Mabel Elizabeth (Johnstone) LAGORE


Mabel Elizabeth (Johnstone) Lagore of Stettler, AB passed away peacefully on November 26, 2014 at the age of 96 years. Mabel was born April 12, 1918 on the family farm in the Kanata District northwest of Stettler. She was the first daughter of Nettie and Frank Johnstone in their family of ten children, Mabel went to Liberal School until grade eight and then helped her mother care for her brothers, sisters and their farm home. She married the love of her life, Ernest Walter Lagore, on June 3, 1942. The two of them worked on farms until 1946 when Ernest got a job as a butcher in the Stettler Coop. They had three children, son Ernest Allan and two daughters Darlene Mae and Netta Marie. The remainder of their lives they lived in Stettler where family events came first but they were also very active in the community, and in the United Church. They enjoyed dancing, playing cards, going to picnics, camping and sports events. Mabel started working outside the home again in 1955 for Charles Meat Provisioning and worked there for many years. In 1975, Mabel and Ernest bought Jimmy’s Hardware and ran it until they retired in 1981. They had always enjoyed traveling and went on a vacation every year. Highlights were trips to England, Mexico and Hawaii. When they retired they bought a motorhome and continued to travel to many states and provinces. After Ernest passed away in 1997 Mabel continued her membership in the Bar Harbor Ladies Club and UCW and filled her time with family, friends and community events. She loved to read and was a talented writer. She wrote stories about her early life, siblings and community events. She was very interested in genealogy and gathered information on the Johnstone, Hearonemus, and Dykstra families. She was a talented seamstress so she enjoyed making quilts, and other craft projects. Mabel leaves to mourn her passing her daughter-in-law Margaret Lagore, two daughters, Darlene (Larry) Doell and Netta (Don) Wigington, four grandchildren Brad Lagore (Ken Goodman), Rick (Debbie) Doell, Dale Offord, Kerry Offord (Andy Dickinson), three grandchildren Melanie (Lee) Bates, Christine (Trevor) Wedrick, Braydon Doell and five great grandchildren Jordan, Mackenzie and Sierra Bates, Savannah and Easton Wedrick. Lovingly remembered by her sister, Vera West, and two brothers Robert Johnstone and Glen Johnstone, sisters-in-law Faye Johnstone, Nayda Johnstone. Predeceased by her husband Ernest Lagore, son Allan Lagore, brothers and sisters-in-law Lloyd (Maxine) Johnstone, Clifford Johnstone, Gerald Johnstone, Arnold (Josie) Johnstone, Willard (Joanne) Johnstone, sister and brother-in-law Meryle (Julian) Chinn, sister-in-law Lorraine Chinn.

Funeral services will be held at Stettler United Church on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Jan Richardson, minister of Stettler United Church officiating. Interment will be held at Liberal Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband Ernest. Following the service family and friends are invited to gather for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Stettler U.C.W. Memorial donations may be made to the Stettler United Church Building Fund or the Bar Harbor Camp. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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