Studies, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, the Golden Tones, the Retired Teacher's Association, the Camrose Senior Center and enjoyed watching curling and the Toronto Blue Jays. She could be counted on to remember birthdays, anniversaries, special events, and community history. She often organized a game or two for the annual Boxing Day event in Bawlf! She remained an active consultant in the farming operation with Ray!

 

    Lillus moved to Deer Meadows in Camrose in 2003 where she enjoyed many years with old and new friends and family: Lily, Eva, Thelma, Alf, Merle, Julia, Gwen, Mary. Always interested in what the "kids" and grand kids, relatives and friends were up to, she was never short on conversation! She took her last big trip at 90 years of age to Mexico with Ray, Coral and Isadore!

 

    Thank you to the staff  and friends for the care provided at Deer Meadows, St. Mary's Hospital and Wainwright Long Term Care where she had spent the last 3 months, waiting to move back to Camrose.

 

 

  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Weber's Mount Pleasant Chapel in Camrose, AB.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at the Bawlf Cemetery on a later date.

 

  Memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank, or to the Wainwright Long Term Care.



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