Obituary for Loreen Gilbert Davis

July 7, 2021
Mom was born in Dodsland, Sask., to our grandparents Harvey and Ethel Gilbert. She paved the path for her younger siblings, Elly, Binkie and Ken. As a young girl, she won ribbons for track and field and was an excellent ice skater and swimmer, and was also a ballet and tap dancer. In her early teens, she was a Brownie, Girl Guide and went on to lead Cubs.

She later married our dad, Bob Davis, and became a wife, on a farm north of Pincher Creek. They had six children, Rob and Ron (“Chase”), Jamie, Joni, Patty and added Jen to the mix soon after they moved to town. A few years later, they chose separate paths and a new chapter began for Mom.

She persevered through life challenges and we are very proud of her many accomplishments. She was well known in the community for her beautiful cake decorating. One of her cakes, among many, was designed and decorated for the Town of Pincher Creek Centennial celebration. She was just as well known to her family and close friends as a talented artist and musician.

She was an avid volunteer for community-based activities, including the Aboriginal Festival and Rodeo concession. For many years, Mom was recognized as one of the best addiction counsellors at the Fort Macleod detox centre. In addition to working in her chosen field, she was always available to extend herself to persons, and their families, who were in need of addictions support. Her legacy lives on.

Her home always smelled of fresh brewed coffee and was always a gathering spot for visitors and neighbour kids. Greater stories and deeper laughter were never heard more so than around her kitchen table, when her sisters and brother and her best friend, Pennie, stopped by for a quick visit. The “quick visit” would often last hours, sometimes due to somebody, perhaps even our mom, picking up a guitar or accordion and having an impromptu singalong.

Although the distance did not allow her to see her grandchildren as often as she wished, she adored Ty, Katie, Cass, Cole, Chase (RaeAnn), Wacey, Dakota (Jess), Kailee, Kishia (Joe), Taylor (Colby), Liam, Hunter and Quinn, and her great-grandchildren, Tatum and Miles.

She held many people near and dear, including our brother Wade (Aley, Wednesday, Maverick and Hazel) and our late sister Lisa. Also Melinda, Shaylee and Jacey, all of whom she loved as her own.

Mom had many of you tucked under her wing. We are grateful for the beauty you added to her life story!

Loreen was predeceased by her son Ron “Chase” Davis, her nephew Joe Davis, her brother-in-law Bill Davis, and her parents, Harvey and Ethel Gilbert.

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