AKA Mom, Mama, Grandma, Grandma-in-the-Mountains, Ger, Gerre, Gerre-honey, Beana, and, as a young girl in trouble from her Mother, Gerald Mary Orfa Jackson. On April 28, 2006, our precious Mom left us to be reunited with Dad.
Mom was born in Calgary, Alberta, on January 26, 1936. She raised her three children from her first marriage on her own until “The Date” occurred, New Years Eve, 1970. “The Date” was Mom and us three kids having a big meal prepared by, and shared with, Ray Lagace and two of his boys. After returning home from the evening, Mom and one of her boys fell ill. In her polite and timid way, which she could pull out in an instant if needed, she called Ray and asked if perhaps he had poisoned her. Unbelievably, she had another date, got sick again, and realized that it was indeed Ray’s cooking. The spices and fat didn’t agree with her gall bladder. Following surgery to remove the offended body part, Ray and Gerre were married in a hospital ceremony – at least that’s what they told us kids. Mom and Dad brought their children together, living a life filled with camping at Mabel Lake, Sunday afternoon drives, road trips to Quebec to visit Dad’s family and Saturday morning excursions to the Co-op to fill the family station wagon with groceries. Many years passed with lots of laughter, friendships galore, and they finally made it official in July 1979. We’ve got their marriage certificate to prove that they ran away to Kelowna – we always wondered where they went that weekend.
Mom and Dad worked hard to raise their combined family of seven children. After their retirement, they moved to Mabel Lake to spend fifteen years in peace. Upon discovering that Dad had cancer and Mom was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, they moved to Vernon and settled into Noric House, where Dad died on December 12, 2001. Mom was still a lively and energetic lady, making friends amongst the residents and staff. She enjoyed music, storytelling, outings in the bus and a good ribald joke with a few of the women staff members. As this hideous disease does, Alzheimer’s stole Mom from us on a beautiful spring day. She died peacefully, well loved and cared for by her family and the staff from all departments at Noric House.
Mom leaves to mourn her, her adoring children, Grant Porter, Greg Porter and Gayle (Gary) Dill, her darling grandchildren, Zack, Nicole, Jessica, Jimmy, Robyn, and her granddogs, Murphy and Angus, and her two brothers, Lloyd Jackson and David Jackson. She will be fondly remembered by Ray’s children and grandchildren, as well as by the Berthot Family and the Barr Family, longtime friends and co-conspirators in the pretend marriage of 1970.
We are grateful to all of the staff at Noric House for loving and caring for Mom over the last four and a half years. You’ve helped to make her life one of joy and laughter right up to the end. Bless each and every one of you. Thanks go to Dr. Van Heerden and Dr. Kadar. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to support the Alzheimer’s Society or Noric House. No service by request. Rest peacefully, Mom. You are well loved.
Grant, Greg, Gayle and Families.
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