Patricia "Patsy" Marie Lefley

September 30, 1932 - March 18, 2024


Obituary For Patricia "Patsy" Marie Lefley

Patricia “Patsy” Marie Lefley a resident of Spirit River passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024 at her home in Spirit River at the age of 91 years.

We are so grateful for the many years we had with our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Patsy was born in Silverwood, AB on September 30, 1932. She was the middle child of thirteen children born to Gustav and Mary Listhaeghe.

Patsy married Arthur Lefley on September 18, 1950, and they had nine children.

Patsy grew up in the Silverwood area and spent most of her life in Spirit River, AB. Throughout her life, she was an entrepreneur: owner of the Silverwood Store (postmaster and telephone operator), babysitter and owner-operator of the Penguin Drive-In. She spent many hours working along with the help of her children, nieces, nephews, many friends and family.

Faith was an integral part of Patsy’s life and she attended Mass daily. We are so thankful she shared her spiritual guidance, wisdom, knowledge and many prayers she offered up for all her family and friends daily (and that is a thank you Jesus).

For many years she would spend four hours a day in prayer. Her family was very important but she always put God first.

Patsy is survived by her sisters: Natalie, Marie and Bridget; children: Chris, Debbie (Sean) Kelly, Gaynel (Jim), Jack (Linda), Carrie (Doug) Heitrich, Tom (Heather), Bart (Sandy), Allen (Rizel) and Jacinta (Cory) Morrison; 25 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Patsy was predeceased by her husband of 55 years Arthur; parents Gustav and Mary Listhaeghe, parents-in-law Jack and Mary Lefley, baby grandson Sean Kelly; granddaughter Heidi Heitrich; brothers: Joe, Norman, Bert, Johnny and Chris; sisters: Harriett, Juliette, Marion and Sylvia; as well as many other loving and special brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, family members and friends.

There will be a Prayer Service at 7:00pm on Friday, March 22, 2024 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (5019 43 Ave.) Spirit River, AB.

A Celebration of Life, which will include the sacrament of the Mass, will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Spirit River. Interment will be at the Old Mission Cemetery in Spirit River with a luncheon to follow at Rycroft Community Hall (5208 47 Ave.) Rycroft, AB.

“Jesus was perfect. He didn’t please everyone – so why worry when you can pray?” – A message from Patsy

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  • March 25, 2024

    So sorry to hear of your moms passing Debbie. What a wonderful lady and long life.

  • March 24, 2024

    Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady Sincere condolences to Family and Friends

  • March 23, 2024

    So many wonderful memories, with lots of love and laughter visiting with the Spirit River family of Arthur and Patsy. You have shared a long fulfilled life with your many family members and friends, Rest Easy as you join the many family members that you will be joining. Love and condolences to all.

  • March 23, 2024

    Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady Sincere con condolences to Family and Friends

  • March 22, 2024

    Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady. Sincere condolences to all Family and Friends

  • March 22, 2024

    You didn't know this,but you held a special place in my heart, for reasons unknown I was drawn to were the first person we met when we moved to Spirit River, with a prayer we arrived at your home looking to rent a place .You had someone else that was going to rent it, but instead you gave it to us. And after that everything fell into place .You always baked us bread,and those famous cinnamon buns! You were such a Blessing to Tony and I.I would always wave to you after work, you would be sitting in the window smiling out at me and waving..We were so lucky to have met such a beautiful, loving will always be in my heart beautiful lady..

  • March 22, 2024

    So many memories over the years. They were such a big happy family. No matter how busy she was she always had time for her family and their friends. May your memories help you at this time.

  • March 21, 2024

    Auntie Pat and Uncle Arthur always made me feel very welcome whenever we came to Spirit River. I have always looked up to and respected her faith, a true blessing to everyone who knew her. Her home made bread and cinnamon buns were made with much love and I will treasure that memory forever. Loved her deeply and will miss her deeply. Gwen Duthie

  • March 21, 2024

    I remember your mother kindly, giving me my first ever job at the the Penguin. You shall miss her because she loved you all as you loved her. My sincerest condolences.

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