Laurie Lucy Moorhead, loving wife of Melvin, lost her courageous battle to ovarian cancer on December 6, 2020 at the age of 66 years. Laurie was born to Mable & Graham Hobbs on July 2, 1954 in Maple Creek, SK. She was the oldest of four girls: Laurie, Dixie, Beth and Joy. They grew up on the Hobbs homestead on the Bench 35 miles North of Eastend. Mom attended Carnagh School, just a ¼ of a mile from her home until Gr 5. In Grade 6 she attended Patain School 10 miles from home where her mom was the teacher. From grade 7-12 she hopped on the school bus at 7:00a.m. and rode it the 35 miles to Eastend where she finished out her schooling years and graduated in 1972.
Living so far out in the country she didn’t participate in many extra curricular activities but was involved in 4-H, Beef, Light Horse and Homecraft. From Gr.9-12 she curled but, in her words, did this “only because it was all there was to choose from.”
Mom loved growing up on the bench. Some of her fondest memories were playing outside with her sisters, berry picking in the East Bush where they would pack a lunch and swim in the creek, and spending time with her cousins. Living on the Bench, meant you had great neighbors and friends, and they spent lots of time playing, riding bikes & horses, birthday parties and hours on the school bus together. Even though she told of how bad the weather could be on the bench, she cherished the years she spent there growing up. She was proud to say that she and dad were able to purchase the original Hobbs homestead and keep it in her family.
“Sisters” was a word that our Mom treasured. Being the eldest, she always looked out for and mothered her sisters. This is where her compassionate and caring skills began. They were a close family and loved spending time with each other. She cherished the phone calls, quick trips and family gatherings they spent together. They were sisters always and forever friends. She had a very special relationship with her mom, always checking in on her, nightly phone calls and tea at her house whenever she was in town. Granny was often in the car with mom & dad when they travelled to family events.
Mom and Dad were married on July 6, 1974. They moved into their first home on the old Furgeson place. It was there, they started their family, Heidi Nicole was born on March 24, 1976 and Clay Alan came a few years later on May 10, 1978. In 1982, the year of the big snowstorm, they moved Mrs. Buckingham’s house to the Moorhead homestead on Moorhead Creek, 12 miles east of Maple Creek. Dad said he sent Mrs. Buckingham a cheque but she never did cash it, as she was just so happy a family was going to live in her house. It was here where they completed their family, Shauna Dawn was born on December 20, 1984. Mom and Dad were married for 46 years. They went everywhere together, and you rarely saw them apart!
Mom’s first job was a housekeeper. She then worked at Bryan’s Variety store, where she made $3.75 an hour! In 1973, she moved to Medicine Hat where she attended beauty college. She worked in a few salons in Maple Creek, but eventually built up her clientele and Tuesday’s became her “Hair Day”. She would travel around town to her clients and spend the rest of the day at Cypress Lodge doing hair for the residents. She setup shop in her basement where she continued to cut hair for family and friends. A mom, ranch wife, cook and bookkeeper, and later a “Granny” were her top priorities. She very rarely missed anything her children or grandchildren were involved in. She helped dad whenever he needed which included moving equipment, driving truck, being the branding & weaning cook and other jobs too numerous to mention. She always wanted to be a nurse so in 1990 she took her Special Care Aid course through the Community College and worked casual at Cypress Lodge. In 2003, she and Heidi took the Office Education Course through the Community College. She spent her last years working in administration at the Maple Creek Hospital and Southwest Integrated Health Facility. This one was her favorite so much that she retired and then went back working casually. She loved her hospital family so much that she always said that if she needed to be in the hospital, Maple Creek was where she wanted to be.
Mom would always say her biggest accomplishment was her children. She loved being “Granny” to 7 wonderful grand kids. They were her pride and joy, and her inspiration to keep fighting. She was always bragging about them to friends and coworkers. She never missed attending events that they were involved with, which included
4-H, sports, rodeos, track & field, music recitals, Christmas concerts, playschool grads, curling games, swimming lessons and never missed a birthday. They remember her for her tea parties, gardening and baking with her, sleepovers and camping at the park with her every summer.
She was community minded and was a member of the SW Oldtimers Association, Cowboy Poetry Committee, Living with Cancer group, and occasionally helped the United Church ladies. She volunteered and helped with things too numerous to mention.
Mom loved her family, being a mom, mother-in-law, aunt and granny, gardening, and working in her yard, sewing, cooking, reading, country music, black licorice, yellow roses, curling, her hospital family, visiting with family & friends, going to the CFR every November with John and Rhonda Wagner, and attending every old-time country music concert with Dad. We gave them tickets to the Pendleton Round Up in Oregon for their 65th & 75th Birthdays and 45th Anniversary last September. If you asked her, this was by far one of the highlights of her life.
Mom was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2013. It picked the wrong lady to mess with! She became a warrior. She maintained her positive attitude, strength and braveness through all the hurdles that Cancer threw at her. Her stubbornness kicked in and she went down fighting and not giving up, not even on the last day. We watched the kindness, compassion and patience that Dr. Govender, Dr. Joe and the nurses bestowed on mom during her final 2 weeks. Our family will be forever grateful for the EXTRA special care you gave and all that you did for mom and our family. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
Mom was one of the bravest people her family knew, and she will be forever remembered for her strength, kindness and love for life.
Laurie leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Melvin Moorhead of 46 years, her three children: Heidi & John Beierbach, Clay & Deb Moorhead and Shauna & Casey Jones, Skinny (Derek) & Emmy Robertson. Her grandchildren; Sarah, Jane, Luke, Zack, Charlotte, Tucker, Kelly, Paden & Makenna. Her mother, Mabel Hobbs and sisters Dixie (Dave) Klein, Beth (Kevin) Kriwokon, and Joy (Earl) Christman, As well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Laurie was predeceased by her father, Graham Hobbs, her in-laws; Lloyd and Marie Moorhead, brother-in-law; Richard Moorhead and his wife Sandy, and her grandparents.
A memorial will be held when restrictions allow.
The service will be livestreamed on Facebook (Laurie Moorhead Memorial) and broadcast on 98.5 FM radio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Laurie Moorhead Nursing Scholarship c/o Cypress Credit Union, Maple Creek or the Canadian Ovarian Cancer Society.
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