Laura May Hobbs (nee Fairburn) was born April 20, 1934, on the family farm in the Rockford District of Saskatchewan to her parents, Lloyd and Eva (nee Weightman) Fairburn.
Laura, with her parents, four brothers (Earl, Bert, Alan, and Roy) and one sister (Alice), lived in a log house which her father had built on a quarter section of land. Laura attended the Peerless School for several years and worked on the farm alongside her family. Laura was always ready to help her family and spent many hours with her mother, Eva, gardening, cooking and cleaning.
In 1956, she moved to Tacoma, Washington to live with her sister, Alice, and brother-in-law, Odin. She worked as a waitress in a local café. In 1957, she met Emmett, while working at the café and they started to court and married in October 1958. They lived in Tacoma for the next eight years. Emmett was employed as an administrator and Laura maintained their home. During that time Emmett’s two children, Emmett JR and Pat spent time with them.
In 1966, they moved to Armstrong, BC, where they were partners in a motel with Roy, Laura’s brother, and sister-in-law, Geraldine until 1968. Laura’s parents, Eva and Lloyd, also relocated from Saskatchewan to Armstrong and resided at the motel in their retirement. In 1968 the motel was sold and in 1970 Laura and Emmett moved to Revelstoke BC. Emmett worked in a hardware store and Laura was a full-time homemaker. While living in Revelstoke, there was a housefire that took their home and all their belongings during the night. They were able to escape safely however it was a very difficult time in their lives.
In 1973, Laura and Emmett moved to Casper, Wyoming. Emmett had acquired a job as an administrator at a mining company and Laura was a full-time homemaker. In 1979, Emmett started to experience serious health issues and in 1980 he was unable to remain employed at the mine. They relocated back to Tacoma area until 1983, nearer to Emmett’s children and family. In 1983 Emmett found suitable work for his health in Grand Junction, Colorado and Laura and Emmett relocated there. Laura and Emmett resided in Grand Junction until 1989 whereupon Emmett retired, and they relocated to Preeceville, Saskatchewan to be near Laura’s family.
Laura and Emmett lived in the former home of her parents for many years, and she was involved in many activities in the community. Laura was a member of the Club 60, Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary and often joined in activities at the Trinity United Church. Laura enjoyed spending time with her brothers (Earl, Bert, Alan and Roy) and their families.
Laura was an avid baker, cook and enjoyed many craft hobbies which she gave as gifts to friends and family. Laura and Emmett relocated to the Manor in Preeceville in the latter years and Emmett moved to the Long-Term Care Facility in Preeceville. Laura spent many hours visiting with Emmett in the care home until his passing in 2014. While living at the Manor Laura had a garden plot and joined all the activities with other tenants with many hours of fun and tea. When it became too difficult to live on her own, Laura moved to the Personal Care Home and remained there for a few years before transferring to the Preeceville Long Term Care Facility where she remained until her passing.
Laura passed on October 20, 2022 at the Preeceville Long Term Care Facility. Laura was predeceased by her husband, Emmett; her parents, Lloyd and Eva; three brothers (Earl, Alan, and Roy); and one sister, Alice.
She leaves to cherish her memory her brother; Bert and sister-in-law (Carol), sister-in-law (Geraldine); sister-in-law (Laura); two stepchildren (Emmett JR and Patricia) and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial donations in memory of Laura may be made to Poplar Grove Cemetery, Box 1053, Preeceville, SK, S0A 3B0.