Linda Gayle Foley

February 16, 1946 - December 28, 2021


Obituary For Linda Gayle Foley

Linda Foley, resident of Sexsmith, AB, formerly of the Webster community, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Prairie Lake Hospice in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 75 years, after an unwavering battle with cancer.

Linda was born in Melfort, SK, on February 16, 1946, to Ernie and Evelyn Buckton (nee Chatfeild) and was the eldest of seven children.

She met Laverne Foley and he would become her husband and best friend of 54 years. They met in the spring of 1967, and he proposed to her that summer when they took the Sky Tram to the top of Whistler Mountain. They were married that November on the 25th and it was the start of a great adventure and love story.

They bought the farm in 1974, and set down their roots. They raised 4 children. They bought some horses, chickens, geese and cows. She learned to milk, separate cream and make butter; she had a creamery quota and sold the milk and cream. Linda was not scared to try anything and learned to drive a tractor and bale hay. Over the years Linda and Laverne were proud to breed, show and raise Arabian horses. They went on countless adventures to the mountains where many memories were made.

Linda was a selfless mother, she provided opportunities whenever she could and encouraged the kids to take part in 4H and other interests. She loved to sing and dance, they had many good times at the Webster Hall with friends and family. She enjoyed singing along to the guitars around the campfire with her beautiful voice.

She loved to read and learn, she earned her social work certificate going to college and 22 years employed at Odyssey House. She also volunteered for the suicide prevention phone line and then in her later years, worked at native counselling until her retirement.

Linda’s care never stopped at the love of her family; around this time they became foster parents and helped many children learn the love and security of family and experience adventures on the farm.

Horseback riding in the mountains, quad and side-by-side trips and cruises were just a few of Linda’s favourite escapes.

She was a guiding light with her smile, hugs, quick wit and her way with words. She opened her home to anyone who needed it and always provided a warm meal and comforting words. She will be so missed by many countless lives that she shared her time with.

Linda would tell you to not waste the time that we are not promised. Spend time with loved ones and live life to the fullest.

She will be sadly missed by her husband Laverne (of 54 years); daughter Rhonda (Rick); sons: Devin (Colleen), Trevor (Rowella), and Brandon (Kerrie); grandchildren: Nicole, Dakota, Brittany, Jenaya, Payton, Cassandra, Wyatt and Kaitlynn; as well as great-grandchild Wilder. She is survived by a very large family of brothers, sisters, in-laws and their families.

She was predeceased by her parents Ernie and Evelyn Buckto, sister Carol Hardman, in-laws Mike and Elizabeth Foley, brother in-law Dean Foley, as well as grandson Joshua Wald.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 2:00pm, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sexsmith. The service will be limited to immediate family.

A Livestream of the service will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the service on Linda’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home website.

An Internment at Webster Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Memorial Donations to the Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society (#204, 10134 97 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X6).

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  • 01/18/2022

    Laverne and family. We were deeply saddened to hear of Linda's passing. It is a loss for us all. We truly enjoyed the times we were able to spend with her in N K'Mip and Moose Jaw. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Laird and Patty Michael

  • 01/17/2022

    Many condolences to Laverne and family. Linda will always be remembered for such a wonderful and warm lady. Will be sincerely missed. Irene Wilson

  • 01/13/2022

    I was very impressed with Linda's smiles and chuckles during the time I knew her during the winters in NK'Mip Resort's aqua-sizes classes. Lorraine Martin

  • 01/09/2022

    My deepest sympathy, Lavern & family : I will always remember Linda's contagious laugh & her beautiful smile! She was so proud of her family & loved time spent together! My prayers & thoughts are with you & your family at this sad time. ❤️❤️

  • 01/08/2022

    Sorry to hear about loss. Condolences to your family. I will never forget the smile.

  • 01/08/2022

    My sympathies to the family. I used to work with Lynn at Odyssey House. We had lots of laughs even though we were dealing with sad situations.

  • 01/08/2022

    Laverene, Rhonda, Devin, Trevor, Brandon and your families: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Linda will truely be missed. She was always there for everyone, and always brought a smile to everyone around her. May your beautiful memories bring you all comfort in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy Kathy and Albert

  • 01/07/2022

    Oh my goodness I'm at a loss for words....Linda you are going to be deeply missed! I'm glad I had the pleasure of meeting you and having you be my foster mom. Ill never forget the time we went for a wagon ride and you ket me hop up on brooks and then the wagon tipped and it turned into a scary ride they u still managed to keep me calm and ride it out You!! You had such a huge heart! May you rest easy ❤❤

  • 01/07/2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. She was such a great lady and always enjoyed any time we spent with her and the rest of the families visiting, playing music or at dances, etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laverne and all the Foley families. RIP

  • 01/07/2022

    Our heartfelt condolences to you Verne, Rhonda and family. Love always from Wayne and Elaine.

  • 01/06/2022

    Our Deepest Sympathy Rick & Rhonda & Family. You Are In Our Thoughts. A Very Special Woman Has Left Us. Condolences To Extended Family Also.

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