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Edith Lucienne Gabrielle Marie (Labossiere) Foo
November 7, 1929 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Edith Foo passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in the company of family while in long-term care in Calgary.
Edith was the eighth of twelve children born to Alexandre and Juliette (Savoie) Labossiere. Born in Somerset, Manitoba where the family operated a small-town hotel and other businesses, she arrived just weeks into the 1929 Financial Crisis that marked the start of the Great Depression. As conditions deteriorated the family moved initially to Fannystelle and eventually Winnipeg in 1932. Her parents operated a traditional corner store and post office in St Vital and during these difficult times, she learned from them the values of charity toward others and the care and love for a large extended family. To clarify “how” large, her grandfather had moved to Manitoba from Quebec in the 1870s with a brother, an uncle, and a nephew, and by the time a comprehensive genealogy was completed in 2006, there were 3000 entries for descendants of those 4 individuals. As children, we frequently heard how no stranger would be turned away, and we were amazed at the litany of names of relatives who had passed through the home as tough times were weathered by all.
As a child, she distinguished herself as an excellent student and graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in St Vital with recognition as a Governor General’s Scholar. After several years working for Manitoba Tel and the Winnipeg Free Press, in 1955 she married Fred Foo and left Manitoba. The large tight family was traded for a house trailer to follow Fred’s work on seismic crews. His coworkers and their families would remain close friends for life. They moved from job site to job site, initially moving every 3 months and often setting up in a field, usually without utility hookups, before longer stops in Regina and Edmonton. Wayne arrived in 1956 on one of the shortstops in Hardisty and David in 1958 during a longer stop in Regina. During the winters Edith would take the children home to Winnipeg to “stay warm”, moving in with parents for the coldest months and maintaining the family ties that were so important.
In 1961 the trailer arrived in Forest Lawn, and for the rest of her life, she was a Calgarian. Sharon arrived in 1962 coincident with a move to a house with four walls and zero wheels and Randy joined the family at the end of 1964. All her life she was never happier than when there was a new baby nearby and this continued as she evolved from mother of 4 to grandmother, tutor, and “assistant mom” for many of the grandchildren. Throughout those years she also maintained the emphasis on extended family, facilitating educational, career and other life transitions for a steady stream of nieces and nephews. In her final week, she enjoyed visits with all her grandchildren and many of her great-grandchildren from age 19 to one month old, and she loved them all.
Edith was predeceased by her sisters Alexandrine “Nin”, Blande and Renee, her brothers Jules, Joseph “Mac”, Etienne “Bobby”, Denis, Yves “Bosco” and Jean Baptiste “Johnny”, and by her son, Randy. She is survived by her sisters Marilyn “Mert” Reid of Saskatoon and Gisele “Geri” Ramsay of Winnipeg; as well as her sons Wayne (Heather) and David (Linda), and her daughter Sharon. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Jon (Shannon), Steven (Sarah), Frances (David McFadzean), Gordon (Diana Vergara), Malcolm and Darcy Foo; Chris and Timothy Campbell; Shannon Golemme (Dom) and Em Seders (Ben) and her 15 great-grandchildren Cameron, Danica, Ben, Lilly, Mariana and Rafael Foo; Natalie, Anna, Frankie and Valentina Golemme; Elsabeth and Yvonne Seders; and Kayla, Alyssa and Aria McFadzean.
The family would like to thank the staff at Intercare Chinook Care Center and Dr. Sarah Evans for their kindness and care. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Edith’s memory at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4 Street SW) on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends in the spring, details will be posted when finalized.
Those wishing to recognize her passing are encouraged to consider a donation to the Salvation Army in her name to continue her legacy of caring for others at https://salvationarmy.ca/