Laura Olive Sanborn


SANBORN, Laura Olive (November 3, 1920 – October 20, 2023)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Laura Olive Sanborn on October 20, 2023, two weeks before her 103rd birthday.

Laura was predeceased by her husband Jack, and son Wayne. She will be deeply missed by her son Greg, and his children Caitlin, Jonathan and Emma (Philip); and her daughter Holly (Miles), and their children Chris (Natasha), Craig (Melissa), and Cory (fiancée Sarah). Laura had five adorable Great-grandchildren (Sam, Ben, Brynlee, Jessie and Madi), who were her pride and joy, and always brought a smile to her face. Laura was born in Rossington, Alberta, but was raised in Manola, Alberta with her three sisters and one brother.

As a young girl, she rode to and from her one room schoolhouse on horseback, and helped out in her parents’ “Red and White” store in her spare time. After finishing school she moved to Edmonton, where she was trained and worked as an x-ray technician in a local clinic. In 1948, she married her husband Jack, and devoted her time to raising her family. In 1981 they decided to make their home in Alberta Beach, where they both made many new friends, and Laura had lived there ever since.

Laura and Jack spent many winters in Indio, California, where Laura loved to golf and spend time with their many friends in the Palm Springs area. She was always a gracious host to kids and grandkids who would escape the Alberta winter to spend time with her and Jack in Indio. Her summers were spent golfing with the ladies at Alberta Beach, gardening, going for walks, and going for boat rides with her grandchildren. She also loved Saturday night cards (with a sip of liqueur), knitting, crosswords, word puzzles, and most of all being outside in the fresh air “people watching”. We will all miss her dearly, but know that she will definitely be watching over us from above!

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Laura’s name to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

The family will be holding a private celebration of Laura’s life. If you happen to be sipping a liqueur on a Saturday night, why not raise a glass to Laura.

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