Lori E. McLeod-Hale of Bluffton, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the age of 65 years.
Lori was the owner and operator of Lori’s Dream Café, sometimes known as the Bluffton Café, and enjoyed many pleasures in life. She enjoyed going for a drive and collecting antique rose teacups; and was passionate about fishing in the ocean, sailing, and her dogs. Lori drove school bus for just over 30 years, and is fondly remembered for always putting others before herself. She loved cooking and gardening, but her greatest love of all was her family and friends. Lori will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Lori will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Greg McLeod of Ponoka; and Skye Hale of Rimbey; and her daughter, Sheri Howes-Bergstrand of Calgary; in addition to numerous other relatives, and many, many dear and wonderful friends. Lori was predeceased by her parents, George and Ella Falconer.
An Informal Gathering of Family and Friends took place at Lori’s Dream Café, Bluffton on Thursday, September 3, 2020 starting at 11:00 a.m. and continuing for the day. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Lori’s memory may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Suite 202, 11227 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L5 (www.kidney.ca). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Desiderata – Words for Life
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
- Max Ehrmann, 1927
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Lori E. McLeod-Hale entrusted to the care of