Laura was born on a farm north of Kelvington on December 21, 1919. She was raised by the Swanson family of the Kelvington area and went to Farmingdale School. Laura worked hard as a young girl, but in her free time she loved to dance and this is where she met the love of her life, Edgar Osborne. Laura and Eddie were married on December 23, 1939, the day after Eddie received his discharge from the army. They lived in the Kelvington, Carrot River and Prince Albert areas. Bill was born in 1940 and Beverley Joan in 1945, both in Kelvington. In 1948, Laura and Eddie bought three quarters of land north of Viewfield and moved south to farm the land. Here they had three more daughters, Sandra in 1955, Katherine in 1958 and Linda in 1960. In 1972, they left farming and settled in Stoughton. Laura and Eddie purchased the Moffit home with two extra lots. They created large gardens and made it their home. Laura loved her gardens and grew enough food to feed a neighbourhood. It was shared with family, friends, neighbours and strangers alike. After moving to town, Laura worked for a time at the Stoughton Bakery. Later she took a job at New Hope Pioneer Lodge as a care aide. She continued working here until her retirement. Laura was an active member of the United Church. In 1949, she became the secretary for the Viewfield UCW for a number of years. She was also a member of the Orange Lodge until the time of its closing. Laura and Eddie were well known for their volunteer work throughout their lives. In 2001, they were presented with a plaque by the Stoughton Lions Club for their volunteer spirit and example to others. They were always there with a helping hand for anyone who needed it. They provided transportation for others to get groceries, see the doctor or attend church. Laura was part of the Stoughton United Church Choir and belonged to the New Hope Pioneer Lodge Auxillary long after her retirement. She was also an active member of the Stoughton Drop In Centre. Eddie passed away in 2007 at the ripe age of 98. Laura continued to live in Stoughton for 2 more years and then moved to Midale to be closer to Bev. When Bev passed away in 2010, Laura moved to Bison Manor in Weyburn and here she met a lot of nice people. She also had a great view to watch the birds and squirrels. In December of 2013, she moved to Weyburn Special Care Home. She loved it there. She could watch the birds and squirrels from her window and Bill kept the feeders full. All of the staff there were very loving and caring. To her family, she was an amazing lady and will be remembered for her strength, love and humour. Laura was predeceased by her loving husband Edgar Osborne; her daughter Beverly Joan Winter; her parents Joseph and Charlotte Fletcher; her brother Bill Fletcher; and her sister Eva Fletcher. Laura will be lovingly remembered by her son William "Bill" Osborne; her daughters: Sandra (Kelly) Connelly, Katherine (Brian Frank) Grams, and Linda (Gerald) Pander; her grandchildren: Scott, Carla, Darren, Jeffrey and Jacqueline Chicoine; Jason, Jeramie, and Aaron Short; Dietrick Behr; Candace Wilson; Richard and Waylon Pander; and Amanda Wishart. Laura is also survived by 31 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Reverend M. Barnabas officiating. Interment at Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn, SK. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Chicoine, Jason Short, Amanda Wishart, Candace Wilson, Darren Chicoine and Dietrick Behr. Donations in memory of Laura may be made to Weyburn Special Care Home.
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Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan 306-842-5432.