LAJEUNESSE, Norma Doreen May 4th, 1926 - October 13th, 2012 It is with bittersweet sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mum, Grams, Gramma. Predeceased by her loving husband, Bob, her sister, Eleanor Arden, her brother, Elmer (Smokey) Stolth and her daughter, Alexis; Norma is survived by her children: Leslie (Bob), Mark (Coleen), Dana, Lance (Deb), her grandchildren: Cindy (Kyle), Chelsea, Kyle, Cody, her great-grandchildren: Togan and Matia and her daughters-in-law: Cathy and Lorraine. To know her was to love her… and the love that we share as a family is indisputably a result of the unconditional, life-long love and support that we received from both of our parents. We will always consider ourselves fortunate to have been brought into this world by such a beautiful pair. Below is a poem (author unknown) that Mum wished to share at this time TO THOSE I LOVE AND THOSE WHO LOVE ME When I am gone, release me; let me go, I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears; be happy we had so many years. I gave you my love-you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown but now, it is time I travelled on alone. So, grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories with your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on; So, if you need me, call, and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me I'll be near, and if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear, and then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and whisper, "WELCOME HOME" We would like to thank Dr Ellen Anderson and the wonderful staff at Ayre Manor for all of their help and support. Honourable mention as well, to the Sooke Elderly Citizens Housing Society for their years of devotion toward the realization of such a facility in Sooke. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sooke Museum would be appreciated
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2012