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Lois Audrey Long, formerly known as Lois Audrey Sanderson, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2023, at the age of 92, surrounded by her loved ones at the High River General Hospital after a short illness. She was born on October 20, 1930, in Lethbridge, Alberta, to Alan and Alice Sanderson. Lois spent her childhood on the family farm and later moved to Taber at the age of 14 to live with her grandparents and complete her high school education. In 1952, she graduated as a Registered Nurse from The Galt Hospital’s School of Nursing in Lethbridge.

In 1953, Lois married Leland, the love of her life, in Taber. Together, they had two children, Valerie in 1954 and Robert in 1956. Due to Leland’s job with Chevron Canada, the family frequently moved across Alberta, and Lois skillfully created a loving home for their family while working as a nurse. Despite the challenges of relocation, they always managed to find solace in the local Anglican Church. The loss of their children in 1971 and 1974 strengthened their bond and faith, keeping them united through life’s obstacles.

Upon retiring in 1990, Lois and Leland settled in High River after residing in St. Albert for a year. They actively engaged with their community and church, and enjoyed traveling to various destinations such as Canada, Alaska, USA, Panama, Australia, New Zealand, and Vancouver Island for fishing. After Leland’s passing in December 2002, Lois faced the adversity with resilience, relying on her unwavering faith, supportive church community, and devoted family and friends. Despite the trials, she remained active and dedicated, lending her talents to various organizations such as Meals on Wheels, St. Benedict’s Anglican Church, ACW, and Altar Guild. Lois cherished her pastimes of reading, cooking, sewing, exploring Southern Alberta, entertaining guests, and spending time with loved ones.

Following Leland’s departure, Lois continued to live in their cherished home for another 20 years until May 2022 when she gracefully transitioned to Medicine Tree Manor. She found joy in this new chapter, forming new friendships and acquaintances. Among her well-known traits was her unwavering loyalty to her favorite sports teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Elks, and Toronto Blue Jays, although she switched her allegiance to the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in her final season.

Lois leaves behind a lasting legacy of close friendships, embodying the true essence of a supportive companion. Many cherished her presence, and her loss will undoubtedly be deeply felt. She is predeceased by her parents, Alan and Alice, her spouse, Leland, and their children, Valerie and Robert. Lois is survived by her extended family, friends, her St. Benedict’s church community, and countless individuals in the community who have offered unwavering support to her throughout the years. Rest in peace, dear Lois.

A memorial service honoring Lois will take place on July 19, 2023, at 2:00p.m. at St. Benedict’s Anglican Church in High River. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Lois’ name to St. Benedict’s Anglican Church or a charity of personal choice.

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