Surrounded by her adoring family, the kind and ever-gentle Judy Laviolette passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011, in the Hematology Unit of the University Hospital.
Judy will be forever loved and deeply missed by her children, Colleen (David Holzer) and John Albert (Tracy Boehm); father, Jim (Maybelle McArthur); siblings, Sandra (Glenn Woolsey), Mary-Jane (Kerry Anderson), and Jim (Sherry Taylor); nieces and nephews, Jenny (Bruce McKnight), Matthew (Natasha Milicevic), and Taylor Woolsey, Craig, Lisa, and Marc Laviolette; and five grandchildren, Liam and Danielle Albert, Matthew, Hannah, and Josh Holzer. Judy was predeceased by her mother, Margaret in 2000.
Born in Edmonton, to the loving Margaret (nee Murphy) and James Laviolette, Judy was the eldest of four children. Judy shared a beautiful childhood with Sandra, Mary-Jane (Kitty), and Jim Jr., which included many summers at Alberta Beach and camping trips to the mountains. An introspective child, Judy was a warm and fiercely loyal sister and daughter.
Judy’s greatest loves were her children, Colleen (Holzer) and John Albert. A supportive mother and friend to both, Judy took great pride in their every accomplishment. She also shared in the families Colleen and John created with David Holzer and Tracy Boehm. Judy treasured her grandchildren, Matthew, Hannah, Josh, Liam and Danielle, who in recent years, brought her endless joy and laughter. As a devoted grandmother, Judy loved to celebrate her grandchildren\'s stories and successes. She cherished their time together at the lake, craft time and all-chocolate sleepovers.
Jenny, Matthew, and Taylor Woolsey, and Craig, Lisa and Marc Laviolette adored Judy as a selfless and sincere aunt. Judy valued and nurtured their individual interests and opinions, never missing an opportunity to be involved in their lives. During the many hours they spent together, Judy shared her wisdom, humor and patience.
Judy took great pleasure in the simple things in life. She loved her family, with which she enjoyed many dinners, holidays, vacations, movies and conversations. She generously gave her time and support to family and served as a mentor and inspiration to many. A great conversationalist, Judy always engaged family and friends in her meaningful and thoughtful dialogue. Judy continually saw the humor in all situations and brought much laughter to those around her. Always adventurous and open-minded, Judy travelled extensively with her sisters and family throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and Canada. Especially after traveling to Italy, Judy appreciated good food and experimenting in the kitchen. Many of these meals were coupled with fine wine, which she particularly enjoyed with her dear friend and brother-in-law, Glenn. An avid reader, Judy had a passion for literature and the power of language, which she shared with her daughter, Colleen and niece, Jenny.
Judy will be forever missed and fondly remembered as a devoted and sensitive mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.
Our sincere thanks to Dr. Larratt, Dr. Van Zanten, Dr. Zhu, Dr. Modi, Dr. Mitchell and the nursing staff at University Hospital Unit 5F4. Her life will be celebrated with a private ceremony.
For those wishing, memorial donations can be directed to support the Judy Laviolette Fund, c\\o the University Hospital Foundation, 8440 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7.