Elizabeth “Betty” Alice McLaughlin

“Betty” Alice McLaughlin, resident of Grande Prairie, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018, at Grande Prairie Care Centre, at the age of 99 years.
Betty was born February 26, 1919 to Glen Leslie pioneers Ross and Annie Wales and raised in a log house on the Wales’ farm. Betty Wales met Neil McLaughlin as a teenager and married him at the age of 21 in 1940, and lost him in 1969. A lifetime Grande Prairie resident, Betty lived at the Wild Rose Villa/Manor for the last 15 years.
Betty was a remarkable woman. She was the epitome of love: love for her family, love for her friends, and love for humankind, with no judgment from her. She made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Retorts were the norm with her quick wit and sense of humour.
She will be sadly missed by her children: Aileen (Gordon) Bayley, Ross (Nancy) McLaughlin, Gail (Richard) Forster, Bill (Jocelyn) McLaughlin, and Bonnie (Duane) LaValley; 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 8 great great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents Ross and Annie Wales; husband Neil McLaughlin; brothers: Alfred, Charlie and Jack; and numerous other family members.  
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 1:00pm, Oliver's Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.).
Memorial donations may be made to: “Glen Leslie Cemetery. In memory of Betty McLaughlin – bench.” Proceeds to be used for the Ross and Charlie Wales appreciation bench. (Mail to County of Grande Prairie #1, 10001 84 Ave., Clairmont, AB, T8X 5B2).

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John "Jack" Elmer McLaughlin
John “Jack” Elmer McLaughlin of Bezanson, AB passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the age of 79 years, after a brave battle with cancer.
Jack was born on June 24, 1938 in Grande Prairie to Nelson McLaughlin and Blanche Moody, and was married to Bonnie McArthur on April 7, 1958 in Grande Prairie. Along with his family, Jack’s true love was farming. He spent some years working as a pipeline construction foreman and after retiring from pipelining he returned to Bezanson and his lifelong passion for the land.
Jack was a quiet man who loved farming and driving through the Alberta Rockies. He was a huge Oilers and Eskimos fan and was interested in politics at all levels, with a particular knowledge of local history. Jack could take apart and put an engine back together in his sleep and could run any piece of equipment he set his hands to: from tractors and combines to bobcats and backhoes. He was fond of reminiscing and had a gentle spirit which kids and animals loved; cats and dogs would often follow him around the farmyard. When his grandchildren came out to the farm for visits he often asked them “what’s new in the big city?”
Jack is remembered by Bonnie, his wife of 59 years; sons: Blaine (Veni), Kelly (Alice), Brent, and Dale; grandchildren: Cory, Shannon, Nathan, Kristen, and Ryan; sister Lorena Snydmiller (Don) and family of Calgary; and brother Don (Colleen) McLaughlin and family of Prince George.
Jack was predeceased by his parents Nelson and Blanche, and brother Gerald.
Respecting Jack’s wishes there will be no funeral service and a family gathering will be held in celebration of his life.
The family would like to thank the Cross Cancer Institute for their kind and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Cross Cancer Institute (11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2) or the Canadian Cancer Society (200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5).
Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at Oliver’s Funeral Home.

Myrtle Lillian (Ford) McLaughlin & Son Gerald Lynn McLaughlin

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MCLAUGHLIN, Gerald - February 21, 1931 – February 4, 2011 - It is with great sadness that the McLaughlin family announces the passing of Gerald McLaughlin of Bezanson on February 4, 2011 in his 79th year. Gerald was the first child of Nelson (Mac) and Blanche McLaughlin. He is survived by his sister, Lorena (Don) Snydmiller, brothers Don (Colleen) and Jack (Bonnie), also two aunts and several cousins. The nieces and nephews Judy, Brian, Stuart and Jason Snydmiller, Don Jr., Brenda Shypitka and Cindy Armstrong, Blaine, Brent, Kelly and Dale McLaughlin will fondly remember uncle Gerald and his favourite exclamation "Well for the love 'a Mike!" and his rollicking laugh. Gerald's work career after high school began with Northwest Industries in Edmonton repairing airplanes. He returned to Bezanson and worked with Tom McEwen in the service station and blacksmith shop and later, on his own, in his Bezanson Service Station. After closing that venture, he worked for R. Angus, the Caterpillar dealership, for a few years. He ended his work career freelancing at mechanical work throughout the Grande Prairie area. Gerald regarded nearly everyone as his very good friend. Gerald's last years were challenging because of health problems. He finally lost his long battle with cancer and went to join our parents last Friday. The service for Gerald will be held in the spring. A special thank you to Dr. Martin, Dr. Duta and the wonderful staff at Grande Prairie Care Centre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grande Prairie Care Centre: 10039 98 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2E7 or to The Parkinson's Society of Alberta: Room 3Y18 Edmonton General 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.oliversgrandeprairie.com OLIVER'S GRANDE PRAIRIE FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM 9857906

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Herbert Kimble married Jean McLaughlin

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