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HENDERSON, Earla Mildred

April 25, 1934 — May 18, 2023

Earla, a loving and dedicated wife, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2023, at 89 years of age. She is survived by her loving husband and soul mate, Rolly Henderson (who reunited with her nine days later). Earla is also survived by her two stepchildren, Lori Lee (Les) Deering and Kelly Marie (Bill) Baird; her five grandchildren, Royce Vernon Ràk, Adam Lee Clay, Michelle Kathleen (Janusz) Pozniak, Chantilly Love Clay, and Jeremy Miles Clay; her three great-grandchildren, Kaden James Clay, Attila Jerzy Pozniak and Olek Jerzy Pozniak, and her niece, Norma (Brian) Rooke. Earla was predeceased by her sister Valerie (Victor) Jagoldas.

Earla Mildred (née Gray) was born on April 25, 1934, in Regina, Saskatchewan. At the age of 5, Earla’s ballet training began. At the age of 12, she moved to Toronto, Ontario with her Mother. Earla had the honour of training with Celia Franca (Founder of the National Ballet School of Canada) and Betty Oliphant (Co-Founder of the National Ballet School of Canada). Earla continued her training in Toronto until the age of 19 and moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she opened a ballet dance studio. During her teaching years, Celia Franca travelled to Edmonton to test Earla’s students and selected one of her male dancers to join the National Ballet of Canada. At 28 years of age, Earla met the love of her life, Rolly Henderson, and shared 61 glorious years together.

Earla strived for excellence in everything she did. She attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, worked as a legal secretary at a renowned law firm, and enjoyed playing her folk guitar. In her retirement, Earla and Rolly moved to Okotoks in southern Alberta and then the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, living many years in Peachland and a final move to Kelowna. Earla was an avid quilter, runner (including marathons), and volunteer, and loved playing crib every morning with Rolly. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed dearly!

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