LEESON, Laura Marie
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Laura Marie Leeson (nee Hansen) born November 20, 1917 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta.
She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Ella Hansen (nee Johnson), her husband Herbert Bruce, her sister Opal, her brother John, and her brother Warren. She is survived by her brother Clayton and his wife Marjorie, her sister Myrtle, and her sister Betty. She leaves behind her daughter Darlene Jennings (husband Rick), her son David and his wife Foon, her son Howard and his wife Ede, her grandchildren Evan (Lisa Langford), David, Rob (Sue), Joe, Brian (Jolene), Michael, Christopher, Jenny, Matthew, and her great- grandchildren Caitlin and Verity. She is also survived by many relatives by marriage who considered her to be their "Grandma", Bruce and Angela Martin and their three children, Dawn Martin and Greg Mann and their two children. She will also be missed by her special friends, Doris, Kay, and Linnie.
Laura was born on a homestead quarter section of land near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. She was very bright and finished her grade 9 in just eight years. When she was 13 the family moved to Marshall, Saskatchewan. It was the middle of the Depression and the land they rented was very poor. This meant that at 14 years of age she had to leave home and work for the local school teacher. Despite these harsh conditions she managed to save enough money to go to Edmonton and take a hairdressing course. After finishing the course at age 20 she went to Manville, Alberta where she opened her own hairdressing shop, something unheard of for a single woman at that time. She was always an excellent softball player, and as a terrific pitcher she earned the nickname of "Handy Hansen." She was on several winning provincial softball teams.
She met Herbert Bruce Leeson and they were married in 1941. Her first child Howard was born in 1942. In 1947 she gave birth to her second child David. In 1948 the family moved to the town of Jasper Place which was separate from Edmonton at that time. In 1955 the family moved to North Edmonton on 80th Street, where Darlene was born in 1956 and Laura was to live for the next 50 years. Over the years she became quite active in the bowling community in Edmonton. She was an incredible bowler winning many high point titles and team matches. She was also a very skilled card player and continued to beat her children in card games right up to the last few weeks of her life.
After her husband Bruce died in 1993 she stayed on in her home. During all of the years she loved to be with her family whenever possible, and especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We love you Mom and we will always miss you.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton with interment and a reception to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
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Evergreen Memorial - Edmonton
16204 FORT TRAIL
Edmonton, AB T5B 4K3
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2012