Arlee May Larson

October 21, 1935November 8, 2020

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Arlee May (Gillies) Larson at the age of 85, on November 8, 2020 in Abbotsford Regional Hospital, after a sudden worsening of a longstanding illness. Arlee was born on October 21, 1935, the youngest of five, to Archie and Lilly Gillies. She was born on the family farm near Big Beaver, Saskatchewan and attended school by horseback to the one room Redstone School. After high school she met and married Allen and followed him to the city where a few years later Becky, then Arne, then Leslie were born. The family then moved to northern Quebec first to Schefferville where Johanna and Michael were born, and then to Sept-Iles. Arlee was a fabulous cook, and excellent seamstress and the home was the full of her children and their friends. In 1985 they retired to Langley for a few years and then Kamloops where many happy years were passed with golfing, friends and grandchildren. In 2010 Allen and Arlee moved to Cedarbrook Lodge in Mission.

Though her illness made the last few years of her life a struggle, she was always smiling and friendly, visiting with her friends at social hour, playing bridge (and winning), getting to know everyone new who joined the Cedarbrook family. She will be missed.

She is survived and sorely missed by Allen her loving husband of 67 years; her sister Margaret Adams; her daughters Becky (Joseph Temple) of Fort St John, BC; Leslie (Richard Caouette) of Sept-Iles, Que; and Johanna (Tim Ulmer) of Mission, BC; her grandchildren Meredith, Eleanor and Claire Temple; Russell, Curtis and Stephanie Caouette (Marcel Vollant); Gabrielle and Max Ulmer; and Darcy Larson and her great grand-daughter Olivia Vollant; as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She is predeceased by her sons Arne and Michael, her brothers Charlie, Fred and George, and her parents Archie and Lillie. Due to the pandemic there will be no funeral. As Arlee struggled for more than 30 years with worsening lung function, we invite friends and family to make donations in her name to TB Vets BC at .

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June Beckwith

November 26, 2020

Allen I am so sorry to hear that your sweet Arlee has passed on. I will never forget the lovely dinner parties she hosted at the chateau. Phyllis and I looked forward to them so much and enjoyed the wonderful company. And you both introduced me to bridge! Thank you. That took patience. Arlee is unforgettable Allan. When we are able Phyllis and I will come and see you and share some memories. Take care my dear.

Carole Wolfe

November 17, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Arlee's passing. She was a wonderful woman and my very patient bridge partner. She will be missed by all who knew her. R.I.P.

connie adams

November 17, 2020

i remember when the larson family would visit us in edmonton in the 1950's. us cousins would play together as mom and arlee worked in the kitchen - i will always love the memory of the sound of my auntie arlee laughing with mom over something. a special time of life it was. prayers and condolences from our family to yours

Kelly Adams

November 17, 2020

It is so terribly sad to hear of the passing of my lovely Aunt Arlee. My most heart-felt condolences to my Uncle Allen and my cousins: I lack the words I need for this task.

I have a few precious memories of my Auntie Arlee; one sticks out.

When I was about five, Arlee was visiting my Mom. My recollections are hazy, but somehow my (busted up, rusty) tricycle ended up under the wheels of her car. I recall how upset Arlee was, and how she bought me the most awesome brand new red and white tricycle I could want. Love, and a free upgrade- joy for a five year old ;)

Lots of love to the family from Irene and I.

Phyllis Loftsgard

November 16, 2020

Arlee was an amazing woman. She never let her illness cause her to miss the many things she enjoyed in life. Her beautiful smile, infectious giggle and quick wit I will remember for ever. Her kindness overflowed to others. Incredible patience on teaching me bridge.
My heart goes out to the family as I know they will miss her terribly. Allen she will always be beside you.
It’s the wonderful memories that will guide you during this time.

Carolyn Fawcett

November 15, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss Uncle Allen, Johanna, Becky, Leslie and families. Although our families lived many miles apart for most of my life I am grateful for the times we were able to spend together. Auntie Arlee had the best smile and laugh.
Sending you all prayers and love,
Carolyn & Curtis Fawcett


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