BALJENNIE — Sympathy goes out to the Laycock families on the passing of Miep Laycock (Oct. 12, 1944 – Dec. 20, 2021). She is survived by: daughter Wendy and Chris (Hannah and Nicholas); daughter Cindy and Jason )Jasmine, Jacob, Morgan, Evan); a niece in Holland Ilse Laennger; brother-in-law Marvin Laycock and Linda; and friend Rick Johnson.
She was predeceased by her husband Richard Laycock Sept. 6, 1998 at Clayton Lake, Ont., parents and family in Holland and Richard’s parents, Fred and Mary Laycock of rural Battleford.
Miep married Richard Laycock in Holland Nov. 14, 1968 while he was stationed overseas with the Canadian army. Upon returning to Canada they were stationed in many bases from east to west. Miep enjoyed life with Richard, meeting army families across Canada who became lifelong friends. Their final posting in Ottawa where Richard passed away suddenly.
In November 1998 Miep moved to Calgary to be closer to family, later Retiring to Keremeos, B.C. with Rick Johnson. Miep enjoyed winters in Yuma, Ariz. and Cabo Son Lucas, Mexico. Miep passed away after a brief illness in Mexico Dec. 20, 2021 with family by her side.
A family celebration was held June 4 with ashes interred at Willowmoor Cemetery, rural Battleford beside Richard. Everyone met for a family supper and celebration evening at the farm of Robert and Sharon Laycock.
Seeding is wrapping up for area farmers, who now prepare for spraying as some crops are progressing well despite little rain. Causing problems are flea beetles, cut worms and gophers.
Sympathy to the Potter and Kjargaard families of Richard on the passing of Alice Potter on May 22 at the age of 89. Alice has been at Lumsden and District Heritage Home in her later years. Celebration of life was held at Battleford United Church June 5. Interment, a private family gathering, will be held at the Maymont Cemetery. Alice and her husband Ralph Potter were both active members of the North Battleford CB radio club.
Buckingham Place held a special four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. She is in the 70th year of her reign as our queen. Parades featuring colourfully uniformed marchers, horseback riders and the golden coronation stage coach pulled by white horses filled the days. There were flag bearers representing countries of the British Commonwealth. A highlight was when Queen Elizabeth and some of her family appeared on the palace balcony.
The four days were well attended by individuals from all over the world.
Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning queen in the world. I can remember when we went to school, we sang “God Save the King” and put of the Union Jack flag. Now we all sing “God Save the Queen” and raise the maple leaf.