Laura Alleyne Tull
November 20, 1919 – September 15, 2012
Laura Alleyne Tull was born to Minnie and Frank Loyst just outside Redvers, Saskatchewan in 1919. She had 8 sisters, Thelma, Fern, Vera, Ivy, Donna, Doreen, Margory and Merle, one brother Ross and many nieces and nephews.
In her youth Alleyne’s family moved to Armstrong, BC. Alleyne enjoyed such activities as gymnastics, basketball, camping, piano and horseback riding. It was there that she met Tom Tull Sr. They both joined the war effort where Alleyne served as an army accountant in Vancouver. Eventually they married and had their first child Tom Jr. In 1952 Alleyne and Tom Sr. moved to Lumby; shortly after children Richard and Victoria were born. Alleyne enjoyed volunteer work, knitting, curling and was an avid bowler. Both Tom and Alleyne were proud members of the Legion and Alleyne was presented with a Meritous Service Medal. Alleyne was also one of the founding members of what was then known as the BC Retarded Children’s Association. She was also instrumental in the creation of Glencaird School (a school for the mentally handicapped) in Lumby. She supported Tom in his efforts to create a safe and healthy living environment for children in their community; their home became a haven for dozens of children in need. Alleyne later worked as a correspondent for the Kelowna and Vernon newspapers. After Tom’s retirement and with his help she fulfilled a life long dream when she took over the running of the Lumby Review, successfully running it for a number of years.
Alleyne is predeceased by her daughter Victoria and her husband Tom Sr. who receives her with open arms. She is survived by her son Tom Jr., his wife Carrol, grandchildren Marnee (David), Coree (Katherine) as well as her son Richard, wife Debra and grandchildren Keri, Vanessa and Sean. She is also survived by her step-granddaughter Michelle (Sean) and great-grandchildren Sarah, Peyton and Chase and step-grandson Sean.
There will be a private family graveside service in the morning of November 10. For those who would like to join us in celebrating the life of Alleyne a memorial service will be held at 1:30 on November 10th at the Alternative Funeral Services located at 4417 29th Street at 1:30pm – reception to follow. Following the reception the family invites you to join them at the Venron Legion to have a “dram or two” in remembrance of Alleyne.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Children’s Burn Program at BC Children’s Hospital www.bcchf.ca/donate.