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Lena Ema Weslowski (Legge)
January 15, 1931 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Lena was born at home on the farm near Red Jacket Saskatchewan on January 15, 1931. She lived on the farm until she moved to Alberta for a housekeeping job when she was just 16 years old. She lived in several different communities across Alberta before settling in Edson in 1963. She lived the rest of her life in Edson and considered it home until entering Extended Care in Mayerthorpe late in 2016.
Lena was well known for her beautiful flower gardens. She would spend countless hours every spring and summer out in her yard. Together she and Verne enjoyed being outside in the summer and spent many many weekends camping at Fickle Lake.
In the winter months Lena would be inside sewing, knitting and crocheting or building jigsaw puzzles. In her early years she would sew costumes for the Edson Figure Skating Club. Once the grandchildren were born, she loved sewing for them. She always made them fuzzy warm flannel pyjamas and the most elaborate Halloween costumes. She knitted them beautiful sweaters. each of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren all have beautiful, crocheted afghans that were made for each one personally.
She loved to cook and bake for her family and hosted many holiday meals. Her home was small but there was always room at her table for one more.
Lena had a small friend group but the friends she had meant a lot to her. One of her favourite activities was going to the Legion with Gerri and playing Nevada tickets. The two of them spent many hours together building puzzles and talking about flowers.
Lena loved all sorts of music. She taught herself to play the accordion and would play it for her grandchildren. Once Lena became ill and entered Extended Care her music was something she could still enjoy. Her care staff told us that she was enjoying the music and tapping her fingers to the beat just four short days before she passed away.
Always outspoken, she had no problem telling anyone what she thought whether you wanted to hear it or not, but she also had a wonderful sense of humour and enjoyed a good laugh.
She was very loved and will be missed.
Lena passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 14,2024 just one day before her 93rd birthday.
Lena was survived by 2 daughters: Bev (Al) Duncan of Hardisty Alberta, Theresa Gibbs of Edmonton Alberta, 2 sons: Tony Legge of Violet Grove Alberta, Cliff (Lynne) Legge Edson Alberta, 2 daughters – in -law: Arlene Gibbs of Kelowna B.C., Diane Gibbs of Vegreville Alberta, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and1 great great granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her life partner Verne Olson in 2010, 3 sons: Murray Gibbs in 2022, Fernie Gibbs in 2020, Larry Legge in 1978, 3 grand daughters: Stacey Duncan, Shelly Gibbs and Sherry Gibbs, parents Fred and Anna Weslowski as well as all her siblings: Elsie, Leo, Paul, Victoria, Leonard and Eli.
The family would like to Thank the Staff at Mayerthorpe Extended Care for the kind and loving care they provided for Lena over the last 7 years. The care Lena received was exemplary.
A Celebration of Life will be held in July 2024. More details will be announced at that time.
In Lieu of Flowers donations may be offered in Lena's name to
Mayerthorpe Extended Care, Box 569, Mayerthorpe, Alberta, T0E1N0. Donations will be used to buy flowers for the Resident Garden in the spring.
A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong.