In the afternoon of July 25th, 2021, Isabel Margret Squires (Nee: Cumming) passed away peacefully at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, Alberta. She was 91 years old. Isabel passed away just over a month after the passing of her beloved husband of 72 years, Leslie Squires; they shared a long and happy life together on earth and have now been reunited in a better place.
Born in Ardrossan, Alberta of pioneering Scottish stock, Isabel was raised on a homestead in the Edson area where her family lived off of the land and engaged in mixed farming. As a teenager, Isabel was determined to strike out on her own. Saving up the proceeds from her trap-line, she headed to the big city (Edmonton). From there, Isabel and her sister, Chris, joined the adventure that was the building of the Alaska Highway and soon found themselves in Whitehorse where Isabel met, fell in love with and married a young soldier named Les. Over the next 20 years, their young army family grew and Les and Isabel were posted to various bases in almost every province in Canada.
Isabel was a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who kept her sometimes rebellious children and her husband on the straight and narrow through a combination of sheer willpower, love and an evil eye that could stop any misbehaving child or husband in their tracks. Always interested in current events, Isabel loved to talk politics and enjoyed a lively debate on almost any subject. To her family, she was just Mum, a woman who loved her children and tried her best to ensure they had good, happy and fulfilling lives. Isabel and Les had many great adventures together. They died as they lived their lives, following one another onto the next great adventure. She will forever live in our hearts and in our memories.
Isabel is survived by her children, Sandra, Leslie (Pat), and Douglas (Constance); her grandchildren, Shauna, Patricia, Jonathon and Natalie; great grandmother of Jackson, Kieran and Scarlet; and her brother, John. She will also be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leslie Squires; her son, Stuart Squires; her parents, John and Myrtle Cumming; her siblings, James, Muriel, Christine and Robert; her son-in-law, Keith; and sister-in-law, Margaret.
A private family gathering was held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel to pay tribute and to say farewell to this amazing and inspirational lady. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of the late Isabel Squires may be directed to the Shriners’ Association. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin's Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.
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