Almond, Verna Mildred

Born in Markdale on March 26, 1930, a daughter of the late Ed and Millie (nee White) Loucks of the East Back Line in Flesherton, Verna passed away peacefully in Meaford on Tuesday September 14, 2021 at the age of 91.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Raeburn Almond in 2001 and is survived by her children Rae and his wife Sheila of Guelph, Kevin and his wife Emily of Meaford, Judi and her husband George Serpa of Tara and Dwayne of Pt. Ryerse.  She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law Cathy.

She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren:  Jeff and Betty Jo and their children Hailey and Joseph; Julie and Chris Rasso and their children Lucas, Samuel, Thomas and David; Paul and Tim;  Johanna and Scott Hayward and their children Meganne, Matt and Jack; Josh and Deb and their children Tanner, Griffin and Parker; Ben Serpa; and Jordan and Alex and Braeden.  She will be remembered by many in the community simply as ‘Granny’.

Verna is survived by brothers Milford (late ‘Dini’) and Clifford and his wife Ineke and a sister Doris (late Archie) Cunningham and is survived by a sister-in-law Marie Loucks.  She was predeceased by brothers George (late Dorothy), Carman, Ronald (late Margaret) Jack (late Edna), Norman (late Mary) and Ross (Sandra) and sister Jean (late Syl) Merla.

She was a dear sister-in-law to Frances and John McKee, Muriel and Doug Armitage and Ann  Jarvis and ‘Auntie Verna’ to numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  She will be recalled fondly also by Anne Almond of Meaford.

A devoted member of Meaford United Church, Verna was the honorary chair of the ‘Raise the Roof Campaign’, a life member of the UCW and longtime member of the ‘Busy Bees’ as well as performing her duties as the church ‘Sunshine Convener’ for many years with great dedication.

Family will receive friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. Masks are required and all Covid restrictions will be applicable.  A private family funeral service will be conducted at Meaford United Church on Saturday September 18th with interment and committal to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to Meaford United Church ‘Raise the Roof  Campaign’ (Cheques Only Please) or the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Friday, September 17, 2021
Public Visitation: Ferguson Funeral Home - Friday Sept. 17 from 4 until 7 p.m.

Private Family Service

Meaford United Church "Raise the Roof Campaign" [Cheques Only Please] or Meaford Hospital Foundation
Make a donation in memory of Verna Mildred Almond


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Dianne McDonald
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    To the Almond family
    This woman was a remarkable, beautiful and gracious lady. She will be truly missed and always loved.
    My thoughts and prayers are will all at this difficult time
    Hugs Dianne McDonald

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  2. Linda Ormsby
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    So sorry to read about Verna, she was a lovely person & will be missed.. my condolences to the Family.

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  3. To TheAlmond Family .Deepest Sympathy.Verna was a great Lady and a long time friend from the east back. Line
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Lois Sewell

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  4. Barry Moore
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the entire family in the passing of Verna.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

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  5. Fran Austin
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    My sincere sympathy to all the Almond family and friends due to the passing of Verna. Special thoughts go to Johanna and family in this loss of Granny. Verna was a wonderful lady and will certainly be missed. She is in a better place as she goes with the angels.
    Love FranFran

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    1. Wendy & Willy
      Tuesday, September 14, 2021

      Our condolences to all the Almond Family Verna will truly be missed by so many .

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  6. Isabelle Ridd
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Dear Jo
    I am so sorry about your “Granny”. As you know she was a very close and dear friend to my Mom, Lois, so I felt very connected to her. She was wonderful for sending cards and always had a caring personal note inside. She will be deeply missed.
    I am thinking about you with my heart….and remembering you in my prayers.
    Isabelle

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  7. Sandra & Randy
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Dear Kevin, Johanna, Josh and families
    Thinking of you all and sending our deepest condolences.
    Cherish all your wonderful memories.
    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

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  8. Bev and Chris Graham
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    To the Almond and Extended Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. May good memories bless you during this time. The Graham family.

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  9. Eileen Almond Dumont
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    The Alberta Almonds will miss Aunt Verna.
    She was always happy to hear from us.
    Love from the Bob Almond family.

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  10. Darlene McQuarrie
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    sending lots of hugs and love for your family

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  11. Lois Boyes
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    To The Family of Verna Almond

    Verna was a very special cousin always had interesting conversations and many great breakfasts together at Suzies,
    Verna Will really be missed terribly but now she has gone to join Raeburn in a very special place and they both will be watching over all of you.

    Your cousins from Niagara Lois & Bill

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  12. Jim and Isabel Almond
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Our sincere sympathy to the Almond family in the loss of Granny. She was a kind loving lady and will be deeply missed by all. Jim and Isabel Almond

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  13. Jennifer & Bill
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    A special lady……thinking of the entire family with love.

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  14. Verna & Rick Hindle
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Verna. “Granny” certainly was loved dearly by so many, especially her grand and great grandchildren. Meaford United Church will be a very different congregation without Verna’s wealth of knowledge along with her time and talents, for which she was always willing to share in so many ways. Thankfully, Verna bestowed so many memories upon us, she will live on within our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Verna & Rick Hindle.

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  15. Gary Dillon
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Very sorry to hear ..our condolences to all the family .
    Hugs
    Gary and Beverlee Dillon

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  16. Doug and Leslie Gilchrist
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Remembering a special lady at this special time. May you be blessed by God’s grace during the coming days.

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  17. Darlene and Rod Turner
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    To the Almond family,
    Thinking of all of you at this time.
    Vera was such a lovely lady . She surely will be missed by your family and the whole community.
    Sincere Condolences Rod and Darlene Turner

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  18. Phyllis Fischer
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    My sincere condolences to all of Verna’s children and her loved ones. I met her many years ago and she remained a wonderful penpal for may years. I admired her very much.

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  19. Linda Teed
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    What a lovely, caring, lady with a beautiful smile. She was a great friend with my Aunt Thelma and I always enjoyed seeing her at breakfast with the ladies after church.
    Rest In Peace Verna, my thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends.
    Linda

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  20. Laurie Adams
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    To the Almond Family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Verna’s passing, she will be missed by her church friends.
    Her straight forwardness, her knowledge on so many things and always had us organized in the church kitchen. You will be missed Verna.
    Laurie Adams

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  21. Shirley Keaveney
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Matriarch, Verna was a lovely person. My thoughts are with all the family thru this very sad and difficult time.

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  22. Mike Columbus
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Our Sympathy to the family of Verna
    Always enjoyed exchanging pleasantries with her on the few times we met.

    Thinking of you all. Rest In Peace Verna.

    Mike & Kathi Columbus
    Delhi ON

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  23. SallyAnn Longfellow
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    It was such a privilege to be her minister. She loved her church family and gave generously of her time and talents. A large void has been made in our church family. Rest well Verna ,good and faithful servant

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  24. Bonnie Hammond
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Kevin & Family – So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. She was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Remember all the good times and there will be many! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time! Bonnie Hammond

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  25. Penny (Loucks) Colton
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    So very sorry to hear of Aunt Verna’s passing. She was a lovely women with a big heart and will be greatly missed.

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  26. Isabell Fiddis
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Kevin and family l am sorry to hear of your loss she was a wonderful lady she will be greatly missed by all hugs to all the family Isabell Fiddisi

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  27. Ruth Pearson
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    My good friend, Verna will be missed by all who knew her. Her wealth of knowledge and strong memory was a gift to all of us and we will miss her steadfastness in all things in the UCW of Meaford United Church. Our sincere sympathy goes out to her entire family.

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  28. Lorraine Boyd
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    My sincere sympathy to the Almond family. I have known Verna since my childhood. She was a very caring person. The community and Meaford United Church will miss her happy smile and friendly personality that she extended to others.
    Lorraine Boyd

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  29. sfcook@bmts.com
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the entire Almond family .Cherish the memories, there are many .

    Shirley

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  30. Anne Stewart
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    I was saddened to hear that Verna passed away. I always referred to her as ” Auntie Verna”. She was a kind, caring and thoughtful person, who had a wonderful sense of humour. I will miss her very much. Our thoughts are with the Almond family at this sad time.
    Love,
    Anne and Mike Stewart

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  31. Joan McIntyre
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the Almond and Loucks families

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  32. Jane & Wayne Vollett
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Thinking of all of you. Auntie Verna was a very special lady and she will be missed. She will always be with us in the wonderful memories we have of her.

    Jane & Wayne

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  33. Eleanor McDougall
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Condolences to the Almond family. I always enjoyed my visits with Verna over the years – she will be missed.

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  34. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    My condolences to all of the Almond Family at this sad time. Verna was such a lovely lady and caring friend to many people. I always enjoyed chatting to Verna at church and she was always interested in and supported our Sunday School. We will all miss her at Meaford United. You will be comforted in knowing that she is reunited with Raeburn now. May her wonderful legacy live on through her family. Keeping you all in our thoughts.
    Jennifer Dorgelo

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  35. Paul and Linda Gilmore
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    To all of Verna’s wonderful family ,you have our deepest sympathy. Such a kind and generous lady, she will be remembered by all of us who were blessed enough to have known her. May your memories give you peace when times are hard.

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  36. Laurie and Judy Hill
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    To Kevin, Johanna and all the Almond family:
    Our sincere sympathies for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Verna will always be remembered as a “matriarch” of Meaford United Church. She will certainly be missed.

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  37. Bev Evans
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to all the family. Verna had a beautiful smile and it was a privilege to be on the receiving end of it. She was truly a lovely lady and will be greatly missed by many.

    Bev and Glenn Caswell

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  38. Brenda Taylor
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    A very special person is missing from our midst, but the love and thoughtful, caring ways she shared will be treasured forever. Keeping you all close in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Brenda

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  39. Tim Cunningham
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    I’m very sorry to learn of my Aunt Verna’s passing. May God console you in this time of grief.

    Tim & Su Cunningham

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  40. Carol Ormsby
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    The Almond Family
    Our families have strong roots together…children close in age especially the youngest in our families. Verna was a special woman and we heard many times that her and Mom would end up together in the nursing home. She will be missed by all and the memories of her will go on. Our deepest sympathy. Sue, Holly, Carol and Florence and families.

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  41. Alan and Jo-Ann Loucks Craig
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    To the Almond family

    I was very saddened to read that Verna had passed away as she was indeed such a lovely woman. I will always have fond memories since an early childhood whether it was in her Sunday School room or elsewhere. Our families were close and through the ups and downs of life, Verna showed her compassionate nature with us in so many ways. She had the gift of making you feel special and would do anything she could to make life that much better. May she rest in peace and may all her family know how much she was appreciated.

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  42. Glen, Alison, Ian and Mason McGuire
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to the Almond family, we are so sorry for your loss.

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  43. Frank & Janet Bassingthwaite
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    To the Almond Family
    Janet and I were saddened to hear of Verna’s passing. She was a kind and caring lady. We have fond memories of chats with Verna especially at Meaford United Church where she contributed so much.
    May your wonderful memories be comforting to you at this difficult time.

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  44. Linda Stevenson
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    To all Verna’s family,
    Her love for all of you was evident. She is one of those Great Ladies in our lives that will be forever cherished and forever missed by all who came to know her. I am deeply sorry for your loss. She is now back in the arms of her beloved Raeburn who she has missed so very much.
    She loved her church and lovingly contributed to it throughout her life in so many ways. Hundreds of folks have received the thoughtful cards that she sent in her beautiful hand writing.
    I feel so lucky to have known her and will miss her like crazy !!
    Love and hugs to you Verna, always and forever,
    Linda Stevenson

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  45. Deb Shaw and Dan Shaw
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Hugs and sincere condolences to the family that has supported us all through our losses and planning for our own end of life choices. Your Mom/Grandma was an amazing Lady, a well known and respected member of our community who’s legacy lives on. Enjoy your memories. Dan and Deb Shaw

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  46. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Our condolences to the Almond family .Dennis and Brenda

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  47. Bill Cunningham
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to the Almond Family. I spoke to our children before supper about the passing of my Aunt Verna and how she is the sister of their Grandma. When our 9 year son Brayden gave our bedtime prayer, and without any prompting from us, he prayed that we see Dad’s Aunt Verna in heaven one day. We look forward to that day. God Bless

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  48. Marg MacKinnon
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    To All of Verna’s family
    Our deepest condolences to each and everyone of you. She was so very proud of her family. Keep her memories close to your heart. We will never forget all she did for us.
    Rob, Marg and the Murphy family

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  49. Charlene Ryan.
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Verna was a wonderful person and always caring for other people. She enjoyed my nuts and bolts at Christmas time and always sent me a thank you gift and card. Thoughts and prayers to the family to your “Granny”. Love Charlene, Steve, Shelley, Susan.& Stacey.C

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  50. Helen Hume
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    I am so sorry for the loss of Verna. She will be sadly missed by the Pastoral Care Committee at Meaford United Church. Verna was our Resident Historian. What ever person we needed information about, Verna would be able to fill in the missing pieces. Her knowledge and recollection was endless. Verna was a part of so many happenings at M.U.C. As Sunshine Co-ordinator, she sent numerous cards to endless numbers of people and each card had a beautiful message in her precise handwriting and they have been valued my so many people. In many lunches together we saw her quirky sense of humour. She is a treasured friend that I will greatly miss. Bless you Verna. Thanks for many wonderful memories. My sympathy to all her family.

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  51. Carol
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Verna

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  52. Marg Gilray
    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    To the Almond Family.My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Granny will be missed by many.

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  53. Anita Cornfield
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    To the Almond Family
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies
    Wayne and Anita

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  54. Kathleen Grant
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Verna was a kind loving and caring person. Growing up in Meaford to me she seemed to be one of the pillars of the community. She will be truly missed. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Sending love and hugs. Kate Grant

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  55. Marlene Cann
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Kevin , Johanna and families
    Very sorry my sincere condolences to all of the family

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  56. Jan Almond
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Sincere sadness on the passing of your Loved one{ Granny} Her presence will be missed by many .Treasure the memories she shared with each of you

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  57. Rick and Bonnie Almas and Murray and Karen ormsby
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    So sorry to hear about verna, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

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  58. Yvonne Thom
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the Almond family. She was a lovely lady and will be deeply missed.

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  59. Linda Hutchinson
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Sorry to hear, deepest condolences.
    Linda Hutchinson

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  60. Amy and Faron
    Friday, September 17, 2021

    Almond family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies, you are in our thoughts. Amy and Faron

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  61. Norma White
    Sunday, September 19, 2021

    To Verna’s Family,
    Sincere sympathy to all of you at this sad time. I have fond memories of Verna at the United Church and her involvement with the ‘Busy Bees.’
    Glenn and Norma White

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  62. Nora Wilcox
    Sunday, September 19, 2021

    With deepest sympathy to Verna’s family. She was a lovely person who will be missed by many.
    Nora Wilcox

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  63. Mary Adams
    Sunday, September 19, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to all of the Almond family on the loss of your loved one. She certainly enjoyed a life well lived and her thoughtfulness touched many lives. Carl & Mary Adams

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  64. Jim and Kathy Uram
    Sunday, September 19, 2021

    We are so very sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the whole Almond family.

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  65. Ann Wright
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    My condolences to Verna’s family. We shared many lunches at Susie’s with friends each week. I enjoyed many books she so generously shared with her friends, and I will miss the phone chats we had during COVID.

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  66. Heather Metzger
    Thursday, September 23, 2021

    Dear Almond Families

    We were very sorry to hear of Verna’s passing and send our sincere sympathies to everyone during this sad time

    Heather and Peter Metzger and family

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  67. Brenda Ratcliffe
    Sunday, September 26, 2021

    Thinking of the entire Almond family. I am sorry for the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother. She was such a kind and caring lady and was involved in many thing in the community. Her beautiful smile will be missed by many.

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  68. David McDonald
    Sunday, September 26, 2021

    Kevin and family. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.
    David & Courtney McDonald

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