Fae Ilene LAGORE


Fae Ilene Lagore was born December 16, 1927 on the family farm, north of Stettler in the Bar Harbour area, to parents Earl and Mary Lagore, (Dykstra). She was number seven in the family at the time that eventually grew to twelve. She attended school at Vimy Ridge until grade eight when she stayed home to help with the younger children. Her first jobs outside of the house were working for Homer and Marie Kneeland, Gladys and Ray Nelson, and then with Mrs. Brookhart at her boarding house, helping with cooking cleaning and child care. In her early 20’s she and long time friend Marguerite LaRose went to work in Lacombe at the Red Rose Cafe. They hadn’t worked at the cafe long before they noticed that just down the road was a garage where a certain mechanic by the name of Art Rock worked and he would come to lunch every Friday. They met, married and mom became an instant mother to Donna; a special bond that would continue through the years. They moved the family to Wetaskiwin for Dad’s work and it was there where Pat was born, then to Bashaw where Herb and Verna were born. Dad’s job brought them to South of Stettler where the three “little boys” Barry, Stephen and David where born. While living here Mom raised a huge garden, raised chickens and milked goats, all the while keeping six kids clothed and fed. In 1960 we moved to the Botha Train Station where Mom had the job of receiving freight off of the train and having it shipped by truck to towns further east. As the kids grew, Mom started working outside of the home for Ed Emmett in the Auction Mart Cafe and writing the Botha News for the Stettler Independent as a correspondent. Mom enjoyed teaching Cubs and Scouts for several years. After Dad had his stroke in 1973, Mom and Dad moved into Stettler, where Mom started working at the Stettler Nursing Home. She worked 15 years of straight night shift. After Dad passed away in 1983, Mom married Arnold Stewart in 1986 and again became a second Mom, to his children Russell, Doug, Kathy and Charles and loved them like her own. During their marriage they moved back to Bashaw. In 1995 Mom moved into Lakeside Senior’s Manor. In 2005 Mom was awarded Bashaw Citizen of the Year which she displayed proudly in her home. She was also an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary and a lifetime member of the W.I. She moved into Stettler in 2011 and enjoyed making new friends and renewing old ones in Paragon Place, but she always missed her friends in Bashaw, the Happy Gang Centre and the residents at Lakeside. Ilene is survived by her children Herb (Kathy), Verna, Barry (Robyn), Stephen (Janie), David (Laurie); son in law Ray (Linda) Kneeland; 19 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. The Stewart’s: Russell (Gloria), Doug (Kathy), Kathy and Charles (Cheryl) and their families; sisters Doris (Doug) Russell, Joyce (Richard) Donald, Lois (Gordon) Fitzsimmons, Willa Hines and Ada (Larry) Church; sister in laws Mabel Lagore, Phyllis Matilla and Agnes Lagore; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Predeceased by husbands Art Rock and Arnold Stewart; daughters Donna McGinnis and Patricia Kneeland; granddaughters Rhonda Rock and Amanda Rock; and many other relatives who have gone before. A funeral service celebrating Ilene’s life was held on Monday, December 16, 2013 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Pastor Nathan Mullen leading the service. Reverend Ross Helgeton shared a special prayer with family and friends. Ilene was laid to rest beside her late husband Art Rock in the Lake View Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta. Following the interment service family and friends joined together for a time of fellowship in the Heartland Fellowship Centre. Donations may be made in memory to S.TA.R.S, Stettler Health Services Foundation or Bar Harbour Church Camp c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send or view condolences to the family please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com

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