Larence (Lare) Yvonne Marie Whelen
July 31, 1929 – May 20, 2019.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a truly remarkable woman. Lare Whelen (born Larence Yvonne Marie Havet) was 89 when she passed away in her comfortable Drayton Valley home on May 20, 2019, leaving behind a large, loving family that she was immensely proud of.
Lare was born in Dalton, Saskatchewan on July 31, 1929 to Leda and Eugene Havet. She grew up on a small farm with her brothers, Emmanuel, René, and Ysadore, and her sister, Leda. From a young age, Lare demonstrated a remarkably patient and nurturing nature, and that environment helped develop her lifelong passion for planting, gardening, and working with the Earth. She took incredible care of the flower beds at Emmaus Lutheran Church, and she always kept a beautiful garden. Lare lived her life by the changing of seasons; spring meant planting and fall meant harvest. Nothing made her happier than sharing the fruits of her labour with her family and friends. She grew the fattest peas, and the tastiest raspberries. She always kept large supply of preserves on hand, and if you were lucky enough to try her jam, you know how much love and care went into every jar.
Lare had a remarkable gift for inspiring people. She was the lynchpin of the Whelen family, and despite being tragically predeceased by her husband by almost fifty years, she persevered in raising five amazing children, whom she loved more than anything (although her garden was a close second). Her immeasurable strength and fortitude held the family together through good times and bad, and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She was also the organizer of the Senior’s Club curling team, which would not exist without her leadership. Her passion for the sport led the team to success at tournaments all over Western Canada.
Lare is survived by her sister, Leda (Al), her brother, Emmanuel, her sons, Don (Bev), Gary (Lorraine), Dwane (Joan), and Rod (Denise), and her daughter, Janice. She had seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and too many friends to count in her 89 years of life.
The family would like to thank Pastor Robert Marshall and the community of Drayton Valley. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Emmaus Lutheran Church, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Emmaus Lutheran Church- 4604 50 Ave, Drayton Valley, AB. T7A 1C6.