Laura Jean, known as Laurie from the time she could decide for herself, was born October 25, 1951 in Davidson, Saskatchewan to Gerald and Marie Hill. She was raised alongside her four siblings on the farm where they seeded and harvested crops, raised pigs, chickens, and racehorses.
As a young lady Laurie would meet her first husband, Cliff Chadney, to this union came two beautiful children, Jodi and Dallas. Laurie was not only a devoted mom evidenced by working three jobs to support her two young children as a single mother making sure that they had clean clothes, food, and sports and recreation to enjoy but she was also intentional about teaching the two, maturing young ones the value of hard work, and family. When Laurie and Glen Randle met, they moved to a ranch West of Calgary where she worked a full-time job and helped on the ranch as well. Laurie enjoyed keeping busy with the rich details of country life: being a wife, sharing the farm duties, being a trusted partner on the ranch, working with the animals, taking in the wide-open air, and making time to love on dogs in need, and don’t forget bottle feeding the neglected calves born as twins or ones that lost their mothers. She also took the time to share her horsemanship skills and mentor many young horsewomen including granddaughter, Cyena; niece, Sara; and close family friend, Jane; to name a few. As the years continued, Laurie continued working odd jobs and supporting Glen on the ranch. Ranch life was always where Laurie was truly happiest.
Laurie wasn’t sick a day in her life until she began her journey with cancer and it didn’t hold her down until early April. We smile as we think of Laurie’s desire to utilize herbs and natural remedies with the ailments that came through the years; whether a human or a fur-friend, she was quick to find the homeopathic remedy. With the help of her family, her doctor, Dr. Akindipe, Home Care and Palliative Care Laurie was able to stay home until the end. Laurie, the ultimate cowgirl, horsewoman, and rancher passed away surrounded by comforts of home and family with her beloved sidekick, Jake, at her feet on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 70 years of age.
Laurie will be dearly missed and forever remembered by her partner, Glen Randle; children, Dallas Chadney and partner, Andrea, and Jodi Chadney; granddaughter, Cyena Chadney; mother, Marie Hill; siblings, Rocky Hill, Deborah (Ken) Reid, Julie (Ray) Miller, and Porter Hill; as well as many extended family and friends. Laurie’s family extends heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the Home Care Nurses of Hanna and Coronation, the Central Alberta Palliative Care team and Dr. Akindipe for their generous care and concern over Laurie’s comforts during the last leg of this journey; you went above and beyond, we have been blessed by this…Thank You.
A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Spondin Hall, Spondin, Alberta with refreshments and fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Laurie are gratefully received by your local SPCA or animal shelter as we all know her passion to care for these. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements in care of Coronation Funeral Home, Coronation, Alberta. Phone: 403.578.2928.