ORCHARD, Lulu (Lou) Bernadette
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March 28, 1915 - June 12, 2013
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Lou Orchard on June 12, 2013 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton at the age of 98 years. Lou was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick to Frances Leona Libbey (nee Yerxa) and Albert Libbey. While still a young girl, Lou and her family (one brother, Hazen) moved west to Regina to join her aunt and uncle (Lulu and Allison Inch). Three more brothers, Charlie, Jim and Keith were born in Saskatchewan. Lou grew up in Regina and obtained certification as a hair dresser and beautician (as they were known in the 1930's). She met her husband Ed in early 1930's and married March 27, 1940. Ed joined the RAF (air force) during WW II and Lou and young son, Bobby, followed Ed to his various postings across Canada. After the war, they lived in a number of small towns in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, eventually settling and raising their family in Regina. In 1983 Lou was widowed after 43 years of marriage. Being on her own for first time in her life, Lou moved to a seniors' apartment becoming an active member of the seniors' community making many new friends and going on numerous trips (becoming the family "social butterfly"). Lou was very accomplished at many craft hobbies and received a special honour for her doll collection on exhibition summer of 1957. At the seniors' apartment, Lou was a go-to- person for clothing alterations for special occasions for residents and active in the senior's choir. With failing health, Lou moved in 2007 to Edmonton to be closer to family. Lou is survived by her children, Bob (Bev), Cheryl (Art) and Kim (Darlene); her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Lou was predeceased by her husband, Ed, and four brothers; Hazen, Charles (fondly known as Charlie), Jim and Keith. Lou will be interred beside husband, Ed, in Regina Riverside Cemetery.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2013