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Maureen "Mo" Lana Leaney

June 15, 1943 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 76)


Mo Leaney

June 15, 1943 - April 16, 2020

Mo is survived by her loving husband Peter, son Tim (Angela); daughter Gaye (Michael); grandchildren, Melissa (Jason), Tom, Simon, and Roy; great grandchildren, Holden and Willow; surrogate children, Leen and Julie; Brother in laws, Michael (Jen), Ray, John (Sue), Tony; as well as nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many wonderful friends that surrounded her as family.

Mo was born in Brighton, England in 1943. She attended Brighton College of Art and Design in 1959. She met Peter, her husband, in 1959 and married him in 1962. They spent three years traveling Britain and Europe with an ice show where they held performances under a Circus Big-Top. Eventually, she and Peter worked up a comedy act and had great fun performing together. In 1973, they immigrated to Canada because Canada could provide a better lifestyle for their two children, Tim and Gaye. They set up their new home in Red Deer. In 1977 they moved to Lacombe and after a few years built a home over a small lake that is prolific with Canada Geese, ducks and wildlife.

Mo was a very talented artist. She made thousands of clay figurines that people all over the world still treasure to this day. Her art has been featured throughout Western Canada.

Mo liked to keep those around her on their toes with her elaborate pranks or by roping friends and family into dubious escapades. Mo always found adventures from sailing on the Blue Nose on the East Coast, whale watching on the West Coast and everything in between. Many of her fondest memories were made while riding horses, cross country and downhill skiing, parachuting, riding in a hot air balloon, and riding in a Harvard plane while it flew aerobatics.

Due to the current state of pandemic, family and friends will gather to celebrate her life with a “MO” style deck party at a later date.

Her family would like to send their sincere thanks to the “Angels” of Lacombe Homecare, Unit 22 of Red Deer Hospital and Bethany Care. If you would like to make a memorial donation they can be made to Bethany College Side Red Deer or Lacombe Community Health Centre.

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