PEDERSEN Dr. Florence Lavina (Viney) Pedersen peacefully went home to be with her Lord at the age of 91 on Christmas Day, 2008 while residing at Harmony House. She was predeceased by her father, Wilfred Roy Cutlan, her mother Laura Lavina Cutlan and brother Edward Roy Cutlan. She was also predeceased by her loving husband and soul mate of 65 years, Dr. William Pedersen. Survived by her children Ruth [Gordon] Lennon of Calgary, Dr. Donald [Lois] Pedersen of Red Deer , Ann [Lorne] Wedlund of Lacombe, Dr. Bruce Pedersen of Whitehorse, Yukon and her son Bryan [Denise] Pedersen of Gibsons, B.C., she also leaves to mourn her brother-in-law George [Amy] Pedersen sister-in-law Esther [Ed] Pedersen, 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, surrogate daughter and friend Alice (Carruthers) Richardson, and many nieces and nephews. Lavina was born in Oyen, Alberta , on May 14, 1917. After a few years in Manitoba where her father was a farmer, her family moved to Sylvan Lake, Alberta , where she attended her first 9 years of school. For High School she moved to Camrose where she attended the Lutheran college and graduated top of her class. It was here that she met her partner for life and on August 15, 1937 they where married. Lavina, along with her husband William, graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1941. They opened their 1st practices in Bentley, Rimbey and Sylvan Lake . In 1943 they moved to the "gingerbread house" in Lacombe where William set up practice and Lavina changed careers and became a full time homemaker where she pursued life with grace, dignity and excellence giving of herself tirelessly. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, needlework, cooking and vegetable gardening spending many hours preserving so that her family had wholesome food during the winter months. She also had a great passion for horses and was delighted when Bill bought a farm just south of Lacombe so that she would have easy access to riding and caring for their horses. Horseback riding into Mount Assiniboine or out in the West Country where they would go hunting was a favorite activity. She loved her summers at their cottage at Gull Lake, skiing, and winters in Yuma, Arizona, where they spent many wonderful winters enjoying the sunshine and making many new friends. Lavina stayed firmly grounded by studying her Bible. Her friends and family knew that she was praying for them everyday. One of her favorite verses was "Thou wilt keep her in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee". Isaiah 26:3. Lavina and Bill moved to Red Deer where they resided in Victoria Park Residence and Westpark Manor. Finally Lavina moved to Harmony House where she resided for almost 2 years being lovingly treated with professionalism, dignity and respect. Our special thanks go to Renee and her staff for providing a homelike environment for her final days. Thank you. The family wishes to thank Rev. George McKenzie for his friendship and officiating at the memorial service to be held at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Highway 2A, Lacombe, AB. on Saturday, January 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to subject- Pedersen. Mother you will be truly missed by your family. We will rejoice when we are together again with our Lord. If friends desire, contributions may be made to Living Truth, East, Toronto Ontario, M2N 3B6 and request that it be used for missions or to a charity of your choice. WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 " A Caring Family, Caring For Families"

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