July 10, 1929 – February 29, 2020
Edie, mom, grandma, nana, and great grandma passed away at the age of 90 on Leap Day, 2020 in Abbotsford after a short illness.
Edie was born in Alberta after her family emigrated from England to Kitscoty, Alberta to a homestead east of Edmonton. She was the second youngest of 8 siblings. While young, during the Depression and war years, she worked the land with heavy horses and had compassion for the animals in her care. With her younger brother Richard they looked after lambs, horses, cows and chickens on the farm and helped with chores. As a young woman Edie worked at the local hospital then moved with her family to BC. While in Vancouver she worked in an umbrella factory and as a switchboard operator.
In 1950 she married Ed Laidley and they moved to Prince George BC where Ed began a teaching career. In 1951 a son arrived and they moved to warmer weather in Abbotsford where she gave birth two daughters. She remained especially close to her older sisters Rose and Joan and her sisters-in-law Francis and Irene.
When her children were older she worked in sales at Fields Department Store. Here she made some very close friends and enjoyed coffee at the Milk Bar, bowling and shopping. In the 1980s she met and married John Hudson, “the love of her life.” Together they enjoyed gardening, flea marketing, and living blissfully until John passed away in 1995.
Edie is survived by son Murray (Valerie), daughters Susan and Wendy (Gordon), granddaughter Kimberly, grandson Christopher (RenÃ©), and granddaughter Stephanie (Mark); great grandson Garrett and great granddaughter Karrington. They will remember her for her modest ways and sharp wit, mastery of English cooking and canning, her rose garden, as a speedboat navigator and fisherwoman, her abilities with a sewing machine and in small appliance repair. She will always be foremost in our thoughts.
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