Terry Dale McNutt

14/05/1948 - 24/06/2021

Obituary For Terry Dale McNutt

May 14th, 1948 to June 24th, 2021

Terry was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick to Horace and Marguerite O'Leary she spent her early years in New Brunswick and in the late 1950's the family moved to Southern Ontario settling there and making it their home. Terry's parents started up a boarding house and in the early 60's this is where she met her future husband Lorne (Buzz) McNutt.

On April 4th, 1964, they got married and began their adventures in life together, they bought themselves a little farm in Canfield and started their family, 2 daughters: Leanne and Lori. They moved to a few other farms around the area in Ontario but eventually made their trek west to Alberta to make a better life for their little family. First stop was Vermillion but finally settling in Clairmont that had been their home for 41 years.

Terry worked a few jobs when they first got to the area but eventually, Along with Tom and Rena Mazerolle they started a secondhand store and household auction. From there on they had a secondhand store until Lorne retired. Terry being not one to sit still worked at a local hotel until she retired in December 2019.

Travel was a passion for both of them, trips to Mexico, Vegas and Cuba were some of her favorites. Her trip to the UK, she couldn't say enough about and she loved her California vacation too and was talking about going again soon. She loved hitting the road in their RV whether it was on their own or with friends, they drove across Canada a couple of times, and up to Alaska. Camping was a must just about every weekend, she loved the outdoors and fishing.

Terry was very much a volunteer, she liked being involved in her community and events around the region. The Canada Winter Games, over 20 years in the VIP area of Bud Country, The Clairmont Ag Society, making little blankets and hats for preemies at the hospital, the list goes on. She was someone you could depend on and she was very passionate about her volunteer ventures.

Terry had a heart of gold as most people who got to know her can attest to, Terry seems to have extra "kids" all the time from Leanne and Lori's friends and then Krystine and Taylor's friends she was "mom" and "nanny" to them all and all who knew her will miss her.

Terry was predeceased by her husband Lorne (Buzz) McNutt, parents Horace and Marguerite O'Leary, she will be greatly missed by her daughters Leanne Comeau (Perry) , Lori McNutt (Steven) grandchildren Krystine Ouellette (Jonathan) and Taylor Burns (Brittney Doucet) and great grandchildren Lydia and Wyatt Ouellette, sister Cindy O'Leary and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Saturday August 7th, 2021 at 1pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue in Grande Prairie, Alberta). For those unable to attend, a livestream link will be available below.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Terry, you are going to be missed. Fly high, godspeed. Love Debbie, Chris, John and Amanda.
- Debbie Russell
- Lori McNutt

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

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Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

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How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

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We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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