Loreen Edna Hamilton
April 26, 1927 - October 14, 2022
Heaven has greeted a new angel. Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Loreen Edna Hamilton (Sutherland) passed away peacefully, in her residence at Prince of Peace in Calgary, the morning of October 14. She was born on April 26, 1927, in High River to parents Jack & Jesse Sutherland.
Loreen is predeceased by her parents, her son John, husband Hugh, and her siblings Roy, Maddlyn, Joe, Earl, Wilson, and Florence. She is survived by, Alanna (Joe) Kevin (Felicia), Kent (Janet), Alan (Linda), Myles (Corinne) and Jay (Stefanie) and her grandchildren and great grand children.
Loreen grew up on the family farm and spent her first 9 years of school riding a horse 3.5 miles to a one room school. A big trip in her early years was to ride the train from High River to the Calgary Stampede. Loreen loved to travel, and she would later visit 4 continents but her favorite place to visit was Scotland, which was her family heritage.
Loreen was a teacher and she taught 9 grades simultaneously in a one room school room in Granum, Canmore, and Exshaw. Upon moving to Calgary, she began teaching one grade in one class. She finished her teaching career at Edwards Elementary in Airdrie. She lead the annual students’ “operetta” which brought her great joy. Her passion for serving her students led her to doing monumental things with limited resources! Loreen always said getting a job as a teacher was never an issue for her because she could play the piano and every school needed a piano player!
She continued her piano playing throughout her life and at her residence she was known as “The lady who played the piano”. If you hummed it, she would play it, and that was very much the case up until only a few weeks ago.
She was lovingly called “Grandma Reen” by her grandchildren. And is fondly remembered for her homemade cookies.
Loreen was very proud of her family. Raising 1 girl and 6 boys was no easy task. In fact, at one point she had 4 boys under the age of 22 months. That was a lot of cloth diapers to deal with back in the 60’s. However, Loreen always got the job done.
Loreen was an exceptional member of the Airdrie community. She was a founding and active member of “Meals on Wheels” and volunteered in several community programs. She was an active member of Balzac United Church up until Covid restrictions were implemented in 2020. She was also an entrepreneurial partner with her husband Hugh supporting, nurturing, and growing ventures from the Registry, Restaurant, and Insurance family businesses.
Her smile and her quiet presence will be missed by all that knew Loreen.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to her endearing and dedicated care companions Brenda Williams, Kerrie Allen and MJ Ligary. Special compliments to all the staff at Prince of Peace Senior Residence for all the care, love, and respect provided to Loreen.
Loreen’s final wish was to have her Funeral Service at the High River United Church; the church that she attended during her youth. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21, commencing at 10:30 am. The address is:123 Macleod Trail SW, High River. For those unable to attend the service, a livestream will be available on Loreen's tribute page at www.lylereeves.com.
In lieu of Flowers a donation may be made to the Airdrie Food Bank www.airdriefoodbank.com/give.