Linda Lou Corbett

Linda Lou Corbett

Linda Lou Corbett was born in East Hansford, Nova Scotia on February 5, 1945, the eldest child of Sadie Mildred and George Stanley Turner.

When Linda was just three years old, her parents left Nova Scotia headed for the Pacific coast of British Columbia, looking for better opportunities for their growing family. Before they could realize their dream of making it to the coast their truck broke down in Cranbrook, BC and changed the course of their lives. Linda’s father went to work at Camp 6 Lumber camp at Lumberton, just outside of Cranbrook and continued working there until Linda was old enough to start school and then they had to find somewhere in Cranbrook for them to live.

They purchased a five acre lot with a bit of a house on it and the family continued to grow. Soon, Linda was the oldest of six children and other than one year where Linda lived away from home, all of her school years were spent in Cranbrook.

Linda’s strength may have come from having to quit school to stay at home with her siblings when her father was hurt in a logging accident while her mother worked outside the home. A strength of will that never left her.

Linda was in the 11th grade in 1963 when Duane Corbett came into her life. He was a solid man, from her home province of Nova Scotia, who shared the same dream of making it to the Pacific coast to work. After meeting Linda, Duane changed his mind and the two were married in the Cranbrook United Church in 1964.

Two weeks after their marriage they moved to Donald, BC where Duane got work at the sawmill.  During their time at Donald, two children were born to them, Diane and Heather. Diane started school in Donald, but, in 1971 the family moved to property that they had purchased in the Blaeberry so Heather started school in Golden.

Those early years in the Blaeberry where a struggle for Linda. Her home was an eight by forty three foot camp trailer with little in the way of amenities but the following year they got to work on a house. They built half the house and were living in it, and the trailer, while working on the rest of the house. One day Duane came home from work and Linda, whose patience had finally played out, had moved the family into the house, and despite a few setbacks like no bathroom walls or kitchen sink, it didn’t take her long to turn it into a home.

It was from this home that Linda created a sense of family for her children and grandchildren. Each having special events for their birthdays, where they got to choose the dinner and the cake. She hosted large family dinners, the memories of which will be cherished forever.

Linda was very crafty and sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren, she knitted and crocheted and loved to give her work away as gifts. She loved her gardens and flowers and had a particular fondness for maple trees that turned so colorful in the fall. She had a picture of her precious maple to bring her comfort in her last days.

Their home was filled with a variety of collections of things that Linda held dear, including sewing machines, decorator plates, souvenir spoons, blue mountain pottery, miniature tea sets and anything with a cardinal on it and Duane indulged her by building her shelves and cabinets to display those items most precious to her.

Linda was very involved with her community in the Blaeberry and headed the 4H Craft and small engines classes and was also a Girl Guide instructor, well remembered by the people she shared her time with.

She didn’t work out very much, instead concentrating on her family and friends. And her friends were too numerous to count, but she did spend many years working for Elections Canada and helped her friend Anne Robinson occasionally with her Avon business.

Linda passed away at the Golden and District General Hospital on October 20, 2016 with her family by her side.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Sadie and George and a nephew Ryan Turner. Her memory will be celebrated by her husband of 52 years Duane Corbett; her daughters, Diane(Rusty) Lehmann and Heather(Wayne) Rande;  five granchildren, Nicole(Sean) Hunter, Amee(Jason) Lavigne, Leona Lehmann, Jennie(Ryan)Rande, and Shawna Rande; and six great grandchildren, Jordan, Emily, Lucas, Hannah & Rayne Hunter and Madison Lavigne. Linda was looking forward, with great excitement to the birth of her seventh great grandchild who is due any day. Linda is also survived by her siblings, Lorna Neilson,  Juanita(Bruce)Milne, Susan(Ron)Wells, Robert(Joanne)Turner and Garth(Elaine)Turner as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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