Leoma Elaine Chidley passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 27, 2018 at Hanna’s Long Term Care at the age of 92 yrs.
Leoma was born on June 21, 1927 in Castor, Alta.
She was the daughter of Leo and Olive Slemp.
She was raised on a farm three and a half miles southeast of the hamlet of Fleet, Alta.
She obtained seven years of her schooling at a country school named Kimberly before taking the rest of her schooling at Fleet.
She spent two years at Olds Agriculture School, graduating in 1952.
Leoma worked in Castor at a ladies’ wear store, (Red and White Store) and was also a bookkeeper for a machine shop.
In 1954, she married Arley Chidley of Scapa, Alta. To this union were born four children: Gary, Debbie, Donna and Dixie.
They farmed for 20 years at Scapa.
In 1974, they sold the farm and moved to an acreage three and a half miles from Hanna, Alta.
In 1982, they all moved into Hanna.
She worked at the Canada Grey Motel for eight and a half years; then she took up babysitting for 11 years.
She loved little children and was called Grandma by many.
She was a doting grandmother to her four grandchildren and one great-grandson, which brought her great happiness and joy.
Leoma was a kind and gentle woman and a friend to many.
She loved playing cards, gardening and working with her hands doing lots of needlework in her younger years.
She spent just over the last year living at Hanna’s Long Term Care, where she always appreciated the compassionate and respectful care she received from the staff.
She was predeceased by her husband Arley; her parents, Leo and Olive; her parents-in-law Russell and Elechia; her sisters Marguerite and Jean and brother Gordon.
She leaves to mourn her loving family; Gary, Debbie (Tom), Donna (Gordon), and Dixie (David). Also grandchildren: Kyle (Katie), Russell (Shayla), Kelli, Ashley and great-grandchild Lee, as well as her sister Lois (Bob), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment was held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery in Castor, Alta. on Oct. 5, 2019.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Seniors Circle in Hanna on Mon. Oct. 7, 2019.
Donations in memory of Leoma are gratefully accepted to Diabetes Canada. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca.